What kind of good news are you looking for? A new king?
In Jesus' story of the widow who pleaded with a judge to receive justice it looks to us that it was her persistence that got the judge to act.
Do you remember the story Jesus told about a steward who was squandering his master's property? We don't know exactly what he was doing, but he got fired for it. The steward quickly changes the bills due, discounting them by 50%, to gain the favor of others who might hire him when they hear he got fired.
Good morning friends!
Our thoughts are constantly on the move! At the coaching symposium a sports psychologist told us that normally an individual thought only lasts a little over a second. That’s why it is so hard to control your thoughts. He said that we cannot really have a blank mind, we think we can but the measured brain activity proves us wrong. So what we can do is direct our thoughts. And that is what coaching is all about.
I think the same thing is true when we think of spiritual matters; and with faith, fear, anxiety and doubt. We can direct them, but not eliminate them. I found a bible passage about thoughts today, from the Adult Forum class that starts on September 11th. The author is saying that we should let God direct our thoughts. He points out that what distinguishes a wicked person is that there is no room for God in their thoughts. (Psalm 10:4) They want only to direct their own thoughts without God.
I think sometimes we do that, without intending to do so. We get too busy, too occupied. Like Martha we are so troubled by the things we have to do that we think we don’t have time to sit at the feet of Jesus. Actually, we do have time. It has more to do with letting God direct our thoughts.
That’s what we will be talking about in Adult Forum on September 11th. You are welcome to join us!
I am an archery coach with USA Archery. Last Sunday we had an achievement shoot where our kids earn awards for shooting. Some of these families have become friends on Facebook and I noticed one post that talked about the family participating in the Milk Run at our state fair. I asked the dad about it and he said their entire family likes to run together. It's something they all enjoy.
Archery can be something like that as well. It's a sport that everyone in your family can enjoy together. Our Family Archery club is like that. We have all the equipment your family will need to get started, or just to try out to see if you all like it.
I remember growing up in a family that loved camping and hiking. Every summer we took an entire month to enjoy the outdoors, all across the western US. I think it shaped us as a family, in our relationships.
I know of whole families who enjoy skiing, water sports, boating, fishing, hiking, bowling, chess, board games, card games, nerf games,etc. I believe that having a common activity that everyone loves helps to bond families together. It gives you the time to talk, to encourage each other, discover each persons unique mix of gifts.
It's never too late to begin playing together. What does your family like to do, together?
I have been reading a book lately, "The Grasshopper Myth." The author made an observation that most church website's purpose is to simply get people to attend their weekend service. I have to admit that is also why we have a website as well. His point was to find a way that ministry can be done by their website itself. What can our website do for you that other church websites cannot?
One thing that many of them do for you is to provide a link to a recent sermon. We used to do that as well. But like a lot of other churches we found that fewer people are listening to online sermons these days. We live in an "instant" society. People don't have the time or patience to sit still and listen to a recorded sermon, or read a full page Facebook post, or blog entry for that matter. (I keep mine short!)
What else can a church website do for you? I am still thinking about that. I don't want to waste your time. Whatever it is, it has to be short and simple. One thing we can do is to publish ideas for family activities. Another is to list URLs for spiritual resources we have found to be helpful. So in the coming weeks, I will focus on those two.
For starters: here's something your family will love. Bunker Beach Wave Pool
And if you want to check out a HEAVY DUTY bible text study site: Text Week