Thursday’s Thoughts from Pastor David
On being connected………….
In our modern iPhone, Galaxy, Samsung, Android, Google Pixel, Twitter, Computer Gaming, Facebook, texting and Instagram driven technological world, we as a people have never communicated more than at any other time in the rest of human history combined.
Just walk around the mall, the Outlets, the Casinos, or even down on The Strip. People’s posture is horrendous as we are bent over at some awkward angle with our hand or hands firmly gripped on our smart phones while checking email, the news, gaming, Twitter, Facebook and every other type of social media.
Communication is at an all-time high!!
Connectivity is at an all-time low…
This strange yet sterling star leads the Wise Men every step of the way.
They are traveling from the East.
Bethlehem would appear first.
And yet, the star bypasses Bethlehem and leads them to Jerusalem to meet the jealous and insecure King Herod first.
I only have one question…
Why would the Star lead the Wise Men to the bad guy first?
Why would such leading lead to such destruction?
Why would the “roundabout way” be “the way” to the newborn king?
I guess I really had four questions…
I only have one answer…
I don’t know.
Laugh often and Fear not!
The first Thursday of September!
What a great time to begin thinking about our “Purpose.”
Have you ever thought about your purpose on this earth?
In the early days of the Presbyterian Church a learning tool called the Westminster Shorter Catechism offered this as the first question:
What is the chief end of man?
They’re calling you Harvey as you blow your breath up to 160 miles an hour. Your arms gather the seas and with one swing of your limbs you surge the sea six to twelve feet. You threatened to hit the shoreline with your “eye wall” for hours on end and then you did, obliterating everything in your path.
They’re calling you Harvey…
But you are a multi-personality monster…
I know you by the name of “Divorce”. Three times this week I talk with victims of your destruction as your storm surge have broken up marriages and families.. Continue reading
In response to Charlottesville and all the other rallies, this is what God put on my heart to share with my congregation on Sunday, August 20th… #CharlottesvilleVA #WeAreOneInChrist
Grace and Peace,
Jesus loves the little children,
All the children of the world.
Red, brown, yellow, black and white,
They are precious in His sight.
Jesus loves the little children of the world…
“Do we not all have one father?
Has not one God created us?
Why do we deal treacherously
each against his brother so as
to profane the covenant of our fathers?” (Malachi 2: 10)
There is neither Jew nor Greek,
there is neither slave nor free,
there is no male and female,
for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3: 28)
We are all one in Christ Jesus…
Thursday’s Thoughts from Pastor David
In the summer of 1986 I served as a Chaplain on the cardiology floor (11th floor) of the Baptist Hospital, now called Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
One of my responsibilities was to go room to room and check in on patients, see how they were doing, pray with them and their families and offer any other kind of spiritual counsel and support.
I entered one room and saw the patient sitting upright in his bed as he was flanked by two gentlemen, who happened to be family members.
I introduced myself as being one of the “Ministers” in the hospital and we engaged in some friendly conversation for about five minutes. After a slight pause in our dialogue, the patient looked at me quizzically and said, “You’re awfully young to be one of the “Administrators” of the hospital.” (I was 23 years old at the time!)
I ran into a friend of mine yesterday I hadn’t seen in a long time.
We have a very unusual relationship.
He’s been my best friend.
He’s also been my worst enemy…
We stood face to face and acknowledged one another.
Yesterday our relationship was somewhere between friend and tolerable acquaintance.
He looks much younger than I remember even though the gray around his temples would suggest otherwise.
His compassionate eyes still have that sparkle but they also looked tired and lost, longing for something of which I wasn’t quite sure…
I inquired, “How ya doing?”
His response of, “You know…” left me wanting to scream, “No! I don’t know!”
July 4th – An excerpt from my devotional book – “iWitness July”
Back in the late 70’s… (the fact that we can remember back that far makes this story suspect from the start. Yet, I promise it is true to life as was told to me by my good friend Brian.)
My friend Brian made some type of All-American marching band. Their trip was a European tour which included a few stops behind the “Iron Curtain.”
Please remember that this was during the height of the Cold War between the Americans and the Russians.
While the band was marching their way through Czechoslovakia, Brian met a girl… a Christian girl. The girl told Brian how when she and her Christian friends wanted to meet for Bible study they had to be very secretive about it and would meet late at night under the cover of darkness and candlelight. At best, she confided, they could meet maybe once a week at different homes so as to keep their meetings at the highest level of secrecy.
After listening to her testimony, Brian in a rather nonchalant manner went on to tell her in the United States you could have Bible studies whenever and wherever you wanted with full publicity and without any level of secrecy.
The girl’s response haunts me to this day, “Wow… I bet you have Bible studies every day!!”
The ABC’s of Being a Blessing…
Here’s 26 things or ways to be a blessing to the people around you!
In Genesis 12, Abraham is told he blessed! So that he may be a blessing to others.
We are blessed!! Not just for ourselves, but rather so we can be a blessing to others.
Below are the notes from my sermon on Sunday, with the link to the video below… The sermon (of course) expounds on the notes below…
Be a blessing!!
Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together! (Psalm 34: 3)
Build someone up
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. (Ephesians 4: 29)
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