Sunday Night Thoughts

Sunday Night Thoughts

  • Today is Father’s Day and I was thankful to be able to call my dad and wish him well on this day.  I know not everyone has that opportunity.  I am thankful for the godly legacy that was given to me by my dad – I am thankful for the godly legacy that Pam’s dad left.  I am also thankful for the legacy passed on by my grandfather.  My name for him was Pop and it’s the name that I have asked Robert to call me.  I want to leave a legacy for my children and grandchildren, just like the legacy given to me.
  • It has been an interesting weekend with several highlights
    • Last night I had the opportunity to pick up part of the missions team from Parkway Wesleyan Church from the airport in Charlottesville.  They were returning from El Salvador after a week of ministry there.  It was good to see my dear friends and help them make the final leg of their trip home. The trip reminded me of a similar trip several years ago – traveling to Reagan National at midnight and coming home to the light of a full moon – just like last night.
    • I have just gotten home from spending time with a dear friend of mine – Wayne Richards.  He is traveling from New York to North Carolina for Wesleyan Publishing House as part of their summer conference tour.  It was good to catch up and let him know what is going on in our life and catch up on his family’s life as well.  We became good friends while I was attending FLAME.
    • For Father’s Day, my kids got me a new Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS watch.  This allows me to keep track of my runs in real time – I have pacing and distance information right on my wrist – instead of having to calculate it in my head and know all the mile markers.  This is very cool and I am thankful for my gift.
    • This morning we worshiped at Waynesboro Wesleyan and the spirit was wonderful as we sang – we celebrated our heavenly Father.
  • This coming weekend begins our “Farewell Tour” so to speak.  Good friends of ours have organized a party on Saturday.  I am looking forward to getting together with good friends.  Then on Sunday, some ladies from our former church are taking us out to eat.  This is just some of the events planned for us in the next several weeks.
  • Yes, the house is getting packed and there are boxes everywhere.
  • Just 35 days remain until our first Sunday in Eldred – the deadline is really starting to loom large on the horizon.
  • That’s about all I have for tonight.

Have a great week!

 

Prayer for the Week

Prayer_Banner_22-760x176O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving­kindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

Running Update

basu--621x414It has been several weeks since I’ve done a running update.  While I am still an avid runner, I find working a full time job that has a variable schedule puts a crimp in the running.  I am looking forward to having a more stable schedule in a few weeks.  After a great month of May both running and walking, June has been a struggle.  I am currently at 40 miles, but this week should help me get back in the swing of things.  Today’s run was a good run – a seven miler at under a 9:10/mile pace – almost 10 seconds a mile faster than Wednesday’s pace.  I’m hoping to keep this up next week and even get in a few walks – see if I can double my mileage.

Pressing On!

Missional Hymns

[Ed. The first song I heard from the Gettys was  In Christ Alone. Over the years I have used quite a few of their “modern hymns” such as The Power of the Cross, See What a Morning, Come People of the Risen King, and others.  Below is an article from Ed Stetzer along with an accompanying interview with Keith and Kristen Getty.  I love the influence they are having on the church and writing hymns for a new generation.]

Keith and Kristen Getty drive hymnody for the missionary work. |
Missional Hymns—An Interview with Keith Getty

One In Christ

image-151_medFifth Sunday After Pentecost

Proper 7 (12) (June 19, 2016)


Galatians 3:23-29 | New Living Translation (NLT)

Before the way of faith in Christ was available to us, we were placed under guard by the law. We were kept in protective custody, so to speak, until the way of faith was revealed.

Let me put it another way. The law was our guardian until Christ came; it protected us until we could be made right with God through faith. And now that the way of faith has come, we no longer need the law as our guardian.

For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you.


We come to the next installment in Paul’s letter to the church in Galatia.  Remember, that he is writing to a church that has received “another gospel.” This other gospel says that you need to follow the laws (specifically the Jewish laws) in order to be a Christian.  But here Paul argues against that notion.

Paul says the law was only put into motion to protect us.  It acted as a guardian before Christ existed to lead us – to keep us right in God’s sight.  But when Jesus came (the way of faith) the law is no longer needed as our guardian.  We are now children of God through faith in Jesus.  We are to put on Christ.

I love the picture of baptism here.  In baptism we are lowered into the water – signifying our death.  When we come up, we are raised to life in Christ.  There is also something else about baptism that Paul alludes to – when we are baptized, the water surrounds us – it clothes us – even when we come back out of the water, we are “clothed” in water or clothed in Christ.  This is especially true if we think of Christ as the living water – Christ the living water surrounds us – we “put on” Christ.  Baptism is like putting on new clothes – the clothes of Christ.  As believers, we are to look like Christ – that in essence is what Christian means – it means little Christs.  The early followers of Christ were called “Followers of the Way.”  Jesus Christ called himself the Way, the Truth, and Life.  If we are truly living the life of faith in Christ, we will want to follow him and it won’t be a burden.  In other letters that Paul writes, he implies that the law can become a burden, and it looks as if that is what happened in the Galatian church.

This is when we need to remember that we are believers only because of our faith in Christ.  Nothing can make us new except the blood of Jesus and the power of the resurrection.  Those who have done that are in Christ — those who have done that are children of God.

Christ has broken down the barriers. Jesus broke the barriers between Jew and Gentile – there is now no difference between Jew and Gentile – both now have access to the Gospel of Jesus.  Galatians 3:28 is a key verse in the Wesleyan Church.  It perhaps was the verse that our early Wesleyan Methodist founders used when it came to the issue of slavery.

The early Wesleyans were opposed to the idea of slavery – in fact in 1843, the Wesleyan Methodist Connection was formed because the Methodist Episcopal Church refused to take a stand on the abolition of slavery.   The Wesleyan Methodist Connection became The Wesleyan Methodist Church and eventually The Wesleyan Church.  As we look at this passage, I think it is very appropriate that The Wesleyan Church uses the tag #madenew.

It wasn’t long after the Wesleyan Methodist Connection was formed that one of its founders ordained the first woman in America to ministry. While they weren’t ordained in the Wesleyan Methodist Church, it wasn’t long before The Wesleyan Methodist Church started ordaining women.  One of the churches that merged with The Wesleyan Methodist Church was the Pilgrim Holiness Church.  At one time in the early 20th century, 40% of all the clergy in the Pilgrim Holiness Church were women. It was a consistent application of scripture.

It was that same idea found in Galatians 3:28 that there is neither male or female.  All are qualified for the ministry.  It was this sense of neither male or female that positioned this young denomination to host a ground breaking convention.  Are you aware that the first women’s rights convention was held in a Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in Seneca Falls, NY.  (By the way, when we move, this is one of the places we want to visit.)  This was not the feminism that we know today – no – it was acknowledging that women are people and not property.  I am glad that Wesleyans got involved in this important movement at its founding.

So we are one in Christ Jesus – there is no Jew or Gentile – we are one – Christ died to break down the barrier – to make salvation available to both.  There is no slave or free – all have access to Jesus Christ.  There is no male or female – both have access to Christ – Christ broke down the dividing walls.  If we are in Christ – really in Christ – and are clothed in Christ — then we are all one in Christ.

 

Hosanna Poetry

I wanted to share a couple of the spoken word pieces that were shared at General Conference on Sunday Night.  That night the theme was planting churches – and more specifically being pioneers.  Worship that night was led by several of our church planting pastors.  Hosanna Poetry shared several spoken word pieces that I felt were worth sharing here.  Over the next few days, I’ll share them with you.  The You Tube link picks up at the beginning of the service.  The other pieces are all included in this video, but I will include the links in subsequent posts of the other spoken word pieces.

Sunday Night Thoughts (on Monday)

We got home from Pennsylvania late enough last night that I didn’t want to write last night. 

  • I was up at 4 to open the store at 5 this morning. I have 4 opens this week.
  • On the bright side, the sky is turning blue at that time of the morning at this time of year.
  • We had a great time in Pennsylvania this weekend.
  • We celebrated Pam’s 30th class reunion from United Wesleyan College.
  • We celebrated my dad’s birthday and our daughter’s birthday.
  • We got to see Robert
  • We got to see my mom and dad.
  • We visited the Allentown Fairgrounds Farmer’s Market. That is always a treat.
  • I had a great time with some co-workers at our Beach Block Party at Chick-fil-A.
  • I did get a nice run in while in Pennsylvania.
  • Less than 40 days until we are in Eldred.
  • That’s all folks!