Showing posts from January, 2016

H2O into Wine

I’m fascinated by the concept of the ordinary becoming extraordinary. The transformation of water into wine at the Marriage at Cana is the first miracle attributed to Jesus in the Gospel of John. The wine is fix’n to run out and Christ performs a miracle by turning water into the best wine, extraordinary, wine. The story begs the question, what’s the significance for us?  I imagine each of us having a string of DNA in us coded: extraordinary. It’s just waiting to be released. The problem is it’s easier to be regular than remarkable. The difference between being regular, being ordinary, are the “extras” in life:  making an extra effort to support others; taking the extra effort to give credit where it’s due; going the extra mile to put words and thoughts in to actions. Oswald Chambers wrote: “All of God’s people are ordinary people who have been made extraordinary by the purpose He has given them.” All we need, to make extraordinary things happen, is to listen to God and follow by it b…
When God happens to have all the same opinions you do, you’re probably not even worshipping God anymore. You may be worshipping yourself. #minmchurch
"The purpose of good works isn't to change us or save us; rather,  it's the demonstration of the change within us." A W Tozer



Giving Back

Winston Churchill said: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give”.I’m intrigued by Millennials. I was reading one’s blog this week. This PhD wrote: I embody [the] classic case…educated but broke, smart but single, passionate but pretty lost…and like nearly everyone else my age, I keep asking…why does everything feel so hard?!”While this feeling might not be true of all a millennials, here’s a discovery that I’ve made while studying them, and I think they nailed it: They love to give back to the community. “You should…give…as you have decided, not with regret or out of a sense of duty…” Godly “Giving Back” is where you give and there is no personal benefits, no recognition, nothing tangible gets sent back your way. Here the biggest and sole reward is the realization that you’ve made a change in someone’s life. Think about we can learn from this youngest generation. #minmchurch

Hitting the “snooze” button on God



“We are not at peace with others because we are not at peace with ourselves, and we are not at peace with ourselves because we are not at peace with God.” Thomas Merton
Resolve to practice the virtue of being at peace this New Year…Pkes