Randy's Reflections
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July 11, 2013, 5:15 PM

Randy's Reflections "When the Cross Came Down"

Whenever I turned from Amarillo on to Silvergate I noticed a cross on the house across from the intersection. The home owners had placed it on the front of their chimney and it was lit up during Christmas time every year. About two weeks ago I noticed the house was up for sale. Yesterday I saw the house was sold and today I noticed the cross is no longer there. I guess they took it down.

I will miss not seeing that cross every day I leave work and go home by way of Silvergate, it was a good reminder in whom I believe. It makes me think of what those followers of Jesus must have gone through when the cross on which their Lord was crucified was taken down from Golgotha. It was a terrible time for them when they saw him crucified, but the cross was a potent reminder in whom they believed.

Yet the absence of the cross, when the cross came down, it did not make his death any less painful, nor did it wipe away all their thoughts of how they had abandoned him in his hour of need.  But the absence of the cross also probably reminded them of the stone rolled away from the tomb, it reminded them that Jesus was not a prisoner to death any more. Jesus was resurrected and the cross we wear or put on our chimney reminds us of his victory over death. It also reminds us of our victory over death and into eternal life as ones who believe.

I remember now when I pass that house the cross, nor Jesus, are fastened to the chimney wall. Jesus is alive and well. He is not on a cross, in a tomb, or stuck anywhere in between. And I can look for other places to find the symbol of the cross. A symbol that speaks of the Kingdom of God here and everywhere not immovably tied to any structure.

So remember when we see the cross some place it is only there temporarily for the one whom it held is not tied to anything in this world. I am so thankful that once a cross is taken down it does not mean by faith is torn down. We have a Lord who is everywhere and available to anyone. Let us give thanks for the one who died for us and who lives for us that we may have eternal life both now and forever.

Remember God is always with me,

Pastor Randy

June 29, 2013, 4:12 PM

Randy's Relfections "To Do or Not to Do?"

Just before I parked in front of the bank I noticed a young boy climbing a tree in the parking lot. As I focused on this endeavor I realized there was a Mylar balloon caught in the branches of the tree.

Should I help him or not? I had time to help but then I thought maybe this is a good time to let him try to get it by himself, have a sense of accomplishment or at least learn about perseverance. I decided if when I came out after transacting my business if he hadn’t retrieve the balloon I would walk over to see if he wanted help.

I glanced again at the tree as I came out of the bank and he still hadn’t gotten the balloon yet. I walked over to the tree and as I approached I realized there was woman in the driver’s seat of a SUV parked about ten yards from the tree. She looked relaxed and when I asked her if she thought he would like some help she responded that I would need to ask him. She was just relaxing with the air conditioning on in her car while her son was trying to get the balloon for his baby sister.

I retrieved the balloon for him and after he thanked me he gave it to his little sister who was strapped into her car seat behind the passenger seat of the SUV. The mom seemed okay about the end to her hiatus and ready to get the kids home.

I still wonder if I was helpful in that circumstance. He obviously wasn’t getting close to getting it, but then neither did he seem upset that the balloon stayed out of his reach. At least I reasoned there is one less Mylar balloon trapped in a tree in the parking lot.

Some times even after we decide it is time to help we will still wonder if our attempt was misguided, but I would rather fault on the side of helping , after asking of course, then not.

                “Let’s not get tired of doing good, because in time we’ll have a harvest if we don’t give up.” (Galatians 6:9)

Doing with you,

Pastor Randy

June 13, 2013, 3:32 PM

Randy's Reflections "New Visitors"

              The fiftieth anniversary celebration was amazing. The people that gathered, the celebration in worship, and the fellowship time afterwards was just awesome. It was a Jubilee beyond all Jubilees. We had people from the past, people from the present and even people for the future, that is new visitors. You never know who will drop in unexpectedly. One thing we try to do at JKPC is welcome all who walk through our doors. It is so important for us to remember that God brings people to us unexpectedly and our role is to let them know that we, as God’s representative or ambassador, are glad they are here.

                Sometimes the people we encounter may act differently than us, sometimes they may talk differently than us, and sometimes they may look differently than ourselves, but the way we exhibit the love of God is to welcome them.

                We are reminded throughout scripture to love each other and those who just happen to cross our paths. Hebrews 13: 1 & 2 says, “Keep on loving each other. Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.” Of course we don’t welcome others just because they may be angels, messengers from God, we welcome others because God first welcomed us and also because we would like to be welcomed also. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

                I hope this summer as you meet new people you will remember that we are called to be the ones to exhibit the love of God to all in this world. Though there may be sometimes you need to keep your distance at first like I did with an unexpected encounter I had two nights ago out by the church’s garbage can, we need to welcome all.

                (At least he wasn’t hostile, see picture.)

                Learning to share God’s love with all God’s creatures with you,

                Pastor Randy

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