Have you attempted to email me, Donna, or the church office something lately? In all likelihood it was bounced back to you with some message about no such address or something like that. I have spent the better part of the week so far trying to fix this. I really hope that by the time you read this, this issue will have been resolved.
Apparently what is/was happening is that when an email is sent to, say, firstname.lastname@example.org it is pointed to a specific “mx record” for Cox, who is our Internet service provider and supplies all of our email addresses. Then Cox delivers it to the appropriate e-mailbox. For some reason unknown to, apparently, everyone, the “mx record” was not pointing to the right place, so the email never reached its intended destination.
Also apparently, it takes an act of congress to redirect the “mx record” to the right place (never mind that somehow it was changed from the right place to a wrong place without anybody knowingly doing anything). Since the emails that were sent were not pointed to the right place, they can never get to the right place.
In John 14:6, Jesus says, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” I thought about this verse as I was on hold this week
There are some places in the religious world that claim to be pointing people to Jesus. In reality, though, their “mx record” has been changed and, unfortunately, those who follow them will not reach their intended destination.
Fortunately we have the Bible to help us point back to right way to the Father. And we have such easy access to the instructions: we just have to pick it up and read!
The only way we can safely arrive at our intended destination is to follow Jesus and His instructions as they are found in the Bible. Is your spiritual “mx record” pointing you in the right direction?
This past Sunday was what is known in the Christian religion as “Easter Sunday.” Many people who rarely attend church services the rest of the year attend on “Easter Sunday.”
But this past Sunday also brought to a close another big event for many who consider themselves to be “Christian.” It brought to a close the season of “Lent.”
Lent begins on “Ash Wednesday” and lasts through “Easter Sunday.” Suffice to say that “Lent” is an invention of the Catholic Church (it is not taught anywhere in Scripture), but it has spread to many in the denominational world.
During Lent, those who observe it are to show their piousness by abstaining from various practices that, in effect, come between them and God or prevent them from serving God. Thus the tradition of “giving something up” for Lent.
But what happens when Lent is over? For most of those who gave something up for Lent, they pick right back up doing whatever they had “given up for Lent.”
My question is this: if something is coming between you and God (i.e. “sin”), why would you want to only give it up for 40 days a year? If something is coming between me and God, I’d want to give it up permanently.
There is a word for setting up something that gets in the way of your relationship with God: idolatry. Anything that comes between you and God, then, is an idol. Why would you WANT ANYTHING to come between you and God? Why would you ALLOW ANYTHING come between you and God?
Some “things” may be good things, but they can still become an idol if you allow them to come before God. For example, exercise is a good thing. But if you spend more time working out at the gym than you spend with God, perhaps exercise has become an idol (see 1 Timothy 4:8).
Really any “hobby” could be substituted for exercise above. If you spend more time doing the hobby and less time with God, that hobby might be or become an idol.
If something is coming between you and God, let me urge you to NOT give it up for Lent...give it up for LIFE!