Scuba diving and snorkeling are close cousins but have a fundamental difference: depth. And depth defines the experience. Snorkelers enjoy the views as they skim the surface of the water. The colors and sea-life are visible but at a distance. The surface seems safe and natural.
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The old adage “actions speak louder than words” rings true, but it doesn’t tell the whole truth. Words matter. In fact, words carry the profound power to build up or destroy. As kids we espoused that sticks and stones were the only things that could hurt us and words could never penetrate the force field of our heart. But all of life tells a different story.
I have an uncanny ability to make life about me. This is not something I have to work hard at. Selfishness comes naturally. And holidays are no different. They are usually planned excuses for me to continue this trend – a day set aside for me. Sure, I may give some passing platitudes about this or that, but I rarely press in to do the hard work of remembrance. I drift toward lazy thinking ...
In the 1920s there was a considerable amount of labor unrest in the United States following WWI. The workload production of the nation softened as the demands for wartime goods declined. The cost for food and clothing skyrocketed, and patriotic motivations for labor waned. It was in this climate of unrest that the term “company man” was coined.
A call to prayer is a declaration of dependence. A call to prayer is an invitation to intimacy. A call to prayer is a corporate response to grace. The Lord has proven Himself faithful to His people, both biblically and historically, when they have humbled themselves before Him in prayer. This has been our testimony at The Village.
I have been asking myself a question a lot lately, "What are my priorities costing me?" Or, said another way, "What are my excuses costing me?" My choices are most likely determined by my priorities. There are plenty of ideas about life that I have floating around in my head, but I usually don't like the sacrifice that they cost me.
Church, here are the scriptures that I mentioned in my sermon this weekend. I pray you find them helpful and encouraging. My identity in Christ: In Christ, I am … the salt of the earth (Matt 5:13)
I stayed up late several nights this week with a book that I just couldn’t put down. “Lone Survivor” by Marcus Luttrell is a first-hand eye-witness account of Operation RedWing in the mountains of Afghanistan carried out by SEAL team 10. As the title suggests, it is a tragic story of brotherhood, heroism and sacrifice. There were countless times while reading that I found myself ...