Thursday, April 30, 2015

Who's Who

Periodically, I receive an email informing me that I have been selected as a member of "Who's Who of Young Professionals." All I need to do is order one of their official annual publications for $99.95, and my name will be listed with other young professionals recognized around the country.

As best I can tell, my inclusion in this elite group would be because I was dumb enough to pay $99.95 to get my name listed in a book. I get that for free every year. They call it the phone book.

Membership in some groups doesn't mean much. However, sometimes it means everything. In this week's message, we find out what it means to be children of God as we read about His magnificent love for us in 1 John 3:1.

Hope to see you this Sunday!


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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Return With Joy

Each year, my mom and dad would tell me and my sister where we were going for our summer vacation. My sister and I learned to tell how the summer was going to go by the way my parents looked when they came into the room after making their decision. If they were all smiles - we're headed to the beach! If they were looking somber, it would be another year of roasting marshmallows in the backyard.

Anyone who saw the disciples after the ascension of Christ would know what it meant. This week's message looks at Luke 24:50-53 where we will see the joy of the disciples as they come to a recognition of the meaning of the Resurrection.

Hope to see you Sunday!


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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Now I Get It

I once heard an important rule of teaching: About the time you are sick of repeating something is the same time your students finally understand it. I think these words were spoken by my eighth grade algebra teacher somewhere around the four hundredth time she tried to explain the quadratic formula. For me, it took four hundred and one.

Reading the New Testament, we might wonder why it took the disciples so long to understand who Jesus is, but with the Resurrection, everything came into focus. The Resurrection does the same for us, and like the disciples, we are witnesses of these things (Luke 24:45-48).

Wondering who Jesus really is? Join us this Sunday and find out.

Hope to see you there!


Thursday, April 9, 2015

If Only Jesus Could Be Here

The Bible does not record the conversation of the disciples between the time of the crucifixion and the resurrection. It's not too hard to imagine, though.

"What do we do now?"

"Where should we go?"

"How are we going to get through this?"

"If only Jesus was here, he would tell us what to do!"

And then He was! This week's message from Luke 24:36 describes that extraordinary day when the disciples saw and heard the Risen Christ. What Jesus said to them holds tremendous hope for us all.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

So thankful to be adopted

As we watch the babies around us growing, we take delight in every milestone....the first tooth, first word, beginning to crawl, and so on. However, we know as exciting as those milestones are, they are just stepping stones to the next marker...walking, new words, and on to school days, graduations and perhaps marriage. If growth doesn't continue, there is cause for concern.

How our Father must delight as His children begin to grow, as well. However, that growth process is supposed to continue as well. We are commanded to mature in our faith, to cry out for spiritual nourishment, and to grow in our knowledge of our Lord and Savior.

Just as our earthly children are still our children, no matter how old they get...nothing will cut the bond we have with our Heavenly Father, either. John 10:28b tells us that no one will snatch us out of His hand. He loves us with an eternal love--so strong that He died so that relationship could happen. We can be adopted, we are chosen. And all we have to do is believe and say yes. Wow.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

The One Place You Won't Find Jesus

I was looking for my dog. Apparently, she decided our yard was not exciting enough for her, so she wiggled her way under the gate and went exploring. As it turns out, she was fast asleep on our neighbor's porch. At her age, that was an adventure. Unfortunately, she did not leave a forwarding address, so I spent the afternoon searching for her. Had it not been for my neighbor calling me, I never would have found her. All I found were places she was not.

On the first Easter Sunday morning, women went to find Jesus, but they went to the one place he was not. Angels told them why:

Luke 24:5a–6a
Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!

Join us this Easter as we explore the meaning behind these extraordinary words.

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