Sunday Collectives 10/9/17 – 10/15/17
By Chad West
It’s emptiness in the center of me. My brain is stuck in second gear, and I’m numb. People will tell you that you shouldn’t feel this way; that you shouldn’t mourn. If God is in control, they say, we should always rejoice. I disagree. When there’s a death, it’s okay to mourn. When there’s a loss, it’s okay to weep. It’s not good, but it’s good for you. I think what they mean to say is don’t despair. That’s different. That I agree with.
By Sarah Taras
A little blonde girl stood perfectly still in a beautiful white dress, tears streaming down her soft pink cheeks, falling gently into a basket filled with petals. She quietly watched as a man made lifelong vows to her mother. Vows that would forever change the course of her own little life.
These words that poured from his lips would mean the end of her fatherless existence. It would be the end of the “about me” posters at school with pictures telling her story of having only one parent while everyone else had two. It would be the end of Father’s day projects where she would have to tell her teacher that she didn’t have a father, or that only God was her father.
By Pat Thacker
Sometimes- most times as we read the word of God we see our brothers as giants of faith who stand tall and always walk the straight and narrow.
But we need to take a closer look and we can see ourselves weak,frail and trembling at times in their walk with the Lord.
Our brothers of old did also have periods of fear and doubt the same as we do but we must also see that the same Great God that kept them keeps us!
Many years ago, I met with a Christian leader who had influenced me in my youth. As we talked, he offered to give me input on a recent sermon series I had preached. A month later, he shared a few positive comments, and then he added this critique: “I think you share your weaknesses too much. People need to hear our victories more than our struggles.”
I think he is mistaken.
There is no one who likes to suffer, who likes hard times, who likes to experience pain in their lives, but living on the mountain top all the time can indeed be precarious.
There is a beauty to living in the beauty and a deep lesson that can only come through such living. Today we look at that lesson
By David Desforge
The Holy Spirit snuck up on me. He surprised me with unexpected compassion for Stephen Paddock and then for Harvey Weinstein. Stephen has become the object of justified mass hatred for his Las Vegas massacre, and Harvey for an avalanche of aggressive sexual misconduct allegations.
The media has relentlessly and passionately vilified both men. Given the heinous nature of the guilt of the first and the accusations against the latter, it feels reasonable to label them despicable human beings, scum of the earth, and so on.