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Jesus Fruit: I Want It...Whenever - James 5:7-11 (Wednesday Night Reflection)

A child psychoanalyst relates the story of a young girl.The little girl was banging her teaspoon while ceaselessly and shrilly demanding dessert. Annoyed by the noise, her mother, on her way into the basement to get her some ice cream from the freezer, said irritably, "Have a little patience." On her return from the basement, the child’s mother found her little girl in what seemed to be the middle of a convulsion. Her face was bright red, her body was rigid, her fists were clenched, her eyes were fixed in a stare, in addition to which she didn't appear to be breathing. Letting the ice cream drop from her hands and screaming, "What's the matter?" the mother ran to her daughter's side; whereupon, the little girl unclenched her fists, stopped holding her breath, and replied, "I'm having patience." In a different community, a man observed a woman in the grocery store with trying to shop with her children. As they passed the cookie section, her …

Baptism: God's Gift of a New Kind of Living - Ephesians 4:17-24

I’m not going to ask for a show of hands on this one, mainly because it is not something that many of us would want to admit to in a forum like this, especially sitting so close to someone else.However, even though I am not going to ask for anyone to identify themselves to us, I would suggest that many, if not most, or even all of us have done this.We have an important event in which we want to look our best, maybe it is a job interview, maybe it is a date, maybe it is time to meet the future in-laws, or maybe it was even getting ready for church this morning.We jump in the shower, because, of course, we want to be clean and make a good first impression.We wash our hair, soap our body, and rinse off.We get out of the shower, brush our teeth, put on deodorant, and start getting dressed.Halfway through getting dressed, we stop.Where is that shirt?It is the shirt that we had planned to wear for all week long.We look in the closet, it should be hanging up!Maybe we folded it without thinki…

Jesus Fruit: Let Peace Begin With Us - Romans 12:14-21 (Wednesday Night Reflection)

What do you do? What do you do when you are coming home from town and as the two lanes merge into one you have someone come flying in and force their way in front of you? What do you do when the waitress in the restaurant takes 15 minutes to come take your order, while you clearly see her talking the whole time with another waitress? What do you do when a neighbor continually brings their dog into your yard to do their business? What do you do when you find yourself confronted by the neighborhood bully? What do you do when someone begins verbally assaulting you because your beliefs are different from their own? What do you do if someone tries to steal from you? Play video We’ve been on this journey for some time now…we’ve been considering what it means to bear Jesus Fruit.We’ve seemingly been away from our series for a couple of weeks now, so let’s refresh our minds about this idea of Jesus Fruit.Jesus had said, “I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear mu…

Baptism: God’s Gift of A New Life - 2nd Corinthians 5:13-21

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We went to the hospital the first time the week of June 12, 1995.They said at twenty-nine weeks it was much too early.The doctors and nurses, though, prepared for the two of them to refuse to cooperate and sent a barrage of steroids in to develop his lungs.However, after an IV specialist team came in and started plenty of fluids, hours of heartbeat monitoring, and some quiet time, everything, other than the 1 centimeter of dilation, was back to normal.After four more trips to the hospital in labor and four more trips home with it stopped, we went the sixth and final time on August 14th.Weighing in at 10 pounds, 3 ½ ounces, Davey came into this world at 12:50 pm, two weeks early (possibly the last time he was early to anything).A birth, a new life, I don’t think I’ll ever forget the moment that Davey was brought out of the womb by the doctors during the C-section and that first cry as the blood and amniotic fluid were being cleared from his body. For several weeks now, we have been talk…

Freedom - Galatians 5:1, 13-25 (Wednesday Night Reflection)

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With July 4th landing in the middle of week the celebrations began last weekend for many and for others it will run through this coming weekend, folks around this country gathering with family and friends, to celebrate our nation’s independence.Some here may have headed to the Cape earlier this week, or even today, and with plans to return before the weekend is out.There have been and will be parades, picnics, dips in the pool, fishing poles cast, corn hole games played, sand sculptures, and so much more.There will be fireworks…either of the man-made or God-made variety.We do all of this as celebrating our nation declaring its freedom from England’s tyranny 242 years ago.With that in mind, last week I posed the question on Facebook for the last week, “When you hear or read the word “Freedom,” what is the first thing that comes to mind?”. Some of the responses I received were: ·America ·Patriotism ·Sacrifice ·Red, White, and Blue ·Obedience ·Possibilities ·Flag ·Discipline ·Responsibility ·Our mi…