Archive for November 2008

Just a Thought   2 comments

Today, I am preparing to celebrate Thanksgiving like most folks.  This year, a new question popped into my mind that I thought would be appropriate for everyone to consider: Am I more thankful for the blessings of God than for the God of the blessings?  Maybe instead of asking around the table what blessing each is thankful for we should ask why we are thankful for the blessing Giver. 

Think about it, and please do have a God-blessed Thanksgiving.

In Christian love, Dave

The Purpose of a Team – Sermon Summary   2 comments

Ephesians 4:1-16

While I divided this up into a two-part message, summarizing the point should not require nearly as much time or space.

I prefer the word “team” to a lot of the alternatives.  I’d much rather serve with a team than a committee, board, clique or even group.  In my mind, these words simply flip a trigger that tells me that one cannot become part of that because it is some form of exclusive club.  A team is something that I can be part of.  Not just a part, but a meaningful part.

In God’s team, aka the Body of Christ, aka the church, each and every player has a critical role to play. Read the rest of this entry »

Moving Pains   Leave a comment

I’ve made more moves in my first 46 years of life that I can say that I honestly don’t care if I ever move again.  I would love to blame my parents for starting it all.  I was born in Seaford, Delaware and moved to North-Central Ohio while still a very small child.  However, we stayed put (for the most part) until after I graduated High School.

That’s when the real races began.  I would sit down and try to add together all the times I have moved from that time until now, but the headache it would cause is certainly not worth the effort.  For several years, I did have the move-once-a-year average easily accomplished.

So here I am, trying to recover from yet another move.  Mind you, the last several have been clearly God-driven moves so I’ll not complain too much……..maybe. Read the rest of this entry »

On My Nightstand – Crazy Love   1 comment

Crazy Loveby Francis Chan with Danae Yankowski.  David C. Cook, Publisher.  Great subtitle – Overwhelmed by a Relentless God.

I have to confess that I’m only two chapters into this book so far.  What I have already discovered is that Francis’ approach to God is incredibly authentic.  This book appears to be a real challenge to all Christians who desire to draw nearer to God in a real, radical way.  As must as I want to just sit down and read this in one sitting, what I’m finding is that it is working really well to read one chapter, then let it absorb for a couple of days. 

My friend who read this book and described it as “life changing” may have been giving quite an accurate description.  I’ll give my thoughts when I finish.  So far, my prayer life and view of my own life seem to be thoroughly challenged and enlightened.

KO’d   2 comments

6th grade “Field Day,” the last day of school.  We got to play and play and play all day long.  In our grade school, what we did was play some games in the school gym and then walk down to the little park in Apple Creek, Ohio.  Johnny Appleseed park is what I believe we called it.

This was the day that all 6th graders anticipated as we would celebrate together our final day as kings and queens of the school.  After all, we were the best class ever! 

So we were in the gym, playing one of my favorite games…dodgeball! Read the rest of this entry »

On My Nightstand – Jim and Casper Go to Church   1 comment

Jim and Casper Go to Church, by Jim Henderson & Matt Casper. BarnaBooks, Tyndale House Publishers.

Actually, I finished this a couple of days ago.

I must admit, this book has been an eye opener into a topic I have harped upon for years.  What do atheists think of church?  What do they think of particular churches with various styles?  Read the rest of this entry »

Lit Lamps – Sermon Summary   Leave a comment

When I was growing up, there was an ice cream truck that came through our neighborhood every Saturday during the summer months.  Every time that I was out playing with my friends when the truck would come around, I would experience one of two strong emotions – elation or dejection.  I would be thrilled if I had remembered to have my quarters with me and devastated if I had forgotten.  The reason for this is that once you heard the music from that truck, you would never have enough time to go get your money because he would be gone by the time you would get back.

This, I believe, is the story of the “Parable of the Ten Virgins” from Matthew 25:1-13.  Not that they were waiting for ice cream, but they were waiting anxiously for their bridegroom. Read the rest of this entry »