It's gardening season right now. How many of you like to garden? You love to dig in the dirt and plant flowers or vegetables? I admire you because I am not a gardener. Cut grass. I can do that. But gardening, that's Jennifer's sweet spot.
This morning we continue our series called What If. And the goal of the series is simple. It's to turn What If into What Is. As a church, we want to live out what we believe to be true. We want to become more than believers in Jesus. We want to become disciples of Jesus.
On Monday afternoons a number of us have been going over to Shannondell to pray with those in the Rehab Center. We were invited by the Activities Director after we went Christmas caroling there back in December. And it's been an absolute blast! If you'd like to join us, just let me know.
There’s a very popular concept in America today when it comes to church. I know I’ve experienced it and I’m sure you have too. And the concept is simple. The church exists for me and my needs. And if the church is meeting my needs then I’m in.
Every year at this time the parking lot at the YMCA, where I swim, is packed out. It’s hard to find a parking place. The lot is filled with people that the Y sometimes refers to as “resolutionists,” not revolutionists, but “resolutionists.”
When I was in seminary a missionary in Colombia, South America, was kidnapped by guerrilla forces. His name was Chet Bitterman. Immediately word went out around the world to pray for Chet Bitterman's release.
“Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray the Lord my soul to keep. Guide me through the long, dark night and wake me with the morning light. Bless mommy and daddy, grand mom and grand pop, Kenny and everybody in the whole world. In Jesus name. Amen.”