The Gift of Transformation

Unlike many of the toys from my childhood, the transformers are still around. In fact, the movie franchise continues to this day. Multiple new cartoons have been released over the years. There’s something about this toy that resonates with so many people, over so many years. I wonder if it is the ability to transform?

As a child with a great imagination, I often looked at these toys and thought…

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Live A Life Of Learning

At times, age rightfully defines parts of our lives, but age is not the only factor that determines who we are and what we are able to accomplish. Carl Allamby is a wonderful example of this. At a young age, growing up in Cleveland, Carl and his family struggled. He grew up in a family that often faced economic hardships. Carl dreamed of getting a great education and perhaps becoming a doctor. Sadly, Allamby would not be able to leave high school for college. He went to work to help care for his family. He would become an auto mechanic and work in that field for many years. He was proud to help his family.

Carl never gave up on his dreams of education and becoming a doctor…

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New Knowledge, New Possibilities

It had been a long day; in fact, it had been a long day and night. I walked into the house after a day of work and an exciting Wednesday Night Alive, only to be greeted by warmer temperatures in the house than outside. Something had caused our air conditioner stop working. It was not the homecoming we were expecting.

It is important to note, that I really like my air conditioner. Like, I really, really, really like air conditioning- especially keeping the temperature low at night.  It makes sleeping a joy. When the air conditioner does not work, I get cranky (my family might say this word is not strong enough).  So, the prospect of enduring a warm, sleepless night was challenging for us all.

I was prepared to stay home the next day and wait for the AC company to come and repair our system.  However, I sat down and opened YouTube…

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Acts 10:9-16

The next day, as they were on their journey and coming near the city, Peter went up on the housetop to pray, about the sixth hour. And he became hungry and desired something to eat; but while they were preparing it, he fell into a trance and saw the heaven opened, and something descending, like a great sheet, let down by four corners upon the earth. In it were all kinds of animals and reptiles and birds of the air. And there came a voice to him, “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.” But Peter said, “No, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean.” And the voice came to him again a second time, “What God has cleansed, you must not call common.” This happened three times, and the thing was taken up at once to heaven.

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Matthew 8:23-27

And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him, saying, “Save, Lord; we are perishing.” And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O men of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”

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Practice “TAG” Time

At church camp is where I first encountered a wonderful tradition. During the day, students and staff would take time to practice what is called TAG (Time Alone with God). Each camper and staff would take their Bible and a devotional and find their place away from the rest of camp to have a time alone, encountering God.  As a young teenager, this was an extremely difficult practice…

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The Journey With Jesus

For most of us, time at the lake is a relaxing getaway from the busyness of life. For Peter, the lake was life.  He was a fisherman who grew up on the waters of the Sea of Galilee. Most likely he learned his trade from his father. He spent his days and nights fishing and selling fish to the community. The lake was work for Peter. The lake was the only life Peter had ever really known.

When Jesus approached Peter and his brother Andrew, his invitation to follow would truly disrupt their lives.  Jesus said to them, “Follow Me. I will make you fish for men!” Suddenly, what Peter had done for his entire life was now a thing of the past.  Jesus had invited him into an entirely new life, a new adventure.

I wonder how Peter felt as he left his nets and followed Jesus?

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Speaking With the ISS

On more than one occasion, I have looked to the sky to try and catch a glimpse of the International Space Station in the evening sky. You can track the orbit of the ISS from the NASA web site. It is truly a site to behold when the small dot flies overhead. It reminds me of how big creation truly is.

Recently, Isabella Payne, a young girl from England, joined her father on his ham radio. The two were so excited when they were able to establish a connection with Kjell Lindgren, an astronaut aboard the ISS. It was a brief exchange, due to the speed of the ISS. The International Space Station maintains a ham radio in case of emergency. However, the astronauts often use it to communicate with civilians. Isabella was so excited when she heard Kjell’s voice as he identified himself and his location. It was an other-worldly interaction.  Later that day, Kjell reached out on social media and told Isabella that it was one of his favorite moments on the ISS…

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5 Things Method

I’ve recently discovered KC Davis: counselor, author, and mother of two. In her book, “How to Keep House While Drowning: A Gentle Approach to Cleaning and Organizing”, Davis outlines her shame-free, compassionate attempt to home care. As a working mom, I immediately identified with her and appreciated the content she had to offer. As we continue through the sermon series, “Living to Learn, Learning to Live”, I’m hoping that her systems resonate with some of you all, too.

One of Davis’ strategies that I find myself using most often in my own home is her “5 Things” tidying method. Have you ever looked at a cluttered room and felt paralyzed by not knowing where to begin? Enter the 5 Things method. Davis says that in any given space, there are only five different things: trash, dishes, laundry, things that have a place, and things that don’t have a place…

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Psalms 8

To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith. A Psalm of David.

O Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is thy name in all the earth!

Thou whose glory above the heavens is chanted
    by the mouth of babes and infants,
thou hast founded a bulwark because of thy foes,
    to still the enemy and the avenger.

When I look at thy heavens, the work of thy fingers,
    the moon and the stars which thou hast established;
what is man that thou art mindful of him,
    and the son of man that thou dost care for him?

Yet thou hast made him little less than God,
    and dost crown him with glory and honor.
Thou hast given him dominion over the works of thy hands;
    thou hast put all things under his feet,
all sheep and oxen,
    and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,
    whatever passes along the paths of the sea.

O Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is thy name in all the earth!

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