Many are in a hurry, becoming quickly irritable when they are forced to wait even seconds. How long does it take for the driver behind you to angrily blow his horn if you hesitate at a green light? How long does it take for you to become impatient when you are loading a slow internet page? We don't want to be late. We hurry around on a mad dash to nowhere. Things must be instant. We grow anxious when we must wait.
God works on different time. Jesus didn't rush around Galilee. He took time to "consider the lilies of the field that neither toil nor spin." God promised Abraham that he would found a great nation. Abraham then waited 25 years before Isaac was born. The Hebrews toiled as slaves in Egypt 430 years before God sent Moses to set them free. They wandered 40 years in the wilderness before they entered the promised land.
Over 2000 years ago Jesus promised to return in glory. We are still waiting. God's timing is mystifying. Isaiah 55:8 says: 8 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. Ecclesiastes 3:11 adds: 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end."
We do well each day to surrender to God's eternal perspective and wisdom. Rome was not built in a day. Good things take time. We need to trust and hope in God when we wait. Isaiah 40:28-31 says: 28 'Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faith".
I said, "God, I hurt":
And God said, "I know."
I said, "I cry a lot."
And God said, "That's why I gave you tears."
I said, "Life is so hard".
And God said, "That's why I gave you loved ones".
I said, "But my loved one died!"
And God said, "So did mine".
I said, "It's such a great loss!!"
And God said, "I saw mine nailed to a cross".
I said, "But Your loved one lives!!"
And God said, "So does yours!!"
I said, "Where is he now??"
And God said, "My Son is by My side
and your son is in My arms!!"
SPIRITUAL ACROSTICS *
"Only God can move mountains, only prayer can move God".
APRIL - POP
So, now what could "pop" ever have to do with our Christian walk? Well, of course, our Father God is our Pop! But actually, when I usually think of Pop, I think of my dad. Ever call your dad Pop? What about Grandpa - Pop? When did you drink your last soda pop? Ever listen to your bowl of rice crispies go 'snap, crackle, pop' or ever eat a bowl of Supar Pops? When I was little, my Jack in the Box played the tune of "Pop Goes the Weasel"! Here's an oldie from 1904: Jim Thorpe's college coach's name was Glenn Scobey "Pop" Warner.
Well now, how can we make a spiritual application out of the "pop"?
Over a year ago our Sister Carol Lobaugh was in the hospital and had missed worshipping with us several Sundays. Then PTL! the Sunday sister Carol was in church once again I had mentioned to Brother Leonard that it was "good to see your better half in church today!" His reponse back to me was, "The power of prayer!" I thought to myself for a second and responded back to Brother Leonard, "Yes, pop, the power of prayer!"
Prayer is our life's motor, not our spare tire because seven days without prayer will make one weak! You'll never get a busy signal on the prayer line to heaven! (Jeh. 33:3) Our greatest tragedy is not answered prayer, but offered prayer. Amen! Our church body's two fold prayers were lifted up for Sister Carol as well as others to our" Pop" in heaven and the Lord showed us His power of prayer to us when we saw Sister Carol back in church worshipping with us. Amen!
Bro. Jeff <><
The Law of the The Garbage Truck
One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport.
We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches! The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy; and I mean, he was really friendly.
So I asked, 'Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!' This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call, 'The Law of the Garbage Truck.'
He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they'll dump it on you. Don't take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Don't take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets.
The bottom line is that Christian people do not let garbage trucks take over their day. Life's too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so . . . . . 'Love people who treat you right. Pray for the ones who don't.'
Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it.
-Author Unknown The Law of the The Garbage Truck
A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which said: "I am blind, please help." There were only a few coins in the hat.
A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words.
Soon the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy.
That afternoon the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were. The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, "Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write?"
The man said, "I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different way."
"I wrote: "Today is a beautiful day, but I cannot see it."
Both signs told people that the boy was blind. But the first sign simply said the boy was blind. The second sign told people that they were so blessed that they were not blind. Should we be surprised that the second sign was more effective?
Moral of the Story:
Be thankful to GOD for what you have. Be creative. Be innovative. Think differently and positively. When life gives you a 100 reasons to cry, show life that you have 1,000 reasons to smile.
After all, you can read this story.
SAVVY LIVING by Donna Marion
The word "busy" seems to be the key word I keep hearing so much lately. It seems that with work and careers, children's activities, family obligations, church, social obligations, volunteer obligations, the world is a very busy place. All of this activity makes practicing thrift a very difficult issue. However, our budgets are demanding some level of thrift. Evaluate your thrifty practices and your time constraints and see if your thrift is an investment in time or saving only a few pennies. A few of these suggestions may help:
1. Be more organized. Before you roll your eyes, think about it. This will save time as well as money. At certain times of the year, different merchandise goes on sale. Being organized enough to take advantage of these sales may save quite a bit of money. If you can plan meals in advance, you won't be trying to thaw a frozen piece of meat for dinner or ordering out. Give your daily schedule some thought and see what steps you can take to be just a little more organized with your weeks and months.
2. Scale down. Expect to do less, have less, and spend less. Eliminate nonessentials. Eat out less. You don't always have to be entertained, preparing large meals, running all the time. Simplify your meals, your home, and your lifestyle.
3. Do those time-consuming things that count. If comparison shopping will save you money on a new vehicle, put the time into that comparison shopping instead of stopping at the first auto dealer you encounter. And don't ever shop when you are tired.
4. Think of your spare minutes as a way to accomplish small tasks. If you have a few minutes while dinner cooks, don't get on Facebook. Sort your mail, start a load of laundry, set out breakfast items for tomorrow, clear off your counters or table top. A lot can be accomplished in five or ten minute intervals.
5. Don't try to live up to other's expectations. It's your life!
Here's to Savvy Living!
Daddy's Gonna Eat Your Fingers
This one is for all who:
a) have kids
b) had kids
c) was a kid
d) know a kid!
As I was packing for my business trip, my 3-year old daughter was having a wonderful time playing on the bed. At one point, she said, "Daddy, look at this," and stuck out two of her fingers.
Trying to keep her entertained, I reached out and stuck her tiny fingers in my mouth and said, "Daddy's gonna eat your fingers!" pretending to eat them before I rushed out of the room again.
When I returned, my daughter was standing on the bed staring at her fingers with a devastated look on her face.
I said, "What's wrong, honey?"
She replied, "What happened to my booger?"*
ATTORNEY: The youngest son, the 20-year-old, how old is he?
WITNESS: He's 20, much like your IQ
ATTORNEY: She had three children, right?
ATTORNEY: How many were boys?
ATTORNEY: Were they all girls?
WITNESS: Your Honor, I think I need a different attorney. Can I get a new attorney?
ATTORNEY: Do you recall the time that you examined the body?
WITNESS: The autopsy started around 8:30 PM
ATTORNEY: And Mr. Denton was dead at the time?
WITNESS: If not, he was by the time I finished.
CHRIST THE LORD IS RISEN TODAY
Charles Wesley, 1707 -1788
What a glorious truth to ponder - Jesus is not the
"Great I WAS" but rather the "Great I AM!" He is not only
a historical fact but a present-day, living reality. The whole system of Christianity rests upon the truth that Jesus Christ rose from the grave and is now seated at the Father's right hand as our personal advocate.
"Christ the Lord is Risen Today" has been one of the church's most popular Easter hymns since it was first written by Charles Wesley just one year after his "heart-warming" experience at the Aldersgate Hall in London, England, in 1738. The Wesleyan Chapel in London, was a deserted iron foundry. It became known as the Foundry Meeting House. This hymn was written by Charles for the first service in that chapel.
Following his Aldersgate encounter with Christ, Charles began writing numerous hymns on every phase of the Christian experience, some 6,500 in all. It has been said that the hymns of Charles Wesley clothed Christ in flesh and blood and gave converts a belief they could easily grasp, embrace with personal faith, and if necessary, even die for.
If all of our eternity is to be realized on this side of the grave, we are hopeless and to be pitied (1 Corinthians 15:19). But for the Christian, the resurrection assures us of God's tomorrow. This anticipation makes it possible to live joyfully today, regardless of life's circumstances.
Christ the Lord is ris'n today, Alleluia! Sons of men and angels say: Alleluia! Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia! Sing, ye heav'ns, and earth reply Alleluia!
Lives again our glorius King, Alleluia! Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia! Dying once He all doth save, Alleluia! Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!
Loves redeeming work is done, Alleluia! Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia! Death in vain forbids Him rise, Alleluia! Christ has opened Paradise, Alleluia!
Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia! Foll'wing our exalted Head, Alleluia! Made like Him, like Him we rise, Alleluia! Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia! CHRIST THE LORD IS RISEN TODAY
The cross of Christ is either a blessing or a curse, depending on our response to it. Either it leads to our eternal redemption, or it condemns us to eternal damnation. This is demonstrated by the two thieves who hung on either side of the Savior. One responded and received divine mercy, the other rebelled his way into hell. God never violates man's free will and forces His love on anyone. And He has never rejected anyone who cries out to Him in believing faith. It is man who rejects God and the salvation that He provided at Calvary.
Ask God to use this Easter season to awaken your appreciation of His suffering and death at Calvary and to be more desirous of sharing His love with others. Be sensitive to the possiblilty of denying your Lord even in some small word or deed. *
Amazing Grace, 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions
- Kenneth W. Osbeck
BITS ' PIECES . . .
It's always good to hear from home - here's the address for our Navy person:
FC3 - Ellis John Yentzer
Also: A wrong telephone number on the Address Listing for the Reed's -8839. Sorry for the transposed numbers.
On a personal note: As I sat watching the Pre-Worship video on Sunday I was wondering if everyone felt like I did and appreciate the messages that are shown there every Sunday. They are so very good and presented very attractively. Thank you, Michael for providing these timely reminders for us!
Mark your calendars for this years Vacation Bible School dates, July 18 - July 22 with the theme God is Wild About Us
When March rolls around I begin to really think Spring. I love Spring because it is the season of blossoms, blooms, new life and the resurrection of Jesus. It's a season of hope.
I'm especially encouraged this Spring. We are making good headway on refining our mission and focus. We are beginning Leadership 101 to train growth group leaders. Growth groups are a key to our congregation's health and vitality. Leadership 101 will be on Saturday morning March 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM.
We are planning for a great Creation Festival at the end of June and Summer's VBS. The future is bright for Chapel Hill.
Beginning in March, I will be preaching on "Emotionally Healthy Spirituality." I have noted over the years, that growth in biblical and theological knowledge does not necessarily translate into enhanced emotional and relational health. We can know our bibles, attend church, love God and still be afflicted by compulsions, addictions, moodiness and dysfunctional relationships. We will explore together how we can become healthier.
I am grateful to be your pastor. You make the promise of Spring so much brighter!
by Max Lucado
The cross. Can you turn any direction without seeing one? Perched atop a chapel. Carved into a grave yard headstone. Engraved in a ring or suspended on a chain. The cross is the universal symbol of Christianity. An odd choice, don't you think? Strange that a tool of torture would come to embody a movement of hope. The symbols of other faiths are more upbeat: the six-pointed star of David, the crescent moon of Islam, a lotus blossom for Buddhism. Yet a cross for Christianity? An instrument of execution?
Would you wear a tiny electric chair around your neck? Suspend a gold-plated hangman's noose on the wall? Would you print a picture of a firing squad on a business card? Yet we do so with the cross. Many even make the sign of the cross as they pray. Would we make the sign of, say a guillotine? Instead of the triangular touch on the forehead and shoulders how about a karate chop on the palm? Doesn't quite have the same feel does it?
Why is the cross the symbol of our faith? To find the answer look no further than the cross itself. Its design couldn't be simpler. One beam horizontal - the other vertical. One reaches out - like God's love. The other reaches up - as does God's holiness. One represents the width of his love; the other reflects the height of his holiness. The cross is the intersection. The cross is where God forgave his children without lowering his standards.
*How could he do this? In a sentence: God put our sin on his Son and punished it there.
THE WONDER OF IT ALL
What many Christians need today is a rebirth of wonder and awe. We know the gospel intellectually, but it seldom reaches our emotions and will. We take the incarnation, resurrection, ascension, the indwelling Holy Spirit, and the eternal reign of Christ merely as theological concepts without letting them grip our inmost being. And the wonder that this great God knows, loves and cares for us doesn't often thrill us as it should. We even become very blase when we witness a life that has been dramatically transformed by the love of God. Our spiritual condition can be likened to those Christians at the church in Laodicea mentioned in Revelation 3:14:22 "neither cold nor hot" - just lukewarm. We need to recapture the wonder of it all.
George Beverly Shea, one of the all-time favorite gospel singers, gives this account of the writing of this hymn:
*England figures in the story behind this hymn written in 1955. I was on my way to Scotland for meetings there aboard the S.S. United States bound for Southampton when inspiritation came from conversation with another passenger. He wanted to know what went on at our meetings and after detailing the sequence of things at a typical Billy Graham Crusade meeting, I found myself at a loss for words when I tried to describe the response that usually accompanied Mr. Graham's invitation to become a Christian. "What happens then never becomes commonplace . . . watching people by the hundreds come forward . . . oh, if you could just see the wonder of it all."
"I think I should," he answered. Then he wrote these words on a card and handed it back to me: THE WONDER OF IT ALL.
"That sounds like a song to me." Later that night, I wrote on that theme and roughed out a melody to go with them."
FYI: NEVER THIS EARLY AGAIN
This dating of Easter is based on the lunar calendar that Hebrew people used to identify Passover, which is why it moves around on our Roman calendar.
Found out a couple of things you might be interested in.
Based on the above, Easter can actually be one day earlier (March 22) but that is pretty rare.
The year of 2008 was the earliest Easter any of us will ever see the rest of our lives! And only the most elderly of our population have ever seen it this early (95 years old or above!). And none of us have ever, or will ever, see it a day earlier!
Here are the facts:
The next time Easter will be this early (March 23) will be the year 2228 (The last time it was this early was 1913 (so if you are older, you are the only ones who were around for that, right?)
The next time it will be a day earlier, March 22, will be in the year 2285. The last time it was on March 22 was 1818. So no one alive today has, or ever will see Easter any earlier.
-MountainWings March 2008
"Will the road you are one get you to my place?" -God.
MARCH - Fear (positive)
In our lives today, we need not fear tomorrow when we know God Who will be with us tomorrow!
In our past life, we dealt with life's challenges with a negative fear attitude. But as we are faced with flashbacks of our past, today we must take a stronghold in combating our thoughts with a positive fear attitude!*
I have yet to hear of or witness a successful relapse story in one's life! These stories are always worse off where they began and before accepting liberation from this life's burden. Why? Because freedom from sins tyranny is the greatest of all freedoms! Think more of the power of Christ in you than the power of sin over you. True winners are those who have learned to lose, let go, surrender and admit that they are powerless over any life's more sinful attraction. "Abstain from all appearances of evil." (1 Thess. 5:22) Living your life with positive fear will help give you the desire to serve, the courage to act and the ability to perform!
Let's look at the story of David and Goliath. The army saw Goliath in relation to their selves and trembled. (1 Samuel 17 17:32-37). In David's perspective courage is not the absence of fear but the conquest of fear! Courage is fear that has said its prayers! Any challenge or task ahead of us is never as great as the power behind us! Our God is always stronger than your strongest foe!
Hopefully this will help you to better understand that when one comes to Christ with a need that they only need to trust. When trouble grows your character shows! Applying positive fear when trials and burdens arise cannot imprison us if we let the Lord work through us. Don't live in harm's way, but surrender! To lose is to learn! Don't take tomorrow to bed with you but face everything and recover serving in God's army!*
In His love,
Bro. Jeff <><
HOW DO COURT RECORDERS KEEP STRAIGHT FACES?
These are from a book called Disorder in the American Courts and are things people actually said in court, word for word, taken published by court reporters that had the torment of staying calm while the exchanges were taking place.
ATTORNEY: How old is your son, the one living with you?
WITNESS: Thirty-eight or thirty-five, I can't remember which.
ATTORNEY: How long has he lived with you?
WITNESS: Forty-five years.
ATTORNEY: How was your first marriage terminated?
WITNESS: By death.
ATTORNEY: And by which death was it terminated?
WITNESS: Take a guess.
ATTORNEY: Doctor, how many autopsies have you performed on dead people?
WITNESS: All of them. The live ones put up too much of a fight.
ATTORNEY: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?
ATTORNEY: did you check for blood pressure?
ATTORNEY: Did you check for breathing?
ATTORNEY: so, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?
ATTORNEY: How can you be so sure, Doctor?
WITNESS: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
ATTORNEY: I see, but could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless?
WITNESS: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law.
SAVVY LIVING by Donna Marion
This is a recipe that I use frequently that is easy, inexpensive & very good.
* GARDEN STUFFED BAKED POTATOES
4 russet potatoes
2 T. butter
1 small onion, chopped
1 (10) oz) pkg frozen chopped broccoli, thawed & drained
1/2 c. ranch salad dressing
1 T. oil
2 tsps dried parsley (optional)
salt & pepper
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Microwave pierced potatoes on High for 12 minutes; bake for 15 minutes. Slice off potato tops. Scoop out pulp, keeping skins intact. Mash pulp in a medium bowl.
2. Heat a small skillet over medium heat; add butter. Add onion and saute about 5 minutes. Add onion, broccoli and salad dressing to potato pulp and mix well.
3. Brush outside of potato skin shells with oil.
4. Spoon potato mix into shells, dividing evenly. Place on a baking sheet. Bake until heated through, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley, salt and pepper to taste.
Another easy and tasty recipe is BACON MUSHROOM CHICKEN
4 bacon strips, halved** 2 T. mayonnaise
4 boneless chicken breast halves 1 tsp. dried onion
1/2 tsp. seasoned salt** 2 cans sliced mushrooms, drained
1/2 c. honey *** 2/3 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
4 T. Dijon mustard
In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels; set aside. Flatten chicken to 1/2" thickness; sprinkle both sides with seasoned salt. Brown in bacon drippings. Transfer to a baking dish coated with cooking spray.
In a small bowl, combine honey, mustard, mayonnaise and onion; spread over each chicken piece. Top with bacon and mushroom slices. Sprinkle with cheese.
Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Serve 4
I GAVE MY LIFE FOR THEE
* Frances R. Havergal, 1836-1879
And He died for all, that those who live should no longer live
for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again. (2 Corinthians 5:15)
A vivid painting of Christ, wearing His crown of thorns as He stands before Pilate and the mob, is displayed in the art museum of Dusseldorf, Germany. Under the painting by Sternberg are the words, "This have I done for thee, what hast thou done for Me?" When Frances Havergal viewed the painting during a visit to Germany, she was deeply moved. As she gazed at it in tears, she scribbled down the lines of this hymn text on a scrap of paper. After returning to her home in England, she felt the poetry was so poor that she tossed the lines into a stove. The scorched scrap of paper amazingly floated out of the flames and landed on the floor, where it was found by Frances' father, Rev. William Havergal, an Anglican minister, a noted poet, and a church musician. He encouraged her to preserve the poem by composing the first melody for it. The present tune was composed for this text by the noted American gospel songwriter, Philip P. Bliss, and was first published in 1873.
When Christ cried out on the cross, "It is finished," victory over sin was won. All that is required of each of us is to personally appropriate that finished work. To show our gratefulness, however, our response should be, "Thank you, Lord, for giving your life for me. Now I want to live for You and serve You till the end of my days." This was the reaction of Miss Havergal, known as the "consecration poet," whose entire life was characterized by simple faith and spiritual saintliness.
In spite of frail health, she lived an active life until her death at the age of 43. She wrote many beautifully phrased hymn texts, including "Take My Life and Let It Be" and "Like a River Glorious."
I gave My life for thee; My precious blood I shed that thou might'st ransomed be and quickened from the dead; I gave, I gave My life for thee -- what hast thou giv'n for Me?
*I suffered much for thee, more than thy tongue can tell, of bitt'rest agony to rescue thee from hell; I've borne, I've borne it all for thee -- what hast thou borne for Me?
*And I have brought to thee, down from My home above, salvation full and free, my pardon and My love; I bring, I bring rich gifts to thee -- what hast thou brought to Me?
Allow your soul to respond in a new and fresh dedication to God as you reflect on all that Christ has done for you. Allow these musical questions to motivate your thinking
Amazing Grace, 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions
- Kenneth W. Osbeck
Chapel Hill Church of God
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