Someone spit in my face!

 

Well, not exactly, and it’s actually a great family story.  I talk about it in 2018’s first sermon: The Image of God Within Us.

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Seeing each other as the image of God is the key.

Otherwise:

  • I’m just another annoying loud mouth.
  • You’re just giving another dollar to some guy on the corner.
  • Chances are they will always be your enemy.
  • You’ll never move toward forgiveness (for yourself or someone else).
  • Everyone else will always be the problem.

You get it, right?  It may take some digging.  You might find it to be one of the most difficult things to do.  But the more committed we are to seeing ourselves and each other as an image of God, the more peace we’ll experience.

Stay blessed…john

 

The scariest costume ever

My idea for the scariest Halloween costume came to me this morning. Yes, on Halloween day. Have I ever told you I’m a procrastinator? It won’t cost you much money. You’ll be dressed in no time. In fact, where whatever you want. Dress up. Dress down. Wear your work clothes. Dress like a minion (There’s a joke in there somewhere). It doesn’t matter. Next, crab a pile of index cards. Write the word “DARN” on…..

He better be joking

One of my comments in this weekend’s message, Interesting Places to Worship, was that we, as God’s people, should stop going to church. We considered the story from Daniel 3 of Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego.  You may remember that the three young men were threatened by King Nebuchadnezzar because they did not bow down and worship his over-sized golden statue.  There defense was no defense at all.  They just weren’t going to worship anyone or anything…..

Watching

It can be one of those difficult things about our faith in God. A psalmist declares, “Oh Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I plead my case to you, and watch.” Psalm 5:3 Did you catch it?  Most of us understand the need to pray, and that we should pray to God.  A lot of us even do it in the morning to get it over with (snark).  But it’s…..

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We don’t always get knocks on the door during church finance meetings, but when we do I’m quick to answer.  I figure I’ll leave all the finance fun to everyone else. Last night was one of those nights.  I answered the knock and the woman at the door said she lived behind our church.  Last night someone brazenly walked up to their back porch and stole their generator.  She and her husband, who stood at the foot…..