Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
Sunday, July 25, 2010
- Maintain a 'Me-First' Mindset.
- Avoid Conflict Resolution.
- Spread 'Malicious Nonsense' (Gossip).
- Don't welcome new people into the movement.
- Avoid Positive Influences.
- Throw out insiders who are trying to help.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
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Tuesday, July 20, 2010
- Tony Tomandl. Tony leads an incredible ministry called CERI (www.cerikids.org) which seeks to help kids in Moldova, a very poor former-Soviet country in eastern Europe. It is the number 1 source for human trafficking in the Europe (forced prostitution, forced labor, etc.). Susan and I sponsor one of these kids. Tony is traveling in Moldova for the next 2 weeks. Pray for him, for his ministry, and for Cheryl who, I'm sure, is already awaiting his return home!
- Bob Pino. He's a dear friend of mind and a great friend of PCC. His work both on the stage and behind the scenes has made a major difference. His friendship means the world. He's the kind of guy who just fills the room - he has a life and an energy about him that is electrifying. And he's really sick. Please pray for him and Jeannie today.
- Kathy Ivins. Kathy is also really sick. Her husband, John, and their boys are hurting. They are good friends with incredible gifts and talents and presence. We're all still kind of in shock that Kathy is as sick as she is. Please pray for this family.
- Allie Dulio. This little girl really needs our prayers. You can see more at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/alliedulio. It's never easy to know that someone you love is suffering, but it's particularly difficult when it's a child. Please pray for this special patient.
Monday, July 19, 2010
|Jeanne and Bob in December, 2009|
This very short book in the Bible packs a huge punch telling us how we should live each day for Christ. This book has three distinct messages, the first two of which are most popular to those who preach or teach from this text:
-Love one another.
-Beware of false teachers/deceivers.
-How to experience the fullness of God’s joy.
For the next few minutes let’s take the time to read and think about the messages John was trying to convey as they relate to us today.
Can You Unplug?
Loving one another and the message to do so has been around for centuries, and is brought to our attention in the Old Testament book of Leviticus. It is then hammered home in the book of John when Jesus takes it from something we should do and makes it a command, that we are to love one another. This is very clear-cut, direct, and to the point.
John cautions us about false teachers/deceivers, whose main objective is to distract and separate us from loving and obeying Christ first, and then each other. John makes this point very clear in verses 9, 10, and 11. At this point, you may want to re-read those verses. As you look at these verses, realize that in John’s day, the only ways to communicate were face to face or by letter.
As you approach the third point, realize that the intention is to make you stop, think about, and take account for how this fits into your everyday life. What is shared may cause you to question, be offended, or maybe even be provoked to anger. If so, mission accomplished! (Proceed with caution…and prayer!)
Verse 12 presents us with the importance of how God’s word is communicated and how we communicate with each other. John tells his readers, “I have much more to say to you, but I don’t want to do it with paper and ink. For I hope to visit you soon and talk with you face to face. Then our joy will be complete.” NLT
Did you catch it? The words that John had to share were so important that he did not want to put them in writing, but wanted to share them “face to face” so that the joy of the message would be experienced by him and those who heard it.
Ask yourself the following questions:
-Are you so plugged in to your cell phone, IPad, Facebook, Twitter, email, etc., that your face to face communication with those you love and others around you has diminished?
-Have you sat down in a restaurant with your spouse, children, or a friend to have a meal together and have had to stop to answer a cell phone or text a message to someone else?
-Have you sat in that same situation, trying to discuss something important that’s going on in your life, and had to wait while the person you were with was screening calls or texts during the conversation?
Recently, while in a small neighborhood restaurant, I noticed a couple with a teenage daughter and a younger son, maybe 4 or 5 years old. The father and mother were both on their cell phones; the daughter was texting; and the young boy was stuffing ketchup-covered French fries up his nose! These people, if asked, would probably respond that they have several meals a week together as a family, and they are satisfied with the fact that they are physically together. Should we truly be satisfied with this level of communication? John’s intent was to help us realize the importance of what goes into face to face communication that cannot be duplicated in any other way. If I’m talking to you and I stop the conversation to take a phone call or receive/send a text, I am saying that you are not as important to me as the person that’s attempting to communicate with me. Those who live this way would tell you they are multi-tasking. That’s another devotional for another time!
Well, there you have it! Are you offended? Angry? Ready to track down the devotional writer and hit him upside the head with your laptop? Don’t misunderstand the message here: Technology today is mind-blowing. Our ability to use the internet and all the associated peripherals to get the Word of God out to the masses is amazing. But please, let’s not forget to sit down as often as possible with those we love to give God glory and build each other up in our faith.
Plugged or unplugged? Where are you today?
Here’s a challenge for you:
Over the next 24 hours, make a notation every time you receive or send a text message; you receive or send an email; you receive or make a cell phone call. Look over your list and decide which ones were absolutely necessary and important, and which ones were merely distractions from face to face communication with family, friends, loved ones, or time with God. Then determine whether or not changes need to be made, and seek God’s direction in making those changes.
- Date: Friday, October 29 to Saturday, October 30.
- Time: Begins with dinner on Friday and will end at approximately 3:30pm on Saturday.
- Price includes: Hotel room, dinner Friday and breakfast & lunch on Saturday, a book and conference materials, snacks, etc.
- Cost: $199 per couple.
- Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of $50 per couple is required when you sign up. The remainder is due on September 4.*
- Where: Crossroads Conference Center in Lowesville (about 1.5 hours from Powhatan). We'll be staying in the Ukrop Conference Center.
- Topics: Communication, family systems, help for frantic families, and we'll have a lot of fun.
You will really like this facility. Susan and I have done marriage retreats at this place many times, it is the perfect place for one. Very private, very quiet, very nice. This will be the peak of the leaf season, too.
For those of you who have never been on a marriage retreat and wonder if it is 'weird', let me assure you that it is not. Sure, we want couples to stretch a little, learn and grow in their marriage and toward God, but there is nothing weird or freaky. It's a very positive experience and non-threatening.
Let me know if you want to reserve a spot.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Sunday, July 11, 2010
The final question asks, "Are you the same person today that you were a year ago?" We'd love to hear from you; leave a comment below and share any thoughts you might have.
Paul’s Letter to Philemon
Philemon was a prominent Christian, probably a member of the church at Colossae, and the owner of a slave named Onesimus. This slave had run away from his master, and then somehow he had come in contact with Paul, who was then in prison. Through Paul, Onesimus became a Christian. Paul’s letter to Philemon is an appeal to Philemon to be reconciled to his slave, whom Paul is sending back to him, and to welcome him not only as a forgiven slave but as a Christian brother.
“Once a _____, always a _____!”
Have you ever used the above expression, or heard someone say, “Once a thief, always a thief?” In the book of Philemon, we read an interesting story involving three people. Each one had an encounter with Jesus and they were never the same. You can fill in the blanks above a number of ways, and we find that whatever we write, we are confirming how society labels people by what they have done, not by who they are.
Person #1: Philemon
Philemon was a businessman, slave owner, and a respected member of his community when he encountered Christ. He became a very prominent Christian who even had the church at Colossae meeting at his house.
Person #2: Paul
Paul was a member of the Jewish high priesthood whose main objective was to persecute Christians and stop the growth of the New Testament church. He not only persecuted them, but put to death those people for their religious beliefs. On his way to Damascus he encountered Jesus Christ (Acts 9). Christ changed his mind, his heart, his soul, and even his name, from Saul to Paul. Paul went on to become the very first missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ. He also became famous as the writer of over 2/3 of the New Testament in the Bible.
Person #3: Onesimus
Onesimus was a slave. Philemon was his master, and once Onesimus had run away from Colossae and found his way to Rome, he was now charged with stealing his master’s property…himself! He was thrown into prison, where he encountered Paul. After spending much time with Paul, Onesimus learned about Christ and became a new creature.
When the time came for Onesimus to be released from prison and returned to Philemon, his master, Paul wrote a letter on his behalf. In the letter he told Philemon that Onesimus had accepted Christ, and he asked Philemon to accept Onesimus back, not only as his slave, but as his Christian brother.
Think about it!
1. Have you ever been labeled a thief, a liar, or anything else based on something you did? If so, how did you feel about it? How did you overcome it?
2. Is there anyone in your life (family, friend, co-worker, church-goer, etc.) whom you have labeled, and they are now dealing with the consequences of that labeling? If so, how do you feel about that, now that you’ve read the story of Philemon and Onesimus? What will you do about it?
This week as you read Philemon, ask the Lord to show you how to overcome being labeled, and help those that you have labeled to find who they are in Christ.
If you’ve encountered Christ, it should show by the love you have for one another and your own story on how Christ took you from what you were to what you are today. Are you the same person today that you were a year ago?
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Monday, July 5, 2010
Sunday, July 4, 2010
We got all of the large timbers power washed today and will complete the A Frames on Monday when the guy will be there to lay them out and flip them.
I have one belt sander (Thanks Kirk) and could really use 2 to 3 more. If you have one we'd love to borrow it if you're comfortable. I would like to get these sanders some time on Sunday cause I'm hoping we can get more of the sanding done after church on Sunday. I'll be at the Westchester until 10:30 and then I hope to get some calls on my cell phone of those who can help with belt sanders or whom can loan theirs out. If you don't have one but know someone who does, please see if you can borrow one for me. We will be very careful with it and will return it in good condition. I can lock it in the PCC trailer to keep it safe.
MONDAY: We still will need lots of people to stain, two power washer people and one power washer (machine). We will need belt sanders for this day as well. We will start 8:30 and go atleast until 12:00.
PLEASE call my cell before you come so know someone will diffently be at the church. This is all taking place in front of the trailer and some may be on the paved parking lot.