I figured someone would be inspired by this summer series to take on a unique DIY task.
One man was given the task (by his wife) to DIY a new faucet; another man was given the task (again by his wife) to refinish the kitchen cabinets!
Are you noticing a theme here? 🙂
If you are a husband, you will agree with me that these “Honey-Do” lists are quite common. But let me ask this – why is it more often than not the wife giving the husband the honey-do list, and not the other way around?
Guys – help me out here – we aren’t looking so great right now!
In all seriousness, some projects are harder than others. And us guys are not all miraculous handymen who can do almost anything. Some of us are better off helping the children with school work, or organizing the pantry. There are actually some wives here at our church that do the physically taxing DIY projects while their DIY-challenged husbands clean the house!
All of us, single or married, sooner or later come across that DIY project that just won’t go away.
And when it comes to spiritual things, those who like to finish everything NOW are shocked to discover this one inescapable fact – God is not finished with US yet!
This Sunday, we will be looking at the story of the two travelers walking down the road to Emmaus from The Gospel of Luke, chapter 24. Both of them feared it was too late to experience the transforming power of Jesus Christ.
But, they couldn’t have been more wrong.
Come this Sunday as we join these two travelers in the message, “DIY – The Never-Ending Project!”
And invite a friend… it could change their life for eternity,
Photo taken 6 October 2005 by Luigi Zanasi. Used by permission Wikipedia Creative Commons License.
If you have been listening to the news lately you will know that Minnesota is being talked about because of one man’s action.
It appears that a Twin Cities man went on a safari hunt in Zimbabwe and shot a beloved male lion. It’s crazy enough that he spent over $50,000 to his guides. However, if what they say is true, they lured the lion out of the preserve knowing he was protected so that they could kill this trophy legend!
I read in the paper this morning that even though the Minnesota hunter is saying he didn’t know what was really going on, he may not be telling the truth!
The Bible talks about how it is possible to look good on the outside, but on the inside – there is nothing but lies. Jesus described the Pharisees as looking like “white-washed tombs on the outside, but they were full of dead bones on the inside!”
This week, we are going to look at the DIY project of a kitchen renovation. Specifically, we will look at the tearing out the old kitchen cabinets and replacing them with new cabinets.
I would say to you that it doesn’t matter so much what the cabinets look like on the outside, as much as it depends what’s actually inside the cabinets!
I hope that you can make it this Sunday, who knows it could change your life for eternity!
As I am writing this e-news, outside my window there are trucks and asphalt machines digging out some of the big potholes at the South entrance of the church!
The goal is to not only fix the holes, but to create a pathway for heavy rain to make it’s way into the sewer system.
Last night Keith Tally and I sat in an open house meeting for the future reconstruction of 18th Avenue. It is going to be a huge multi-million dollar project! The plan is to widen the road, create turning lanes, add roundabouts, and allow some kind of access for pedestrians to walk at a safe distance from the road. They estimate this will be done in 2017/2018.
Last Sunday we continued with our DIY series titled “Sparky”. What a powerful illustration to know that Jesus has the power to “Flip Your Switch”. If you haven’t had a chance to watch it, you can view it right here!
This Sunday we will continue with “DIY” by looking at the role of the plumber. We have chosen to call it “Plumbing 101 – Let It Flow“.
The role of the plumber is to contain the flow of water and not allow it to leak or get plugged up.
Sometimes our spiritual plumbing gets stuck or we have a leak and life becomes difficult. Really, plumbing is all about water! Is the water able to flow freely without restrictions?
I hope that you can make it this weekend as we discuss this simple yet powerful topic.
Who knows, it could change your life for eternity!
Photo taken by T.Voekler on August 15, 2007. Used by Permission under Wikimedia Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.
Some of you may have noticed that we have a few large potholes over by the entrance where the dumpsters are located. I have had a number of people tell me that their car is taking a beating when entering and exiting the property.
I have good news for you, we are scheduled to have a work crew come in this next week to mill out the old asphalt and replace it with new.
This week we will continue with our series we call “DIY.” We all know that doing life on your own isn’t the way God planned it. In fact, I think we should instead call this series “DIT – Doing It Together!” God created the church to do life together! Bottom line, we need each other.
This Sunday, I am going to talk to you about the Do-It-Yourself “Sparky!”
The word “sparky” has been used over the years to refer to those who work in the area of electricity. If you have ever replaced an electrical switch or socket and unintentionally touched the black and white wires together, you will experience a spark! (Thus – the nickname, “Sparky!”)
Spiritually speaking we know that God is the true electrician and he has the “power” to bring light into any situation!
Even back “in the beginning” when God created the heavens and the earth, he spoke light into existence! I am praying that this Sunday morning we will have many spiritual lights turned on, as Jesus is exalted in our morning services.
I look forward in seeing you this weekend. Who knows, it could change your life for eternity!
Here is your verse for today: “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Ephesians 5:1-2
If you were in church last Sunday, in essence this is what we discussed:
1. That each one of us are called to imitate God in our daily lives.
2. We are called to live a life of love just as Christ has revealed His love to us!
Last night was the final game for my daughter – Janae’s 10 year-old soccer team. The girls were laughing and giggling and just having fun. At half-time they were squirting each other with their water bottles and if I didn’t know better, I would have thought we were at a pool party rather than a soccer game!
When I looked at these young girls, I asked myself, “Is this what it means to be imitators of God? Is this what it looks like to live life at the moment? No fear, no concerns, no expectations, they were just being the fun and happy girls God had created them to be!”
This Sunday I am going to talk to you about “DIY ROUTINE MAINTENANCE.”
The car you are currently driving needs to have a regular scheduled oil change. The transmission fluid has a scheduled maintenance plan that must be followed. If you take care of your car and keep the fluids fresh, your car will run better and last longer. Likewise, we as Christians must keep our spiritual fluids fresh. We must be men and women who walk in the fresh touch of the Holy Spirit daily. There is nothing like living this life in the fullness and the power of the Holy Spirit!
In order to be what God created us to be, we must have a regular “fill-up” of the Holy Spirit! We must keep our spiritual fluids “topped off!” If we do this, we too may act like 10-year old girls laughing and giggling and trusting that God has everything under control!
I hope to see you this Sunday as we continue with our DIY series.
Who knows, it could change your life for eternity!
Photo by Own work February 11, 2007 Used by permission under Creative Commons license.–
Here is your Verse for today:
“Greater is He that is in you then he that is in the world” I John 4:4
This summer I have had the pleasure of helping coach our daughter Janae’s 10-year-old girls soccer team. What an adventure it has been! When we started out the season, the girls were definitely out of shape and had lost most of their foot skills.
Yet as the season has progressed and we are now in the last week of games, the girls have really improved. You see, it’s not just the skill-set that makes someone a good soccer player, it’s also their attitude. If these girls have positive attitudes, they seem to play smarter, run faster and shoot better!
So it is in the church world. Just because someone calls himself or herself a “Christian” in this life doesn’t necessarily mean they are going to “play the game right,” if you know what I mean. Church was never meant to be a life of rules and regulations. The Bible calls Christianity a life of faith that is lived out daily through the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ.
When you and I live a life motivated by God’s love, that allows us to hunger after God’s Word (the Bible) and, in turn, we use it as our manual for living!
This Sunday morning is going to be one to remember.
I am going to talk to you about DIY in the context of “PAINTING 101.” If you’re a painter, you know there are tricks to the trade that helps your final product last long and look great. Spiritually speaking, it is my prayer that after this Sunday – you will view painting in a whole new way!
I will also be talking about the recent Supreme Court ruling and how it impacts our church family at Rochester Assembly of God.
To help us celebrate the 4th of July, we will be showing a powerful video of a soldier who gave his life fighting for our country. Chad Dewhurst will share the story of his younger brother Nick and what it means to give all!
I hope to see you Sunday, who knows, it could change your life for eternity!
Check out this Verse: “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23 (NRSV)
Wow. I love that.
This is one of my favorite Bible passages. I am amazed of the fact that the love of the Lord never ceases! That God’s love for you and me is a constant love! Every morning you wake up, God is there and His faithfulness is ready and waiting to impact your life!
Yet, at the same time, as much as God is faithful and He loves us, we sometimes do not love ourselves.
In fact, when you get the chance this weekend, go find a mirror in your house and stand in front of it. What do you see? What thoughts are running through your mind?
How do you view yourself?
This Sunday morning I am going to tackle the topic of “LOOKING DEEPER”. Before we can start living out our DIY projects, we first must take a deeper look at our own spiritual life.
I hope to see you this weekend, who knows it could change your life for eternity!