Monthly Archives: June, 2014

Value the Deep

It’s easy to be bored. The mindset where really nothing really excites us. We’ve eaten at all the restaurants we want to, we’re not into reading, no television shows seem interesting and we think we have all the friends we need. Watch out for these thoughts or feelings.  It’s easy to just live at the  ‘surface’ level of life.  Haven’t we all asked” Is this all there is?”

Instead choose to go DEEP!  To go deep is to allow your God given curiosity and imagination to lead you out of the shallow. Deep is where we engage our God given spirit. To tap into the life’s joys means we regularly imagesleave the shores of our routines and allow ourselves to be guided by The Holy Spirit. Where are the fish?  In the DEEP!  Where do we find life’s excitement that lasts more than a weekend?  Not in surface conversation, but deep conversations with people and  Jesus Christ!

Paul, says ” And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God (Message version of Ephesians 3:18-19).”

So the next time you ask a friend: “How’s it going?” and they hesitantly say”fine” and you’re sure ‘things aren’t fine’-respectfully go deep. As you  care about this person-they just might share with you a deep conversation of mutual listening and learning. GO DEEP-get out of your boat and living on the surface of life.

I’m away Thursday to Annual Conference and a week off after that.  You are in for a treat this Sunday-The World Wide Mission Effort Called The Gideons will be speaking!  We love you so-Pastor John-Maureen!

Watch Out for ‘Slippery’ People !

Slippery is usually what we watch out for during winter with slippery walksimages or roads. Yet slippery is a description of a mindset and type of spirit. Certain people we meet or talk with on the phone/ email/or receive in texting are ‘slippery’.

I had occasion last Friday to talk with a company with whom the church does business. What came across was how non committal he was to providing the tech support we are paying for. Then spiritually it came to me-how slippery this person is.  Watch out for slippery people!

James, the physical brother of Jesus had plenty to say about ‘slippery’ people. Slippery people are double minded. James says in 1:6-:” But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8.  Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.”

imagesSlippery people are those who say one thing with their mouths but you can tell from their inflection and non committal responses that they are not all into what they say. Watch out for the temptation to be double-minded and slippery. Watch out for ‘slippery people’.

This Sunday let’s enjoy celebrating Jesus’ presence as we thank God for ‘Father’s Day’.  Thank you O Lord of the universe for the power of Your amazing Love.  Your servants for Jesus the Christ-Pastor John-Maureen.

Access to God Costs What?

Access.  We all want access.images  Access to justice, medicine, education and basic food and water. Right now there’s a big debate about whether people will have free access to the internet in this country.

Access is determined how?  Access is conditional.  We need to have money, position, and connections in order to have access to  certain people.

imagesThis week I inquired whether a Christian educator, pastor and writer might be accessible.  His website requested you  fill out an application and include a non refundable $250 application fee. Then the site listed six categories of fees.  For secular audiences over 5,000 people the cost per day is $10,000.  To appear at United Methodist Churches the fee is $2,000 per day plus meals, lodging, and transportation costs.  This Wesleyan group I’m part of doesn’t have this money which means we don’t have access to this insightful follower of Jesus.

Jeremiah, God’s prophet often made access to God part of his message. Jeremiah tells us that to access God: “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart (29:13).”  Wasn’t it awesome that Jesus then and now is always accessible? He turned no one away.  No application fees, no being put on hold, no agents to go through. As important as he became-Jesus was no less accessible to people from this birth, to his death, to his resurrection.

This Sunday we celebrate Pentecost. Thank God the power of the Holy Spirit is accessible to all who believe in Jesus-no fees!  See ya Sunday! Pastor John and Maureen!