Thursday, November 19, 2015

Grow Up

Different families have different ways to measure the growth of their children. Some keep a record of growth in a journal. Others make marks on a doorpost. My family measured my growth by the distance of the cuff of my pants from the floor. When my knees were showing, it meant I was growing up. And it was time for some new pants.

Paul mixes the images of a child growing up and waves tossed in the ocean to remind believers of the importance of maturing in our faith (Ephesians 4:14-15). Join us this Sunday as we learn how important it is for all of us to grow up.

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Ready to Go

For some reason, I never feel quite ready to leave the driveway. There is always the nagging possibility that I forgot something. Did I lock the door? Did I close the refrigerator? Did I remember to feed the cat? Typically, I make one more trip inside the house to be sure, only to get back in the car and wonder, "Did I lock the door...." It's a wonder I ever get out of the driveway.

God doesn't want you stuck in the driveway. Too often, when God calls us, we wonder if we are ready. In this week's passage (Ephesians 4:12-13), we find the way God has chosen to make sure that we are.

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Read the Blueprint

At one time in my life, I wanted to be an architectural engineer. I went to a recruiting class the local college offered one Saturday for future engineers, explaining all the things a degree in architectural engineering could do for my life.

I don't remember anything they said, but I do remember a video the professor showed of a bank building in the process of being constructed. The time lapse video showed the progress over several days which came to a screeching halt. All the construction workers stopped while a group of very official looking people huddled around what appeared to be design plans. After a lot of pointing and huddling, the construction workers began taking the frame of the building apart. The professor explained that the primary beam holding the roof had been installed backwards, so they had to tear everything down and start over.

I'm not sure how this was supposed to encourage us to be architectural engineers, but it did teach a lesson I never forgot - be sure to read the blueprint. In Ephesians 4, the Bible provides God's blueprint for the church. In this week's passage, Ephesians 4:11, we will look at who the church is and who created it.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Gray or blue, He's here for you

While traveling recently, it seemed that all around us were gray skies. But turning to my right and back aways, there it was....the prettiest patch of blue. It didn't matter if a gray cloud floated in front of it, I knew that beautiful blue was still there.

God is always there, even when it seems that all around us it is dark and gloomy. Sometimes it's easier to see Him than others, but what a comfort to know that it's not dependent on whether or not we see Him. He always sees US. We walk by faith, not by sight. Skies and life change, but He is the same yesterday and forever. "I am with you always." Matthew 28:20  It's a promise!