Life is just so interesting; the process of living it yourself and alongside others.
My oldest daughter, Emily, has mentally graduated from kids church and it ticks off her little sister big time. She’s benefiting from the sermons in “big church”, this I know is true. I caught her last Sunday taking notes, like her mom. Here are a few excerpts from Pastor James’ sermon entitled God’s Advice on Money in Proverbs 11:24-26.
One who gives generously feels good and gains.
What’s in it for me? Love Jesus just because of his love for you.
Do not hesitate to give to the Lord, for when you give, you will soon be paid back even more with generous giving.
Refresh yourself with good acts and kindness.
My favorite Pastor Sonny sermon from last year included a warning to avoid being a “green leafy, sap sucking Christian.” He’d brought in a downed branch (impressively large, I must say) from his yard and used it as a visual illustration of what not to be. He explained when we trim a tree in order to stimulate fruit we need to be careful not to cut off the fruit-bearing parts of the branch. If we don’t trim it, it will just grow leafy and not produce edible fruit, able to nourish and feed others.
It’s like that with us Christians, he said. Let’s not be unfruitful leafy appendages.
Sometimes my children do not get as much out of the sermons, like I do. Consider these two pieces of evidence from this past August when I must have relented in allowing small daughter to remain upstairs in big church.
If we aren’t inspired in church, then when can we be? I realize one hour of instruction for the week is not enough to sustain, feed, empower, grow. We have life groups, home groups and classes in financial management and how to study the Bible. This I know, but it all starts on Sunday. It shouldn’t end there, however.
WE EXIST TO GATHER, EQUIP AND UNLEASH THE NEXT GENERATION OF WOMEN TO LIVE OUT THEIR PURPOSE.
Then what? This, then. This.
Keep talking to me, Lord. I like Your voice.
Your Book is kind of interesting, too.