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A Simple Story

“A thief is only there

to steal and kill and destroy,”

he said. 

“I came so they can have

real and eternal life,

more and better life

than they ever dreamed of.”

Jesus said those things. We’re going to be thinking together about this for several days.

For now, grab your Bible and read the entire scene in John 10:1-18.

See you back here tomorrow.

 

 

Keep Looking

“Keep looking,” says a character played by Halle Berry in Extant.* “You never know what you might see.”

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, says Ephesians 1:18.

For what are you looking?

Psalm 119:18 is a great prayer for you and me today: Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things.

“Keep looking. You never know what you might see” today — like hope and wondrous things!

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Season 1, Episode 4.

Remember to Remember

“We live in the land of the free because of the brave.”

That’ s more than a cliche.

“All gave some, but some gave all.”

So’s that.

“They made the ultimate sacrifice.”

True.

Here’s one more: “A grateful nation remembers.”

Today, let’s remember to remember.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two Significant Things to Celebrate Today

It’s Pentecost Sunday! We celebrate the Birthday of Christ’s Holy Church; see Acts 2 for details.

It’s also Aldersgate Sunday! United Methodist followers of Christ remember and celebrate May 24, 1738 when John Wesley had his “heart strangely warmed.”  It was the beginning of revival and renewal. Ask a United Methodist, or for sure a United Methodist pastor, for details.

Two significant things to celebrate today — join the rest of us in worship and experience something new today!

 

 

 

 

The Key to Failure

I don’t know the key to success,

but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. 

That line’s attributed to more people that I’m gonna list here, so let’s just get to it: you and I know it to be true.

For some of us, it’s painfully true that the key to failure is trying to please everybody. 

From Scripture comes this simple admonition: “Don’t get sidetracked.” (Proverbs 4:27) But it’s so easy to do when we listen to, and try to please, everybody.

And then there’s this, from Jesus: “Nobody putting his hand to the plow and looking back is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62) Yikes.

To whose advice will you listen today — everybody’s?

The key to failure is trying to please everybody. 

Take time to listen to right One this weekend.

 

 

Another One for United Methodists Only

Yesterday’s quote —

The United Methodist Church is a conservative denomination that lists homosexuality as “incompatible with Christian teaching.”*

The very next sentence reads like this —

It’s also an organization that has yet to experience a major schism.*

What say ye?
*Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/largest-united-methodist-church-in-the-us-builds-new-90-million-sanctuary-to-expand-its-reach-139254/#TzcOSbjCYjx2XvMO.99

 

For United Methodists Only

In an item released yesterday about the church Adam Hamilton and others pastor, there was this —

The United Methodist Church is a conservative denomination

that lists homosexuality as “incompatible with Christian teaching.”*

Not sure when the last time the denomination of which I’m a part was called “conservative,” are you?

 

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