Last week I had the sad duty of officiating at the funeral of a little three-month-old baby. You can well imagine the unbearable grief and trauma this occasion brings to the parents and to the extended family. Though this was not the first such funeral for me, I never know exactly what to say to a family who has been through such unspeakable pain. (more…)
Archive for June, 2011
Remember Jesus said…
John 13:34-35 – “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
This love is the primary way we are known by a watching world … not that we sing this kind of music or that kind of music … not that we dress this way or that … not that we push this particular political agenda or that one. No, Jesus said, “By this everyone will know that you are Christfollowers … we love like Jesus loved.” (more…)
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24).
There’s something about the way God has created us as humans that makes us more responsive when we are accountable to others. We tend not to do as well when we are left to our own motivations. If, however, you throw in some encouragement and accountability, we are more inclined to live up to our commitments. (more…)
Many of you are still celebrating the Dallas Mavericks winning the NBA championship just a week ago. Last Thursday over in Dallas hundreds of thousands of Mavs fans lavished their love on their team for bringing home the championship trophy. I read in the newspaper yesterday that President Obama called Mavs coach Rick Carlisle to congratulate him. The team has been invited to come to White House for an official recognition. Everybody loves a champion. (more…)
I must confess that NBA basketball is a bit frustrating to me. I thought about this as I watched the Dallas Mavericks win their first championship in franchise history against the Miami Heat. This series was one of the most nerve-wracking I’ve ever watched. Many of the games were decided in the last seconds of the game. (more…)
Several years ago I read the true story of a teenager by the name of Arthur Hinkley who lifted a three-thousand pound tractor with his bare hands. But Arthur Hinkley was not a weight-lifter. He was just a friend to another teenager named Lloyd Bachelder, who was suddenly pinned underneath a tractor on a farm near Rome, Maine. Arthur heard Lloyd‟s scream and ran to his rescue. He was able to do something that a teenager isn‟t typically able to do. He lifted the tractor off the ground just enough for Lloyd to wiggle out. What was it that enabled Arthur Hinkley to do the impossible? It was the power of love. And that‟s what I want us to talk about through these summer months.