Garage Sale

Garage Sale

Our annual church garage sale is an amazing fundraising event, allowing our youth group to go on a mission trip each summer. We appreciate all the good folks who donate to the event and who shop at the sale. I appreciate the opportunity to clean out my garage. I keep thinking each year I will run out of items to donate, but it never seems to work out that way. I continually find a way to collect items that I don’t need anymore. Maybe I bought them at last year’s garage sale.

1 John 2:15-17 describes the mistake we make when thinking the things of life will ultimately provide what we need. They won’t. It all eventually winds up in the garage sale. Join us this week as we learn how to avoid the “stuff” trap.

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Check Your Baggage

Check Your Baggage

My dad used to run the Lost and Found at the local airport. It was amazing how much stuff accumulated in his collection, everything from a watch to a pair of skis. Sometimes people would return to claim their belongings, but most of the items just collected dust. Whether people never figured out where they left it, or it wasn’t worth the effort to retrieve it, most of the Lost and Found items stayed that way.

We all have lost and found items in our lives, emotions and memories we’ve allowed to collect dust for years. The problem is, some of those items, when left unresolved, can cause tremendous difficulty. This week, in 1 John 2:9-11, we will learn how unresolved hatred can make your life miserable. Join us this week, and let the Bible help you check your baggage.

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Thanks, Mom

Thanks, Mom

This Sunday, we celebrate our moms. For all the times they sat in the school parking lot waiting for us to finish band practice, washed mud out of our jeans when we took our bicycle through the shortcut, slipped us a peanut butter sandwich under the table when it was liver and onions for supper, and risked catching every childhood disease known to man so that we could see the pediatrician, we say, “Thanks, Mom.” Moms pray even when everyone else has given up. This week, we will see in 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 how each of us can pray for God’s power and glory in the lives of those we love.

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Talking Points

Talking Points

We had a problem with our computer system several years ago. I tried to work with the technicians of our information provider, but we had an obvious disconnect in our communication. They knew what they were talking about, but I didn’t have a clue.

Eventually, we hired an IT company to figure out how to get things fixed. In about an hour, they had not only identified the problem, but knew how to explain to the communications company personnel exactly what needed to be done. I basically just nodded a lot.

It’s good to have someone who can speak on your behalf. In 1 John 2:1, the Bible explains the extraordinary truth that Jesus speaks for us. Join us this Sunday to find out how Jesus speaks for you.

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Follow the Light

Follow the Light

Cats love to chase light. Whether its a flashlight or laser pointer, most cats will chase a light across a floor until a) they get tired of the game; b) their owner gets tired of the game or; c) the batteries run out. According to the good folks at PetMD.com, this is because cats eyes are very sensitive to movement, and their instinct is to stalk, pounce, and eat. The light satisfies two of these requirements which will either give your cat hours of playful exercise or make them a very frustrated feline. The folks at PetMD suggest giving them a cat treat at the end of the game. Good plan, much better than having an angry cat attack your foot.

Following the darkness of this world only leads to frustration. 1 John 1:5-7 describes how following the light of Christ can fulfill our deepest and most important needs. This week, we will discover how walking in the light of Christ leads us to fellowship and forgiveness.

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Evening Stroll

Evening Stroll

Marsha and I decided to take a walk through the neighborhood. It sounded like a great idea, but what we didn’t realize was that a front had moved through the area and the temperature had dropped twenty degrees in the last hour. Our leisurely stroll around the neighborhood turned into an Olympic fast walk around half a block. There wasn’t much time for conversation, which was fine. Our faces were frozen solid by the time we got home.

Still, we have persevered and taken more walks (although now we check the weather before we leave). Walking together provides a great opportunity for conversation. John understood the importance of walking together. Exiled on the Isle of Patmos, John understood the significance of living life in relationship. This week, we look at 1 John 1:3-4, and will discover the value of Christian fellowship (and I don’t just mean cheese potato casseroles).

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What Does It Mean?

What Does It Mean?

Spring is upon us. Everyone has their favorite weather indicator:

  • The “wooly bear” caterpillar – the wider the middle stripe, the milder the weather to come.
  • The higher hornets build their nests, the deeper the snow will be that winter.
  • Red sky at night, sailor’s delight; red sky at morning, sailors take warning.
  • If the groundhog see’s his shadow, ten more weeks of winter.

For the most part, those signs have nothing to do with the weather. Colossians 3:1-3 describes a sign that has far more meaning. What does the Resurrection of Christ mean for you and me? Come celebrate Easter at NHBC this Sunday and find out!

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Sacrifice

Sacrifice

Baseball season is just around the corner. From T-ball to the majors, the great American pastime will soon be in full swing (no pun intended). In my short baseball career, I perfected the art of an essential talent for the game – the sacrifice bunt.

According to the Glossary of MLB.com, “A sacrifice bunt occurs when a player is successful in his attempt to advance a runner (or multiple runners) at least one base with a bunt.” The glossary continues, “A sacrifice bunt does not count against a player’s batting average or on-base percentage, as the decision to sacrifice often isn’t made by the player.” This was always the case with me. I was never intentionally trying to sacrifice my turn at bat to advance a base runner. I wasn’t even intentionally trying to bunt. It just worked out that way because I could seldom hit the ball farther than the pitcher’s mound.

Leviticus 1:3-5 describes an intentional sacrifice, designed to show the nation of Israel’s dependence upon a merciful God. This Old Testament sacrifice was a foreshadowing of an event we celebrate this Palm Sunday, Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross. Join us this week as we recount the meaning and significance of our Savior’s sacrifice in both morning services, and in a special observance of the Lord’s Supper at 6:00 PM Sunday evening.

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Danger, Will Robinson!

Danger, Will Robinson!

Netflix recently announced that it will release a remake of the 1960’s science fiction series “Lost in Space.” I vaguely remember watching the program, and like most people, remember the classic phrase, “Danger Will Robinson!” The line (spoken by the robot B9 to the Robinson family son Will) only occurs in one episode, though the robot frequently yelled “Danger, Danger” without Will’s name. Still, the phrase became iconic through the years – as well as waving your arms (or vacuum cleaner hoses if you want real authenticity).

Warnings of danger, with our without a robot, are important. Deuteronomy 9:6 provides a significant warning not only for the nation of Israel, but for us as well. Join us this week as we explore the danger of pride.

See you Sunday!

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The Most Important Thing You Will Do Today

The Most Important Thing You Will Do Today

What is the most important thing you will do today?

Go to work?

Come home from work?

Quit your job, join the circus, realize that joining the circus was a really bad idea, get your job back and come home from work?

All are significant (well, except for the circus thing) and all are important, but they are not the most important thing you will do today. Join us this Sunday as we discover the most important thing you will do today in Deuteronomy 8:19-20.

See you Sunday!

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