Good morning all,
I sit here in front of the computer trying with all my strength to not go to an online news site. It’s been part of my morning routine for quite a long time now. I then complain (usually to Mitzi) that “I’m not a morning person.” Could it be because I let the toxicity of the daily news affect me? I was reading an article this morning (online of course), that asked the question: “Out of the approximately 10,000 news stories you have read in the last 12 months, name one that – because you consumed it – allowed you to make a better decision about a serious matter affecting your life, your career or your business.”
Kind of makes you think, eh? Are we letting this negativity and useless information fill your heart and mind? Did you see whose gown Charlie XCX wore to the Grammy’s? (No, I didn’t watch the Grammys and no I don’t know who Charlie XCX is). There’s the old computer programming saying that goes “GIGO” – Garbage In/Garbage Out. It really shouldn’t surprise us, then, that our thoughts, moods, and actions are many times motivated from these useless things. God speaks to us in the same way: “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.” Proverbs 4:23 and one of my favorites in all holy Scripture: “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8
That last verse tells us of course, if we’re to think on those things that are honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable and excellent and worthy of praise, then we’re to not ingest the things that are NOT we’re to think on those things that are honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable and excellent and worthy of praise It’s pretty simple, but hard most times to put into practice. Here’s the deal: Please don’t start your day with the news (my advice would be to take a week’s “fast” from it and see how you do. I bet you’ll find yourselves in a better place mentally, emotionally and spiritual. Hey, if something is important enough for you to know about, it’ll get to you in some way.
Here’s the deal part 2: Replace your morning news fix with an online daily Biblical devotion, that typically includes God’s Living Word for your day. And… please don’t use your smartphones to get your fix of negativity.
A dear friend shared with me this morning some pictures that absolutely made my morning. I dare you to look at them without smiling!
Peace in Jesus our Lord and Savior,
This week we’ll begin our new sermon series called “Messy Grace” that is based on the book by the same name.
If you’d like to see a snippet of the author Caleb Kaltenbach describe it, here’s a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XJ-WKMjLps
In his message of how the church can wrestle with one of the issues of our 21st Century culture – homosexuality – we get to see how far-reaching God’s grace and holiness is.
Yesterday I was enjoying my morning devotion time – just me and God – awesome. Reading Ephesians, Paul the guy who wrote it, said: “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus” (1:1). I jotted this thought down: What would we “fill-in-the-blank” if we were to make it ours: “… to the saints who are in (your town), and are ______________ in Christ Jesus” ?
It’s easy many times, to read this in the Bible and see it only referring to some abstract group of people somewhere else in a place we’ve only heard of in the Bible. But we absolutely have to understand and remember that God gave us His Word to tell each of us His love and grace for us of course, but then the next part of it is to “see us” in those words also. So, how would you fill that blank above? “believers”? “compassionate towards others”? “strugglers”? Please take some time to pray over this little challenge and if you’d like, email me back and share our thoughts.
Don’t forget the Super Bowl get-together at our house on Sunday. Let’s gather here around 5:00-ish for lots of fun and watching the Falcons destroy the Patriots!
His peace upon you all,
FISHERS COMMUNITY CHURCH
Pastor Joseph Doenges
WORSHIP SUNDAY 10:00 AM
301 N. 6th Street
St. Clair, MI 48079
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