On the way to Sunday …


1 If I speak in tongues of human beings and of angels but I don’t have love, I’m a clanging gong or a clashing cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and I know all the mysteries and everything else, and if I have such complete faith that I can move mountains but I don’t have love, I’m nothing. 3 If I give away everything that I have and hand over my own body to feel good about what I’ve done but I don’t have love, I receive no benefit whatsoever. 
4 Love is patient, love is kind, it isn’t jealous, it doesn’t brag, it isn’t arrogant, 5 it isn’t rude, it doesn’t seek its own advantage, it isn’t irritable, it doesn’t keep a record of complaints, 6 it isn’t happy with injustice, but it is happy with the truth. 7 Love puts up with all things, trusts in all things, hopes for all things, endures all things. 
8 Love never fails. As for prophecies, they will be brought to an end. As for tongues, they will stop. As for knowledge, it will be brought to an end. 9 We know in part and we prophesy in part; 10 but when the perfect comes, what is partial will be brought to an end. 11 When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, reason like a child, think like a child. But now that I have become a man, I’ve put an end to childish things. 12 Now we see a reflection in a mirror; then we will see face-to-face. Now I know partially, but then I will know completely in the same way that I have been completely known. 13 Now faith, hope, and love remain—these three things—and the greatest of these is love. 

I Corinthians 13 CEB

By most accounts this passage written by Paul is considered the greatest definition of love ever written. It is common, or normal, practice to have this passage read during a wedding.

How do so many couples go from this at their wedding to divorce court?

When did divorce become the norm?

For that matter when did love and sex become synonymous?

We have perverted love in so many ways that there are way too many to count! (Sorry Shakespeare)

Based on the current stats from the Journal of Psychology and Christianity 65% of husbands and 55% of wives will commit adultery by age forty.

When did that become the norm?

The greater problem is that Christians aren’t any different. We mirror nearly every societal norm as it relates to divorce, adultery, and pornography.

When did that become the norm in the church?

How is that we hold up the definition of love in I Corinthians as THE definition and then allow it to be come the exception?

When will we learn to love in this weird way?

See you Sunday …

Hidden Treasures in the back of Drawer

 

Hidden treasures too often gather dust and are forgotten.

So imagine my surprise when I ran across this album/CD recently while cleaning out some drawers?  I hadn’t forgotten the music, but I certainly hadn’t listened to the entire album in a long, long time.

The Turn of a Friendly Card was the fifth album by progressive rock band The Alan Parsons Project, released in 1980 my sophomore year in high school (yes I am that old). As concept albums go for this group, this one focused on gambling, and loosely told the tale of a middle-aged man who grows restless and takes a chance by going to a casino and betting all he has, only to lose it all.

You might remember the album – I still call it an album as I have a copy on vinyl hidden away in another box.  The album contained 2 hit songs – Games People Play and Time.

For me the album and the lyrics are at the best in the extended title track – Turn of a Friendly Card:

But the game never ends when your whole world depends
On the turn of a friendly card 

The song is beautifully haunting as it tells the story of all that is lost by the gambler.  But it is more revealing as to how we spend so much of our lives waiting, hoping for that one friendly card to solve all of our problems.

Problem is that it never comes … or those surprising moments when the ‘right card’ turns up … we discover that it is only fleeting and our search begins again.

Life will be difficult.

Life will have its moments that leave us empty – wanting more – needing more.

Life will leave you at times, wondering where God is in the moment.

Despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us 
Romans 8:37 NLT 

I am thankful that my life, my happiness, my joy, my victory is not left to the turn of card.

While I enjoy the music of this album, I am thankful for another tune I like sing,

“O, Victory in Jesus!” 

On the way to Sunday …

Got a minute?

How the average American spends their time:

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Truth is we have all thought or said, “I don’t have enough time in the day”

What if that is the wrong question?

Remember Schoolhouse Rock’s “Conjunction Junction”?

Click here to watch – “Conjunction Junction, what’s your function?” 

If we want to combat busyness in our lives we need to change our conjunction.

Instead of saying “and” we need to learn to say “or.”

There are all kinds of good things we can do.

We need to learn to do the best things.

We need to learn that we don’t have to do everything.

Truth is how many more things can we add to our ever increasing to-do list?

But here is the rub, why is that church is becoming one of the ‘ors’?

In the eternal perspective of time, shouldn’t church and worship be a priority?

What would happen if our spare moments used to play ‘Angry Birds’ were instead used to pray or read the Bible?

I know it would be weird, but isn’t that what were are called to be?

Make a deliberate choice today and spend time with Jesus.

Take a moment and read this story Luke 10:38-40

If you have time … hope to see you Sunday …