Archive | March, 2015

A Velcro Easter

Before this week in 1978 we all had to do the old fashioned ways of keeping things together. But a revolution occurred that spring and life has not been the same since. If you are having trouble guessing what it is, can you say a six letter word – Velcro?

You can find this stuff everywhere you go now. Whether it is on clothes, equipment, and the list can go and on…. we just would not know what to do without this simple hooking idea. If you are like our family, there is at least one thing in the house that has Velcro on it.

The genus behind Velcro knew that he needed a positive and negative hooking method to get it to work. What a great way to remind us about Good Friday. Our Heavenly Father knew that in order for us to have an eternal life experience with him, his Son, Jesus, would have to suffer a terrible death. You see the hideous cross and the glorious empty tomb are too much interwoven. The Gospel is not complete and secure without it. Thank God today for this special brand of spiritual Velcro! We need it to get through life!

May all of you experience a great Velcro Easter!

Dirty Respect

A few months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor that ushered us into World War II, a little girl was born in Memphis, Tennessee this week in 1942. The world would get to know her later on as Aretha Franklin, the famous soul singer. Probably one of her biggest hits was the song, “R-E-S-P-E-C-T”.

She could really sing that song! To be honest, once you hear it you can’t help but sing it over and over again. Maybe that is why advertisers have used the catchy tune so much to sell their products.

Oh, how I wish that all we needed to do to get respect is just to sing the song. Life, as many people know it, doesn’t treat us that way. However, as we prepare for the Passion Week next week, our Lord got respect by washing the disciples’ dirty feet when they met for a new order in the Passover feast. He became the least servant to show how to get respect in the Kingdom of God. What a great reminder for us! Find your niche of respect with me and let’s be humble and do some dirty business today. Real respect starts there. Go figure!

Go Out and Live it Up!

They say that there are two things for certain in life – death and taxes. But it wasn’t always quite this way for us as Americans until 1913. This was the official week that the Internal Revenue Service began to levy and collect taxes. From what I see and hear, they look to be in business for years to come. Talk about recession proof!

But there is a basic understanding about death. You can’t die unless you have lived. You can’t argue with this statement. However, are you so afraid to live out what God has called you to do? If so you are in for a slow agonizing death. Collect your thoughts (but don’t tax yourself!) and see what you can to do this week to be among the living! Show the world that you serve a living God!

Don’t Give Up Now!

Helen was in shock this day back in 1887! This was the day that her teacher didn’t give up on her. Other people had come and gone. They left the family with no answers to Helen’s problems. That was until Anne Sullivan came into the picture. She was persistent in helping this child be the person she needed to be. She kept trying to convince that little Keller girl, who was not only blind but deaf as well, that there was a world out there she needed to discover. Finally after many trials and errors, Helen’s world opened up with the word – water.

If you want to give up on those “blind and deaf” members in your church, think of Anne’s persistence. Sometimes all it needs to change people’s lives is a simple word of encouragement or a pat on the back. But don’t lose sight of another more important person who had to overcome some spiritually blind and deaf people – Jesus. People find out that once that get this kind of Living Water into them that there is a whole new world out there! Go out today and lead them to the Fountain!