See Ya Sunday

This year there are 273 days between Easter and Christmas.  That includes 39 Sundays.  What will you be doing during that time?  Paul instructs Timothy to preach the word, be urgent in season, convince, rebuke and extort, and be unfailing in patience and in teaching.  My prayer is that we who claim the name of Jesus do as Paul instructs.  See you on the outside, Pete.

"No Such Thing as a Free Lunch"

Listening to the political diatribe(s), reading posts from my friends online, and listening to the whine of those who seem less than concerned about their duty to God than his duty to them, I am fortunate to read the letters of Paul.  In 2nd Thessalonians, chapter three, Paul tells us that an idle mind breeds discontent and that discontent can breed shame.  He asks us to pray that the Word of God may speed on and triumph, and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men; for not all have faith.  Here, in chapter 3, we find the phase “If you do not work, you shall not eat," and that those living in idleness, mere busybodies, should earn their own living, or be ashamed; and if he (the idle person) doesn’t, we should warn him as a brother.  Being a good Christian Soldier, armed with the Word, I go marching to our local institution of corrections to warn them as a brother.

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"Unless the Father Draws Him"

John 6: 40-48

Jesus is teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum to the people that he is the bread of life.  Jesus has come to give life but the people have come to have their bellies filled.  They have come to Jesus for what he will do for them, not because of who Jesus is.  They do not recognize their spiritual hunger and are blind to the offer Jesus is making.  Jesus has made a tremendous statement and an amazing offer, “Everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”  Whoever will come to Jesus will never be cast out, and will not be lost.  The Jews have a problem with what Jesus is telling them.  Jesus has proven that he has come from heaven by the miracles he has performed, but that is not their concern.  They want their flesh satisfied.  Jesus tells them, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him.  And I will raise him on the last day.”  This declaration is similar to the statement, “All that the Father gives me will come to me.”  No one can come to the Father unless the Father draws that person.  This is an important doctrine statement.

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Musings from the Peterbrian

Some musings from someone who has been given the time to contemplate:

In 2008 we as a church put together a Christmas devotional with the intent of continuing in the succeeding years.  Well, here we are in 2016 and we haven’t had another church inspired Christmas Devotional.  I want to challenge all of us to start writing now and through October in order to present our church's 2016 Advent Devotional.  Over the years we have come up with several good ideas, but have sometimes failed to follow through.  Let us not let this one die a lonely death.  In the same accord, let us not forget that we as a church have committed to serving Christ in the Yucatan.  I am certain that Rick will not let us forget that. We did a great job in 2015.  Let us do even greater things this year and in the succeeding years as well.

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"Where the Sidewalk Ends"

Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.  Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”  Luke 18: 16-17.

"Where the Sidewalk Ends" by Shel Silverstein

There is a place where the sidewalk ends
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.

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"Tend My Sheep"

"…Do you love Me?…Tend My sheep." —John 21:16

Jesus said to look after His sheep, to see that they get nourished in the knowledge of Him.  We consider what we do in the way of Christian work as service, yet Jesus Christ calls service to be what we are to Him, not what we do for Him.  Discipleship is based solely on devotion to Jesus Christ, not on following after a particular belief or doctrine.

On the inside,

Pete

When State Met Church

Imagine if you will, representatives of the people of the United States of America coming together to recognize God and our dependence on Him, and declaring their need to humble themselves, fast, and pray.  Imagine political leadership acknowledging the truth of Holy Scripture and asking for forgiveness of our national sin.  Imagine a president who fears the LORD and who asks his people to repent.  152 years ago we had them:

A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America

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