From a recent journal, something to ponder as parents and even us who are older and without kids at home anymore:
"As we casually scroll through social media, or watch the cult-classic sitcoms, or binge on the latest British drama, or entrance ourselves in 24/7 news coverage, we have hired tutors to instruct us.” So writes author Abigail Dodds as she warns us of “the guise of entertainment.” When we put ourselves in entertain-me (rather than educate-me) mode, we may think we’re entering a free space where we can suspend reality for enjoyment — but this is emphatically not the case.
Entertainment, in fact, “is one of the most passive forms of thinking, which makes it one of the most powerful.” Abigail invites us to battle with her for our minds and hearts, not only in our awareness of what’s going on as we watch and listen to the world, but also in how we fight back proactively,
when for ill, and for good, we become what we watch.
Photos from New Life Fellowship's post St. Francis of Assisi left behind his wealth and privileges to enter into a life of serving God's Kingdom. He was known for a lifestyle of simplicity and serving. He neither sought to be recognized nor try to have influence. But now, almost 800 years after his death, he still has both. Today is St. Francis of Assisi's day.
Two of my favorite quotes:
Delight yourself in the Lord.
The life of the believer is described as a delight in God, and we are reminded of the great fact that genuine faith overflows with happiness and joy.
We must never look upon religion as a joyful thing; because to those who think their faith is by works, it is service, duty, or necessity, but never pleasure or delight.
To come to God because a person might get or because they are afraid of the consequences of neglect is a dismal state to be in.
When we love God with all our hearts we find joy and peace in mercy and grace.
We do not fear God because of any compulsion; our faith is no shackle, our profession is no bondage, we are not dragged to holiness, nor driven to duty.
No, our love for Christ is our pleasure, our hope in him is our happiness, our duty to him is our delight.
May find the JOY of faith in Jesus.
For all of you who MISSED Church this morning, here's what you missed.
First, the electricity went out 25 minutes before Church began...we were all set up in the gym. SO>>> we shift gears head to the School's Music room that might seat 40 people comfortably...but as AC. I don't know how many of you came, but we were FULL...sandwiched in...late comers looked and had that "I'm not sure what to do" look...
Today was both Communion Sunday and a Baptismal service at the village pool. The service was just 50 minutes...a record for me I'm sure. Those who missed today...you won't get that soon :)
Then the baptismal at the pool. Remember the storms that came through...we beat it by about 5 minutes. I ended up baptizing Katelyn, then Josh & Samantha... all in a few minutes. Looked up in the pool and saw black clouds overhead...and had to say, sadly to the kids, sorry but that's it...we have to leave here.
We sang "God is good...will never let you down..." and he didn't. Good day for Worship, even if it was a bit different.