Posts Tagged ‘God’
People cry for many different reasons. Sometimes we cry whenever we are joyful and sometimes – and even more often we cry whenever we are confronted by a tradgedy. Tune in to this episode as we explore what the gospel of John says about crying.
I hope this message encourages and inspires your heart to believe again that greatness lies within you and that every dream that is in your heart can be realized.
WHAT ARE YOU DREAMING ABOUT?
The agricultural school dean was interviewing a freshman. “Why have you chosen this career?” he asked.
“I dream of making a million dollars in farming, like my father,” replied the freshman.
The dean was impressed. “Your father made a million dollars in farming?”
“No,” the student said. “But he always dreamed of it.”
All right. That was corny. But at least this student has a dream, even if it is only a dream about money.
I prefer the story of a man who was discussing with his wife a trip he wanted to take to Alaska. He told her he’d always dreamed of such an adventure. He wanted to travel deep into the wilderness. He wanted to rough it. He talked about how exciting it would be to stay in a log cabin without electricity, to hunt caribou and drive a dog team instead of a car.
“If we decided to live there permanently, away from civilization, what would you miss the most?” he asked his partner.
She replied, “You.”
His dream; not hers. A better dream might include her.
This is a time of year we often examine our dreams and goals. I’ve found a couple of questions helpful when I consider which dreams to chase and which to leave alone.
First, does my dream have deep meaning? Or put another way, is it significant and important enough to commit my time and energy toward? What will it ultimately mean if I accomplish this thing I think I want? Probably the pursuit of prosperity alone will not bring the kind of meaning you desire at a deeper level.
The second question is similar. Does my dream spring from the best that is within me? Does it come from a place of love or altruism? Will my life and the lives of those I love be better for it? My best dreams include those I love.
What are you dreaming about?
By Steve Goodier
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to give your all in the work that you do and know that your contribution does make a difference in the lives of others.
WORKING IN JOY
When I was a boy we had a wood stove that heated the house in the Winter. Keeping that stove full was no small task. My Dad, two brothers, and I would spend days cutting up trees on our land to fill the woodshed. It was hard work splitting up the logs, tossing them into the back of the pickup truck, and stacking them into cords. We never complained however. We spent the time laughing, joking, and teasing each other. We knew that hard work was a part of life and was best done in joy. We knew too that this hard work would keep us warm during the long, cold Winter to come.
Putting food on our tables and heat in our homes is only a small part of our real work in this world, though. Our greatest work here is the hearts we touch, the good we do, and the love we share. Our hands may be able to lift a log into a truck, but our smiles can lift another’s heart in joy. Our arms may be able to carry a load of wood, but our kindness can help someone carrying a heavy load in their life. Our skills and talents may be able to make us some money, but our love, goodness, and oneness with God can help to make this world a better place forever.
Leo Buscaglia said, “To work in love is to work in joy, to live in love is to live in joy.” Don’t be afraid of a little hard work then. Do all of your work in love and in joy. Work at giving, work at loving, and work at living happily ever after, day by day and choice by choice. God put us here to grow, to learn, to work, and to love. God put us here to find joy in our efforts and to share love in our lives. Do all of your work with a smile on your face, with love in your heart, with joy in your mind, and with light in your soul. If you do so your work will become play, your life will become joy, and God will always work through you.
By Joseph J. Mazzella
What do you think of when you hear the word “adopted?” Consider the idea that each of us is adopted. Tune in as we explore this concept.
Walls protect us. They give us a sense of security. Walls keep “unwanted” things out of our lives. But walls also prevent us from being the people God calls us to be! Tune in as we explore how walls – real or imagined – can impact our lives
Sometimes we feel God in the sunset. Sometimes when we see beautiful flowers, a breath-taking song. And sometimes God is present where we least expect him. Have you ever experienced God in an unusual way? Tune in as we explore Jesus feeding of the 5000.
Does God still communicate with us today. The crowds missed God speaking to Jesus. Some thought it was thunder and others an angel. Tune into the 03/25/2012 worship service as we explore these questions.
Join us as we examine Paul’s theology. We will explore why each of us has been created. It’s no accident!
Have you ever made a promise? What do promises and rainbows have to do with each other. For answers to these questions tune into our 02/26/2012 worship service.
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to see that success
can be yours when you place the Lord first in your life. He will lead us
in the right direction and guide us on to the best for our life.
Steve Goodier has this to say:
SUCCEEDING AT LIFE
It’s said there are three ways to get to the top of a tree: climb it, sit
on an acorn or make friends with a big bird. But without too much
imagination I can think of a couple of other ways like one that involves
a parachute and a poor landing.
However, the point is still well taken: getting to the top of that
organization or reaching a new height requires effort. And it is taken for
granted that reaching the top is exactly what everyone wants to do. After
all, isn’t that what success is all about? More power? More money?
Reaching the top?
But what about success at living trying to get it right this go around?
Success at this thing we call living has always been important to me. And
climbing to the top of a tree has never been a good metaphor for it. I
like to think more about the word priorities. Getting some basic
priorities in order is key. And I know that if one’s life can be organized
around solid priorities, then a full and worthwhile life will be the result.
It is always risky to use sports illustrations; they just don’t speak to
everyone. But let me forge ahead with an oft-quoted statement by American
football coaching legend Vince Lombardi. He is remembered for saying,
Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing. And Lombardi’s dream was
certainly to coach winning teams, but it’s a mistake to think that climbing
to the top of football’s ladder of success was his greatest goal. He
believed it was more important to succeed at life than at his career or
Actually, winning football games was not the only thing to Lombardi. He
once actually listed his life priorities in this order: God, his family
and his career.
He knew what was important. And he knew that keeping his priorities
straight could bring him joy, peace and, ultimately, success at life.
Which is probably the only thing that truly matters.
By Steve Goodier