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Walking a Tightrope

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Walking a Tightrope

SONY DSCOn July 30, 1859, 35-year-old Jean-Francois Gravelet – better known as “Blondin” – walked across a tight rope across the Niagara River just above the falls. The rope was stretched 1100 feet and it was 160 above the raging waters. After that he went on to cross the falls a dozen more times. Each time he would try something new and unique. He did it blind folded. He did it pushing a wheelbarrow. Once he took a small table and a stove and cooked eggs.

The novelty was wearing thin. What could he do to make the crowds keep coming back. Blondin thought that it might thrill the crowds if he did it with someone on his back. But who was crazy enough to do that? He looked at his manager Harry Colcord.

“Do you really believe in me. . .”

Colcord grudgingly agreed.

The first time I came across that story I thought, “Now that’s faith. Do you really believe? Climb on board.” Difference between saying you believe and really believing.

But then I came across the rest of the story. Harry Colcord’s account.

1000 feet is a long way to carry another man. About half-way across Blondin got tired and stumbled. They stopped. Harry climbed down and so Blondin could rest. Then he carefully climbed back up. Blondin had to stop and rest four more times. They got into more trouble when they came to a guy rope near the Canadian side. The tightrope started swaying dangerously and Blondin struggled to keep his balance. Then a guy rope broke. And the pair nearly fell. When Blondin finally came to the Canadian shore he was drenched in sweat and Harry Colcord’s eyes were shut tight.

Colcord later said, “The ordeal was a nightmare from beginning to end.”

Sometimes we do that. We think, “Man this is it. This is the big deal and so we rush into things without really checking it out. And we get burned.” Have you done that before? Maybe you’re doing it right now.

My dad used to have a phrase, “Son,” he would say, “Look before you leap.” Know what you are getting into.

He didn’t know it, but my dad was giving me biblical counsel.

(Proverbs 22:3) A prudent person sees trouble coming and ducks; a simpleton walks in blindly and is clobbered.

One of the aspects of wisdom is learning to predict the problems and make wise choices. And the result is a life that is a lot less stressful. Sounds good doesn’t it. So be wise. Check it out first. Look before you leap.

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Costa Rica Mission Trip – Fellowship of the Rockies Adults

Serve One Ministries will host the Youth Mission Team from Fellowship of the Rockies. Projects include foundation construction for Iglesia Casa Vida Tamarindo, Home Remodel in El Llanito, School Refurbishments in El Llanito and Beach Outreach Ministries.

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Costa Rica Mission Trip – Fellowship of the Rockies Youth

Serve One Ministries will host the Youth Mission Team from Fellowship of the Rockies. Projects include foundation construction for Iglesia Casa Vida Tamarindo, Home Remodel in El Llanito, School Refurbishments in El Llanito and Beach Outreach Ministries.

Taste and See that the Lord is Good

Good News with Pastor Bill 

1280px-Good_Food_Display_-_NCI_Visuals_OnlineThey say that there is a sign along the Alaskan Highway that reads, “Choose your rut carefully, you will be in it for the next 200 miles.

We get locked into a ruts and a patterns and hit the cruise control. In the process we miss much of the beauty of God. I believe God wants us to explore.

‘Oh taste of the Lord and see that He is good.’ How do we do this?  You have to open your eyes

(Ephesians 1:18) I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.

We are surrounded by opportunities, but we don’t see them.

We get locked into a pattern that forces us to see things only one way.

Someone sent me this last week. It really highlights what I’m talking about.

Here’s a one-question I.Q. Test:

There is a mute who wants to buy a toothbrush. By imitating the action of
brushing one’s teeth, he successfully expresses himself to the shopkeeper and
the purchase is done.

Now if there is a blind man who wishes to buy a pair of sunglasses, how should
he express himself? Think about it first before scrolling down for the answer.

 

 

 

He opens his mouth and says. “I would like to buy a pair of sunglasses.”

I got so stuck on that. I wanted to make him mute too. He’s could communicate perfectly well. But the pattern locked me out of the solution.

Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it is the only one you have,
~Emile Chariter, Philosopher.

The last person to ask about water is a fish. You get so used to business as usual that you don’t see what you can do. Open your eyes. Explore other ideas. God is moving all around you, but you have to be willing to see. And to do that you have to look past the obvious.

Surely the lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it. (Gen 28:16)

The Lord’s Army

Good News with Pastor Bill 

o-WORLD-WAR-TWO-facebookWe used to sing this song in nursery and Sunday school that quite frankly I never liked. It went like this:

I may never march in the infantry
Ride in the cavalry,
Shoot the artillery,
I may never fly over the enemy
But I’m in the lord’s army.

Uh, what good is it to be in an army and NOT go to battle? I may never ride or shoot or fly but I’m in the Lord’s Army!

Compare that to the great anthem, The Church’s One Foundation. Listen to the lyrics.

The church’s one foundation
Is Jesus Christ the lord.
She is his new creation
By spirit and the word.
From heaven he came and sought her
To be his holy bride.
With his own blood he bought her
And for her life he died.
Mid toil and tribulation
And tumult of her wars
She waits the consummation
Of peace forever more.
Till with the vision glorious
Her longing eyes are blessed
And the great church victorious
Will be the church at rest.

The great church victorious will be… one day they will be the church at rest. But not now. Not here. Not while the battle is still raging. We are called to engage the enemy. And that means we ride, we shoot we fly. We DO!

We have forgotten the biology of theology. We focus on “thinking right about God,” but we miss the powerful truth of following God. And to be honest I think this is what makes church boring. We’ve missed the power of the adventure.

(Ephesians 5:14-17) For this reason it says, “Awake, sleeper, And arise from the dead, And Christ will shine on you.” Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

I like the way that Peterson translates that in the Message.

“Wake up from your sleep,
Climb out of your coffins;
Christ will show you the light!”

So watch your step. Use your head. Make the most of every chance you get. These are desperate times!
Don’t live carelessly, unthinkingly. Make sure you understand what the master wants.”

God is saying, Wake up. Explore with me the wonders of my world and my ways. He has a plan for your life, but you have to choose to join him in it. And to do that you will have to crawl out of your crypt and learn to ride, shoot, fly and march.

Be Strong

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Be Strong

1280px-Coca-Cola_logo.svg2 Timothy is the last of Paul’s letters. That aging old warrior is about to go to heaven, so he jots down some final instructions to his young learner, Timothy. In chapter 2:1 he makes an amazing statement.

(2 Timothy 2:1) You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

“Be strong. . . ” I understand that part. Paul was an avid sports fan. He often compared the Christian life to sport. So I understand what he means by strength. Be strong like an athlete is strong.

Champions are strong. In fact, you will never find a champion that isn’t strong. Most of them are physically strong. But that’s not really the secret to their excellence. Championship athletes are mentally strong.

Before he moved to Shreveport, NFL quarterback Doug Pederson was in our church. Doug’s a great guy and a man of integrity and faith. One day we were playing golf and Doug showed me about a champion’s mental toughness. As we came to the end of the front nine Doug was messing up a little, and I got lucky and parred a couple. Then I got cocky. “Pederson,” I said, “I’m taking you down on the back nine.” Doug said, “Pastor, would you like to put something on it?” Of course it isn’t gambling if it’s for food, so I took him up, “How about a coke?”

“You’re on.”

It was as if I’d lit a fuse in him. He was two under par going into 17. I was playing somewhere around bogie golf.

I said, “You know Doug, it’s really sad what you will do for a coke.”

He smiled and said, “I want extra large.”

Champions are mentally tough! I believe God wants us to be mentally tough like a champion athlete. But that isn’t exactly what Paul has in mind here. Paul says “Be strong, in grace.” He’s calling us to “grace toughness.”

You might not be physically impressive, and you might not have that mental toughness of a world class athlete, but you can still be strong if you will find your strength in His grace. It happens every time you let him take control of your trouble or your life. Strenght in grace shows up whenever you trust him for your future or your care. When that happens you become strong enough for anything that comes your way.

The Greatest Comforters are Those Who have been Comforted

A while back, I was preparing for a sermon on mourning and the premise was: “Blessed are those who morn for they shall be comforted.” That week, I got a call from a man in Cordova, Tennessee. The caller said that he was Richard Hipps, pastor of the Trinity Baptist Church in Cordova near Memphis. He told me that he had been to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital where Brad and Aimee Smith have their three-year-old son, Alan. Alan has acute Leukemia. Pastor Richard said he wanted me to know that if there were anything he or his church could do to help they would love to do it.

He had sincerity to him. A kindness. You could hear it through the phone. I was a bit surprised that this complete stranger would want to engage in the pain of someone in our church.

When he told me his story, I knew why. He and his wife were missionaries to Brazil. They had a daughter that was five. They were home on furlough and she got sick. At first, they thought it was the flu.   But she didn’t get better. In fact, she grew worse. Then came the diagnosis: a rare virus she picked up in Brazil that attacks and weakens the heart.

His daughter died at five. No wonder he would go and minister to strangers in the children’s hospital. He said, “We’ve walked down that road.”

Pain is a problem. How can a good God let bad things happen to good people? There are a variety of responses to that. Sometimes pain comes because God wants to get your attention. CS Lewis said that God shouts to us through our pain. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world. Sometimes the pain is to refine us and shape our character. Sometimes painful episodes are the discipline of God. Unfortunately, sometimes we don’t know why the pain happens. It will remain a mystery.

Whatever the reason for your pain, God promises two things. First, he will comfort you. And second, you will become a comfort to someone else.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort; who comforts us in all our affliction so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. (2 Corinthians 1:3-)

Whatever your pain, use it to comfort someone else today.

A Passion to Pursue…

Every one of us needs a dream to follow, a passion to pursue and a calling to recognize. We will not fulfill our purposes by blindly following other’s paths. We will fulfill them by simply being ourselves. When we discover who we really are and what we are designed to do, it opens up a whole new world.

Find out what God has put in your heart and follow it. The passions He has placed in your life are there not only to fulfill your needs, but also His purposes.

Galatians 5:13

Life by the Spirit

13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh,  rather, serve one another humbly in love.

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