Thursday, December 19, 2013

What We Need is a Super Hero

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen,
Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen.,
But do you recall?
The most famous reindeer of all?....

Batman?!? No no that's not right how about the Flash or Superman or Wolverine from the Xmen. 

 It's Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer! Yaaaa

Oh the Christmas Season, a time of yule time gathering, sipping hot coco by the crackling fire, and kissing under the mistletoe. Wait that's not how the Christmas season is suppose to look its all about going here and there to find that one gift that means more than anything else. It's not about the quality time we spend with others, it's about the gifts we buy each other duuuuh.

Just see how these shoppers fair when they encounter the holiday spirit at walmart.

Okay maybe that wasn't the best example of the holiday spirit, but then where does the holiday spirit come from?!

Romans 8
5Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.6The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. 7The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.

As Christmas shopping began this season, I felt overwhelmed by the amount of stuff I had to do and all the things I had to buy.  I began realizing how many events I had committed to and all those people that were important in my life.  As I frantically ran around like a chicken, with it's head cut off, I became acutely aware that something was missing.  The gifts, the events, the doing, and the buying was creating a whole in my heart that couldn't be repaired by another starbucks or walmart.  Then, like a twinkle in the sky, it happened.    

A friend got sick and though that might not be the place you think to look, it was just the sparkle I needed to remember what Christmas was all about.  This person did so much for others and in their time of need a community gathered around them.  The kids made cookies, the adults ran errands, and together the body of Christ revealed itself.  Oh what a glorious day to remember, when God's love penetrated the mountains of wrapping paper and the downpour of ribbons.  

We can easily get wrapped up in the gifts and the things of the flesh if we are not careful.  But the true spirit of Christmas comes from a little bitty baby born in a manager.  May you not be of the flesh but be of the Spirit this holiday season.  Merry Christmas  

Monday, November 25, 2013

Central Fuge

I struggle with the centrality of the church as you said it brings the best of both worlds.  I am often convicted by God about the role of Church in my life and the importance of it in others. The scriptures say where two or more are gathered I am there, do they not.  Our culture encourages individualism and that individualism often transfers to our faith.  We believe that we can get to heaven on our own accord but then we would be missing the point.  The point of the Gospel wasn't for us to have a relationship with just the heavenly father, but to share his mercy and grace with those around us.  As imperfect as the church body is, it still provides a venue for people to gather in praise, in prayer, in stressful and painful moments, in joyful moments, and in all the moments that we experience here on earth.  It is a body of believers struggling together through this broken world to bring hope and love to all of God's people.