Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Remember to Laugh

One of the things that I love to do is laugh. The late American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr said, “Humor is a prelude to faith and laughter is the beginning of prayer.”
While at this year’s Ministry Conference God blessed me with a lot of opportunities to laugh. Some of that laughter was at myself while at other times I was able to laugh alongside others. Reconnecting with old friends and laughing as well as connecting with new friends and laughing, both brought with it wonderful memories and needed opportunities to laugh.
For some reason life is easier to deal with when we are willing to laugh. Proverbs 15:15 says, “All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.” Unfortunately we are all often too serious. We forget to smile, to rejoice, and to laugh. I think of Jesus walking on the water while the Disciples are scared and freaking out thinking he is a ghost. I don’t know about you but I imagine that Jesus and the Disciples had a good laugh about that later on. Maybe as Jesus described the look on their faces and they laughed.
Somehow laughter brings healing to the soul. It reminds us that even though we may be going through a fire now there is still hope.  According to www.helpguide.orgHumor is infectious. The sound of roaring laughter is far more contagious than any cough, sniffle, or sneeze. When laughter is shared, it binds people together and increases happiness and intimacy. Laughter also triggers healthy physical changes in the body. Humor and laughter strengthen your immune system, boost your energy, diminish pain, and protect you from the damaging effects of stress. Best of all, this priceless medicine is fun, free, and easy to use.”
So Friends, laugh a little; no laugh a lot. Just as misery loves company so does laughter. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Take a break from reality. Enjoy a cup of coffee with a friend. And remember to laugh. Remember these words from the great theologian Mark Twain, “Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been.”
Blessings my Friends,

Pastor Scott

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Supreme Court and Gay Marriage

Greetings Friends,

Recently the Supreme Court made another controversial decision that has the potential to negatively affect the church for ever forward. This decision to make homosexual marriage legal in all states will lead to a law that all churches and pastors must perform gay marriages or be fined/jailed if they don’t. So the question is how do we respond? What do we do? What can we do?

The answer to such questions is that we turn to God and we trust in Him. We stand our ground and we continue to uphold the truths of God and His written word. And we continue to serve God and love his children. Let us not forget that last part…love his children.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength…Love your neighbor as yourself…” Mark 12:30-31

Personally I have relatives that are rejoicing at this decision, as I am sure we all know someone who is. As a Christ follower I have to continue to live my life in and through Christ while at the same time love and respect my fellow man, even when I don’t agree with them. I have to leave the door open for meaningful discussion in hopes that the Holy Spirit will work through me into the lives of those who are walking outside of the grace of God. We have to remember that many of these people are walking in darkness, not out of their personal choice to, but out of confusion and trickery of Satan. So our role is to love them to the Lord. To inject the light of Jesus into their lives in any way we can. This must be done with God’s grace, in an attitude of love, and with the goal of restoration. Gay marriage is sin, I am not going to sugar coat that, but so is gossip, over-eating, drunkenness, lies, cheating, premarital sex, drug abuse, and so on. Let us not forget that we are all sinners where none deserve the life saving grace of Jesus’ sacrifice. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

The Supreme Court has made this decision that obviously goes against our beliefs, but we serve the God and Creator of the universe who has power over the Supreme Court and it is God whom we shall serve before man. So as you serve God remember to continue to be in prayer for our country, our churches, our fellow Christ Followers, and even those who don’t agree with us. It is through God and not the law that we are truly saved and what Satan has intended for evil God can use for good.

Blessings my Friends,

Pastor Scott