Dad, You Leave Big Footprints!

20 06 2015

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A man going from his house to the stable one snowy morning, heard a voice behind him, “I’m coming along, too, papa,” and, looking behind, saw his little son lifting his little feet and planting them carefully in his father’s footsteps. So do the children imitate their parents. “No man liveth unto himself.” Our children walk in our footsteps; so let us take heed how we walk.

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Precious People

18 05 2015

I have this quote taken from the 365 Day Devotional Commentary that I use. I have it above a picture of the Junior High teens from last year’s camp. I am so blessed to have committed to me precious things and precious people. I can’t seem to download the picture, I will try to add it later…

Pastor Dave

“The closer we are to the Lord, the more likely He is to commit precious things and precious people to our care. Let’s love Him deeply, that we might be privileged to serve our Lord as John served Christ.”

This quote is from the same source. I do not always like what it says, but it has seen me through some tough times. It is  life, where the rubber meets the road.

“Sometimes God wants us to remain where we are and trust him through the dry times in our lives”.





Invocation for Mother’s Day

8 05 2015

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Glorious Lord God, we worship you, we honor you and we stand in awe of you. We are amazed at your grace, love and faithfulness. We rejoice in your salvation. We thank you for the peace that we have with you through your Son Jesus Christ. We love you this morning because you first loved us. Remind us to rejoice in the Lord always. Help us to know the depth of that simple two-word command, “Rejoice evermore”.

Today Lord, we give recognition to all mothers whom we honor with our attention, thoughts, or  memories. We thank you for special mercies you have given to mothers as they sacrifice for their children. We thank you for the daily wisdom you have given them, still treasured into our adult years. We thank you for their patience, love, nurturing, and understanding. We remember the special care you gave to your mother, even as you died on the cross.

We pray for new mothers as they gaze at the toothless smile of their infant. Give them strength and a sense of awe at your plan for the life of their baby. We pray continuing wisdom and understanding for mothers with children still at home. We pray for aging mothers and their growing needs; give her adult children grace as they become caregivers. We pray for those who suffered the loss of a mother this past year; may they find comfort in memories.

We pray for those among us this morning who carry a private or physical pain, touch them with your healing hand. Give direction to those needing guidance and faith to those who can find no answers. Help us to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We ask this in the wonderful name of Jesus,

Amen





All You Need is…What?

15 01 2015

The date is June 25, 1967 and for the first time in history there will be a satellite broadcast to 25 countries. Never before could over 400 million people gather in front of their black and white TV and see the same event in real time. The BBC commissioned one of the hottest British bands at the time and perhaps in history to write a song for the occasion and sing it to the 400 million who would be tuned in.

I was probably one of them, being 12 at the time, a huge fan, and owning a b+w TV. This band, influential to the largest generation the world has ever known (the first generation with a name, known as the “Baby Boomer” generation), was the Beatles. The singer and song writer was John Lennon. The song was, “All you need is love”.
It was rather hastily thrown together, and meant to be an olive branch during the time of the Vietnam War. In fact, it begins with a couple bars of the French National Anthem, historic antagonists of Brittan. The lyrics are rather obscure with very poor grammar but to John Lennon, that was the beauty of it. Wikipedia reports that…”Lennon was fascinated by the power of slogans to unite people and never afraid to create art out of propaganda. When asked in 1971 whether songs like “Give Peace a Chance” and “Power to the People” were propaganda songs, he answered: ‘Sure. So was All You Need Is Love. I’m a revolutionary artist. My art is dedicated to change.” He just wanted the phase “all you need is love” or “love is all you need” to stick to people’s sub conscious.

The song ended with couple bars from “Greensleves” and the chorus of one of their first hit songs, “She loves you”. In that production were Rock and Roll giants like Mick Jagger, Keith Richard, Eric Clapton, Graham Nash, Keith Moon. It was a hippie set-up, with long hair, colorful clothes, flowers, and balloons. And the world bought into this revolutionary philosophy. I did.

“Well what’s so bad about ‘All you need is Love’?”…see, that’s what I mean; it was accepted without question because it sounded soooo right. Really? Another John challenges that mantra. The 24th Book of the New Testament supplies to us a response to this widely held viewpoint. He begins his letter in 2 John 1:1-4: “The Elder, To the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all those who have known the truth, because of the truth which abides in us and will be with us forever: Grace, mercy, and peace will be with you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love. I rejoiced greatly that I have found some of your children walking in truth, as we received commandment from the Father.” The Apostle of love teaches that love needs to be tempered by truth. Without truth, love has no restrictions or guidelines. It would be subjective to opinion and without restraint.

Truth is foundational and like many foundations, you can’t see them. It is truth that makes love strong and genuine. It is a common sentiment among believers that doctrine divides and love unites. So let’s forget about doctrine and just love! I mean, all you need is love, right? And that is where error creeps in, no one wants to be critical of someone in error b/c it may be interpreted as being unloving. On the other hand, truth without love leads to coldness, and both extremes need to be avoided.





Honor to whom honor is due

11 11 2014

I like this summertime commercial put out by a grocery chain. It’s only one minute long, but speaks volumes. I thank God for our WWII vets and the role they have played in our world. I thank God for the ones who took that baton of freedom and run their race well.

Click here and reach for the tissues…

Happy Veteran’s Day

Get the tissues ready ladies and gentleman. This commercial from Food City is not only touching but it puts all the summer hustle and bustle in proper perspective. Watch it below and share it with your friends!

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– See more at: http://americanmilitarynews.com/2013/08/video-phenomenal-summer-commercial-puts-life-in-perspective-and-a-tear-in-your-eye/#sthash.MG7654os.dpuf

Get the tissues ready ladies and gentleman. This commercial from Food City is not only touching but it puts all the summer hustle and bustle in proper perspective. Watch it below and share it with your friends!

Share and Enjoy

– See more at: http://americanmilitarynews.com/2013/08/video-phenomenal-summer-commercial-puts-life-in-perspective-and-a-tear-in-your-eye/#sthash.MG7654os.dpuf





Gadgets and God

12 09 2014
I get distracted easily. I can not multitask yet do not count that lack as a bad thing. I can focus on one thing and everything else is a distraction. I am not the only one; that’s why texting while driving is a bad idea. The biggest distraction today seems to be our devices, in whatever form. Since I grew up with transistor radios, Black and White TVs, and phones attached to cords, I can be a little more objective about our addiction to the “device” or  its first cousin, social media . Of course, this very blog post is an indication that I know the value of such technology. It is a wonderful tool! But it is only a tool and not a lifestyle.
Its pull is stronger than we would care to admit and our time on such devices probably rivals or surpasses a 40 hour work week. Whenever there is a spare moment, the phone is pulled out of pocket or purse and given our utmost attention. There is no “down time”. I can see it to be a distraction to our time of stillness, meditation, and quietness before God.Google is replacing the Bible as a place to find answers and social media is replacing time spent with our heavenly Father. Check out theses observations by someone much younger than I…
 
By Brady Boyd

I got to work a few days ago and realized I’d left my phone at home. The all-out search that proved futile and the ensuing overwhelming angst I experienced were significant. I think I was more distraught than if I’d misplaced one of my children. How am I going to get through this day without my phone? I thought.

A different kind of call was coming in, even as I searched for the device. It was a call from God: “Come to me, and I will give you rest.” Of course I didn’t pick up.

God tried again: “Lay your burdens down, child. Walk with me, and your walk will be burden-free.” To which I didn’t respond. Again.

God stays the course: “I want you to be fascinated not with trinkets, but with me.” Still, no response.

Ever-patient, ever-persistent, God went for it a fourth time: “Slow down. Look up. Linger here with me.”

It was then I thought I heard something. Wait. Was that the voice of God?

But then, I hear a subtle ding from my phone, which had been in my laptop bag the entire time. The ding was alerting me to a text message that had just arrived. My thumb couldn’t help itself—it was itching to swipe. As I reached for my phone, all attention focused on that new text, I simultaneously scored one for the enemy of my soul.

Technology is not a bad thing in itself, but when we’re more tuned into our iPhone alerts than to our Creator, it’s a problem.
Read more at http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/practical-faith/signs-you-may-be-addicted-busyness#MSArls4xgpFch23P.99





Dear Sunday School Teacher

18 03 2014

Please don’t quit.

Pastor Dave

1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

A chaplain who was ministering to a seriously wounded soldier was requested by the dying man to write a letter to his former Sunday school teacher. “Tell her I died a Christian because of what she taught me in that class in church. The memory of her earnest pleas and the warmth of her love as she asked us to accept Jesus has stayed with me. Tell her I’ll meet her in Heaven.” The message was sent, and some time later the chaplain received this reply: “May God forgive me. Just last month I resigned my position and abandoned my Sunday school pupils because I felt my work had been fruitless. How I regret my impatience and lack of faith! I shall ask my pastor to let me go back to teaching. I have learned that when one sows for God, the reaping is both sure and blessed.

Years ago at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis they needed a Sunday school teacher for the junior boys. No teacher had been able to control them. This class wasn’t bad, just energetic.

They asked Ewald Chaldberg, a Swedish immigrant with a thick accent who worked as a masseur, to teach; he took the class. “He’ll never make it,” buzzed through the congregation. “Three weeks, and that’ll be the end.” But Ewald Chaldberg believed that God would overcome his human limitations. He stayed with the class through the years. He kept on teaching boys.

I was invited to that church to share in a service for the tenth anniversary of the death of Ewald Chaldberg. How do you like that—a church celebrating the tenth anniversary of the death of a layman!

At the celebration, they recounted that at least 40 men were in Christian service someplace in the world because Ewald Chaldberg taught boys, loved them and watched over them as they grew.

During the service, 27 lay persons stood up to say, “We’re going to be like Ewald Chaldberg in a small way.” Ewald found significance because he trusted the Lord who said, “My idea is bigger than your idea.”*

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