THIS SUNDAY, May 22nd
- Special guest speaker! Former Hindu priest. Both worship services. You don’t want to miss his story of what Christ has done, and is doing, in his life.
Where? Nat Williams Elementary, 4812 58th St.
When? May 25th; begins at 6:30pm
How can you help? We need help for “set up” and “tear down.” Please pass this along to your class. Then, contact either myself or Dana Kluzek.
Every Wednesday evening during the month of June.
- 6pm – meal
- 6:30 – VBS begins
This week’s tip: Perspective
We tend to be identified by what we do (our vocation) as well as what we’ve done (good and bad).
Travel with me to first century Jerusalem, the temple courts. People are everywhere fulfilling duties, visiting, and such.
All of a sudden, off to the side, there is an uproar. People yelling. A woman crying.
You know the story. John records it in his gospel, 8:1-11.
A woman caught in the very act of adultery is thrown down before Jesus. This was mere drama used to attempt to trap Jesus into misusing the Law. Nonetheless, a woman was involved who is at this moment being shamed in front of everyone in the temple courts.
There are multiple biblical truths gathered from this story. Let’s look at just one.
No doubt, she had been called everything from a “woman of the night” to the more pejorative “whore.” This is who she was. It’s who she had come to believe she was.
It’s who she was in her eyes – not Jesus’.
After ruining the religious leaders’ “execution party,” Jesus looked into her eyes and said tenderly, “Woman…,” reminding her of who she truly is: a human being, a person created in his image, of infinite worth and value.
John Maxwell once said,
“See your people as they could be, not as they are.”
Are there people in your class who are struggling with their identity? Be Jesus to them.
It’s all about perspective.
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?
One of the books I’m presently reading is Faithfully Different: Regaining Biblical Clarity in a Secular Culture, by Natasha Crain. Crain is erudite, articulate, and persuasive.
Consider the following. She writes,
Popular comedian Ricky Gervais once wrote a piece featured in The Wall Street Journal titled “Why I’m an Atheist.”
- Why don’t you believe in God? I get that question all the time. I always try to give a sensitive, reasoned answer. This is usually awkward, time consuming and pointless. People who believe in God don’t need proof of his existence, and they certainly don’t want evidence to the contrary… I still give my logical answer because I feel that not being honest would be patronizing and impolite. It is ironic therefore that “I don’t believe in God because there is absolutely no scientific evidence for his existence and from what I’ve heard the very definition is a logical impossibility in this known universe,” comes across as both patronizing and impolite.
Gervais went on to explain why he’s chosen “science over God”:
- Science seeks the truth. And it does not discriminate. For better or worse it finds things out. Science is humble. It knows what it knows and it knows what it doesn’t know. It bases its conclusions and beliefs on hard evidence— evidence that is constantly updated and upgraded.
He then described how he challenges religious people:
- Since the beginning of recorded history, which is defined by the invention of writing by the Sumerians around 6,000 years ago, historians have cataloged over 3700 supernatural beings, of which 2870 can be considered deities. So next time someone tells me they believe in God, I’ll say “Oh which one? Zeus? Hades? Jupiter? Mars? Odin? Thor? Krishna? Vishnu? Ra?…” If they say “Just God. I only believe in the one God,” I’ll point out that they are nearly as atheistic as me. I don’t believe in 2870 gods, and they don’t believe in 2869.
Here you have a person precious in the sight of God, Ricky Gervais. Clearly, he’s smart. But also clearly, his logic has holes in it.
He has absolutely no regard for the Bible, much less the Christian faith, so throwing scripture at him will not work. How do you begin to engage with Gervais? I know how I would respond. But, I would like to hear how you might respond. Give his comments some thought, pray through it, do some study – and then let me know.
DATES for THIS SUMMER & FALL
- Every Wed. evening in June: Family VBS
- June 12 & Aug 7 – church-wide events at Sun & Fun
- July 11 – Sr. Adult Luncheon
- Aug 17 – Wed Evening Meal & Classes resume
- Sep 30-Oct 2 – Student Dnow
- Oct 26 – Fall Fest
QUOTE of the WEEK
Consequences are bound to the choices you make. You can have your choice, but you cannot choose your consequence.
LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE
I just got pulled over by a cop. He asked me if I had a police record. Apparently “Roxanne” is not the answer he wanted to hear.
Actual Analogies used by High School Students in English Essays:
- When she tried to sing, it sounded like a walrus giving birth to farm equipment.
- Her eye twinkled, like the mustache of a man with a cold.
- She was like a magnet: attractive from the back, repulsive from the front.
- The ballerina rose gracefully on point, and extended one slender leg behind her, like a dog at a fire hydrant.
- She grew on him like she was a colony of E. Coli and he was room temperature Canadian beef.
One more? Why not?
For all my fellow Princess Bride fans…
SOUL FOOD: When Your Light Burns Out
Soli Deo Gloria, Nick