Sunday Collectives 9/01/14 – 9/07/14
By Mark Luker
I have wasted my life until now, doing everything I could to avoid being a fool. I am sure I had many reasons that I thought would explain my foolishness.
Who was I being a fool for?
The ironic thing is……..
by trying to avoid being a fool and being so fixated on “fitting in,” I lost what chance I had of actually finding any kind of wisdom. Without realizing it, I was actually a bigger fool than I knew.
The great challenge we each face is discovering who we are, finding our identity. Many get lost in the quest and sink into depression not knowing how to answer this critical question, “Who am I?”
I’m thinking about this today and like many of you have thought about identity and purpose most of my life, trying to discover who I am. What am I here for? What’s my value and purpose in this world? It’s a quest we all begin, but along the road to the answer many have simply given up. This morning may I offer a few thoughts for you to consider on your quest for the answer?
By Tosin Olabode
Principle of the Weed-
Whenever fresh good plants are grown, fresh good weeds spring up too, without permission and tend to even grow better (if care is not taken) than the real plants. This same truth is applicable to life; when something good is about to happen, when God is ready to bring out something new in you, something else that is bad and capable of destroying that good (off course, only with your permission) naturally comes up.
When my child is angry and confused…Lord, lead me to the cross.
When I want to help but am at a loss…Lord, lead me to the cross.
When I have nothing good left to offer them…Lord, lead me to the cross
When I want to shake some sense into them…Lord, lead me to the cross.
Join us in taking a deeper look into
This is a condensed version of the journey from “death” to life. People sin. We are slaves to our sinful nature. Jesus destroyed the penalty of sin and its power over us on the cross. When we accept the gift of salvation, we become willing to share the gospel with others and help to build up the church. Since we are God’s masterpiece, we should never treat ourselves or others as inferior or with disrespect.
By Elsie J Ruiz
HAVE YOU EVER ASKED YOURSELF WHAT AWAITS YOU AFTER DEATH? When a loved one has passed, have you wondered where they are, how they are? Many are the stories we have heard, the current movies and books, the infinite philosophical, religious and personal accounts of what heaven looks like. From angels playing harps on puffy clouds, to St. Peter opening a majestic gate, from a boring eternal life, to a glorious everlasting sing-along, from the “void” to that bright yellow light, we have all wrestled with the question of heaven. There are probably as many interpretations of heaven as there are people in the world.