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6/7/18 A Message From Chris

Yesterday, we began our Wednesday study, The Dangerous Act of Worship.  I want to thank Matt Walton for leading the first session while I am in Sugar Land packing my belongings.  I will be leading on June 20.

In the first chapter of the book, Labberton writes: “Worship names what matters most”.  As I reflected on this sentence, there are many days where our worship names something other than God.  We name Security, Prosperity, Safety, a Political Party, or another Human Being as the most important aspect of our life.  Each time we do this, we are falling short of worshipping the Almighty God who we were created to worship in the first place.

St. Augustine once said, “O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.”  As I survey our culture, there are many restless hearts seeking to find rest in places that only bring anxiety.  Moreover, The Dangerous Act of Worship reminds us that when one finds rest in God (or names God), our life will produce and overflow of “justice, mercy, and kindness in this world.”  My recommendation to Southland is that we quit naming and finding rest in those things that only bring anxiety and start naming and resting in a life that mirrors our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

If you would still like to join us on this journey on Wednesday afternoons at 12:00, there is still time.  Due to Vacation Bible School, our study will not meet on June 13, so there is time to pick up a book, catch up on the reading and spend time reflecting with a group of people what it really means to Live Out our Worship.

 

Grace and Peace,

 Pastor Chris

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5/24/18 A Message From Chis

This Sunday, the sermon title is “Remember the Worthwhile”.  I have noticed something about our contemporary culture.  We are memory maker machines.  We take selfies all day hoping to capture the perfect moment to share with the world.  We actually believe that the world is on pins and needles waiting for us to memorialize our dinner off the grill, our last date with our spouse, or our nephew’s one-year-old birthday.  What we remember has gotten out of control.   

Oxford dictionary’s definition of remember is: Have in or be able to bring to one's mind an awareness of (someone or something from the past).  This past week, I was riding with a friend and he asked me a trivia question. I was able to remember the name of a person who I have never met.  I was able to tell my friend what he did and where he worked.  I wondered why I could remember such a useless piece of information.  This past week, I also remembered my mom.  She would have been 70 on May 22.  My siblings and I shared stories of her and in those stories found that even though she had been gone for 4½ years, she was not as far away as we thought, because there is life in remembering.

This Sunday, we will remember our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, as we partake of the elements in the Lord’s Supper.  When we eat the bread and drink the cup, we are proclaiming that the life of Christ and his death/and Resurrection changed history forever.  We are proclaiming that the life of Christ changes our life now.  We are proclaiming that Christ’s return one day will change eternity and his church will be present with him.  And when we remember, we become aware that there is life in remembering. 

I hope to see each of you on Sunday morning.

Chris

 

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