A Momentous Moment

Written by Brandon Edwards on . Posted in Youth Minister

childrenIt was a truly momentous moment. A life changing moment that changed me forever.

I remember the moment when I realized I could influence my parents. I was a small child and I realized I could turn mom against dad or dad against mom. It was an eye opening moment of awesomeness.
I suddenly wielded a power that was truly incredible.
And I wanted to use it.

Oh, we have all used this power as children. We learned to ask mom if we could jump off the roof. She would say, "no" and we would go and ask dad. But we wouldn't ask dad just at any point in time. He needed to be doing something so that he was distracted. From behind his paper, or while he was watching sports, he would answer, "Sure, sweetie."

Suddenly, we are on the roof getting ready to jump and mom is screaming and waving her hands from the kitchen window. She may have said, "no" but dad said, "Yes." And we all know that the last answer is always the one that counts.

A Mother And Her Son

Written by Scott Harp on . Posted in Minister Articles

shutterstock 114083872 article“And Mary said, ‘Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.’ And the angel departed from her.’” Luke 1:38

         This story never fails to amaze the onlooker from future’s perch. She was a young woman, not much more than a mere girl. She had been promised to a man of her tribe who would serve as her husband. Until the angel’s visit, life looked simple and very well planned for her. But God’s plan supersedes all of man’s plans. His schedule trumps all others. Mary was chosen, but not irresistibly. She was a willing participant in history’s greatest story. Her willingness to serve God in becoming His servant proved to serve her intended groom with eternal blessings, though initially it was a tough pill for Joseph to swallow. Service to God in the work of Jesus’ birth followed with service to God all His life. Just think of Mary’s commitment to her family. She brought Jesus, and later other children, into the world, cf. Mark 6:3. She served her children by raising them in the way of God. Even at the conclusion of the incident where Jesus was discovered after three days in the temple, it was said that she kept those things concerning Him in her heart, Luke 2:51. She was committed! And then when He died, and all had forsaken Him, she stood there before the cross as her Son’s life’s blood poured out of Him, John 19:25-27. Easily, it can be seen that Jesus was served by His mother. She, like so many godly women of the past, stood out, since the dawn of time, as examples worthy to be followed. She was a great servant!

Some Words to Encourage

Written by Scott Harp on . Posted in Pulpit Minster

depressionDeath has such a hold on the hearts of individuals, especially those who are closest to it. It shocks the mind. Being that it is so severe, so final, and so life changing for those left behind, the loss of a loved one is going to take its toll on those closest to them. Get help! Having someone to talk with helps to endure the effect of the transition that has sharply blind-sided one's life.
The tendency often is that of refusing the help being offered. Some take the "matter-of-fact" approach, seeking to compartmentalize the hurt, and move on with life. However, not dealing with pain and suffering when it comes—and oh brother, does it come—will cause a residual effect over the years of one's life. This we sometimes refer to as baggage.

One Family's Search

Written by Scott Harp on . Posted in Pulpit Minster

familyCraig and Tara Jones were the typical American couple. They grew up in middle class families, met in college, and were married in their junior year. Neither of the two came from families who were, what one would call, churchgoers. Both had gone to the occasional holiday worship service with friends from school, and maybe a Vacation Bible School here and there. But, church was just not a big thing to them. Both were professional people, yet after a few years of marriage, they began a family, having a boy, and then a couple years later, a little girl. As the children grew to an age where they communicated pretty well, their parents began hearing how they picked up little words, very "adult" words, and would say them. At first it was a mixture between cute, and a little shocking, hearing such little ones saying words that they remembered their parents not letting them say. Before long they found themselves telling the little ones not to say words like that.