Monthly Archives: November, 2017

Reduce the Glaze Not Jesus Christ !

    So Happy Thanks-living!

Cooking includes reduction. In cooking, reduction is the process of thickening and intensifying the flavor of a liquid mixture such as a soup, sauce, wine, or juice by simmering or boiling.

Reduction also happens spirituality. Reductionism is taking a certain half truth  and neglecting the larger truth of which this certain truth is only a part. Then the party involved base their whole view of life around this part of the truth. This is how all cults come into being. Oops, ouch and dangerous.

Some reduce the Gospel to social justice neglecting personal salvation. Others reduce faith in Jesus, to personal holiness neglecting social justice. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is both.

While in cooking-reducing intensifies the flavor; it’s just the opposite spiritually.  Spiritual reductionism leaves a puny, watered down Jesus Christ.

Reduce the orange glaze, not Jesus Christ, for the time is coming when“every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father (Phil 2:9-11.)” 

Sunday after worship we begin decorating  the sanctuary for the season of Advent-Christmas. Bring a dish to help share for lunch as we decorate.  See you Sunday.  Pastor John-Maureen.

 

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Are You Grounded? Where’s Your Boat?

We’re created for adventure. Adventure is different then excitement. Excitement is temporary, which necessitates always looking for more excitement. Spiritual adventure is a life-style and biblical worldview, which is constant.

If you and I are like boats-where are you? On the shore, or maybe you find yourself grounded or stuck in a rut. Remember Columbus? His boat didn’t stay at home port. Are you making new discoveries called friendships? Are you discovering new lands-like new wisdom from the Holy Spirit? Are you hanging with people who are different then you?

Make a difference. Yes you can help pass out food at the local food bank.  Yet adventure is more than giving stuff, as important as food and stuff can be. Adventure is actually getting involved in someone else’s life.  Listening to his/or her story and humbly telling this new friend the difference Jesus has made in your life!

Jesus sees Peter coming in after a night of catching no fish. He says-“Put out into deep water and let down the nets for a catch (Luke 5:4).”  What are  we waiting for? Reach out to people in Jesus’ name!

See ya Sunday-Pastor John-Maureen

 

 

 

Serpents and Doves Point the Way!

The church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Sunday November 5th, has caused us all to take a “time out.” Having a gunman violateworship by killing and wounding others just doesn’t compute.

I call your attention to Matthew 10:16: “Behold I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.”

To be wise, have street smarts, and be able to size up people without spiritually judging their worth are skills we all need. To realize someone is sizing you up as a prey is an important skill.  Sort of like a snake. On the other hand like a dove the symbol of The Holy Spirit-we all need to be able to convey respect, and peace to anyone we meet.

So between the skills of the snake and dove-develop a spirit smart street balance. Don’t be offensive to people but on the other hand don’t be anyone’s push over!

Continue to pray for the families who lost loved ones in this  bizarre tragedy. Happy Veterans today tomorrow!

See ya Sunday in worship!  Pastor John-Maureen!