Sometimes we let others label us.. Sometimes we label ourselves.. We adopt things about us, true or not, as the whole of our identity.. But when we become God’s children, we take on a new identity.. We become a new creation! Our concept of who we are dramatically affects our lives.. It informs the choices we make and the things we are willing to accept.. If we could really understand the new identity given to us as God’s children, joint heirs to the inheritance provided by the creator of the universe through what Jesus did for us, I think it would change a lot of things for us. Starting from 2 Corinthians 5:15-18, I hope we can be encouraged to live as the saints we are, not the sinners we used to be.
Linda suggests a better way to approach the issue of homelessness.
Rejoice with us and pray with us.
It’s good to have the Terrell family back with us today. It’s also good to see Ana. The Terrells are praising the Lord that they are all well. Pam learned a new bus route. She’s thankful that she made it to church after the DART van was late. Ruth praises the Lord that she is able to be here. Cindy praises the Lord that things may be working out for them so that Tim can be home more. They rejoice that Mary and the children are all getting good grades.
Cathy prays for the Ward family who lost someone this week. Edith is having more trouble with the same illness as she was fighting earlier this year. Keep praying for the church where the shooting occurred. Edith asks prayer for family members. I missed details. Pam wants us to keep praying for Brenda O and for her health issues. Cindy prays for things to go well as they have all the family together this Thanksgiving. Ana asks prayer for the Dillon family who recently lost a loved one.
Be blessed to be a blessing this week.
The story of The Good Samaritan is one of Jesus most well known stories. I look closely at all the parties involved in this story and ask, “What kind of neighbors are we?” Are we like the Thieves that beat and robbed the man or are we more like the Priest and Levitt that just passed by the wounded man? Perhaps we are like the good Samaritan who had compassion for the injured man. It is the choices we make that determine what kind of neighbors we are. The scripture verses are in Luke 10:25-37.
(Edited from the pastor’s introduction)
Priscilla teaches us patience during times of suffering, leading in with one of her stories, bringing her special brand of humor to lighten an otherwise unpleasant experience.
I guess I better not stop there. The experience was one she had last week, not the one we had today. 🙂
We make hundreds of decisions every day.. Most of them are of little consequence, but sometimes we may have no idea what will come of a seemingly insignificant choice.. Then there are those times when the choice is hard.. The right way is not obvious.. Are there principles we can apply that will help us choose well? There certainly are, and we talk about some of them.. I read from a few different places, but if one passage has to summarize the message, it would be Proverbs 16:1-3.
One humble monk + the Power of God = a changed world!