April 23, 2020 - It is sometime in the future. (It could be fifty years from now, yet, based on the Draconian measures of some of our politicians during the “present distress” it could be later this year or perhaps next year). You are huddled with a small group, having met in a secret place so the authorities will not find out. Heads are bowed and someone is whispering a prayer. You are at a worship service. Earlier you had sung a few hymns, softly, so no one outside could hear.
April 15 2020 - One day, Jesus was preaching and teaching his disciples on a certain mountain, and Matthew records the things he talked about that day in Matthew 5, 6 and 7. One of the things Jesus told them that day is in Matthew 5:14 and he said, “Ye are the light of the world.” Friends, though we do not question the validity of that statement, it should cause us to stop and think.
April 8, 2020 - Perhaps an unintended benefit of this “current distress” is that we are learning that we didn’t need to live life in the mad rush we had been living in. We felt there was so much to be done and so little time! However, all of us have been forced to slow down just a little and hopefully we have learned a little patience in the process. Maybe, just maybe, we have learned the truth of that old saying “Rome was not built in a day."
April 2, 2020 - In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells us that we are not to be anxious about the things of this life. He warns us against unproductive worry. Yet, there is so much going on in our world today. We are under “quarantine” because of a pandemic, there is economic unrest, we are in an election year and there are just so many other things for us to worry about.
March 26, 2020 - My grandfather had many songs that he loved to sing. His favorite song however was “Count Your Blessings”. In times like these, that is perhaps hard for many to do, and yet, even with all that is taking place in our world right now, we still have much to be thankful for. We still need to pause and count our blessings.
March 25, 2020 - In our continuing effort to balance the need to gather and worship on the Lord’s Day, at the same time comply with the requests of our elected officials and also do as much as possible to ensure the safety of our members, the Center Church of Christ has made the following changes to our schedule of activities:
March 21, 2020 - As we all navigate through these unprecedented times in our country, it is very important that we are following the advice of public health officials to attempt to halt or mitigate the spread of this dreadful virus. Equally important is that we are still making worship and service to the God of Heaven the utmost priority in our lives. To that end, if you are planning to join us for worship tomorrow, you will be welcomed with open arms.
March 19, 2020 - I read something the other day that has a lesson in it for all of us. It seems that a Bible Class Teacher, in order to get her lessons over to her students, would describe some character and ask the class to tell her who the character was. One day, she described Jesus. She told how gentle and kind he was, and how he was always helping others, then she asked the children to tell he who she had described. One little boy said, “That’s my neighbor”.
March 5, 2020 - One of the things folks sometimes have a hard time doing is being fair with the church. There are some Christians who are very active in finding fault with the church and its faithful members.