Each Sunday, your child will learn the Bible and how it relates to Jesus in an age-appropriate way.
There is a very real and dangerous misconception which has been circulating for some time among church folk. I don’t know when, or how, it all began but it’s present toll upon the individual lives of the followers of Jesus is mounting. The deadly idea which has been circulating is that Jesus will make everything all right, that no matter how bad our lives are at the present time, if we will only invite Jesus into our hearts as Lord and Savior then our situation will change. I am convinced that our situations will change, but I’m not convinced that our lives will change in the way we might hope.
There is a rumor going around that the big day is just three days away. I have been listening closely over the past several weeks and the rumors have grown louder and louder. It all started before Thanksgiving as I watched the folks on television begin to announce the countdown to the big day. With each passing day more and more voices have joined the choir announcing the coming day with joy and expectation.
The Christmas Season is here. Have you noticed yet? It’s kind of hard to miss it isn’t it? Santa peddling his wares on television. Parties sprouting up like tender shoots in the spring. Packages being bought. Cards being sent. Trees decorated with tinsel, bows, beautiful ornaments, and lights, and carols being sung throughout the land. There are wonderful things that take place at this time of the year. Things like toys being gathered for children who would otherwise not experience the joy of receiving a gift on Christmas morn and meals being planned for those in need of food for Christmas. Christmas is a wonderful time for our nation to experience the joy of giving.
A young man was born on November 10, 1483, in Eisleben, Germany, about 120 miles southwest of modern-day Berlin. His parents, Hans and Margaretha, were both domestic workers. Shortly after the birth of their son, the family moved to Mansfield where his father found work in the copper mines. Hans was a very driven man and his Type A personality paid off at work as he quickly climbed the ladder of success and became part-owner of several mines in the area. Hans wasn’t content to simply expend all of his energy on the mining business. He also ran for public office in the little town and became a member of the city council.
I am concerned about the Church this morning. The Church in America. I am concerned that the Church has lost her heart for the broken and lost. I am concerned that she has lost her passion for the voice of God. I am concerned that she has turned from faith to fascination. I am concerned that she is more committed to finding entertainment on Sunday morning than she is with finding the lost found. I am concerned that she has lost her passion for those who do not know the salvation which comes from Jesus Christ. I am concerned that she is more in awe of stained glass than she is with saved souls. I am concerned that she is more deeply broken over spills on the carpet and children running down the hall than she is with people dying without Christ and going to hell. I am concerned for the Church in America this morning. I am concerned that she is more committed to building ornate sanctuaries of luxury and leisure than she is with building the Kingdom that has no end. I am concerned that she is more committed to preserving the past than she is to praying for people to come to know Jesus today. I am concerned that she is getting angry over things that don’t even matter while exhibiting apathy towards the one thing that matters most – winning the world to Jesus Christ. I am concerned that she has lost her prayers for God to make of her sons and daughters evangelists and preachers of the grace of God. I am concerned because she can readily invite a friend to lunch, but she hesitates in inviting a friend to worship at the feet of the Messiah. I am concerned because she is looking more and more like a reflection of her culture and less and less like a reflection of His Kingdom. I am concerned for the Church in America this morning. I am concerned that she is more committed to insuring her comfort while on earth than she is committed to preparing herself to serve before His throne in Heaven. I am concerned that she is more in tune to the masses and what they want than she is to the Savior and what He wants. I am concerned for the Church in America this morning. I am concerned because I feel like she is not concerned…
Rusty was a friend of mine growing up in Duncan, Oklahoma. Rusty was a piece of art. A great guy. A good friend. Hard to figure out. On a regular basis he would undergo a metamorphosis of mammoth proportions. The continual transformations of Rusty were not unlike Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde, the many faces of Michael Jackson, Michael J. Fox’s Teen Wolf, or the yearly makeovers of Madonna. Whenever some craze would sweep the nation, Rusty would show up at school the next day as the embodiment of the craze.