I'm not a mechanic by any stretch of the imagination, but I do know that a car without an engine just won't run. We could roll it down a hill, or tow it up one and give it some semblance of movement, but it has no power of its own. In a different analogy, without a heart, the body won't live. No doubt, technology and pharmacology can keep a body in stasis for a while but that kind of existence is artificial, hollow, and once the body is disconnected it dies, like dead. No heart, no life!
What may come as a surprise to the modern church is that the heart of Christianity is not predominantly, “Jesus loves me this I know,” as we sang in Sunday school,
Being needed is a great part of parenting children when they are younger. Kids always need our help and, in a weird kind of way, I always liked to be needed. And now, of course, with our kids older and self-sufficient, I'm no longer needed. My help is no longer needed.
If you watch a lot of movies, you are aware that we have a lot of "morphing" going on.
"Morphing" is when characters change their appearance and transform into the superhero that will save the day. Now, "morphing" isn't a new thing. I grew up with Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman (my personal favorite ), Spiderman, and the Hulk. Nowadays you have dozens more who morph right before our eyes. From Power Rangers to Captain America to Transformers, there's a lot of change going on.
As a kid growing up in church, I was introduced to a believing faith in Jesus Christ at an early age. I was surrounded by people of faith in my family, my friends, and certainly at my home church. So, faith became part of my life as I was exposed to these everyday influences.
At eight years old I chose to believe in Jesus Christ and, by faith, accepted Him as my personal Savior, my Redeemer, my Messiah, my Lord. And this faith was real to me.
It’s your friendly neighborhood worship leader Brody guest-blogging today. I want to invite you to our Children’s Christmas musical this Sunday at 10 AM. It’s called “Crazy Busy Peaceful Holy Night”. I know you’ll be blessed by the singing and acting, so don’t miss it!
I can really relate to the first two words in this title - crazy & busy. I’m sure you can too! It’s always crazy busy this time of year, with shopping, parties, traffic, visiting relatives, and the list goes on. This Sunday, we’re going to look back at the FIRST Christmas, and realize that it was crazy busy for Mary, Joseph and Jesus as well! I think we often romanticize the Christmas story, and the carols we sing reinforce that fact. Was it really a silent night? Did the little Lord Jesus no crying he make? I don’t think so.
Shhhhh . . . . don't let anyone know about our topic at West Pines for the next three weeks. (November 4, 11, 18) It's about money. But shhhhh . . . I don't want anybody taking a 3-week vacation from church and missing this vital subject. After all, you've heard it before . . . that "Jesus taught more about money than about heaven and hell."