On Woodchucks, Hercules and Condominiums

I came across an old email recently that was one of those comical Top Ten lists…with a point.It’s not intended as this week’s obligatory guilt-trip, I promise, but it could be a helpful reminder that you may be missing something. Enjoy.

Top 10 Signs You May Not Be Reading Your Bible Enough
10) You think Abraham, Isaac & Jacob may have had a few hit songs during the ’60’s.
9) You open to the Gospel of Luke and a World War II Savings Bond falls out.
8) You thought French Peas really did guard the walls of Jericho.
7) Your favorite Old Testament patriarch is Hercules.
6) A small family of woodchucks has taken up residence in the Psalms.
5) You become frustrated because Charlton Heston isn’t listed in the concordance.
4) Catching the kids reading the Song of Solomon, you demand, “Who gave you this stuff?”

3) You think the minor prophets worked in the quarries.
2) You keep falling for it every time when pastor tells you to turn to First Condominiums.
And the No. 1 sign you may not be reading your Bible enough:
1) The kids keep asking too many questions about your usual bedtime story, “Jonah the Shepherd Boy and His Ark of Many Colors.”
So, why don’t you move the woodchucks out of the way and commit to spending consistent time in God’s word this week. All joking aside, God’s word is God’s way to reveal God’s will in your life. And you just won’t everget it, spiritually speaking, until you regularly spend time reading and meditating on Scripture.

Bring along your Bible and come join us this Sunday as we explore God’s word together. But be careful…He just might change your life! I’m praying for you, and I look forward to seeing you Sunday.
–Pastor Ken

Complex Problems, Simple Solutions

You know, it seems that the problems we face in our world today are getting more and more complex. Ethical dilemma’s arise daily that generations before us never had to face. The fast-paced world we live in tends to exaggerate all of our stressors. Financial pressures in a reeling economy seem to constantly eat us alive. And dysfunction in our relationships affect everything we do.

When someone offers you a simple God-focused, faith-based solution, it almost seems trite. I realize, especially as a pastor, how much people get sick of pat answers and trivial phrases, especially when it comes to the difficult problems they face each day. No one wants to hear a religious cliche at a time like that, much less some contrived spiritual-sounding sermonette that seems to have no connection to real life.
However, sometimes the more difficult our problems are, the simpler the solution is. I was reminded of that recently when I came across a story about engineers at NASA in the 1950’s and ’60’s. It seems that when NASA began the launch of astronauts into space, they found that traditional ink pens wouldn’t work at zero gravity. In order to solve the problem, they hired a consulting firm to explore their options and come up with a solution.
It took them a decade of work and more than $12 million of investment, but they were able to develop a pen that worked at zero gravity, upside down, under water, on practically any surface, including crystal. It could also write in extreme temperatures, with a range from well below freezing to over 300 degrees Celsius.
By the way, in our race to space, it was obvious that the Russians had the same problem. And what did they do to solve this complex scientific dilemma? They used a pencil!
Sometimes the simplest answers and the least difficult solutions are indeed best. Like, for instance, the simplest way to deal with the stress of family issues, your finances, your professional career, your health, and whatever else ails you. Have you considered turning it all over to God, and trusting Him with it? Seeking Him first, and letting “all these things” take care of themselves? It may sound simple, but it’s not simplistic. It’s just how God wired us, for dependence on Him. Try to do it your way, and you turn the simple trials of life into major complex pressures that are almost impossible to overcome.
So here’s a piece of advice just for you, right out of the mouth of Jesus, no less: “Have faith in God.” (Mark 11:22) It may not be the most “enlightened” wisdom you come across in our age of reason, but it’s the truth that will set you free.
I look forward to seeing you Sunday.
–Pastor Ken