Thursday, December 24, 2009

Making Beautiful Music

We went to a wonderful Christmas Concert at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Milledgeville. It was mixture of strings, piano, and woodwinds. It was very simple. As I watched the musicians, I saw people of different ages, and nationalities with various instruments make beautiful music. They were all very different. How can such variety produce a sound that is so appealing? It is because they were all playing from the same piece of music. Each of them did his or her part. Churches can make beautiful music too when we all look to God’s Word and do our parts.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Off the Injured Reserve List

Splash the Wonder Dog has been taken off the injured reserve list. She is back to her old self. Whenever there is a sound in the kitchen, she responds promptly to make sure no errant food hits the floor. She has even been on a couple walks to patrol her neighborhood. I am not sure why God created dogs, but I am sure glad he did.

Monday, December 14, 2009

The Building Shook

We were at our small group meeting when the building shook. Was it an Acts 4:31 small group experience? Acts 4:31 describes a time when Peter’s small group met, “After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.” That night after our small group shook, the news reported that a small earthquake was centered near where we were meeting. Was the earth just adjusting, or was God responding to His people gathering in His name?

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Getting Clean

My car is filthy. It was clean yesterday until I drove through an area that had a thin layer of Georgia red clay on the road. My car now has a thin layer of that same red clay. I didn’t intend for my car to get dirty or clayee. It just happened through the normal daily use. This means that I need to get the hose, soap, bucket, and rag out to wash it. I thought about driving down a clean road and getting a thin layer of clean on it, but it doesn’t work that way. That is a great picture of life. As I move through this life, I will accumulate some dirt. While I don’t intend for it to stick to me, some of it just does. It may show up as a bad attitude, unwholesome talk, or even a habit that is not healthy. It would be great if I could just go to worship and get a thin layer of holy to cover it up. However, that thin layer of holy won’t do the job. Just like with the car, I need to get the tools to get my life cleaned up. I would like to write some more, but I need to get a willing heart, God’s Word, some repentance, and a little confession to get started on some soul cleaning.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Nickels and Noses

We just keep growing at Northridge. Typically, we measure that by the amount of people who attend our Sunday services and how big the offering is each week. Some would say that we count nickels and noses. If we really want to see if that growth is real, I think we should measure a few other things. I wish we could get a count on how many people are reading God’s Word and praying daily because that tells that they desire to go deeper. Another spiritual marker is shown by how many people share Christ each week. The number of people who are showing love through visiting the sick, ministering to the poor, and encouraging the hurting is a great indicator of spiritual development. While numbers are important, I think another vital concern should be that we are growing disciples. We just need to figure out a good way to count more than nickels and noses.