Archive for February, 2011

Church Family

February 10, 2011

It is important to attend church services.  It is not simply going to church.  It is an opportunity to get together with the people of God.  We are brothers and sisters in Christ and so it is an opportunity to get together with the family of God.  It is an opportunity for fellowship with people of all ages.  Last week at our church, we had a game night.  It was simply an evening, literally, of fun and games.  It was multi-generational and I believe that everyone had a good time, a family get together.

We may occasionally disagree, but we are bound together by the love of God, which is produced by the Spirit of God.   “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have  love for one another. ”  John 13:35

We are not alone, we are in this together as the family of God.

A Good Superbowl

February 8, 2011

Sunday the Green Bay Packers became Superbowl Champions.  It was a good game.  Despite being down 21-3 in the first half the Steelers never gave up.  They battled back throughout the game so that the game was still in question in the final minutes.   One big play on their last possession and there would have been a different conclusion to the game.  I like games that keep you on the edge of your seat.  It is more fun to watch a close game than a blow-out.

It was a good Superbowl.   I define good by comparison to an ideal.  I think that definition of good can be used for more than football games.  When we say that something is good or even great, it is in comparison to some concept that we have of an ideal object.

If we want to discover the good in humans, it should be in comparison to an ideal person.  Does one exist?  I believe that Jesus was the ideal human.  He is the only one that was, and is, truly perfect.  If we want to compare our lives, we should compare ourselves to him.  We will fall short of course, but Jesus gives us an ideal to serve as a model for our lives.  If we have chosen to follow Christ, let us also seek to imitate him.

Gleaning Souls

February 3, 2011

I pastor a small church.  There are times when it bothers me that the church has not shown significant numerical growth.  Recently God allowed me to look at this situation with a different perspective,

I am gleaning souls.

In Biblical days, harvests were gathered by hand.  The workers would cut the standing grain,  and then bring them to an area for threshing.  During the gathering  process some heads of grain would fall to the ground.  The custom was to allow the poor to come after the workers to pick up the fallen grain.  This process was called gleaning.  It gathered up what was missed, so that none was lost.

The large churches do not reach everyone.  Everyone is important.  The small churches, like mine, are gleaning souls, so that none are lost.