Friday, March 14, 2008

Honey...., eharmony's on the phone.....

So for the last few weeks at random, but never convenient times the phone would ring and "eharmony" would show up in the caller ID. Amy and I had exchanged many curious looks as to who in our household would be receiving calls from the dating website, but never enough to bother to pick it up. I had suspicions about Andrew (6 years old) as he has taken to wearing my cologne and last night he layered his shirts 3 deep before church. If you don't already know, these are obvious signs of a guy on the prowl. Well, today I finally answered the eharmony call. It took a few seconds for the automated answerer to pick up their end of the line and then she asked for..... you guessed it Jackie. I told her that she must have the wrong number, but then again we have at least 4 Jackies in the church. Jacque Conard, Jacki Wanless, Jackie Bartels, and Jackie Wortz! I'll let you know if my investigation turns anything up.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Saturday Night Worship

Our postcards are hitting mailboxes today announcing the launch of our new Saturday Worship Service. Unfortunately, my mailbox came up short. It is always a little troubling when you send out 17,000 cards and your only measure of their actually arriving does not arrive! Well, Pastor Gabe sends regards that his was safe, and my good friend Skip down at the Barber Shop proudly has his displayed by his chair so I guess we are good. Also the phone has begun to ring with people seeking directions. Saturday is fast becoming my favorite worship service. (Please don't tell the Sunday crowd!)

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

A Wall or a Door?

Everything is going great and all of a sudden, out of nowhere you hit a wall. I can't convey how often this happens in church life, or even life in general. But one thing that I have learned is that all walls have doors. Even the Great Wall of China has gates as the cloud terrace gate pictured here. The goal of every wall encounter is to find the door. Some doors will be open and others closed. I personally recommend trying the open ones first, but then again, what is a door, but simply a wall with a key shaped door. Don't let the walls stop you today. find your way to the door and keep on.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Since when is being rich a sin? - um... yesterday.

It is now official; dying rich is a mortal sin according to the Pope.Failure to recycle has also been added to the list that will get you sent straight to the slammer. I don't intend to rant in this post, but to mourn the loss of the spiritual compass that would deny Christ's work on the cross by adding additional and even questionable laws to the salvation of man. Jesus said on the cross "it is finished!" By that he meant that it was paid in full, no questions, no doubts, asterisks or blanks to be filled out 2000 years later. I applaud that the Catholic church is for the environment, and that rich people should help with the cause of world hunger. However, to say that one has to do anything short of trusting Christ for salvation is not only an insult to me as a believer, but is an insult to Jesus who shed his blood for the remission of sins. I look forward to next Sunday as we celebrate communion, and then on Easter as we celebrate His victory over sin and death. I for one am glad that Jesus did not leave me with any unpaid bills.