Posts Tagged ‘God’
Have you ever lost something? It is most likely true that you can say “yes!” How did you feel if you happened to find the thing that was lost? Jesus takes up this very subject in this week’s gospel reading as he tells the story of the lost coin and the lost sheep. These are two small stories with a much bigger promise than “finding something.” Tune into this week’s worship service as we take a look at these two stories. Our message is titled “God Never Gives Up.”
Have you ever just felt lost and that you didn’t know where you were or even where you might wish to go? Have you ever felt like going home (in whatever sense you think of home) was an impossibility? If you have answered yes to either or both of these questions, then you should tune into this week’s service entitled A Lost Boy.
Do you believe in second chances? Maybe you’ve made a mistake and you’d love to go back and do things over again. Maybe you’ve said something to someone that you now wish was never spoken. God offers second chances. Tune into the 02/28/2016 worship service as we explore and celebrate the grace of second chances.
What do you think of when you see the word promises? Maybe you think of promises you have made. Maybe you think of broken promises – either those made by you or someone else. Maybe you think of unanswered prayers. Tune in as we explore the promises made by God to Abram.
When you think of lent, what is the first thing that comes to mind? It probably has something to do with “giving something up.” Why not think in a new and different way and ask, What is the very best thing that I can give to God? Tune in to the February 14, 2016 worship service as we explore this topic.
Have you ever had a back ache? Did you know that the bible gives some advice on what we can do about them? Tune in as we encounter Jesus and a woman with a back ache in the synagogue.
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.