Double It!

Walking down a dusty road

photo by Kate Boydell

In church, we’ve been in a series from the “Sermon on the Mount” in Matthew 5. This week, part of the discussion involved verse 41. This is the verse that states in the NIV “If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.”

This verse is part of the discussion that also includes turning the other cheek when someone wrongs you. On the surface, we understand what these verses are telling us. We must go above and beyond when we are wronged in order to show kindness to those that are oppressing us.

This is one verse however, where an understanding of the the time period is helpful. [Read more…]

Never Stop Being You

We Be Big: The Mostly True Story of How Two Kids from Calhoun County Alabama Became Rick and BubbaI got the opportunity to review the book “We Be Big: The Mostly True Story of How Two Kids from Calhoun County Alabama Became Rick and Bubba” By Rick Burgess and Bill Bussey with Don Keith. Thomas Nelson publishing provided me this book at no charge as part of their blogger review program.

Overall, I found this book to be an enjoyable read and a good story. [Read more…]

The President Is On the Phone

The Oval Office

photo courtesy redskins5926

I’m curious. What if you received a phone call tomorrow from the President? Let’s just say the country was facing a serious situation and he knew that you had just the right skills to address that situation. If he asked you to take on the mission, would you do it? [Read more…]

More Than a Thief

Car Thieves

photo courtesy Elliot Brown

Today while I was walking, I listened to one of my brother Brandon’s sermons that he records and posts on the internet (a podcast). You can find all of his messages at the church website. Incidentally, his wife Jamie does all of the artwork for the “album covers” you see for each message. They’re pretty awesome too. She did my logo for my business website also.

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I’m Right and You’re Wrong

Grumpy

Photo courtesy candycanedisco

Have you ever gotten the impression that some people think that the world revolves around them? Or perhaps they think that their opinion is the only one that counts?

The other week I had an interesting occurrence. I run the sound system some weeks at our church. During communion time, we often play some music from a CD while the juice and wafer are being passed out by the ushers. Personally, I prefer it when some of our very talented members play a nice piece on piano or guitar during this time, but that doesn’t happen often. I usually end up grabbing one of the CDs that are sitting around the sound booth and find something suitable to play.

Later that week a friend mentioned to me that they had heard a complaint from someone that the music was not appropriate for their communion time. The music was too upbeat and actually had words not just instrumental!

Why is it that people insist on complaining when something isn’t to THEIR liking? It’s not like that particular selection is representative of what is played every week. Normally it IS just an instrumental piece. These same people are the ones that complain that the worship team doesn’t play enough older hymns, and at the same time that they play too many older hymns. You cannot please all of the people, all of the time. Why can’t people just acknowledge that there may be others who DO like a particular selection and maybe they should just endure and move on because it really isn’t a big deal in the grand scheme of things.

By the way, the selection I chose for that week was “Love Came Down” by Lindell Cooley. Here’s an excerpt of the song.

I could sing about His forgiveness
I could praise Him till the sun goes down
I could say that I am a witness
I was there when His love came down
Love came down on me
Love came down on me

Totally inappropriate for a communion meditation, isn’t it?