My Brother and Other People

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 1:3 NIV

The other day I was talking to my brother and we were discussing health issues of our Mother and how it is affecting our Dad. During the discussion I mentioned that it is biblical for family to take care of family in which my brother said “Well in the real world we may have to put her in a nursing home”. Needless to say I was taken by surprise by his comment. The discussion ended rather quickly after that and he went home. I realize now that many Christians vary in their walk in the Christian faith and we do not always have the same knowledge or wisdom as other Christian believers do. So then we should teach each other in the teachings that Jesus Christ has taught us. That’s where ministers and pastors and archbishops come in except some people are not listening. They listen to the sermon and hear the words and still they do not understand…or at least it seems that way. Then I started to wonder why my brother and probably some many other people like him think that way. The next day I realized, yes it took me a day to figure it out, that some people think that our faith in God and being a Christian is one thing and real life is different from our faith. The bible says that our faith is a part of our daily life and it is never separate.

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. Romans 10:17 ESV

This verse says so much. Our faith comes from the teachings from Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior and the Bible. There are 40 authors of the books of the Bible. Most of them we know, but there are anonymous writers that we do not know. Some authors wrote one book, others wrote several books.

19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. John 15:19 NIV

We Christians can be misunderstood and sometimes it occurs with great regularity merely because other people, not of the Christian faith, do not understand us and our faith. We can talk ourselves blue in the face but they will still not understand us because they have already an established faith or lack of. At least we planted the seeds all we need now is someone to come along and water those seeds and someone else to nurture it. Let me say this about the Christian faith…I like it…a lot. No…I love being a Christian. I am a person that enjoys love, fellowship, and all things that are good. I have outgrown my anger and frustration I have learned to give it to God and that he knows and does things in a wisdom that I cannot understand. We Christians live by his commandments and his love and his wisdom and say “Oh…okay I get it now”. My real life is my Christian faith or is it my Christian faith is my real life? Regardless I would never give that up. So why did I go in this direction and what does it have to do with my beginning statement? Simply put because even Christians are not able to fully understand the Christian faith. We are to teach each other and ourselves and not just on Sundays. It happens when we fellowship with other Christians. When Christians talk about their experiences in the Christian faith. When we read the bible or pray. We teach we read we pray and we grow closer to Jesus Christ to God Almighty and to the Holy Spirit. So then our faith becomes part of our real life…every day.

11 So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing. 1Thessalonians 5:11 (NLT)

23 May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.24 My love to all of you in Christ Jesus. 1 Corinthians 16: 23-24

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Cary Grant’s Best Moments in Arsenic and Old Lace

For the Performing Arts Monday I have posted a lot of talented people and groups usually in the song and dance categories. Last week I found this on youtube and realized I did not have any representation in the acting category. I know this is a really old movie but I really like it and thought Cary Grant performance was phenomenal. If you ever have a chance to watch this movie in its entirety grab some popcorn, relax on the couch and prepare to be highly entertained.

Eric’s Sunday Sermon; Take Your Problems for a Walk

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 1:3 NIV

Teachers, people of wisdom, person(s) of inspiration cross paths so we can help each other grow this is especially true in the Christian faith. A friend of mine, on facebook, has been posting on Hub things that I thought should be shared with other Christians. His writings are inspirational and this website cannot contain his works completely. So I have added a link to his Hub page for those that would like to read more at the bottom.

11 So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing. 1Thessalonians 5:11 NLT

Steps

Sometimes it is a good idea to walk your dog. Perhaps it is a good idea to take yourself on a walk. Fresh air and a rhythmic exercise is good for you. Sometimes it is nice to walk with your lover and just hold hands and be together in the world. Walks are known healthy things to do in so many ways.

But just this once would you walk with your troubles. Do not leave them at home or in the office or shop. Pick them up and bring them with you. Do not worry, I have broad shoulders and will help you carry the load if you need it. But just to be sure, we will take them with us but we will not be bringing them back. Isn’t that a far better idea than running out the door to escape them? Let us give it a shot to just take them and leave them “out there”.

Now let us clear the air a bit. Nobody has better problems than anyone else. Let me tell you the truth. There two times in my life where just taking a shower was a problem for me. You may say that is crazy and I would have to agree with you to a degree. One time I lived outside and a shower was in a freezing cold river. Another time I was so depressed that just getting the energy to shower was monumental. Such a trivial thing but I raise it here to illustrate that a problem does not have any size other than what we give it. And I am in no position to gauge your problems for you. Only you can do that.

So I like to write down my problems on a piece of paper. That might sound innocuous. But to me it places them right there in a place where I can even put it in my pocket. That is manageable. I like having my problems all neat and folded in my pocket.

Now here is an issue. Our minds can make a problem bigger than an elephant. It is darned hard to get an elephant into your pocket. If it won’t fit in your pocket then you have to make an extra effort to carry them around. Before we go for a walk would you just write down your problems so they are easier to carry for us? Totally silly I know but try it and see if it don’t work. Here is a truth that may sound magical or mystical. If you put your problems in your pocket and go for a brisk walk and leave them somewhere along the way. They will not be in your pocket when you return. Take it easy, you still have problems but you have taken the boogie man out of them. The problem exists but the boogie man is back on the walk.

Speaking of elephants. Did you know that the best way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time? If we believe we must conquer a problem we set ourselves up for a fight. We magnify the enemy. And just possibly we create an enemy where there really was not one to begin with. ““Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win” Sun Tzu ‘Art of war’. (strange you think for a preacher to quote the Art of War)

One more thing about problems. They are real. One more thing about feelings. They are real. But are our problems made bigger than they are by our feelings. Somewhere our feelings adjust how we look at problems. Somehow our problems adjust how we feel. And quite often those adjustments are not in line with reality. That just makes you normal.

Here is a link to Eric’s Hub page.

23 May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.24 My love to all of you in Christ Jesus. 1 Corinthians 16: 23-24 NIV

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

So I know Star Wars The Force Unleashed has been out a couple months now, buttttt. I wanted to make a post on the LEGO game franchise take on it. Lego usually makes quite funny puzzles games of some of our great nerdy franchises, and I think this will be another great addition! So enjoy!

 

God Bless!

Philippians 1:4-5

Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now. Philippians 1:4-5 NLT

Just say’n