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Friday, January 12 2018
Pastoral musing

The dialect often heard round these Ozark hills proves that one need not be profane to be colorful.

One old friend might say to another with a twinkle in his eye as they cross paths in the foyer of the restaurant, "Now, you won't need to order no coffee. Mine's still settin on the table and it's done saucered and blowed."

No one within earshot would presume to lecture either one on the social taboos violated by the suggestion of food-sharing and unsanitary serving practices. Everyone would recognize the wry humor underlying such a bizarre remark. Most would just shake their head and roll their eyes at the very thought.

I heard a scripture-based remark once with similar overtones. A veteran Believer was heard to say, "God fills our cups so full that they run over so the World can drink from our saucers!"

What a delightful thought that God provides such abundance for His children that they can share with the disadvantaged nearby! And don't be duped into thinking it's only "stuff" that we should share. Of much greater importance is shared love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, meekness, temperance and faith. "Stuff" can always be acquired. But you and the fruit of the Spirit in your life are rare indeed and truly priceless.

So go ahead and let God fill your cup to overflowing.  There will be plenty of loved ones, friends and total strangers who will come to you empty and dry.  They will gladly drink from your abundance!

In Christian love,

Richard Orrell, pastor

Posted by: Pastor Rich Orrell AT 06:17 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Saturday, January 06 2018
Putting worry behind us

God’s plan for 2018

Matthew 6:25   NLT

25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life . . .”

Worries on the right of me, worries on the left of me, here I am, stuck in the muddle again.  Yes, I meant “Muddle”, similar to the words of a 60’s song.   

NO, absolutely not, that is NOT what our Father has in the plan for our lives.

As we begin 2018 let’s make a covenant with God  - to trust in Him and NOT let the enemy scare us. 

God’s got this. HE has your best interest at heart.  He has plans to prosper and protect you, everything for your good!

 So when the enemy knocks on your door with fear and uncertainty, Let Jesus answer the door.  He knows how to handle the enemy’s lies.   He’ll just say “Get behind Me Satan!”

Let’s have a worry free 2018!

God loves you and so do I,

Pastor Phil      


Posted by: Pastor Phil Illum AT 06:00 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
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