Over the past couple of weeks, my phone was doing some pretty crazy things battery wise. After doing a sermon on Facebook Live, it still showed 100% battery. That evening, the same thing.
Over the next few weeks, it seemed like it wouldn’t hardly hold a charge at all. Then, after a Sunday morning Facebook Live, it was at 20% (no, the sermon wasn’t any longer than usual!). That night, when I turned off Facebook Live, the phone showed 3% battery...by the time we’d sung the invitation song and I walked to my office, it was at 1%. Then it started have issues receiving and sending messages. So I knew something had to be done.
So last week we “bit the bullet” and I got a new phone. I am excited to say that this is the first time in cell phone history that I have the newest, most current phone in my family!
I was hesitant to trade in my phone, though. It had a certain sentimental value...it had been my Dad’s phone. It sort of felt like I was trading in part of him.
But I received an email saying that AT&T would give me a $200 credit for my iPhone 6...so I went ahead and made the switch to an iPhone XS.
It’s taking some getting used to...the XS doesn’t have a home button and uses face recognition instead of a finger print for security, for example. But all-in-all, I think it will be a good switch for me.
It was difficult to part with the “old” phone (I had an iPhone SE that I was using prior to getting my Dad’s phone...I had no trouble taking the $30 credit for trading it in...but the iPhone 6 was more difficult: even thought the “value” was significantly higher).
When we made the decision to put on Christ in baptism (Galatians 3:27) we made the decision to part with our former way of life. There are things about our former life that are difficult to “trade in” and that, at
times, we are really going to miss.
But we have to consider that the old way of life was broken and needed to be replaced. The old way of life wasn’t able to do what we needed it to do, so we had to make the decision to upgrade.
When you compare the value of the new life in Christ with the value of the old way of life, though, you’re probably going to wonder one thing: “Why didn’t I upgrade sooner?”
Once again, this week's Dye-a-logue was more for our Eastgate members...but I figured I'd post it here anyway, just in case it can help someone.
VBS this year is going to be slightly different than what it has been in the past...and by “slightly,” I mean significantly.
First, we’re going to have another planning meeting this Sunday, May 26, following our evening service (and before card signing). At that meeting, we will need some volunteers to do some very important things during our VBS.
We need four teachers (or teams of teachers) to teach lessons to four different age groups.
We need one/two people to coordinate the program for the parents.
We need someone to coordinate the craft time.
We need two separate people (or two teams) to plan two separate Bible activity time (formerly referred to as “games”). The details of what this involves will be given at the meeting on Sunday.
The dates are July 20-21. Yes, I know that is only two days. Yes, I know that is a Saturday and a Sunday...I told you this year would be “slightly” different.
This year our theme is “Fiesta!” A “Fiesta!” is a party and a party is a celebration. So we’re going to look at four celebration stories from the Bible this year.
For the benefit of those who might want to teach, the “Party Stories” are Passover (Israel’s deliverance from Egypt), Purim (Esther saves the Jews - one person CAN make a difference), Parables (Luke 15), and Perfection (a glimpse of Heaven).
The hope is that the “small” changes will allow more people to assist with VBS...especially since it will not require a 5 night commitment.
We also hope that we’ll be able to reach more children by having it on the weekend.
If you’re interested in helping, come to the meeting on Sunday night. If you have questions, they’ll probably be answered at the meeting…but if you can’t wait, you can ask me.
I hope you’re as excited as I am about VBS!
Earlier this week, I saw a rather odd sight. I was driving behind a woman on a motorcycle. She had on a short sleeve shirt, jeans, and shoes...not exactly the most protective clothing.
What was most noticeable, though, was that she was not wearing a helmet. The ironic thing is that there was a helmet on the back of the motorcycle that she could have been wearing.
I found it strange that, even though it was readily available, this woman chose not to put on the helmet. I know that if I ever had a motorcycle, I would always wear a helmet. (I also know that this is a mute point, because Monica says I will never have a motorcycle.)
If this woman had been involved in an accident, she probably would have regretted this decision. The EMT’s, doctors, nurses, police and everyone else would also probably wonder why she wasn’t wearing the helmet.
Here is my thinking: she has something that can make all the difference in the world should the unthinkable happen...yet she refused to put it on. I don’t know why...maybe it would not have looked as “cool” to be wearing a helmet?
In life, when “the unthinkable” happens do you have your protective gear on? What protective gear is that, you ask? Well the belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, shoes of the readiness of the gospel of peace, shield of faith, helmet of salvation, and sword of the Spirit (see Ephesians 6:13-17).
Too often, though, when “the unthinkable” happens we are caught unprepared and unprotected. Perhaps we think that wearing this armor isn’t “cool” or maybe we figure we can do without some of the various parts...after all, “the unthinkable” only happens to other people.
Paul tell us, “Take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” If you want to survive the daily attacks of the devil (both those that are “thinkable” and “unthinkable”), you have to wear the armor.
Oh, and don’t forget about Ephesians 6:18...where Paul adds an additional component to the armor, “...praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.”
Don’t be caught unprepared. Don’t be caught unprotected. Put on the full armor of God so that you will be able to withstand the “unthinkable.
Tomorrow (that is May 9 as I write this) is a special day. First, Monica and I will have been married 27 years. But we also have something else to celebrate.
Tomorrow also marks the two week anniversary of Rachel being home from her semester abroad. For those interested, she is working on a slide show with pictures of her trip.
She also has a lot of stories from her time in Europe. Some of them Monica and I are glad she didn’t tell us until she was safely at home.
I do want to share with you something that happened on her way home. After passing through customs in the Atlanta airport, an airline employee was helping people find their connecting flight.
So he asked her, “What city?” and Rachel said, “Fayetteville.” He told her a concourse and gate and she safely arrived at that gate. Now, unbeknownst to Rachel (at the time), North Carolina has a Fayetteville that has a fairly active airport.
So Rachel texted me and asked if “Mom” had given me her flight number. I said she had and texted the flight number to her. When I did, she asked me why the gate sign and her boarding pass had different information? Then she sent a picture of the gate sign with a different flight number and a different departure time...and, I noticed, a different city!
When the airline employee asked her, “What city?” she should have said “XNA” or “Bentonville” or “Northwest Arkansas.” But because she said “Fayetteville” he assumed North Carolina (since, after all, XNA isn’t actually in Fayetteville, Arkansas).
To make a long story short (too late!) she found the right gate, boarded the correct flight, and made it to the correct airport to come home.
My point is that she, inadvertently, said something that caused someone who was supposed to be helping her to send her to the wrong location where she would have ended up 1100 miles from where she really wanted to go (I want to believe that the gate agent would have prevented this, I really do).
Sometimes people are searching for the truth...they’ve been traveling so long and are so tired that they are confused about where to start. And someone who is supposed to help them actually sends them to the wrong place that, ultimately, will lead them far away from the truth.
We need to be sure that when people ask us for help, that we send them in the right direction. We need to be sure that our lives are lived so that, even if they don’t ask us directly, our lives will point them to “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6).
On Monday, April 22, I made an terrible discovery. I came into the office and, as usual, turned on my laptop computer, or rather I tried to turn on my laptop...the power button was not working.
This is significant because I have all of my sermons, Bible classes, etc. (things that are termed “intellectual property” I believe) on my laptop. Most of the things I do for church are on the desktop computer in my office, but, still, there are several church related files on my laptop.
I was in trouble. How was I going to be able to access all those files? Was this fixable? Was I going to have to buy a new laptop, then take the hard drive out of my old laptop and copy it to the new? Maybe it was time for a new laptop anyway, I mean, mine is probably 10-12 years old.
I contemplated the options as I prepared my lessons for Wednesday night and Sunday on the desktop. Thursday, I decided to see if my laptop was fixable.
So I called one repair place here in Siloam. They said it would probably be at least $120 to fix it (two hours of work @ $60/hour). My thought was that for a couple hundred more dollars I could get a new laptop.
Then Skye suggested I call a different company, also here in Siloam. They said that it would be at the most $60, probably less, but they needed to look at it to be sure.
That sounded better, so I stopped by on my way home for lunch. I showed the person my laptop. He said, “Let me check something.” He then grabbed a small, flat tip screwdriver and popped off the power button. He then pressed where the power button was and it started booting! Then he said the words that really made my day: “It’s fixed, NO CHARGE!!!”
Evidently the external power button pushes a smaller, internal power button. The “nub” on the external button that contacts the internal button was worn or out of alignment or something. So it wasn’t working.
That’s a lot of information to set up the following point. I was, almost, ready to trash my laptop because of what amounts to a cosmetic issue: a $5 piece of plastic that was not working.
How many times do we “trash” a person just because the outside is a little bit “off”? How often do we diminish a person’s worth simply because they don’t look right?
We need to remember to look beneath the surface and keep in mind that every person has a soul that is so valuable that Jesus died for them.
If I had just given up on my laptop it could have needlessly cost me $400+ dollars. If we give up on a person, it could cost them (and us) a whole lot more!