I hope you can find pieces of my messages on Sunday to take home and use to grow in your spiritual walk during your week. I’m glad you are reading, and I look forward to hearing from you! -Tim
Here is the “mom’s version” of 1 Corinthians 13 that I used in my message today. Enjoy!
I can read bedtime stories till the cow jumps over the moon and sing “Ten Little Monkeys” until I want to call the doctor…but if I don’t have love, I’m as annoying as a ringing phone.
I can chase a naked toddler through the house while cooking dinner and listening to voice mail. I can fix the best cookies and Kool-Aid in the neighborhood and I can tell a sick child’s temperature with one touch of my finger…but if I don’t have love, I am nothing.
Love is patient while watching and praying by the front window when it’s 30 minutes past curfew.
Love is kind when my teen says, “I hate you!”
Love does not envy the neighbors’ swimming pool or their brand-new minivan, but trusts the Lord to provide my every need.
Love does not brag when other parents share their disappointments and insecurities, and love rejoices when other families succeed.
Love doesn’t boast, even when I’ve multi-tasked all day long and my husband can’t do more than one thing at a time.
Love is not rude when my spouse innocently asks, “What have you done today?”
Love does not immediately seek after glory when we see talent in our children, but encourages them to get training and make wise choices.
Love is not easily angered, even when my 15-year-old acts like the world revolves around her.
Love is not self-righteous when I remind my 17-year-old that he’s going 83 in a 55-mph zone, but rejoices in the truth.
Love does not give up hope.
Love always protects our children’s self-esteem and spirit, even while doling out discipline.
Love always trusts God to protect our children when we cannot.
Love always perseveres, through blue nail polish, burps and other bodily functions, rolled eyes and crossed arms, messy rooms and sleepovers.
Love never fails.
But where there are memories of thousands of diaper changes and painful labor, they will fade away.
Where there is talking back, it will (eventually) cease.
Where there is a teenager who thinks she knows everything, there will one day be an adult who knows you did your best.
For we know we fail our children, and we pray they don’t end up in therapy, but when we get to heaven, our imperfect parenting will disappear. (Thank you, God!)
When we were children, we needed a parent to love and protect us.
Now that we’re parents ourselves, we have a heavenly Father who adores, shelters us and holds us when we need to cry. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is LOVE!! –Author Unknown
Here are some verses on encouragement that I used in my message today. May you be an encouragement to everyone you interact with this week. Remember, everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle and could use a little encouragement!
Ephesians 4:29, “Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.”
1 Corinthians 16:17-18, “I am very glad that Stephanas, Fortunatus, and Achaicus have come here. They have been providing the help you weren’t here to give me. They have been a wonderful encouragement to me, as they have been to you.”
Romans 15:32, “Then, by the will of God, I will be able to come to you with a joyful heart, and we will be an encouragement to each other.”
Romans 15:5-6, “May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus.”
Acts 4:36-37, “For instance, there was Joseph, the one the apostles nicknamed Barnabas (which means “Son of Encouragement”). He was from the tribe of Levi and came from the island of Cyprus. He sold a field he owned and brought the money to the apostles.”
1 Peter 5:12, “My purpose in writing is to encourage you.”
Hebrews 10:25, “And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”
1 Thessalonians 5:11,”So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.”
1 Thessalonians 4:18, “So encourage each other with these words.”
2 Corinthians 13:11, “Dear brothers and sisters, I close my letter with these last words: Be joyful. Grow to maturity. Encourage each other. Live in harmony and peace. Then the God of love and peace will be with you.”
Hebrews 3:13-14, “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.”
Romans 12:8, “If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging.”
This last one is a sad statement written by Jeremiah, the Prophet. Lamentations 1:16, “For all these things I weep; tears flow down my cheeks. No one is here to comfort me; any who might encourage me are far away.” Is there anyone that you know that this may be true of? I urge you reach out and encourage them!
This is the poem I read to begin the series “No Regrets”. It was written by a monk in a monastery in Nebraska. I hope this helps focus you on a ‘no regrets’ life.
If I had my life to live over again, I’d try to make more mistakes next time.
I would relax, I would limber up, I would be sillier than I have been this trip.
I know of very few things I would take seriously.
I would take more trips. I would be crazier.
I would climb more mountains, swim more rivers, and watch more sunsets.
I would do more walking and looking.
I would eat more ice cream and less beans.
I would have more actual troubles, and fewer imaginary ones.
You see, I am one of those people who lives life sensibly hour after hour, day after day. Oh, I’ve had my moments, and if I had to do it over again I’d have more of them.
In fact, I’d try to have nothing else, just moments, one after another, instead of living so many years ahead each day. I’ve been one of those people who never go anywhere without a thermometer, a hot-water bottle, a gargle, a raincoat, aspirin, and a parachute.
If I had to do it over again I would go places, do things, and travel lighter than I have.
If I had my life to live over I would start barefooted earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall.
I would play hookey more.
I wouldn’t make such good grades, except by accident.
I would ride on more merry-go-rounds.
I’d pick more daisies.
- You shall have no other gods before me.
- You shall not make for yourself an idol.
- You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.
- Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
- Honor your father and mother.
- You shall not murder.
- You shall not commit adultery.
- You shall not steal.
- You shall not give false testimony.
- You shall not covet.
My challenge is for you to post the 10 Commandments in your home, memorize them and obey them!
Here is a link to the book I mentioned in my message on prayer entitled, “Too Busy Not to Pray” by Bill Hybels. This book will help you slow down so you can pray, listen to God, respond to what you hear and overcome barriers to prayer. I highly recommend it.
Sermon audio from yesterday’s service is online! Yesterday’s topic covered the end times. Many people have asked about the music in Yesterday’s service. Check out Scott Allen’s blog to read a little bit about our worship package! To read a bit more about the message, check out Connecting Point on the Adult Ministries blog, or you can listen to the sermon audio here:
Last Sunday I finished a two part message on why there is so much pain, suffering and evil in this world. To read about the conclusion of this topic, check out Connecting Point on the Adult Ministries blog, or you can listen to the sermon audio here:
Last Sunday I began a two part message on why there is so much pain, suffering and evil in this world. To read a little bit about part one, Check out Connecting Point on the Adult Ministries blog, or you can listen to the sermon audio here:
That was the title of my message on Sunday. At the end I encouraged those who wished to dig deeper into this matter, to read the book by Stanley Grenz entitled, “Welcoming but not Affirming: An Evangelical Response to Homosexuality“. In my opinion, it is a response based on grace and truth.
Listen to the message here:
This is the prayer from my message today that I challenged us all to pray this coming week, on a daily or even an hourly basis.
“Lord, I pledge my allegiance to you today. Enable me to have the discernment to walk in obedience, to sense wrong when I encounter it and to stay away from it. Keep me strong when temptations come. Guard my tongue from saying the wrong thing or saying too much or speaking too quickly. Enable me to resist outbursts of anger. Fill me with Your Spirit. I want the fruit of the Spirit and new nature (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control) to show in me today. Take my eyes, my tongue, my emotions, my will, and use me, Lord. Amen”
May we all see evidence of the Spirit in our lives as we invite him to control our lives!
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