Compare

Compare

Have you ever thought about the meaning of the word  “Compare.”
Here’s the definition….

com·pare
kəmˈper/
verb
1. estimate, measure, or note the similarity or dissimilarity between.

“individual schools compared their facilities with those of others in the area”

synonyms: contrast, juxtapose, collate, differentiate

“we compared the data sets”

 

If you didn’t know the exact definition as defined by the dictionary, you most certainly have felt its impact.
When we come out on “top”, comparison can feel great!
When we come out on the “short end of the stick”, comparison can sting worse than a hornet!

Have you dealt with being “compared” to some thing or some one lately?
Me too…

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Happy Birthday!

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We celebrated my daughter Faith’s thirteenth birthday yesterday. Actually, we have been celebrating all weekend the fact our little girl is now a “TEENAGER!!”

As we sang, as we blew out candles, as we watched her face beam as she opened presents, the question arose in my mind, “Why do we celebrate birthdays?”

SeeingGodatWorkEveryDay…

This question really fascinated me.
It seemed so simple and yet the question itself took me down lots of roads, highways and byways…

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On being connected

Grapes

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…

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Fragrance, Scent and the Aroma of Grace

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Fragrance, Scent and the Aroma of Grace

Scent is one of the most powerful of the five senses, warning us of danger, triggering cherished memories and even helping us to find our true love…

Researchers suggest on a global scale the perfume/cologne industry in 2018 will be worth a whopping 45.8 billion dollars.

The world also makes a big statement – “Scent matters.”

What kind of perfume or cologne do you wear?
How often do you wear it?
Every day? Once a week? Just on hot dates? First thing in the morning?

Fragrance, Scent and Aroma played a large role in the Bible as Jesus was twice anointed with very expensive perfume. Each anointing brought criticism as the anointing was perceived as a waste of money, since poor people could have benefited from the sale of the perfume.

In John 12 as Jesus was being anointed by Mary, the gospel writer says, “The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.”

Which raises the question for us today.
What do we smell like?
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Delays

Delayed

Thursday’s Thoughts from Pastor David

It’s the first day and the first Thursday of February – a tremendous twofer!!

Have you ever been delayed?

In Traffic?
On an airplane?
By a phone call?
By a friend?
By a text message?
In receiving an answer to a prayer request?

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Why?

star-of-bethlehem

“Why?”

 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?
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?

Forgive me.
I guess I really had four questions…

I only have one answer…
I don’t know.

SeeingGodatWorkEveryDay…
Laugh often and Fear not!
Merry Christmas!
David!

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One

Multiculturalism

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…
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I can see clearly now… Well almost!

Eyeglasses and eye chart

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!)

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The Voice of God

Voice of God

We met in 1983 and slowly, but surely we became good friends over the years.
And then I got divorced and as is usually the case, sides have to be taken and friendships, relationships come to an abrupt end.

Our friendship of fifteen years was one of the casualties… There were certainly no hard feelings on my part. There probably were no hard feelings on his side either. This is just the way things go. I wish it was otherwise…

About four of five years ago, after a fifteen year moratorium of silence, I reached out via email to let my friend know I still cared about him and his beautiful family. I cannot tell you how much my heart skipped when he responded and wanted to catch up by phone.

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Best Friend, Worst Enemy…

Bald Eagle in mid-air flight over Homer Spit Kenai Peninsula Alaska Winter

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…

SeeingGodatWorkEveryDay…

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!”
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