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The Cup

Cathy Obernuefemann is a Worship Leader and a long-time friend. She recently shared an observation and a question with me and said it’d be okay to mention them here.

She’s noticed how excited St. Louis Blues fans still are over The Stanley Cup, and rightly so.

She’s heard refered to simply as The Cup.

She asks, “Wouldn’t it be great if Christians got as excited over that other Cup and everything it’s about when we come to Holy Communion?”

Goooooood point.

Our old friend St. Paul helps us with an answer, framed as a question: Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ?  (1 Corinthians 10:16)

 

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What’s Your Addiction?

Anything that alters your mood can become addictive,” says WebMD.

“Is addiction to shopping or texting the same as being hooked on drugs or alcohol? We know these things can affect your brain in many of the same ways.”

According to that same source, these are our Top Ten Addictions. (I’ll only add that they’re all socially acceptable to some degree —)

Smartphones

Caffeine

Chocolate and Other Sweets

Shopping

Gambling

Plastic Surgery

Tanning

Exercise

Social Media

Sex

— “If you feel you have a habit that’s out of control, talk to your doctor or a therapist,” says https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/addiction/ss/slideshow-surprising-addictions?ecd=socpd_fb_nosp_7002_spns_cm1507_conmkt&fbclid=IwAR2ixekkcF15Snlp5x5qW-T6MCYTBp7A_BdiS3F8c7phR346RVzKWU1rrX4

How’s that list look to you?

Yeah.

And this appolies to not just us in our youth, but at all of our ages and stages:

Let no one despise you for your youth,

but set the believers an example

in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

1st Timothy 4:12

 

Treat ‘Em Like This?

Make a clean break with all cutting, backbiting, profane talk.

Huh?

Be gentle with one another, sensitive.

You’re kidding.

Forgive one another.

Now you’ve really gone too far.

Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you.

Where you getting this stuff?

Ephesians 4:31,32.

 

“I Imagined America”

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So writes colleague Jon Pavlovitz. Here’s the entire piece —

https://johnpavlovitz.com/2019/09/26/im-not-the-radical-left-im-the-humane-middle/

—- Whaddya say in response?

I look forward to hearing from you and to seeing you back here tomorrow.

Two Guidelines for Living Forward

“A life which is empty of purpose until 65 will not suddenly become filled on retirement,” wrote Arthur E. Morgan.

Whatever you do, wrote St. Paul in 1st Corinthians 10:31, do all to the glory of God.

Start today to couple those two ideas together, with a firm foundation of what Christ Jesus offers you (more and better life than you ever imagined possible, John 10:10b), and enjoy!

 

New Month, New Affirmation of Faith

One week ago today in this very space I wrote the following – – –

“There is so much to celebrate!”

You might have heard me say that.

Or you might have read something which I’ve written that includes that statement.

Because I really do believe that.

—- Which I guess makes this really an Affirmation of Faith: “There is so much to celebrate!”

Again, where would such a concept originate?

Places like Philippians 4:4

Rejoice in the Lord always.

I will say it again:

Rejoice!

There is so much to celebrate.

There really is, so let’s remind each other of that.

It’s a new month, and maybe it’s time for a new attitude: one that says “There is so much to celebrate!”

 

What’s Wrong with Our Pastor?

Latest news* is out about pastors and let’s just say it ain’t good —

Among its more discouraging findings, the study* found:

80 percent agreed to strongly agreed with the statement, “I feel guilty if people see me taking time off during the week.”

75 percent agreed to strongly agreed with the statement, “I am afraid to let my parishioners know how I really feel.”

70 percent moderately or strongly disagreed with the statement, “I feel fulfilled in ministry.”

67 percent agreed to strongly agreed with the statement, “I sometimes project my job frustration on the family.”

62 percent agreed to strongly agreed with the statement, “Sometimes my outward appearance seems happy and content while inside I am emotionally distressed.”

50 percent moderately to strongly disagreed with the statement, “I am consistent between who I am and how I appear to others.”

If I could assign Homework…

…Pastors: go back through that list a bit more carefully and decide for yourself which statements are True and which are False. Be honest. Might be a good time to get an appropriate, professional, outside opinion. Make that contact today.

…Laity: go back through that list a bit more carefully and decide for yourself if there’s anything you can do to help your pastor, and if so, don’t wait to take action. Start today.

The rest of us, laity and pastors alike, will thank you.

 

*SOURCE of these stats: https://churchleaders.com/news/359562-why-are-pastors-depressed-a-look-at-the-research.html