Posts Tagged ‘life’
Some people would say that in fact there are two basic kinds of people. The ones who divide the world into two kinds of people and the ones who do not. Jeremiah in chapter 17 would agree that in fact there are two kinds of people, ones who are like a low bush and ones like a tree planted by water. Tune into the February 7 2016 worship service as we explore these words from Jeremiah 17:5-10.
How easy it is for us to panic! What do you do when something unthinkable happens to you, to your family, to someone you love, or even in the world? Tune in as we explore what Jesus says about seeing the end times in current events. Tune in to find out what our response should be and why it is not only the appropriate thing to do but also quite possible.
We are often called upon to make choices about our priorities. What is the most important thing in your life? Tune in to our October 11, 2015 worship service as we explore this question.
The world is filled with questions. We live in an information age when the environment requires quick and correct answers. We google something – our favorite sports team, the weather, a favorite book or TV show. All of that is available for us to read about. We pride ourselves on quick answers. Does every question require a quick answer? Is the first and quick answer always the best answer? Tune in to the September 13, 2015 worship service as we explore the topic of questions and answers. Do we draw the wrong conclusions from the answers we give or can others draw the wrong conclusions?
Each of us makes choices ever day. Sometimes we look back and we are pleased with the choices we have made and sometimes we have lots of regrets! Tune in as we explore one of the most important choices we can ever make.
Church bells can be heard all around the world! Choirs are singing and you see people coming in the door – some familiar and some new faces. Join us as we celebrate the resurrection of Christ.
Sheep are a comon symbol throughout scripture. We think of them as creatures which often need guidance and get into trouble without help. Tune in and explore a different perspective.
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to always try to do the right thing because when you do you will reap blessings more than you can think or imagine.
PAINTED WITH A DIFFERENT BRUSH
One man who loved the color yellow had yellow carpet, yellow furniture, yellow drapes, yellow walls and even yellow appliances in his yellow kitchen. He slept in a yellow bed with yellow covers and wore yellow pajamas. He got sick. You guessed it…yellow jaundice.
He called a doctor who came to his apartment building. The manager told him he’d have no trouble finding the right one. “You just go down the hall and come to a yellow door,” he said. “That’s the one.”
In a few moments the doctor was back. The apartment manager asked, “Were you able to help him?”
The doctor replied, “Help him! I couldn’t even FIND him!”
I suppose it’s not always a good idea to blend too closely with your surroundings. And that holds true for the way we think and behave, too. We may not always want to be like everyone else around us. I admire those people willing to stand out from the crowd.
People like a Miami mother who came to police and spilled out cash and coins totaling $19.53. Her young son added another 85 cents to the little pile. It turns out that, after two days, they were the only people to return money scooped up from an armored truck that toppled on an overpass and rained more than half a million dollars onto the street below. Police said that witnesses reported seeing rush-hour commuters loading money into their cars and driving off while the armored truck employees lay bleeding. Police had pleaded with residents to return the money, but got nothing but laughter until a mother and a boy came in.
In a world that seemed to think alike, two people had a different idea. They refused to blend in with those around them. It was as if they were painted with a different brush. “I have children and I needed to set a good example,” said the mother of six, who could have used a little extra cash to supplement her low retail store wage.
Most people talk about values and what they believe to be right and wrong. But I’ve noticed that our REAL values can be seen by the way we live. It is the things we do and the choices we make that show what we truly believe.
An 11-year-old boy who turned in 85 cents because he felt “it was wrong for me to keep anything” stood out from the crowd. And a mother who wanted to teach her children to do the right thing set an example they will never forget. Like Ruth E. Renkel says, “Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritances.”
When this Miami mother one day passes away, she will leave her children a rich inheritance. Maybe not a pile of money, but she will leave them an example of a life of integrity and self respect, an example of what it is like to be painted with a different brush. She will leave them something far more important than wealth.
If her children inherit her values, anything else is just money.
Paint them fortunate.
By Steve Goodier
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