Pastor's Desk


 Rev. Dr. Donald L. Sharp

October 15

            “We Are Still Transforming Our Families Through God’s Word”

     That’s plain enough, isn't it? You're no longer wandering exiles. This kingdom of faith is now your home country. You're no longer strangers or outsiders. You belong here, with as much right to the name Christian as anyone. God is building a home. He's using us all—irrespective of how we got here—in what he is building.  He used the apostles and prophets for the foundation. Now he's using you, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together. We see it taking shape day after day—a holy temple built by God, all of us built into it, a temple in which God is quite at home. Ephesians 2:19-22 (MSG)  
                             

Choices

            Today in my daily devotional reading I read a thought dealing with choices. I then began to think about the many, many choices I have made thus far. I came to the conclusion that those choices either free or imprisoned me. Some of the choices I have made can be reversed, corrected or simply ignored. Nevertheless one thing that is vitally clear there are consequences that arise from my choices. Some I celebrate and others I am ashamed of. Nevertheless choices make the difference.  You can choose your choice, but you cannot choose your consequences.  Remember, when you make your choice, you choose the consequences that go along with the choice.  

Let me share from the thought of one my favorite writers Henri Nouwen. Choices. Choices make the difference. Two people are in the same accident and severely wounded. They did not choose to be in the accident. It happened to them. But one of them chose to live the experience in bitterness, the other in gratitude. These choices radically influenced their lives and the lives of their families and friends. /we have very little control over what happens in our lives, but we have a lot of control over how we integrate and remember what happens. It is precisely these spiritual choices that determine whether we live our lives with dignity.

Proverbs 12:15-16 in the Message bible tells us:  Fools are headstrong and do what they like; wise people take advice. Fools have short fuses and explode all too quickly; the prudent quietly shrug off insults.

I believe when we are faced with decisions between what is best and what is good enough it must be God’s will over ours, and commitment over convenience. We must choose what gives God the most glory.

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Bible Quiz

1. Which of the disciples told Nathanael that they had found the Messiah? A. Bartholomew B. Philip C. Peter D. Thomas.

2. What did Nathanael say in response to the statement that they had found the Messiah? A. Let's go to the temple and tell the high priest. A. I doubt it. B. Alexander the Coppersmith told me about it yesterday. C. Can anything good come out of Nazareth?

3. What did Jesus say when he saw Nathanael coming toward him? A. Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit! B. I tell you that of all men born unto women there is not another like this man. C. Go sell all that you own, take up your cross and follow me. D. Follow me.

4. Where was Nathanael when Jesus first saw him? A.  In a tax booth with Matthew. B. Fishing with Peter and Simon. C. Under a fig tree. D. In the temple.

5. Nathanael was the first disciple to acknowledge Jesus as the Son of God. What else did he call Him in the same speech? A. The alpha and omega. B. The Lord of Lords. C. The King of Kings. D. The King of Israel.

6. What did Jesus tell Nathanael that he would see? A. Great miracles. B. Heaven and earth pass away. C. Heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man. D. The Son of Man lifted up from the earth and drawing all men unto himself.

 

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Quotable Quotes

“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is in an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob, and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.” -Frederick Douglass

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     If we haven’t been in on the rule making—and generally we haven’t—we may want to ignore the rule book altogether.

     But life is rife with rules. There are rules at home, at work, in school, wherever we come into contact with others. Often rules are put in place to protect our rights. As we African Americans  have learned, they have also been enacted to abridge our rights.

     Individually, we need to figure out which rules can and should be challenged. /we may find that rules can be skirted or stretched when we accumulate power, but we’re probably going to have to go along with most of them for a while if we’re interested in acquiring that power. —-Eric V. Copage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments
Mary Ann Daniels on 08-31-2017 at 12:15 PM
I always enjoy reading the Pasto"s Desk.This article reminds me of the importance of encouraging others
Albert Wilson on 02-20-2017 at 4:51 PM
Pastor Sharp Your articles are inspiring as well as your bible quiz . Research interacts reading and studying the Holy Bible back in the saddle again. Thank you much.
Alma Bonner on 01-27-2017 at 7:21 PM
Pastor - I really enjoyed your Pastor's Desk. Brought so many memories of how things were and how things still should be. Thank you for reminding me of a slippery slope.
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