"The Bold and the Beautiful"
By Pastor Monica McDougal
Scripture: Acts 4:23-31
Some of you may be familiar with a concept called a “life verse.” A life verse is a specific Bible verse that is usually an individual’s favorite verse or the verse that has helped them through difficult times. One of the most popular life verses is Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” A person’s life verse becomes almost like a mantra, one that they refer back to often to help find peace, comfort, motivation, etc. My personal life verse is found in today’s scripture lesson from the Book of Acts. Specifically, it is Acts 4:29, “Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.”
By Rev. Tracey Leslie
Scripture: Revelation 7: 9-17
During the reign of Oliver Cromwell, the British government began to run low on silver for their currency. So the desperate Lord Cromwell sent his men to investigate the local cathedral to see if they could find any precious metal there. After inspecting the cathedral, they returned to Cromwell and announced: “The only silver we could find is in the statues of the saints.” To which Cromwell replied “Good! Melt down the saints and put them into circulation!”
By Pastor Tracey Leslie
Scripture: 1 Kings 19:9-18
When I go grocery shopping, I am often frustrated by things that I want being out of reach. It’s as if the grocery store managers know what I want to buy and, just to mess with me, they put it all on the top shelf. So, from time to time, I will climb the shelves… which I probably shouldn’t be doing anymore at my age. Other times, I will find another shopper to help me. Even when I’m climbing shelves, quite often people will hurry toward me to offer assistance. It’s annoying to be so short at the grocery store; to not have the height that I need. But it’s also a good and humbling reminder; we all need help. No matter who we are or what we do; we all need help.
Perhaps to compensate for being a short child, sometimes I can be fiercely independent and, often, that’s not such a good trait. In recent years, I’ve begun to notice that many people want to be helpful. In fact, my prior church was pretty large and, from time to time, people would drift away from the congregation. When I noticed, I would follow up with them. And here is what I often heard: “I just don’t feel like I have anything to contribute. I’ve been here – fill in the blank – years and no one has ever asked me to help with anything.” Now, what I wanted to say was, “What do you think those announcements I make every week are about?” But that would have been a rude response; so I kept that in my head. Still, it taught me that people need to be personally asked to help with something; that we all need help and we all need to be helpers.
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