Friday, July 21, 2006

Next week's Word & Way article

I was only a child during the late 1970’s. However, I have heard my parents and grandparents talk about the "energy crisis" of the seventies – Do you remember the long lines waiting for gasoline and the scare that there would not be enough energy? You can almost translate that image directly into what it means to say there is a kind of stress induced emotional energy crisis being experienced by many people today. How often do we either hear, think, or speak these words: "There is so much to do, and so little time." "There are so many bills, and so little money." "There is so much pressure, and so little peace."

If there were a way to measure our life's vitality level in the same way we use a gas gauge in our automobiles, where would your gauge indicator be? Would you be on Full, 1/2 or 1/4 of a tank? Or would you be sitting on "E”? Many of us need renewal, even recharging, in our lives. I can’t promise worshipping in church on Sunday will give you more time, but I can promise it will be time well spent. I can’t promise worshipping in church on Sunday will give you more money, but I can promise it will make money seem less important. I can’t promise worshipping in church on Sunday will remove all the pressure from your life, but I can promise what our Lord promises. He can give you peace.

Let’s seek renewal, and recharging, together. And to steal a line from our pastor, see you in church on Sunday!

Grace and peace,

James

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Southwest Baptist Church Web Site

Our church has re-launched its website. Go to www.southwestbaptistchurch.org and take a look. The image above is our 85th anniversary logo. We celebrated our 85th anniversary on July 1st and 2nd.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

July 12 - Word & Way Article

In the past few weeks our church has been preparing for our recently celebrated 85th anniversary. I hope you were able to take part in the festivities; I know many long-past friendships were rekindled. As I have prepared for the celebration I have also been reading Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson. This book, written as a series of letters from a third-generation minister John Ames to his son who is still a child, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2005. This main character spends much of the book in reflection and observation, and it has been a gift to me during the time when we were all preparing to reflect.

Have you been challenged by the stories of the sacrifice and dedication of those who have come before? I know I have been. I have been reminded of, or in many cases enlightened to, the heroes and heroines of the past for Southwest Baptist Church. Of course, heroes and heroines are still made today. God takes the best of who we are and does miraculous things – when we are willing servants. One of the profound truths of the character of John Ames is his discovery of the heroic greatness of existence as a servant of God. I believe our two most recent recipients of the Southwest Baptist Life Service Award illuminate this truth as well. May someday the same be said of each of us…

Grace and peace,
James

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