Have the Attitude of Christ

Rob“Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ?  Any comfort from his love?  Any fellowship together in the Spirit?  Are your hearts tender and compassionate?  Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.  Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others.  Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.  Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.  You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.  Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to.  Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being.  When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.  Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”  Philippians 2:1-11

As we approach Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent, this scripture from Paul’s letter to the Philippians helps focus our attention.  He was encouraging a group of people that had suffered persecution for their belief in Jesus.  Paul was also reminding them that the ultimate sacrifice was made by Jesus and their current situations paled in comparison to the future glory they would receive, not to leave out the promise that they were not alone but were connected to God through Jesus and had the presence and power of the Holy Spirit with them.

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A Year of Thankfulness

On behalf of Denise and myself, I thank you for all that you as a church family have blessed us with during this Christmas season as well as during the entire year.  2019 was a tough year for us as we had to say, “See you later” to Denise’s dad, Walter.  The transition to life without him is hard, but we are so blessed to have the support and love of this church to help us through.  Please know how very much we appreciate all that you have done and continue to do for us.  May God bless you abundantly in the year to come!  God is good, all the time and all the time, God is good!  (Please forgive me for not submitting a longer article, as I am still recovering from carpal tunnel surgery.)

In Christ’s Love,

Rob   Romans 12

Blessed!

We are in a time that has never been.  God is creative!  And as we walk through each day, we are given the opportunity to see His creation and the ability it has to recreate.  Restoration, creativity, and unity are characteristics of the family God has called us to.  As we approach the celebration of our newborn King, we see how vulnerable He was when He came to us.  Created in His image we all share that same opportunity to restore and mend.  Even in the midst of division and conflict, God has called us to be peacemakers and to be united together.  He calls us to sacrifice self for the well being of others and demonstrated that by giving Himself completely for us.

Christmas is a time to reflect on the precious gift we have been given in Jesus Christ.  The One who spoke all of creation into existence came to us humbly and meekly.  Born in a lowly stable, He demonstrated His desire to meet us where we are.  He brought heaven to earth to show us the possibilities that exist for a family, a community, and yes, even a nation to show real love and humility to one another.

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Thankful

It seems our theme around November always focuses on the subject of being thankful.  It probably has something to do with the holiday at the end of the month, a time when so many of us get together with family and friends and eat, and eat, and eat some more.  Moderation is hard to do when there’s so much to choose from.  But it can be done, I’ve been told.

We have much for which we should thank God as we focus on the subject.  Being thankful is an attitude that we are to reflect, but sometimes struggle to do so.  If your attitude is one of thankfulness, then you are probably more approachable than when your attitude is the opposite.  "Dissatisfied" is the attitude on that opposite side of thankfulness.  So, how’s that going for y’all?

As we go through scripture, we get an insight into the truth of who God is and the character of humanity.  The lens through which we look will determine if we allow ourselves to have an attitude of thankfulness or an attitude of dissatisfaction.  So, let’s look through that lens and be thankful for all that God has given to bless us, redeem us, and restore us!

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Remembering 9/11

It’s the morning of September 11th.  Today is a sad day for our country.  We remember the broadcasts and the images of the tragedies taking place on September 11, 2001.  Do you remember that day?  It’s etched in most of our memories, and most of us can tell you where we were and what we were doing.  I was working at Hibbs Electric and I remember the emotions that were being felt by all of us there.  I remember praying and talking with co-workers, and trying to answer questions about, "Where is God in the midst of all this?"  I remember hearing about the heroic people and the courage and compassion shown, and I said, “That's where God is, in the midst of the chaos!”  His peace was there even through the dust and debris of those burning collapsed buildings and destroyed planes.  He was there in the people who ran into the danger to rescue others . He was there as the ones trapped huddled together to pray.  He was there in the courage of those who said, “Let’s roll,” and made the decision that their plane would not be used to kill innocent people.

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We're Baaack!

Every year at this time we get excited about our youth groups coming back together after summer break.  We always have some old faces and some new faces.  Our first night back is always a time of fun in the parking lot with a lot of water games and getting extremely wet.  Fun is not all we have but it’s a big part of our time together, and we always pray as they gather that they would receive faith, hope, and love. 

Of course we do have a few serious discussions and strive to learn God’s word and plan for our lives.  Every time we meet we focus on the truth of God and His love for us in His Son, our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ, who has empowered us with a counselor and guide in the Holy Spirit.

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A Humble Attitude

“You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.  Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to.  Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being.  When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.  Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”  Philippians 2:5-11

If we want to see our world changed, this is the only way it will ever happen - every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.  As we reflect Him to those around us with a humble attitude, we not only become a positive influence on those we are called to love and serve, but we change ourselves as well.

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