Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Gritty Comics

When I started reading comics over twenty years ago, there was a trend to make very character more "realitsic" by making them go through some sort of trial. Superman died and came back, Batman broke his back, Aquaman loses a hand, and Green lantern went crazy. These are just a few characters that went through some change to engage new readers. While change can be a good thing, sometimes it can go to far,and people will long for the days of yester year. In comics none of these changes stuck. In church, change will happen, but we have to make sure we keep the things that bring us close to God.

Inspiring lives- John Ward

John Ward was a professional baseball pitcher in the late 1800s. He was a bit if a trouble maker in his life. he had a few run ins with the law. When he retired from baseball, he graduated from law school and became a lawyer. he began to fight for the rights of other baseball players in labor disputes. John Ward and Abraham shows us that no matter how old we are God still has plans for us.Abraham fathered the nation of Israel when many of us would be in a nursing home. God can still do great things with us no matter what.

Love Dare for Parents- Love honors authority

Reflect on your own attitudes about authority in your own life. If the Lord exposes any wrong doing in your heart, confess it and ask for forgiveness. Talk to your children about the importance of honoring God by honoring authority.

A Clip on Authority


Bestow on me, O Lord, a genial spirit and unwearied forbearance; a mild, loving, patient, heart; kindly looks, pleasant speech,and cordial manners in the exchanges of daily life; that I may give offence to no one, but as much as in me lies live in charity with all men.   Amen

Sermon Update Reflections

In the sermon this week we talked about how we should reflect God's grace and goodness. Many of us may look at ourselves in a mirror, and feel we are peering into one of those Circus mirrors. We see ourselves, but we see ourselves distorted from who we really are. We may see ourselves as ugly and imperfect. That is not how God sees us, he always sees us as perfect.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Love Dare for Parents

Day One
Words are a powerful way to communicate love. Find a moment when  you can simply verbally express your love to your children.Whether they are in your house or reachable by phone, if it is possible make sure they hear you say the words.

"This my commandment, that you love one another."- John 15:12

Sermon Uodate- He's Coming for you

    I am a big fan of the show How I Met Your Mother. The show's premise is a man (Ted) is telling his teenage children the story of how he met their mother. The show ran for nine seasons, and throughout the show's tenure there were many theories on just who the mother may be.The woman in questions turned out be a bystander in the story line of the show. Someone who was there in the background for many of the show's twists and turns.
      As stated in our sermon last Sunday, we may feel we are bit players in this life. However, like the blind man in the story form the Gospel of John, we can give a testimony that is life changing. There is no one in the background to God, we are all front and center in His eyes. We have His complete attention, and He will make us stars.