Monthly Archives: November, 2015

Give Thanks for Involved Dads!

Extinction is in. There continues a fascination with dinosaurs and Jurassic Park movies.  Deforestation of the Amazon is resulting in extinction of all kinds of animals and plant species. Newspapers are full of stories about animals on and off the endangered species list.images

Speak about extinction. The other day a middle age dad walked into the soul cafe with his two young sons and got acquainted. How rare it is I thought to actually see just dads enjoying time with their children. Involved dads are almost in themselves a rare species.  Prisons are full of young men and women who all have one thing in common-no dad was there for them when they were younger.

So Happy Thanksgiving. Let’s give thanks for dads, or men who have a imageslove for being involved in helping to raise children. Involved dads who love the Lord and love their families don’t have to be an endangered species or extinct.

See ya Sunday-Pastor John and Maureen

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Revive the Coals Within !

The other morning I began to start a fire in the living room fire place. So in went the crumbled paper and kindling and soon came smoke. Soon afterwards the fire started without my striking a match.images

Are there left over coals of belief, buried in your past? Have you written off God? Maybe you prayed and He didn’t give you what you wanted?  Did something happen which caused you to think there’s no way God could love someone like me.  Yet God never gives up trying to get your attention. God can fan the coals of past belief into a flame like the flame from buried coals in a fireplace.

Allow God to fan the coals of your past belief. Every day we cry out in all different ways to God. Hang in there! God’s not finished reaching out to you. You don’t have to understand everything about God the three in One. Don’t give up.  Solomon, had God tell him: “I love those who love me. Those who seek me  dilgently will find me (Proverbs 8:17).  Be patient in seeking God. Be ready to be surprised. God will fan the coals of past belief into a new flame, as you honestly seek Him.

See ya Sunday-your servants for Christ-Pastor John and Maureen

 

 

 

 

 

Where’s Your Higher Ground?

IMG_0392Here is Maureen and our grand-daughter Aubrey. We all were out for a morning walk.  Here we’re stopped and low and behold Aubrey’s faith has her wanting to climb a street sign pole.

Like Aubrey isn’t life all about wanting to go higher?  So often we under estimate what we are capable of.  By ourselves we are so limited. What we need is a boost. Just as Maureen is boosting Aubrey, so the Holy Spirit wants to boost you up. Boost you up to a higher ground or understanding about the meaning of life. I like how the song Higher Ground goes: I’m pressing on the upward way, New heights I’m gaining every day; Still praying as I’m onward bound,“Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.” Refrain: Lord, lift me up and let me stand, By faith, on Heaven’s tableland, A higher plane than I have found; Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.” 

Rejoice. Heaven is available here and now. The higher plane, the higher understanding we yearn for is available in and thru Jesus Christ!

See ya Sunday-your servants for Christ-Pastor John and Maureen!

What Holds the Pants? Hello Bible Belt!

Hello from Lubbock, Texas.  Maureen and I are playing “Hookey” (vacation time) with a son’s family and a grand-daughter.IMG_0343

Lubbock is part of The Bible Belt. Wikipedia explains: “The Bible Belt is an informal term for a region in the south-eastern and south-central United States in which socially conservative evangelical Protestantism plays a strong role in society and politics, and Christian church attendance across the denominations is generally higher than the nation’s average”.

We out in the west could well take stock and learn from the Bible belt. For example: 1. Stores are closed on Sunday for the most part; especially liquor stores; 2. People here are more prone to talk about faith in Jesus Christ in public; and 3. Church attendance is higher-as the example in the 2,500 member United Methodist Church where our son’s family attends.

So what holds one’s pants up? Here in Texas, it’s the Bible belt. The Apostle Paul reminds us in Ephesians 6 about putting on the armor of God: “Stand firm then with the belt of truth around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place (Eph. 6:14). Christ is the belt of truth we all need!

See ya Sunday-your servants for Jesus The Christ- John and Maureen!