Change Your Mind

Written by Brandon Edwards on . Posted in Youth Minister

facebookThere are days where I spend a lot of time on Facebook. Now, some of you might think this to be a waste of time and I agree. There are some days where it is. Other days though, it is a great place to see how people are doing, catch up with old friends, and to encourage one another.

Each and every day I try to write something positive on Facebook. Sometimes it is a scripture from the Bible, and sometimes it is just my random thoughts. I am amazed how many people read these posts everyday! But I guess I shouldn’t be surprised in the end. With all of the bad that there is on Facebook and the Internet, providing a source of positivity is a good thing. So, I keep doing it.

However, I have learned one incredibly important lesson about social media and the online world. There are a thousand and one things to argue about with someone.

Finding The Good In The Bad

Written by Brandon Edwards on . Posted in Youth Minister

workbusyThere are days that I sit in my office and just think. Seriously. I just sit there and think for hours. I always look like I'm doing something and usually I am. I may be typing, writing, reading, or surfing the net, but my mind is always running at a thousand miles an hour.
When I am at home I typically have a book next me that I am reading, a computer that I am on, a TV program that I am watching, and possibly even a phone conversation going at the same time. I honestly do not know how I can do all of these things at once, but I can. This issue has always caused me to not test well or even have the greatest grades in the world. My mind has always roamed and had, well, a mind of its own. I have had quite a few people tell me that I may have ADHD throughout my life and sometimes I agree with them but other times I do not. But mostly, I feel that I have been blessed by this "curse."
Some look at this craziness and think that it is just that, craziness. I choose to look at it and think that God has given me a talent.

A Shema Kind of Family

Written by Scott Harp on . Posted in Pulpit Minster

familyone articles         What a hectic life we live! This is especially true if you have small children. Our busy life-schedules are so intense that it is difficult to have time to stop and take a breath. It is little wonder that Starbucks has such a booming business at four in the afternoon, as there is still too much of the day ahead to call it quits.

         Such lives as ours cannot help but take its toll after awhile. Our families, let alone our bodies, suffer under the pressure of staying on the go like we do. So how do we keep it all together? How does a family keep a united front?

Ask A Question

Written by Brandon Edwards on . Posted in Youth Minister

officeAnnoying sound. Dream stopped dead in its tracks. No more annoying pig flying around his house. Must have been a dream, he thinks to himself. Annoying sound. Annoying sound again. A sleepy hand reaches over and hits the snooze button on his phone. A few minutes pass by before the annoying sound kicks in again. His hand reaches out again and types his code in slowly to unlock his iPhone. Groggily he brings his phone close to his face, and without really looking, he turns off the alarm.

Doing The Right Thing

Written by Scott Harp on . Posted in Pulpit Minster

      question articleweb   The heart of an individual is a deep and wide expanse, able to carry a great wealth of both good and evil. Another name for the mind, the heart is a highly functioning instrument that has the ability to build skyscrapers or leave deep trenches where mountains once stood. It is a gift that hungers to be fed. Depending on the choices of the individual, the heart will feed upon things that will enlighten it for all things that are wholesome, healthy and happy. Or, it can feed upon the things that tear down and destroy.

         Do you remember the Looney Tunes character, Elmer Fudd? This brave and keen hunter was always on the quest for that wascally-wabbit, Bugs Bunny. Besides his most imitable voice, one of my favorite scenes that reappeared from time to time was when Elmer had caught up to his sly foe, gun barrel right in the nose of his pretentious prize, with his finger firmly attached to its hair-pinned trigger.

A Word To The Wise Counselor

Written by Scott Harp on . Posted in Pulpit Minster

depression1artwebThe trouble with life is trouble in life. Troubles can give us the feelings that the world is somehow crashing in around us, and that there is very little if anywhere we can turn to for relief. Whether brought on by self or others, problems arise that have the potential of crushing us if we do not get some help. Troubles arise in marriages, parent/child relationships, extended family, neighbors, law infringements in society whether intended or falsely accused, finances, and sometimes within one’s own body. Troubles come in many shapes and sizes. Predicaments of sorts, these little (and sometimes big) dilemmas that arise can do one of two things. They can either overwhelm us or they can refine us and make us better. Much depends on how we handle them.

Handwriting On The Wall

Written by Scott Harp on . Posted in Pulpit Minster

handwritting art“Then the king’s color changed, and his thoughts alarmed him; his limbs gave way, and his knees knocked together,” Daniel 5:6

         It is hard to imagine a time in history when men did not drive automobiles. To think that just a little over a hundred years ago there were no cars whatsoever is hard to envision. What would ole Abe Lincoln think if he were brought back to life in the 21st century? Imagine the shock he would feel beholding Spaghetti Junction at the I-285 and I-85 interchange at most any time of the day.

Have you ever been driving down the road for a period of time and found your eyes getting heavier and heavier? If you have, then you probably know and even appreciate what a shock it gives you when your wheels cross into the grooved area on the sides of most roads these day that are designed to keep drivers awake. Put it this way, if you were a little tired, such an experience would certainly wake you up enough to know it is time to pull over and take a walk.

Read Like You Mean It

Written by Brandon Edwards on . Posted in Youth Minister

psalmswebartI have spent a lot of time reading the Psalms lately and many things have struck me about these writings. I have loved seeing the difference between a Psalm of devotion, a Psalm of love, and a Psalm of lament.

As I have read through the book of Psalms, I have found myself reading them differently than before. In fact, I have been reading through them out loud. In doing this, I found myself not being able to read them without looking for the energy and passion found within them. So many of these Psalms are written with passion and desire and we often read them as if they are devoid of feeling.

I have heard and seen many people read the scriptures with no energy, passion, or feeling. They read it as if it is dead and gone. It is a finite book that has no meaning.

I wonder how many of us do that each and every day?

He Made You That Way

Written by Scott Harp on . Posted in Pulpit Minster

timelessBible webIt is amazing what felt-need will cause people to do. If we feel we need it we will get it. Take your normal, every-day sort of child at home, and at any stage of his or her development it is amazing at what lengths he or she will go with when it comes to what they feel they need. There are only two or three things that will cause an infant to cry. They are usually hungry, hurting, or they need a diaper change. The intensity of the squalling will generally bring about the quickest determination of what needs to be done for the child. Have you ever been in a grocery store and seen a four year old beg for a treat? Have you seen a young teen beg her mom for a certain article of clothing at a Mall store? Need, whether it is perceived or real, can motivate us to create fantastic scenarios and schemes that will potentially bring about our intended goals or acquisitions, depending on the level of importance we place upon them. While we humans learn very young how to get the things we want, by the time we reach adulthood the process is usually well established on how to get it done.

A Call to Prayer

Written by Brandon Edwards on . Posted in Youth Minister

temple webThe loud call to prayer rang through my ears and through the boat I was currently on. I was heading to my room to grab my Bible and suddenly the “call” could be heard everywhere. I remember walking by the ship’s gift shop and seeing the gift shop worker kneeling on his prayer rug praying. So many stopped and prayed during this time and I had grown accustomed to seeing it over the past five days. Egypt had a way of making the unaccustomed seem so normal to a stranger.