Randy's Reflections
January 14, 2014, 11:14 PM

"The Story"

“The Story”

We have a great opportunity this year to do something we have never done. The Woman's Bible Study has started it. The Youth are using it as a curriculum. We were able to purchase copies at a 75% discount (just $5 each.) This is all about the book "The Story." This year we will go through, with a just a few breaks, the entire Bible. If you have never read the full story or you want to refresh your memory, I will be preaching on a section of each of the 31 chapters in succession.

We will begin January 5 and end on November 23, which is Christ the King Sunday, known as the last Sunday of the church year. This is your challenge for 2014 and my challenge as well. Please pray that as many people as possible will take up this challenge as we seek to understand more fully the word of God in its entirety.

Laura Bolin's class Old Testament 101 gave me great incentive to attempt this; and, if you didn't have a chance to attend that class, be sure to watch for and sign up for her New Testament 101 class this spring.

I look forward to learning with you new things which will shed light on our understanding of God's word and how we can rely on its guidance for our current time. The books are available after church.

Moving forward in faith with you, Pastor Randy

January 14, 2014, 11:00 PM

Randy's Reflections "Doing Things Right"

You know when you are doing something right when the girl on the opposing teams says, “Good job coach.” That’s what happened Tuesday night after our first sixth grade girl’s basketball game. I am not exactly sure what she was meaning but I try to applaud not only our shots that go through the basket but the other team’s as well.

    You see in sixth grade we don’t see a lot of points racking up, from either team. Oh sure there are scores, we aren’t even supposed to keep count, yeah right, but I don’t think we are too far beyond the twenties in points, especially at the beginning of the season.

    I can be pretty competitive, but I also know that without cooperation competition doesn’t work. Rules need to be followed and there is no “I” in “Team.” That is partly what I hope to teach these girls. You need to work together to be able to do well. Also that you can be competitive, but you should be willing to acknowledge a good shot, a good block, or a good play even if it is by the other team. If nothing else it gives you an example to follow or the motivation to try to do as well yourself.

    I also love to watch these girls smile when at a timeout or between halves I tell them they made a good play. Their whole face lights up. And later in the season when they learned to execute a play correctly it is a great accomplishment.

    So I don’t always know the play that will win the game or even teach them all the skills they need to know to be a great basketball player, but I do know that they, like all of us, love to be affirmed. So affirm someone today. Watch their face light up. Then listen to the Holy Spirit say to you, “Good job coach.” It will do your heart good.

Coaching others with you,

Pastor Randy

January 14, 2014, 11:00 PM

Randy's Reflections "Quenching the Thirst"

    I really notice when someone gives me good service. I am always looking for models of hospitality. I like to learn new ways to treat people with love and respect. One thing I noticed employees at the bank do is they have someone stationed at the door welcoming people to their branch. They also offer water if you are standing in line or being helped by someone at the desk. I usually say no, but now and then it is nice to have some water.

    I was thinking that may be something we could start offering people when they come to church, at least on a hot day. We could ask people if they would like some water when they come into the service, or at least if they come in to do some business at church.

    Now I know that the bank does this so more people will use their services and more money will come in, so they can loan more money out and make a profit. But I think we could justify doing this by reminding our selves that we are called to be the ones who are to bless the world. What better blessing than to have your thirst quenched. Well actually I guess there is something better.

    That would be to have our spiritual thirst quenched. The thirst that lasts for a lifetime and beyond. If we could encourage people to seek a relationship with God through Jesus then their spiritual thirst would be quenched for eternity.

    Anyway I think it is a nice gesture by the bank and maybe someday we can find a way to incorporate something similar at the church that let’s people know that God loves them and wants them to fulfill their deepest heart desires.


    Seeking ways to share the water I have been given with you,    

    Pastor Randy