Well, they say all good things must come to an end. I’ve been publishing this blog Monday-Friday for a year. But, the G3 Church is moving on with some new media and ways of communicating. Watch on the G3 Church website for more information as it becomes available. As for me, if I start another blog, you’ll catch me on Facebook and Twitter.
The goal of this blog was to connect our modern culture with the God of the Bible. On most days, I feel I successfully did that. Hope you thought so too.
There’s a song on The Beatles’ “White Album” called “Glass Onion.” In it John, not so subtly, reveals that the walrus (mentioned in the song “I Am a Walrus”) was Paul. He sings: “Well, here’s another clue for you all, the walrus was Paul.”
Well, here’s a couple of not so subtle clues for you, readers:
The gorilla was Bruce.
And, The savior of the world is Jesus.
There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved. Acts 4
And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. Romans 6
Politicians and athletes are continually saying what they are going to do. That’s seems to take up a big part of their lives. They get all kinds of exposure for talking about what they’re going to do. There are entire tv shows which exist just to talk about these things.
As the old adage goes: Talk is cheap. That means just talking about something isn’t as good as actually doing something. Anybody can talk about it, but not just anybody can do it.
Another old adage moves the argument along: Actions speak louder than words. Don’t just say it, let me see you do it.
So it is with faith. People and churches talk about what great faith they have, but it’s meaningless if you don’t see it used. When life gets messy, that’s when your faith needs to kick in. When the project gets too big, that’s when your faith needs to step up.
In the Bible, James says it pretty straightforward: Faith without works is dead.
Do you have faith? A better question might be: Are you using your faith? Because if you’re not, it’s not worth a dime.
Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do. James 2
March is the month for basketball in Indiana! There are all the high school games as teams go through the sectionals, regionals, and semi-states on their way to the championship in Indianapolis. Going on simultaneously is the NCAA tournament! People fill out their brackets and whine about the bracket-busters on the first weekend. It’s crazy! That’s why they call it: MARCH MADNESS! To play on any of those teams at any level takes a lot of practice, hours and hours playing hoops. Being a part of that is competitive. Not everyone makes the team. Only the best.
Being a part of Jesus is not competitive. You can be a part, you can join the team. There’re no tryouts, there’re no grueling practices, no running the stairs, no getting in shape, no hours shooting free throws. As a matter of fact, Jesus doesn’t care what shape you’re in when you come to him because he’s going to take care of you. Everyone can make the team, it’s your choice. Still, one of the important things to Jesus is that you are part of the team. He loves you individually, but he also sees value in your living in community with others.
Independence is good, but you also need support. You need people around you who care about you, who love you. That’s why you live in community. Who is your community?
We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. Romans 12
Rylee MacKay, 15, had been dyeing her hair the same shade of auburn every 6 weeks since September. On February 4 the vice principal of Hurricane Middle School spotted Rylee in the halls and sent her to the office. Though the school dress code said “naturally occurring color” was okay, Rylee’s auburn-hued hair was deemed a violation. She was sent home.
After 4 days of washing her hair, Rylee’s hair had faded enough “to be acceptable” and she was allowed back in class. I’m sorry, though I agree with dress codes in general, who determines which color is a no-no…really now! (I mean look at the picture above, taken before she started washing her hair!!!).
God plays no favorites. Your hair can be green and orange…you can dress in all purple and white stripes…you can be ugly, mean, rude…it doesn’t matter. God takes you as you are. Any church which believes in the Bible will open its door to anyone. Their message is: Come in, sit down, enjoy the love of God. The color-blind love of God.
Perhaps, you’ve had a bad experience with a church judging how you dress, who you are, how you act. Well, that’s not the way all churches are. Keep looking. God is waiting for you to walk into his arms.
There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3
At the “American Idol” auditions the other night a 17 year old named Charlie Askew sang for the judges. The word “askew” means tilted, slanted, a little off. Ironically, that’s a pretty good description of Charlie. He cataloged himself as being “socially awkward” with music being the way he best communicates with people.
When Charlie opened his mouth and started singing, this adorable misfit blew the judges away. He was good doing the intro to “Breakthru” by Queen, but he did a fantastic rendition of the old standard “Nature Boy.” And, the song just seemed to fit his quirky personality. All four judges gave him glowing critiques and sent him on through.
Are you socially awkward? Physically awkward? Mathematically challenged? Shy? Clumsy? God has a place for you in his church. Oh, yes! He has a place for everyone. Find a church. Get to know that special, unique community there. Ask God to show you how he can use you. Get to work. If you belong to God…he will use you.
Feeling worthless lately? Like you don’t seem to fit in. Hitch up with God. He’s got something for you to do. He’ll help you find it.
All of you together are Christ’s body (the church), and each of you is a part of it. 1 Corinthians 12
What do Conner Kennedy, Taylor Lautner, Jake Gyllenhaal, John Mayer, Cory Montieth, and, now Harry Styles have in common?
They’re all ex’s of Taylor Swift!
Yep. The first of January this year the One Direction singer Harry Styles and Taylor Swift were on a vacay in the British Virgin Islands (no pun intended) when there was some trouble in paradise. Whatever happened Taylor swiftly (pun intended) boarded a plane and flew back to the U.S.
Sad. But here’s the bright side. You and I will probably get to hear a whole new bunch of awesome Taylor Swift songs, as she frequently writes about her broken love life. And, I do like her music! How about you?
God doesn’t make bad situations happen in your life. However, sometimes he uses them to make you stronger. And, frequently he writes a new song about your life…it’s a good one, a happier one, a song of hope. You might try singing it.
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God…. Romans 8
Guess who this one’s about…