Monthly Archives: May 2011

Sermon Series: One Generation Away

One Generation Away

We are three weeks into our sermon series titled One Generation Away at Life Church, and we still have five more weeks to go.  We’ve talked about mom’s, we’ve talked about Biblical parenting principles, we still got some great stuff coming up including:

  • respecting each other,
  • the kids roll in a Godly home,
  • having a good fight (you don’t want to miss that one – it’s a tag team message with Renee and me),
  • leaving a legacy
  • and we will wrap up with a talk to dad’s on Father’s Day.

Do whatever you have to do to be at Life Church through this series as we give you Biblical principles and practical tools to help your family.  If you miss a message go check out the podcasts to get caught up!

MIDLOTHIAN ELECTION REFLECTIONS

High School Picture

Election Day is always a day that brings out the best and worst in people. And fortunately, this year – Midlothian saw the “best” in people.  They came out to cast their vote for city officials and school board places. I believe people were elected to public service who’s heart and attitude is in the right place to see our community grow in a healthy manner.

Here is the kicker … the School Bond was passed.  A $97.3 million dollar Bond for High School #2, Elementary #7 and an addition to Frank Seale Middle School.  I don’t know what your personal feelings were. Maybe you didn’t want your taxes to go up, maybe you don’t have any kids in an age group that would benefit from these new schools.  Perhaps your confused – how we can cut jobs and build schools. I understand all of those concerns – and I don’t want to minimize your feelings – however, the beauty of a community – is we all pull together to benefit of each other. That sounds great in theory until you reach into my pocket, hu? I like the picture of the Early Church in Acts 2:44-45, All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.I’m a firm believer in the Next Generation, it is always the responsibility of the previous generation to leave the next generation better off. I think now is the time to pray for Dr Stewart, our School Board, and everyone involved in the decision making process as we move forward.  Midlothian, it’s time to join together with love and determination to see the next generation of students better off than the previous.

Congratulations to Boyce Whatley in his re-election to serve as Mayor of Midlothian, and Wayne Sibley and Bill Houston in their re-election to City Council.  Congratulations to Cindy Williams and Wayne Shuffield for their election to the School Board.  Each of these serve our city with integrity and a determination to better our community, they do so in an often “thankless” atmosphere.  Because of your service, we want to say Thank You!

Panama Missions Trip

Panama Missions Trip

Are you ready to change the world?  OK, maybe not the world, but we can start in Panama.  This summer we are partnering with Missionary Larryon Truman to help build a church in Panama in one week – it’s kind of like our own Extreme Church Makeover!

This trip is open to men, ladies and older teens who have a passion to serve alongside our missionary to construct a Pre-Fab Metal Building in just a few days, leaving behind a great church facility in Panama.

Dates:  August 7-14

Trip Cost: $1,300.00 per person (all transportation, lodging, meals, supplies)

Highlights of Trip: Construction of a local church, visit to the Panama Canal

Trip Coordinator: Chad Trinkle

Where do I get Information: There are Trip information cards available at the hospitality table – fill one out and you’ll get a one on one meeting to discuss all the details of the trip.  Or email Chad at chad@network21missions.com to set up a trip information exchange.

Three Ways To Treat Your Mom by Jason Exley

Listen to 1 Timothy 5:1, “Do not rebuke an old man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father.  Threat younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.”  

Mother’s are special people and Paul instructs Timothy to honor the women in his life. Here are three ways  to show love to your mom.

1) Show Her Honor.  In the 10 Commandments, the first command that is not God-directed is “Honor your mother and father…”  One way that you can show someone honor is simply by spending time with them.  Now, I’m not suggesting you move back home – but I am suggesting that you call home, visit home, email, check on their needs.  There are a lot of gifts you can give on Mother’s Day, but the greatest gift is your time.

2) Help Her Out. Even Jesus while he was dying on the cross was aware of his mother’s needs.  You’ve got to top the cross to ignore your mom’s needs. 

3) HEAR HER OUT.  Listen to Solomon (the wisest man who ever lived) in Proverbs 1:8 he wrote, “Listen, my son, keep your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.” Mom’s have your best interest at heart, and they may not always be right 100% of the time – but hear her out.

Homework:  Start by calling or dropping by to visit your mom and spend some time with her.

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mothers Day

We Have New Babies
For weeks, a six-year old lad kept telling his first-grade teacher about the baby brother or sister that was expected at his house.

One day the mother allowed the boy to feel the movements of the unborn child. The six-year old was obviously impressed, but made no comment. Furthermore, he stopped telling his teacher about the impending event.

The teacher finally sat the boy on her lap and said, “Tommy, what has become of that baby brother or sister you were expecting at home?”

Tommy burst into tears and confessed, “I think Mommy ate it!”

My Teacher is Thankful
Son: Mom, teacher was asking me today, if I have any brothers or sisters who will be coming to school.

Mom: That’s nice of her to take such an interest in you. So what did she say when you told her that you’re the only child, my dear?

Son: She just said…”Thank goodness!”

It’s Time to go to School
One early morning, a lady went in to wake up her son. “Wake up, son. It’s time to go to school!”

Son: But why Mom? I don’t want to go.

Mom: Give me two reasons why you don’t want to go.

Son: Well, the kids hate me for one, and the teachers hate me, too!

Mom: Oh, that’s no reason to not to go to school. Come on now and get ready.

Son: Give me two reasons why I should go to school.

Mom: Well, for one, you’re 52 years old. And for another, you’re the Principal!

In all seriousness, we do love our mother’s. They spent countless hours awake at night watching their restless babies, shaped our vocabulary, molded our values, were our first teachers of dedication, honesty, truth and love.  Mom, we love you!

Surviving and Imperfect Family by Jason Exley

While it may be difficult to live in an imperfect family, it is not at all impossible. Joseph is proof that you can survive an imperfect family situation. We read about Joseph’s story in Genesis 37-41.

Joseph was raised in a home filled with angry, jealous and deceitful people, yet he became one of the two men who’s lives are recorded in the Bible about whom there is not one word of criticism.

While families have changed, there is a sense in which they haven’t changed. Joseph’s family lived some 4000 years ago. While the culture has changed, we’ll see some of the same moral failures in his family that you’d find in some of today’s families.

Joseph’s family tree is a case study in imperfection, one full of FavoritismJealousyHatred, and Rejection.

But Joseph’s life gives us some valuable lessons on surviving imperfect families.

  • Don’t Quit
  • Be Faithful
  • Break the Cycle
  • Trust God
  • Be Useful
Joseph had a rotten family background.  On the surface he would appear to be unqualified to account for much of anything – but his life shows us that God can and will use people from all kinds of backgrounds to accomplish His work.
Homework:  Guard your heart against bitterness, so that God can fulfill His purpose through your life.