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There’s No Place Like Home

It’s good to be home! I feel like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. “There’s no place like home.”

Now, I didn’t have magic shoes to click together or a Toto to carry. Instead I traveled for 30 hours and Cooper was there to meet me! Still, “There’s no place like home!”

That’s what this Sunday morning service is all about …”There’s no place like home.” Next week, 14 small groups meet to begin the church wide campaign, The Family Project.” If you haven’t signed up, then do so this Sunday morning. You will never regret the time spent, because there is no place like HOME!

I will see you Sunday morning and look forward to our special time together…

Love,

Pastor Pat

 

 

Open Doors

We just returned from 4 days in the mission field. What an amazing time it was! We lived with the people and shared in their defeats and victories.  How can you even begin to imagine the extent of poverty and deep darkness in this world? If the Father knows each person by name and the number of hairs on their heads, then how His heart must grieve when He see what we just experienced.

The team is doing very well. Adjusting and flexible as things are changing from moment to moment.The food is a bit spicy for Pastor Angel, but the others are finding it only a challenge.We are all healthy and enjoying being back in Bangalore.

This team is very musical and has brought much excitement every time they sing. Music is a universal language and they are speaking the people’s language. It’s really fun to watch.

Earlier in the week we attended a funeral where the team sang and I spoke. The Episcopal Church hosted the funeral and they were so moved that they have asked us to return this Saturday. Because it is not a workday for many they have rented a hall and expect it to be full. They have asked the team to sing and myself to preach. So keep us in prayer…it is an OPEN DOOR!

Love to all,

Your India Team

Making Memories

my-family

This Christmas I gave each of my grandchildren a photo album with pictures that dated back to the birth of their parents. I also included photos of their grandparents and great-grandparents. It was fun to watch the memories unfold on Christmas morning as everything else was set aside to reminisce about, “remember the time?” Memories connect us to our past and become a platform on which we build our future. We make new ones each day. It’s important to know where you came from; it is a testimony that validates your life.

  • John 8:14 (NASB95) Jesus answered and said to them, “Even if I testify about Myself, My testimony is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going; but you do not know where I come from or where I am going.

I love the picture of Jesus washing His disciple’s feet.  His destiny was in view because his past was known. With this in place Jesus could serve and lay down His life for others.

  • John 13:3–5 (NIV84) 3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

Do you see how important memories are? What about your family? Do they know where they came from and where they are going? Are you creating memorable moments for the picture book of their lives? I have learned it is never too late to start.

I know for myself growing up, it was difficult, and I personally have trouble remembering much of my childhood.  In Christ, He taught me how to live in family and build around whatever/whoever He brings into my life. The small groups, “Life Groups” have always had a great impact on my life as God allows us to build new lives and gather memories together in HIS FAMILY…THE GREATER FAMILY!

Beginning January 22nd of this New Year, we are launching a church wide small group campaign called “The Family Project.”  It’s a world view of marriage and the family created by the same people who produced “The Truth Project.”  On Sunday morning, I along with others will be sharing from the Scriptures “God’s Blueprint for the Family.” There will be interviews and lots of interesting conversation about the importance of family. In the spring, right after Easter, we will launch another set of small groups designed to address many of the struggles we all have within the family.  “The Family Project” will set the tone for what is coming in 2017. I encourage you to be in church every Sunday and to bring a friend you deeply care about.  This will be a life-changing series.

Remember if you are not able to attend, we are now “live-streaming” our Sunday morning service.

https://livestream.com/eacrossroads

All of the small groups (life groups) are listed on our church website.  Sign-ups begin this Sunday in the foyer. Groups will also be listed on the back of the Communication Card.

Love,

Pastor Pat

Note:   This Thursday morning, January 5th, I will be leaving for India to return on January 17th with Tim Mertzlufft, Pastor Angel Gauthier, Pastor Alberto Lanzot, Veronica White, Gabe Franklin and sweet Libby Burandt! Keep us in your prayers…

Life is Like a Christmas Tree

About 7 years ago I stopped alongside of the road and bought a short needle Christmas tree from a little girl who was selling them. I took it home and was so proud of my deal, and of course happy to help the little girl sell her trees. Now she could buy a Christmas present for her mom and dad. The next morning every needle on the tree was on the ground! Every single needle! It was frozen and my warm wood stove thawed it out, releasing the needles. I bought another one, and resolved to never deal with a real tree again.

After Christmas we got another deal…a fake Christmas tree. The needles didn’t fall off, but every year more lights failed to light! So this year I bought 8 strings of lights with 800 bulbs and re-strung the tree! I used 200 plastic electrical ties to hold them on. Get the picture?

While I was doing this I remembered the time I created quite a stir on a Sunday morning when I said it’s ok to “fake it till you make it.” It’s was not a doctrinal statement, just a comment on how I have experienced life over the years. Sometimes we just have to persevere when things don’t turn out as we planned. It’s part of life, and often what we do until we learn how to do life right.

Right now my fake tree really looks amazing!

Two thousand years ago Jesus came into this world of darkness as the great light that enabled us to see all of our faults without being condemned. I have a lot of them, but His love for me helps me see beyond my failures, giving me hope for the future.

I sometimes marvel at how much my life has been like my Christmas trees. The needles fall off, the lights don’t work, but to Him I look really good.

Enjoy your Christmas season with some of the most imperfect people you know. Remember they are like you and me…the needles fall off and the lights don’t always work, but to Jesus they look pretty good!

Love to all,

Pastor Pat

Indy and Angels

This is a photo of Dorald speaking to the 38 children who are preparing for the Christmas Pageant this weekend. She was giving them instructions, and they lost their focus on her and began to laugh. Wondering why, she looked down to her right, and there was Indy, watching everything! She had no idea he was standing there. He was quietly watching everything that was going on.

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Dorald & Indy

I wonder what he was thinking while he stood quietly by Grandma’s side? Maybe, “I wonder if I can go up there and join them?” As soon as Grandma took his hand and led him up the stairs; he walked over and sat down with the other children…just like he belonged there.

This is a season of “watching and wondering!” The shepherds “watched their flocks” and Mary wondered how she could become pregnant and then where she would give birth to her baby.

My thought is simple. Take time to watch and wonder during this season of the year. Enjoy the wonder of God’s gift and sit down in the company of others in the places where you most belong-with your family, church, and friends. Do not forget to make room for others, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without even knowing it. (Hebrews 13:2)

Just like Indy, there are angels everywhere during this special time of year.

See you this Sunday at the Christmas Pageant. Remember to buy a gift card to make Christmas special for some needy family. They are available in the church foyer.

Love and blessings,

Pastor Pat

The Indy Dance

While sitting in Dorald’s library trying to get some quiet time,  in walks Indy my 1 year old grandson. He immediately goes to the CD player and pushes the right button. The music starts and he begins what I call “the Indy dance.” His arm go up and down in unison and his head bobs to the beat. I join him and Cooper our pug watches with those big round “ET eyes!” The library is transformed into a place of wonder and joy!

  • Someone said, “Grandpas are antique little boys and grandma loves taking care of them both.”

As Indy dances about the library and takes my hand for me to join in, I’m reminded that Father God reached down from heaven to take our hand and dance with Him. His greatest desire is for us join in as He sings and rejoices over us. (Zephaniah 3:17)

This Christmas take some time to dance with your children in the wonder of Christmas, and before you need a nap, dance a little with your heavenly Father. You will make His day!

Love to all,

Pastor Pat

Pass the Salt, Please

Most of you know that I’m careful about how I eat. With my history of cancer and a heart attack it’s important that I eat those things that promote good circulation and little inflammation within my body. It’s sometimes a bit of a struggle because I enjoy a good turkey dinner with gravy and lots of salt! So here’s what’s going to happen…

Thanksgiving is tomorrow and I’m going to enjoy the turkey dinner that Dorald is planning.  When I thought about that, you all came to my mind. As you pick up the SALT SHAKER, and like me, begin to season the load you have piled on your plate, remember this Scripture:

Colossians 4:2–6 (HCSB)

Speaking to God and Others 

Devote yourselves to prayer; stay alert in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us that God may open a door to us for the message, to speak the mystery of the Messiah, for which I am in prison, so that I may reveal it as I am required to speak. Act wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time. Your speech should always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer each person.

Many of you will be sitting around the table with people whom you might consider to be “outsiders” to your faith in Jesus and the reason for the hope you have. It’s possible that it could be someone in your immediate family. So as you pick up the salt shaker and pass it on to the “outsider” remember to also season all your conversation with salt and be gracious to everyone. The meal will taste a lot better, and dessert will be sweeter as those sitting around the table “TASTE and SEE that the Lord is good.”  (Psalm 34:8)

Enjoy your dinner as you pass the salt!

Love to all of you,

Pastor Pat

A New Season

November 15, 2016

Driving down Rt. 400 at about 6:30 a.m. on Monday morning the “super moon” was setting and like a big ball of fire, it lit the sky and slowed the traffic. “The heavens were declaring the glory of the Lord!” I was in total awe of what I saw. I thought my trip that morning was to pick up some sandpaper from Lowes, but it was to see and confirm what I was feeling deep in my spirit. God has “changed the seasons.” We are in a new season and my hope and joy at this movement of God’s hand has never been greater.

Daniel 2:20–22 (NIV84)

20 and said: “Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his.

21   He changes times and seasons; he sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.

22   He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him.

Those of you who have struggled and are struggling, I believe, will find a season of relief and joy. The hand of Satan has been stopped and our God has shown His power and might.  I am excited at what I see coming!

We owe a deep senses of gratitude to those who have been faithful in prayer and intercession. Please join us on Wednesday night, Friday night, and Saturday morning for prayer.  This is a powerful time to proclaim your thanks and gratitude to our faithful Father.

Love and blessings,

Pastor Pat

Wow is Better than Woe

November 9, 2016

WOE: 

  • Isaiah 5:20 (NIV) Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.
  • Micah 2:1 (NIV) Woe to those who plan iniquity, to those who plot evil on their beds! At morning’s light they carry it out because it is in their power to do it.

WOW (We just witnessed the toppling of a kingdom):

  • Psalm 46:4–7 (NASB95) The nations made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered; He raised His voice, the earth melted. The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our stronghold.

I believe Donald Trump is like King Cyrus in Isaiah 45. God raised up a gentile king and anointed him to deliver his people Israel.

  • Isaiah 44:28 (NIV)  who says of Cyrus, ‘He is my shepherd and will accomplish all that I please; he will say of Jerusalem, “Let it be rebuilt,” and of the temple, “Let its foundations be laid.” ’

God will rebuild the walls and restore the foundation of this nation!  WOW! 

CONTINUE TO PRAY:  Friday night 6:30pm; Saturday morning 8:30am. See you there.

Love and blessings,

Pastor Pat

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