Tuesday Quote

God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply

Hudson Taylor

Music Monday

Keith and Kristyn Getty update a great gospel song about the power that comes from the blood of Jesus.  

Sunday Night Thoughts

Oh Shenandoah, I Love to See You

Earlier this evening, Anna and I arrived home from Atlanta, GA.  This was part of a Spring Choral tour by Anna’s high school chorus.  I went along as a chaperone.  We had 4 very busy days — visiting the Martin Luther King, Jr. Museum, the Georgia Aquarium (along with a performance by the students), The World of Coca-Cola, Atlanta Underground, a dinner theatre, Six Flags over Georgia, Stone Mountain and its laser spectacular, and Concord Mills Mall.  

I got to make a few new friends in the process.  It was a weekend of several mistaken identities.  But we all survived — I didn’t get pranked which was one of my fears of going on the trip and even got a shout out by the boys I was in charge of chaperoning.  I am tired and am looking forward to being in my own bed tonight.  

We had a great time.  Thanks everyone for the memories.  Tomorrow, we will get back to our regularly scheduled programming.  Blessings.    

Gideon’s International

gideons_logoDale went on a trip this weekend with our daughter Anna’s chorus trip to Georgia. Today we had the Gideon’s come and speak at our church. We try to have the Gideon’s once a year to speak at our church. They are an organization that makes sure people have the Word of God in their hands. Maybe you have seen a Gideon’s Bible in a doctor’s office or a hotel room you were in during a vacation.
The Gideons International is an interdenominational association of Christian business and professional men who are members of Protestant/evangelical churches. Our members are dedicated to saving the lost through personal witnessing and the distribution of God’s Word in more than 180 countries around the world.
The majority of Gideons live and serve in their local communities, making us very effective and efficient because . . .
• They know the local language and customs.
• They know where the hotels, schools, prisons, hospitals and other locations where Scriptures need to be distributed are located.
Sometimes, we’re able to establish local groups of Gideon’s in countries where traditional missionaries aren’t allowed to go.

April’s Compassionate Ministry

whi_logo_07I know that churches are start thinking about Vacation Bible School. Here is a mission project that all churches can do no matter if your church is large or small — World Hope Fill in the Gap and Give a Penny. World Hope has sponsorships for children around the world.  The money helps fill in the gaps which have been made because of the financial crisis around our world. Just think, if one church could make a difference, how much difference could be made by many churches. World Hope has made it easy — you can download a take home paper and a coloring paper for the kids. Just think, even pennies can make a difference.

Weekly Lectionary Reading

caravaggio_-_the_incredulity_of_saint_thomasSecond Sunday of Easter

April 19, 2009

Acts 4:32-35  •  Psalm 133  •  I John 1:1-2:2  •  John 20:19-31

 19 That Sunday evening the disciples were meeting behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them! “Peace be with you,” he said. 20 As he spoke, he showed them the wounds in his hands and his side. They were filled with joy when they saw the Lord! 21 Again he said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” 22 Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven. If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

 24 One of the twelve disciples, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin), was not with the others when Jesus came. 25 They told him, “We have seen the Lord!”

   But he replied, “I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side.”

 26 Eight days later the disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The doors were locked; but suddenly, as before, Jesus was standing among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!”

 28 “My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed.

 29 Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.”

 30 The disciples saw Jesus do many other miraculous signs in addition to the ones recorded in this book. 31 But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name.

Ah! the story of doubting Thomas.  He wasn’t with the other disciples when Jesus appeared to them.  Thomas makes a bold statement — somewhat like the statement we would make.  He would have come from the “Show-Me” state of Missouri.  We like to say, “I won’t believe it until I see it for myself.”  That was Thomas’ statement.  Later on Jesus appears to Thomas and I think Thomas almost regrets those words, especially after Jesus says, “you believe because you saw and felt me, but even more blessed are those who believe and who have not seen.  This really applies to the modern day believer.  But belief is much more than an acknowledgement.  Belief is knowing — to know is a deep, intimate relationship.  

John wanted those who read his words to understand that Jesus was who he said he was.  John wanted those who read about Jesus to have life and have it to the full by believing in Jesus and in the power his name gives to us.  So, who are you today?  Are you like Thomas — do you need to have Jesus proved to you?  Or are you like those who believe and have not seen?  Do you have that kind of faith?

Practical Ideas for Teaching the Sheep and the Goats

Last month I started teaching about the sheep and goats and was thinking how in the world I am going to teach on this subject for the next couple of months. I have Junior Church one Sunday a month but still I wanted to make it practical for the children. I started off in the middle of the story — taking care of strangers and prisoners. In November we made cards for my friend Jeff who is a chaplain in the Army. While the children made the cards, we had great discussion about other how we can help people who we do not know. During that service, I told them that we all do not have the same gifts to work with all people. For example, I do not see me working with those who are in jail. I have the gift to work those who are in the military and there are many people who not go near those in the military. I am so proud of the children and teens in our church because they made 228 cards to send to Iraq this Christmas for those who did not get anything from home. 

In December, I had the Junior Church students decorate tee shirts to give to the Salvation Army. This was so the Salvation Army can give them out to needy children this Christmas. Yes, I know that Jesus being naked was last in the story of the sheep and the goats but I am teaching them about what it means to be the hand and feet of Jesus.
My son James found an Adventure in Odyssey CD about compassion that I will be playing when we talk about feeding those who are hungry and thirsty. For those who do not know, our church feeds our students every Wednesday because some of the children are those who are hungry and thirsty.

So what about helping those who are sick? I am planning to do origami, which is Japanese paper folding. To those who are shut-in and sick, what more can you do than give them something a child made for them to bring happiness.

I want to teach the children that when Jesus told the story about the sheep and the goats, He was trying to tell us that in little acts of kindness every day we will touch some one’s life for him.

Matthew 25:31-46
31 “But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left. 34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’ 37 “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? 39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’ 41 “Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons. 42 For I was hungry, and you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give me a drink. 43 I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite me into your home. I was naked, and you didn’t give me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’44 “Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’45 “And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’ 46 “And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.”