Friday, August 1, 2014

(July 27) Sunday Snippet

Today I will start being a Superhero.
I will be grateful for the day I have been given.  Time is a precious commodity.  I refuse to allow what little time I have been given to be contaminated by self-pity or boredom.  I will face this day with the joy of a child and the curiosity of a cat.  I will savor each moment as though it were my last.  When tomorrow comes, today will be gone forever.  While it is here, I will use it for loving and giving. 
Today I will start being a Superhero.

I will spend at least five minutes talking, really talking, not just complaining about all the problems in the world or wondering what to eat for supper, but really talking to someone. Today I will start cherishing quality time more than quantity of time. Today I will do more hugging and less nudging.  Today I will be more easy-going and less controlling. 

Today I will start being a Superhero.

I want to be the best Superhero I can be.  I will put into practice the super-power God has given me (whatever that may be).  Making the world a better place begins with me.  Today I pledge to do my part. Today is the day I start being the kind of Christian Superhero God wants me to be.

Today I will start being a Superhero—like Christ, for Christ.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

(July 13) Sunday Snippet

            Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

A preacher once had a dream that he walked into a new store in the mall and to his surprise found God behind the counter. “What do you sell here?” he asked. “Everything your heart desires,” said God. 

Hardly daring to believe what he was hearing, the preacher decided to ask for the best things any human could wish for.  “I'll take some peace of mind, love and happiness, wisdom and freedom from fear,” he said.  Then as an afterthought, he added, “Not just for me, but for everyone on earth.”  God smiled. “I think you've got me all wrong, good man,” God said, “We don't sell the fruits herewe only sell the seeds.”

“Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear,” Jesus said.  “The soil” (how people respond to the gospel) will always differ.  The good news is the seed of God’s love always remains the same. Spread God’s seed is the message here.  Stop focusing so much on the different types of soil.  As a disciple your task is to "keep doing" one thingscattering seed—and not just on the easy, fertile soil—but everywhere!  And when you are done with that, go scatter some more. Keep scattering. 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

July 4th Prayer

Almighty God-

We thank you for the men and women who
have made this country strong. They are models for us,
though we often fall short of them.
Inspire us.

We thank you for the torch of liberty that has
been lit in this land.  It has drawn people from
every nation, though we have often hidden from its light.
Enlighten us.

We thank you for the faith we have inherited in all its rich variety. 
It sustains our life, though we have been faithless again and again.
Renew us. 

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