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Am I wrong, or do the first few books in the Bible read more like a Jerry Springer Show than a list of humble, blameless, God-fearing pre-Christians? Why were these people so messed up?


This week ends 12 weeks in The Story. We’ve read about Adam and Eve eating the fruit, and Abraham sleeping with someone he shouldn’t have. David did that too, as did Noah, and Rahab, and Samson, and Joseph went to jail for it, but he didn’t do it. Moses murderd a guy – so did David. Noah got drunk, David got his friend drunk, and why was there all this sleeping around when they had multiple wives to begin with?


The answer is a box. I’ll bring it and explain on Sunday. Meanwhile, give thanks. If God can use Noah and Rahab, He can use you too.


King David, after repentance, wrote a beautiful Psalm of Thanksgiving - Psalm 100. Read and Enjoy.


Dan


Ps 100:1 (NLT) Shout with joy to the LORD, all the earth! 2 Worship the LORD with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy. 3 Acknowledge that the LORD is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. 5 For the LORD is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.

Why didn’t Albuquerque vote for the late-term abortion ban?

 

Why would they?

 

People won’t value life if they don’t know they’re valued by God. If we’re just the result of an accident, what difference does partial birth abortion make? None, really.

 

So what do we do? Chill. God is still God, and He doesn’t need family-friendly laws to change the world.

 

A few weeks ago I mentioned that the goal of Cottonwood is to change hearts, not courts. It’s not that we don’t think court battles are important. They are. But God called Cottonwood to make disciples – we want to let people know they are valued by God. When hearts are changed people vote differently. There was evidence of that this week.

 

According to bestplaces.net, 47.2% of the people in Albuquerque affiliate with religion, so the 45% to 55% vote was pretty much along religious lines. By the way, just 26.7% of Albuquerque is Catholic, and 6.4% is Christian. The rest is “other.”

 

Again – people won’t value life if they don’t know they are valued by God. We have a lot of heart work to do – and Christmas is the time to do it!

 

This week we start our Walk to the Manger, where we will be giving Christmas, in the name of Jesus, to six families that could not do Christmas without our help. Come this week to get involved in showing six families that God values them.

 

Starting December 1 we will be going through The Songs of Christmas on Sunday mornings. Save your bulletin and invite a friend. December 8 will be our baptism service, December 22 Child Dedication, and December 24 at 7pm Christmas Eve.

 

This week we put God in a box. It is our last sermon in The Story series before our Advent season begins. I sure hope He doesn’t get out and get in my heart. It could change the way I think and vote.

 

Dan

You ever have a friend that you envied so much you just hated them?  Growing up, I had a friend that was in all the same advanced classes as me, and did better in some.  Okay, I can live that.  What I couldn’t live with is what a great athlete this guy was.  You can’t be in advanced English and be able to sink 10 free throws in a row.  That’s just wrong.


On the outside, Saul was the same way.  He was tall and handsome, ferocious and decisive.  Everything the people thought they wanted in a king.  Unfortunately, things weren’t what they seemed.  Saul was petulant, arrogant, impatient…and it ultimately cost him everything.


The point is, when we put so much stock in external, surface qualities, the results are never satisfactory.  Saul came up way short of his image, and every other king followed in that tradition.  Except one.  Jesus was the King of Kings because he was the one guy who actually lived up to the hype.  What does this have to do with you?  Join us Sunday and find out!

We were living in Canada when they passed a law forcing people to live together before getting married. Here’s how it worked.

The government was trying to stop people faking marriage for a fast path to citizenship. Person “A” would come in from another country. Wanting to expedite the citizenship process, Mr. A would pay an unmarried Canadian to marry him. Once married, Mr. A would file for citizenship, become Canadian, and get divorced. It was cheap, fast, and convenient – everything a government loathes.

So, the government passed a law that when someone from another country wanted to marry a Canadian citizen, they first had to prove they had lived together for a year first.

Sometime later, I officiated at a wedding for a Canadian hockey player and his Swedish bride. She had lived in Winnipeg for over a year, but not with him. We sent the paperwork in, and they immediately sent her back to Sweden for not meeting the marriage requirements. He later joined her there.

What’s a church to do?

This actually gave us some cool opportunities. Any guess what we did?

This week we look at biblical marriage, and same-sex marriage, and ask the question, “What’s a church to do?”

We believe God may give us some cool opportunities.

See you Sunday,

Dan

REBUTTAL! Someone emailed me with 5 reasons for keeping Ruth in the Bible. How dare they! They would have put it on the website, but the new site doesn't give a way to respond to blogs. Bummer. Here they are...

 1. It's the only chick-flick that I would/could ever watch more than once. This book has ALL the stuff for a great movie.

  • a) An under-dog
  • b) A great plot with twists
  • c) Always moving along
  • d) Great directing
  • e) Awesome location
  • f) A happy ending
  • g) Great sequel material


2) The story epitomizes God's mercy and grace

3) It would make a great blue's song

4) It proves that just because we may have a rough past, or come from the "wrong side of the tracks" doesn't mean that God can't, or won't, use us. Of the 5 women mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew at least 4 of them (including Ruth) had something "questionable" in their lives and/or background.

5) It's a "feel good" story of life and hope. And we all need hope. (It would make a terrible country song)

See U Sunday!