“Blessed are those who mourn, ….” “Real love hurts; real love makes you totally vulnerable and open; real love will take you far beyond yourself; and therefore real love will devastate you,” (quoted from “The Wisdom Jesus,” Cynthia Bourgeault).
We live in a great community, don’t you agree? Sure we have our problems, but we work together to try to resolve them.
Sunday is a significant day for those of the Christian faith as they celebrate the events forming the basis of their religion, the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. With numerous local sites to worship during the holiday, the Craig Daily Press has compiled a brief history for many of the churches in town.
Craig Easter egg hunt features many activities
For the third year in a row, New Creation Church is hosting an Easter egg hunt for families in the community at 11 a.m. Saturday.
I see it silently in stores all around town. They cry out for me, take me home, take me home let me go home with you. It is the pastel-colored flowers, reminding me of spring.
I just returned from a week in Florida, where I experienced reinforcement in Biblical principles I am learning regarding helping people in need. Our family noticed a homeless woman setting up “camp” on the beach we were enjoying. Camp consisted of a number of cardboard boxes, a few beach towels and two well-worn beach umbrellas.
Springgggggggg Breaaaaaaak! For most adults it does not quite have the ring to it that it used to during college days. I am one of the few who get a reprieve when school is on a break because my work primarily involves youth.
Lately, I've been thinking about my reactions to things and how I don't always have the best response. The Apostle Paul tells us in Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”
When one examines Jesus’ ministry he was all about teaching life lessons to his disciples and those around him.
Today, I want to boldly ask you a question: “Got hope?” I have been captured this week by the word “hope” in Scripture and by another word that so often accompanies “hope” — the word “wait.” This won’t be much of a sermon, I’m afraid, but I hope it is a message just for you.
We have just entered Lent, the 40-day time frame in which we prepare ourselves, through penitence and fasting, self-examination and prayer for the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Historically, those of notorious sinful nature, who had been separated from the Church, were reconciled by personal repentance and the community’s forgiveness. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, we, through the symbolic act of placing ashes on our foreheads, recognize that we are all sinners, that we are all made from dust and will return to dust, and that we are all in need of reconciliation with others, both in and out of the Church community.
A few weeks ago, one of the Love In the Name of Christ staff and I had an interesting phone call from a client that some of the churches and agencies and Love INC had just finished helping. We had met all of his stated needs and so had written up the notes on his case and closed his file. We were done, God worked again and met some basic needs, and really, we were done. But he called and asked a simple question, “What do you want me to do now?”
Recently, The Journey at First Baptist experienced a middle-of-the-night sprinkler pipe break that flooded part of our sanctuary and basement below. The initial cause was assumed to be a frozen pipe because of the extended subzero nights we have experienced this winter. However, the night in question was one of the warmest to date.
In Disney’s movie “Wall-E,” there is an interesting depiction of what the writers imagine humans will be like 700 years from now. They are extremely obese and rely on individual hovercrafts to provide all they need — food, mobility, entertainment, etc. At one point, there is an X-ray of one of the humans, and it shows his skeleton has nearly disappeared because of a lack of use. Sometimes I wonder if American Christians are going the way of the humans in that movie. But not all is lost. A survey I recently read might shake up what Christianity will look like in America down the road.
The Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center recently relocated to 25 W. Victory Way, and the whole process has been quite the educational experience for me. As the process unfolded before me — I can’t really say that I had any modicum of control — I found myself surprised over and over again with what people did for us, and it exemplified what being a part of the body of Christ can look like.