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A Mouse in the House!

Wow, if you were at the 10am service Sunday you got a little something extra in worship! Right in the middle of my message the front row of people started screaming and some even jumped up on their chair. I’m thinking, “Alright! now we’re getting somewhere. They’re lovin’ this sermon.” Then I realized they were screaming and jumping because there was a mouse running along the bottom of the stage right below me! So, I decide to just go with it and bring the mouse excitement into the sermon for a minute, but in the process of doing that I totally forgot where I was going with the message. I was distracted, the crowd was distracted and it took us a minute to get our ourselves focused again.

I’m reminded how easily we are distracted from important things in our life. How quickly we can forget to spend time with our kids, to give special attention to our spouse or to connect with God in the midst of busy-ness, hobbies, work, tight-schedules and on and on. In fact, I think distraction is one of the TOP reasons for a lack of spiritual growth in a person’s life. So, this is our focus verse – Hebrews 12:2 “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith…”

PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE LITTLE MOUSE RUNNING ALONG THE STAGE!

Love Haiti with a Special Offering This Sunday

“Devastation” seems to be about the only way to describe what happened in Haiti this week as a result the 7.0 magnitude earthquake. While an earthquake in any part of the world is a problem, in a country like Haiti it is a catastrophe. Consider the fact that 80% of the 9 million people in the country live below the poverty line. Consider the fact that only about 50% of the population is literate. Consider the fact that most of the buildings constructed on the island are significantly below proper codes and standards. These statistics just make a situation like a major earthquake even more of a crisis with a much longer recovery time.

This is the time when the church should be at it’s best. After all, we are Jesus in this world today. I believe He would bring help to the people of Haiti. So, this Sunday we are preparing to take up a special offering to assist in the relief effort. If you are going to write a check, you can make it out to Cornerstone United Methodist Church and put UMCOR in the memo line. UMCOR stands for United Methodist Committee on Relief. They are one of the relief organizations on the ground in Haiti right now. Your money will go directly to helping those who have been affected by the earthquake.

Thank you in advance for your generosity and helping our church be Christ to a hurting people.

Jesus Didn’t Like Stone Throwing

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Jesus didn’t like “stone throwing”. It was something Pharisees, hypocrites and “religious people” did when they decided someone had sinned and broken the law. Jesus didn’t like it because he knew the hearts of the throwers were just as dark and their was no love, only judgment.

We still see this playing out today. It’s when we look at what someone has done or their outward appearance and make a judgment about their character or spiritual condition with no understanding of their circumstances, background or formative experiences.

I like one of the 7 Habits from Steven Covey that says “seek more to understand than to be understood”. I.E. put yourself in their shoes before declaring yourself right or justified. Even better is what Jesus said, “he who is without sin cast the first stone.” Well, that leaves me out.