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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Headlights

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I pulled into the parking garage at the hospital. As I crept closer to the dark wall before me in my chosen parking space, the headlights of my 2006 Nissan Maxima automatically came on.

Problem…
Only one came on.
Problem…
The one illuminated headlight was only half-lit.

After my hospital visit another meeting beckoned.
After that meeting another meeting at the church beckoned (a lot of beckoning yesterday!).
That last meeting lasted until 8:00 pm.
Time to go home.
Problem…
Darkness covered the land!

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All Dressed Up

Yellow Isolation Gown

Izzy is 94 years old!
Izzy is a hoot with a quick wit, contagious laugh and the best sense of humor.
Izzy is also in the hospital.

I stood in the doorway to her hospital room and saw her sitting down with Nurse Amanda attending to her.

I shouted her name followed by shouting my own name as a way of introduction.
Izzy looked at Nurse Amanda quizzically, “Who’s at the door?”
Nurse Amanda shouted from eighteen inches away – “It’s David Dendy!”

Picture big smile floating across Izzy’s face with an affirmative nod of the head.

Nurse Amanda, wearing a thin, gauzy, yellow isolation gown along with bright blue latex gloves, pointed at herself and said, “You’re going to have to get dressed…” (Interpretation – “Put on a gown and blue latex gloves like me…”)

I quickly shouted back at Nurse Amanda – “But Izzy likes to see me undressed!”
Izzy’s uproarious laugh could be heard through the whole South Wing of the hospital.

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Bellying Up to the Bar

Three Angry Wives

Bellying Up to the Bar

It was 3:00 in the afternoon.
And there I was bellying up to the bar ordering my standard “Gin and Tonic.”

I have never, ever, ever, never been in a bar at 3:00 in the afternoon on a week day.
Yet, there I was saying, “Yes, I would like a lime with that. Is there any other way to drink it?” to the blonde bartender.

Call it chance.
Call it coincidence.
I call it the providence of God.

At 2:53 in the afternoon I was pulling out of the parking lot of my Chiropractor.
As I was leaving I noticed a gentleman pulling into the parking lot who attends my church occasionally. I quickly made a U-turn to offer a quick hello.

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Seeing isn’t believing

Seeing Isnt Believing

Thursday’s Thoughts from Pastor David

It’s the last Thursday in the month of April!
The first Thursday of April was my wife’s birthday!
The last Thursday of April is my sister’s birthday!

Remember the disciple of Jesus named Thomas?
What adjective usually goes before his name?
That’s right – “Doubting”

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Twelve days Running!

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Thursday’s Thoughts from Pastor David

Here we are, twelve days into the month of April and I am still basking in the afterglow of the glorious and redemptive act of the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.
From the cruel cross to the emancipated empty tomb, this is where we find the great juxtaposition of history.

One man’s (Jesus) willing pursuit and achievement to take on the sin of the world on the Cross –
our grief,
our loss,
our misconceptions,
our futile chasing after significance,
our dysfunction,
our abandonment of all things godly,
our internal struggle of shame,
and the list goes on and on (Believe me! My personal list goes on for another three or four pages… and that would be the Reader’s Digest version)

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The Cup

Cups

Thursday’s Thoughts from Pastor David

The first Thursday after Easter!

We go back a week to take a look at “The Cup” from which Jesus drank a week earlier (The Thursday before Easter!)

While in the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus prays – “And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, ‘My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.’” (Matthew 26: 39)

“The Cup” of which Jesus speaks are those life situations, skills, idiosyncrasies,  circumstances, and calling which has been placed in our path of life with which we must confront, deal with, live with, embrace, and drink.

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Good Friday

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On the Friday Jesus was crucified, these were His last words on the cross…

1. Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do …

2. To the thief on the cross – Today you will be with me in paradise…

3. “Jesus said to his mother: “Woman, this is your son.”
Then he said to John the disciple: “This is your mother.”

4. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? …

5. I thirst. …

6. It is finished. …

7. Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.

“He loved them to the end…” (John 13: 1)

SeeingGodatWorkEveryDay…
David

Maundy Thursday

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Thursday’s Thoughts from Pastor David

It’s the last Thursday of the month of March 2018.
It’s the last Thursday before Easter 2018.
That can only mean one thing…
It’s Maundy Thursday!

Not Monday Thursday…
It’s Maundy Thursday! The day of Jesus’ “Last Supper” with the disciples.
Maundy comes from the Latin word “mandatum” which means commandment or mandate.

Jesus commanded His disciples and us during the Last Supper to “do this in remembrance of me.”
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