A Fresh Start
- Written by Lon Lorton Lon Lorton
So, how are you doing on your New Year resolutions? Hmmm…
Didn’t make any? Me either. I’m a chicken, too.
Seriously, whether we’ve announced it or not, whether we’ve put it in our Dear Diaries or not, you and I know that sometimes we need a fresh start, don’t we? Maybe it’s to experience victory over a particular struggle, to make an upgrade in a career, to revive a marriage…somewhere most of us have something to work on – and if you don’t, you need to be teaching a class for the rest of us.
Maybe we can learn something from Peter the Apostle. He certainly came to the place where he needed a fresh start. Luke 22 tells us that after Jesus was arrested, Peter was warming himself by a fire, and he denied even knowing Jesus…three times! Jesus turned and looked him squarely in the eye. Can you imagine Peter’s shame and humiliation? He left and wept bitterly. Can you imagine carrying the weight of that night on your shoulders?
But Jesus had made plans for Peter’s fresh start. It began at the empty tomb three days later, when the angel told the women, “He has risen! He is not here…Go, tell His disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. You will see Him there, just as He told you.’” [Mark 16:6-7] Did you catch that? “Tell His disciples…and Peter.” Makes you wonder if the angel knew that Peter didn’t feel much like one of the apostles at that point. “Make sure you tell Peter, because he’s wondering if Jesus still loves him.”
Tatooine and Other Goldilocks Planets
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By now I expect that most of you have contributed your share to the Disney stock in order to see the 7th, but not last, Star Wars episode. It’s difficult to imagine that the original movie debuted nearly 39 years ago. Over the years there have been stories, blogs, and sermons written about the battles between good and evil depicted in the movies. Alas, I have been just as intrigued by the imagination of George Lucas and subsequent screen writers in portraying the evolution of life forms, relationships, and travel. So, if you’re headed from Nal Hutta or Naboo or Jakku to Coruscant for a big meeting, and you’re in hyperdrive traveling at warp speed, when do you hit the brakes? And how about Tatooine, home of both Anakin and Luke Skywalker, a desert planet on the outer rim. It’s called a circumbinary planet because it orbits 2 suns. As it turns out, solar systems with 2 or more stars are not all that uncommon. This is just one of the many things we have learned from the Hubble Space Telescope. Last year was the 25th anniversary of the Hubble launch. The Hubble Space Telescope was designed to look into deep space. It cost $2.5 billion and was launched from the space shuttle Discovery in an orbit about 300 miles above the earth. It will be replaced in 2018 by the James Webb Space Telescope which will orbit the sun about a million miles from earth. Its price tag will be about $9 billion.
Wednesday Family Night Dinner Menu
February 10th, 5:15 pm
Soups and Sandwiches
Drinks and Desserts
Youth Groups Fundraiser
Ash Wednesday Service Afterwards
Birthdays and Anniversaries
02.07.16 Bettye Riddle
02.11.16 Joe Phelan
02.14.16 Shirley and Charlie Hoskins (Anniversary)