Messages by Pastor Linda De Atley
Today’s scripture: I Corinthians 8:1-6 A recent poll taken in an American suburb asked what were the principle problems confronting our world. Guess what they found. No show of hands were needed, and it’s not what you would think. Dogs running loose in the neighborhood was number one, number two, how to lose weight. The church is a family! We care about each other’s welfare and feelings. We’re not just a club or social organization. We’re family! Christians are people…
Nov 22, 2020 Online Worship – Open the Eyes of My Heart Today’s scripture: Ephesians 1: 15-23 Charles Dickens, nineteenth century English author, accused Americans of celebrating Thanksgiving all wrong saying Americans should complain one day of the year and give thanks on all the other 364 days to thank God for all our blessings. Paul would not agree with Dickens. He tells us we should focus on God gifts and blessings with the Lordship of Christ. In his prayer…
We do not stop enough to listen to God speaking. And like the people of Jerusalem long ago, we often misunderstand the Spirit’s movement among us. In the silence and stillness of this moment, let us draw near to God and truly listen..
Who are we that Jesus the Christ should suffer and die as he did? The high drama of Jesus’ death is rooted in history. His resurrection conquered death and has an eternal impact for us all. It is a story of a God who loves us all, pursues us all the days of our lives, invites us to accept his offer of complete forgiveness and calls us to use our potential for serving Him by serving others.
We discover through Paul’s words in I Timothy 2 the ways in which we as Disciples of Christ learn to make our lives count. Paul guides us to focus our knowledge of God as the FOCAL EFFECT of our faith. The power of being focused upon a single world-changing task glorifies God. Paul’s task was to be the apostle to the Gentiles.
Luke 24:13-16, 25-27, 30-32 Luke 24 recounts the two disciples walking back to the village of Emmaus when they are joined by the resurrected Jesus whom they do not recognize. In their discouragement, they were not thinking about their history and didn’t yet understand. By recounting the stories, Jesus encouraged them and they realized the true message; “their eyes were opened.” We need to hear over and over about God’s great love for us. Story is powerful. Story draws on…
“I could not be interested in any man’s religion if his knowledge of God did not bring him more joy, did not brighten his life, did not make him want to carry this joy into every dark corner of the world. I have no understanding of a long-faced Christian. If God is anything, he must be Joy!” ~ Comedian, Joe E. Brown
Hymn Sing Sunday – Psalm 96 1-4a, 11-13 Worship, including worship through music pleases God. The closer we get to the truth of God’s grace and salvation, the beauty of God is revealed and more worship will well up within you. It begins with a conscious act of will and sacrifice to serve God and in this sense, worship is a verb. Word, music, service, humility – all lead us closer to God and into more worship. Throughout the Bible…
Jesus Sent Them Out with the Power to Drive Out Evil! And to Do Good Works & Rejoice!
Judas (not Judas Iscariot, but the other disciple with that name) said to him, “Lord, why are you going to reveal yourself only to us and not to the world at large?”
Jesus said to go out to teach and to heal, be a pastor in your own right.
Much needs to be done in this world. No one person can do it all, but as the members of the Body of Christ put their various Gifts of the Spirit and their Graces (or aptitudes) into service to God, we can all do something and accomplish God’s will for the ONE BODY and beyond.