November 5, 2009 1 comment

 3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. Ephesians 1:3-6

Recently, a good friend shared with me the story of his fathers awakening to this text. It was their practice to read scripture together and together to come to an understanding of God’s will for their lives. After reading the text the father turned to his son and asked, “you mean I’m His son?” For my friend’s father it was an epiphany. For the first time He truly understood the depth of God’s love.  Not only does he love us enough to free us from slavery of sin and death, He wants us in His house not as servants but as children, family even  heirs.

“And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory.  (Romans 8:17)  How incredible is that?  We’re not only heirs of the kingdom of God but Fellow heirs with Christ. When I was five years old my parents adopted a beautiful child. She became my sister and part of our family. We loved her then and 40 years later we still love her.  She doesn’t possess the same family DNA but she is as much a part of our family as I  or my brothers. She is my sister, DNA or not.  It was the good will of my parents to share all they possessed with her and that they could call her their daughter.

My friend, you are the creators child.  You can call Him “abba-father” or “pappa” because you are heir to His kingdom. You may be asking, “why would He. . .” or even “how could He love me so much?” The thing is, He created you in his image and his likeness and He created your DNA from His. It’s God’s good will that you share in all He has and  that He will one day call you son. What a thought, that our father is the creator of the universe.

blog-o-mania or bologna.

October 30, 2009 No comments yet

Wow. It seems that everybody’s doing it.  I mean blogging. I’m beginning to realize that I’m really out of touch.  I don’t tweeter or twitter or what – ever. I don’t like to text. The Lord didn’t give me fingers for texting.  I feel like I’m wearing gloves when I try.  I’m not even on the email band wagon, I  can’t stand to email, I don’t like the telephone, I and dislike messages.  I need to be dropped back in the nineteenth century. 

I’m not naive enough to believe that we can ever go back to the way it was before these inventions, nor do I deny their value.  I just like a good””  ole, face to face conversation. One on One. That way you can not only hear what I’m saying, you can see me saying it. You can see my facial expressions and hear the emotion in my voice.  And if you’ ‘re confused by what I’m saying or just uncertain you can ask me and I’ ‘ll attempt to clarify, right there, on the spot. If we’re speaking face to face, the potential for misunderstanding is limited and I like that. 

I’ve found that I’m not very good at expressing my emotions by way of email, text, or for that matter on the phone but that’s just me.  Whether or not I like the medium, it’s here and it’s not going anywhere, any time soon. It’s a tool like any other.  So, I’ve got a choice.  Use it, in an attempt to reach out and touch lives or ignore it and hope twice as many people show up for service on Sunday. I think I’ve got better odds with blogging . . .  I’m kidding. 

I know the boat is already packed with bloggers. And yes, I know they’’ve been on board  for years but for me, it’s new.  So, here goes, this is my first shot and I’’m committing to it . . . for now.

Pastor Mike

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