As I have been reading through the
scripture this year, together, I
have been choosing to read from a
different translation each
week...this last week I read from a
battered, paperback that I had in my
On the cover, in some
1970's-type font, were the bold
words, "GOOD NEWS FOR MODERN MAN"... GOOD
GOOD NEWS, hmmmm.
I stopped and took time to experience an epiphany.
GOOD NEWS...would Jesus recognize what many churches offer as "good news"? When He walked the earth with us, He spent much of His time reminding the church leadership of the day that His Father was all about GOOD NEWS. He then reminded them that the church shouldn't take it upon themselves to make up new rules to try to help God because they just make things more difficult...when it's really quite simple.
GOOD NEWS...God offers freedom and peace, not rules and regulations.
A few years ago I was in a hotel that had a nice little fenced-in yard in back...that you could see from the lobby. On the day I checked in I watched as a young father played with his two young twin girls, laughing, running, playing "tag"...as I could see them through the glass. I entered the elevator and went to my room on the third floor. I was on the same side as the fenced-in lawn, and could see them playing, from my window. But, from my vantage point on the third floor, I could see something that they could not see; just beyond the high wooden fence around the lawn was a construction site where jagged pieces of metal lay about, along with concrete forms, wooden planks and electrical wires...a dangerous place for children, just a few feet away from where they were playing.
GOOD NEWS sometimes comes in the form of "fences". Jesus offers freedom to choose, even to play beyond the fence-line, but when and if we do live "outside the boundaries" there is always danger. Some people see God and think of the fence, and not the yard. The GOOD NEWS continues when we realize that if we DO find ourselves outside the fence, God is there to rescue and restore us back to the healthy environment on the green grass where we are free to run, laugh and play.
The Church, and Her Pastors (including this one) are sometimes more prone to speak of the fences and not of the playgrounds they surround.
And one day, we will be in a place without fences, for there will be no danger to fear.
Remember, it's supposed to be...GOOD NEWS.
you all...see you in
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PBS DATES THROUGH THE END OF THE YEAR:
(PBS will be on these dates only 2017, then start up again in 2018)
Come see our first show, Directed by Central Christian's own, Jayna Friend, and featuring Central's own, Pastor Rick, Cameron Vale, Cito Wyatt, Kevin Weston, Lisa Benefiel & Nita Arnold!
Filmed at CENTRAL CHRISTIAN CHURCH
and broadcast on WHMB / TV40!
For those of us who do not recieve WHMB, but DO have internet...the episodes are also here (either click on the link, or copy and paste the link to your searchbar):
COMCAST/XFINITY - 9
CHARTER SPECTRUM - 22
AT&T U-VERSE - 40
HI DEF XFINITY - 1009
SPECTRUM DIGITAL - 1022
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