Jan 30, 2015

Can You Hear Me, Now?



I enjoy stories about human beings and our penchant for making ourselves a tad more important than we really are. Children have a way of humbling most of us, but sometimes we have a hand in our own humiliation. Occasionally, we think, life seems defined by who has the most clout, the most power, or the most prestige.
        
I read of a newly promoted army colonel who was sitting in his new office on the first day of his assignment. He was basking in the pride of his accomplishment, new desk, and office appointments, when a private knocked at his door.
        
Wanting to duly impress the younger man, the colonel said, “Just a minute please,” and then proceeded to speak rather loudly into the telephone. “Yes, sir, general, I will contact the President this afternoon. No, sir, general, I won’t forget.”
        
He hung up, and then beckoned the private to enter his office. “What can I do for you?” he inquired.
        
“Well, sir,” the private responded awkwardly, “I just came in here to hook up your phone!”



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Jan 23, 2015

What Constitutes Fame and Greatness in Our Time?


What constitutes fame and greatness in our time? There is a story about three people who were debating this very issue one day. The first one said, “Greatness is being in Washington D.C. on a tour of the White House, and the President comes out of the Oval Office and invites you in for a brief conversation with him. That’s greatness!”

“No,” said the second. “I’ll tell you what greatness is. Greatness is being in Washington D.C., touring the White House, being invited into the Oval Office for conversation with the President, and the red phone rings. Whereupon the President says, ‘Let it ring. This conversation is more important right now.’ That’s greatness!”

“You’re both wrong,” said the third. “Greatness is being in the Oval Office with the President and the red phone rings. The president says, ‘Here, this is for you!’


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Jan 16, 2015

No, You are Bad Luck


Sometimes when in the midst of crisis we tend to have our vision clouded under pressure. I am reminded of a story of a man who was critically ill in a hospital bed with his wife at his side.

He looks up from his hospital bed and says to his wife, “You’ve always been with me when I have had trouble. When I lost my shirt in a poor investment, you were there. When I had the car accident, you were with me. When I got fired, you were there. I’ve come to the conclusion that you’re bad luck!”

It is always easy to blame others for things for which we might take responsibility. It takes a person of character to assume his share of blame—especially when it is our burden to bear.


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Jan 9, 2015

The Struggle


A man found a cocoon of the Emperor Moth and took it home. Soon, a small opening appeared and the moth struggled for several hours but couldn’t force its body out.

Deciding that something was wrong, he snipped the remaining bit of cocoon. The moth emerged easily, its body large and swollen, the wings small and shriveled.

He expected that in a few hours the wings would spread out in their natural beauty, but they did not. Instead, the moth spent its short life dragging around a swollen body and shriveled wings.

The constricting cocoon and the struggle necessary to pass through the tiny opening are God’s way of forcing fluid from the body into the wings. The “merciful” snip was, in reality, cruel. Sometimes the struggle is exactly what we need.




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Jan 6, 2015

The Wisdom of Worship




Dr. David N. Mosser’s sermon “The Wisdom of Worship” from January 4, 2015.

 Sermon transcript available for download here.

Jan 2, 2015

Sit Down at the Lowest Place

As we begin a new year, sometimes it is a helpful reminder to us to keep our pride in check. Jesus once told a parable in which he said: “When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down at the place of honor, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited by your host... But when you are invited, go and sit down at the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher;’ then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at the table with you” (Luke 14:8, 10).

I read a story several years ago about a man who invited his boss to dinner in their home. The boss was a very egotistical sort who began almost every sentence with “me” or “I”. He noticed that his employee’s five-year-old son was watching him very closely. Finally, the staring became too much for him. He said to the child, “Why are you looking at me?”

The boy replied, “My father says that you are a self-made man.”

The man straightened his shoulders and threw his head back a bit. “Well, yes, I guess that would be a fair assessment of me.”

“Well, what I want to know,” said the boy quite innocently, “is why did you make yourself that way?”

Leave it to a five year old to punch holes in human pretension. When around five year olds, be careful what you ask them. And... have a happy New Year!


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