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Fruit Salad: What To Do With The Joy - Luke 24:26-48 (Wednesday Night Reflection)

Have you ever had one of those “pinch-me-I-must-be-dreaming” moments?You know, those times where what you just discovered or what you were just told was too good to be true.We have those events in our lives from time to time…those events that fill us with a kind of disbelieving joy…For the guys, maybe it was that moment as a teenager when you asked that great looking girl out and she said, “yes,” or maybe it was years later when you asked, “Will you marry me?” and, for some odd reason, she said, “yes.”Gals, maybe it was that day when your husband or boyfriend (depending on whether you are married or not) actually remembered your birthday or anniversary and actually gave you a gift that was more than an afterthought from Dollar General.A newly married couple may experience at the reception or the next morning…new parents may experience it right after the delivery…it may be a job offer or a promotion…it might have been how E.J. Nettles felt when he weighed in the 400 lb Marlin at Big Ro…

Baptism: God’s Gift - Acts 8:26-40

Water…is a truly precious gift from God…a gift we sometimes take for granted…many of us using it without thinking…at other times not realizing how important it is until there is none to be had. Water…the waters of baptism…another gift that we so often take for granted…often not realizing its significance.  Beginning today, and for the next four weeks, we will be examining this precious gift from God…the gift brought to us in the waters of baptism.  We will consider how it brings the gift of family, the gift of God’s forgiveness, the gift of a new life, and the gift of a new kind of living.  Today, though, we will consider simply the fact that it is a gift. In the video clip it was noted that all water that we have on earth has been here since the moment of creation.  It ties into that scientific understanding that matter is neither created nor destroyed…once God has spoken matter into existence, it is there.  It may change states, but it continues to exist.  Consider the significance of…

Fruit Salad: It All Starts With Love - 1st Corinthians 13 (Wednesday Night Reflection)

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How many of you love top ten lists?If you do, great, we’ve got one tonight.If you don’t, then learn to love them because we’ve got one tonight.In 2009 I surveyed over 400 people and asked, “What is the Number One Love Song of all time?”231 submissions were made, nominating 130 different songs.Here are the songs that made the Top 10: Tied for 10th – “All My Life” by KC and JoJo, “Always and Forever” by Heat Wave, “God Bless The Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts, “Here and Now” by Luther Vandross, “I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You” by Elvis Presley, “Moonlight Serenade” by multiple artists, “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton, and “You’ve Got A Friend” by James Taylor. Tied for 8th – “Annie’s Song” by John Denver and “Love Me Tender” by Elvis Tied for 5th – “Endless Love” by either Lionel Richie and Dianna Ross or Luther Vandross and Mariah Carey, “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole, and “When A Man Loves A Woman” by Percy Sledge. 4th – “At Last” performed by either Etta James or Ella Fitzger…

Crazy Is A Compliment - Mark 3:19b-27

It probably comes to no surprise to many of your that there are times where I operate outside of the norm…whether it is in joking around, or simply stating something in an unexpected way, there are times where I have come across as just not right.There have been quite a few times over the years where I have done or said something, and folks give me a look as if to say, “something’s wrong with you.”Others don’t stop with the look, they will go on to say, “You’re crazy Pastor Lee” or “You’re crazy Daddy.”My quick and ready response is always, “You’re right…and I’ve got the papers to prove it.” Now don’t get me wrong, mental illness is not a joke.It is serious and so many folks struggle with it.For years it has been a stigma—with folks afraid to confess that they struggle with it, or family members living in denial of it, or, if they accept it, trying to hide it from the rest of the world.Many of our homeless and some who struggle to stay out of jail find themselves that way because they …

Jesus Is The Vine, We Are To Be The Branches - John 15:1-17 (Wednesday Night Reflection)

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Tonight, we conclude our journey through the “I Am” statements of Jesus.We have tried to recapture significance of the impact that these statements would have had on the listeners, as well as understand what they mean for us today.We recognized that in saying “I Am,” Jesus, blasphemously in the ears of his contemporaries, was claiming equality with God…for He was claiming the name God used to refer to himself when Moses questioned God’s name at the burning bush, with God responding, “I Am that I Am” and “this will be my name through all generations.”The controversy of Jesus claiming identity/oneness with God is not controversial for us, because we, on this side of the resurrection, understand (well “understand” may be a strong word), know that Jesus, as God the Son, God the Father, and God the Spirit, are all aspects of our One True God.For us, the controversy for some, is that the statements that Jesus made about Himself apply to us, as the church.We cannot say, “we cannot do that be…