Why Are Cleaning Buckets Important? Take a look...

Why are cleaning buckets so important? Because more than homes are needing to be healed - the lives of our neighbors need to be shown we care.





Today, I saw first hand the power of community coming together. Through UMCOR and the North Georgia Conference, 216 flood Cleaning Buckets were delivered to Westridge Church, unloaded by a variety of volunteers from Crossroads UMC and Samaritan's Purse to be distributed to families and work teams around our neighboring counties.

Later, I joined a Samaritan's Purse team that worked on the street and in the homes pictured above, right here in Paulding County. On the same street, was a UMVIM team made up of local churches. I met ladies from Marietta, a couple from New Mexico and a father and son from Pittsburg, PA. We were hidden behind masks and gloves, working in the midst of mold and mildew with homeowners trying to help them take one more step back toward a normalcy.

To all of you that have done something - thank you. To all of you that are sacrificing every day - we *heart* you!! ;) If you have yet to do something, then the this is the call. The 216 flood Cleaning Buckets were part of a shipment of 1500 that came in because someone, somewhere in the U.S.A. cared enough to make them. What happens when they are used up and none are there to take their place?

When Paulding County comes together, we can make a difference! Now is our time to love our neighbors!

Confessions of Selfishness

There is a sobering reality as I realized today that Paulding Flood Relief is and will likely be just as much about Paulding helping it's own people as it will be about Paulding helping our fellow neighboring counties. As I look at pictures coming from by fellow pastors in Austell and Douglasville, as rain pours again, and as I look at my muddy boots in my dry garage; I realize just how much we still don't get it.

I mean that even personally not just corporately. I confess, I am still struggling with my own selfishness that my schedule has been interrupted. My plans for the weeks and months ahead must change. Why?

Something just came along and robbed my neighbor. Can we blame the storm? Sure and so we could blame God too right? I mean, that is the easy way out. But it wasn't Jesus' way.

Jesus replied: As a man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, robbers attacked him and grabbed everything he had. They beat him up and ran off, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road. But when he saw the man, he walked by on the other side. Later a temple helper came to the same place. But when he saw the man who had been beaten up, he also went by on the other side. A man from Samaria then came traveling along that road. When he saw the man, he felt sorry for him and went over to him. He treated his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put him on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. The next morning he gave the innkeeper two silver coins and said, "Please take care of the man. If you spend more than this on him, I will pay you when I return." Then Jesus asked, "Which one of these three people was a real neighbor to the man who was beaten up by robbers?" The teacher answered, "The one who showed pity." Jesus said, "Go and do the same!" (Luke 10:30-37)

I noticed today that Jesus didn't blame the robbers at all, they're a side note to the story. Who Jesus condemns are those who walked by. Jesus doesn't indicate how long the man from Samaria may have thought over the need in front of him. The man even realized he could only do so much - he couldn't do all that was necessary to help the needy.

Sure, one more reason to blame God. One more reason God isn't fair. You and I can't do it all either BUT you can do something and Jesus says that is what matters - not our opinions of God.


Just What Are We Facing In Paulding and Surrounding Areas?

Today I spent my time working and communicating with some of the incredible businesses in Paulding County who are collect Cleaning Buckets. For more information on how to build a bucket, where to give online, and what businesses are partnering to help, go to www.pauldingfloodrelief.com.

After that I took time to see what we're facing here in Paulding County. I spent the afternoon at Sheri and Al's home in Hiram. Their home sits below a dam that had a hole in it about 18' tall and 30' feet wide. The flood of water left dead fish, debris and trees in it's wake. All before crashing into their home.



(Thanks Kerstin!!! You're doing an awesome job on the documentary!)

Tonight, because of community response, this family has moved out what they could and moved in with other relatives. But what then? Like most, they don't have flood insurance and are having to make do with what they have and figure out what steps to take next. As disaster survey teams arrive from various groups, assessments will be made and opportunities for hands on response will grow. Already, assessments are indicating there are growing needs in other counties nearby.

This is not the time to sit by but to be proactive! Check out www.pauldingfloodrelief.com and get involved!


The Days, Weeks and Months Ahead.

This week has been a little deja vu for me. One of my fraternity brothers called up asking how he could give to help the folks here in Paulding County, GA. As we talked, he reminded me that it was 10 years ago that Hurricane Floyd devastated Eastern North Carolina and my home town of Greenville.

While the disaster here is not on the scale of the flooding of Floyd or Katrina, it is vitally important that the correct response is taken and a long haul approach is taken. The response will be measured in months not weeks when you consider some of these homes lost family memories, pets, vehicles, etc.

We all want to help but doing the right things at this time are better than just doing anything. With the regional impact of this flood being felt not just in Paulding, but also Cobb, Douglas and other metro counties - more will need to be done than we can imagine. As I understand it, there will be a conference call today taking place between a number of the disaster relief teams coming in to help. It is hard to wait.

So what can you do?

1. Make a flood Cleaning Bucket and get it to the drop off sites provided around Paulding and the surrounding communities.

2. Check out Paul Richardson's blog at West Ridge Church for where to drop donations of water and blankets.

3. Check your calendar and clear your time to be ready to volunteer when the call goes out.

4. Pray for those most effected by this disaster and the first responders, power companies, DOT, water company, etc. who have been working round the clock.

5. Consider giving financially to help through UMCOR (United Methodist Council on Relief). One of the most trusted disaster response organizations, guaranteeing that 100% of your gift will go directly to the disaster.

This is what it means to RETHINK CHURCH - it is time to put hands and feet to Jesus' words.

How to Build Your Cleaning Bucket to Help Flood Relief!

You want to help with flood relief but how? The best way right now is by building a Cleaning Bucket - here is how!

1. Download a list of the supplies and go buy the stuff on the list This will give your kids something to do and get them involved (especially if they are out of school)! Remember, while it may be tempting DO NOT ADD to the list!

2. Lay out all your stuff:


Wonder aloud - "How will it all fit?"

Hint: Start by putting in the bleach and liquid detergent first.

3. Be amazed at your end result:



If you drop them at any of the Paulding County locations set-up, there is no need to mail your buckets!

Stay tuned for more details on how you can help!

North Paulding Flood Response

How do you get involved?

Here is how - Flood Cleaning Buckets

These supplies enable people to begin the overwhelming job of cleaning up after a flood or hurricane. Buckets can be done via donations online OR by families/groups building them and donating them.

List for supplies can be found here:
http://new.gbgm-umc.org/umcor/getconnected/supplies/flood-bucket/

TO DROP OFF IN NORTH PAULDING:
Colonial Bank/BB&T @ Seven Hills has agreed to be our drop-off location.

TO DROP OFF IN SOUTH PAULDING (Dallas, Hiram & Powder Springs):
Alpha Omega Stor-All (all sites)


Don't just give STUFF - Please give what is needed! These supplies are what The Red Cross-FEMA-GEMA and UMCOR have designated are what is NEEDED for recovery to be successful.

Also, I'm including a list of places for clothing & food donations if it will help.

Clothing & Furniture
Classy Thrift Shoppe
702 W. Memorial Drive
Dallas, GA 30132
678.363.6702
M-Sat: 10a-5p

The Been
551 Hardee Street
Dallas, GA 30132
770.443.7490
M-Sat: 9a-1p

The Thrift Store
740 Paulding Plaza
Dallas, GA 30132
770.505.7707
Located near Medicine Shoppe & Dallas Billiards
Warehouse of Hope
100 Hunter Rd
Powder Springs, GA 30127
(770) 489-0509

Food & Financial
Helping Hands of Paulding County
240 Professional Court
Dallas, GA 30132
770.443.1230
M-Fri: 10a-2p



Stay Tuned for more info to come! PASS THIS INFORMATION ON TO Scout Troops, PTA's, HOA's, Business Groups - anyone you know who truly wants

Confessions of Sunday School Drop Out: Church Words – what are they talking about?


Matthew 6:1-8

I'm just not that complicated. Really. And I don't think life was intended to be that way either. I think there is a lot of good stuff in the Bible that backs that up too. I've always been more the Tim “the toolman” kind of guy. Grunting and pointing seems to me to be an easier way of going through life. I've got to confess again, just look at one of my favorite hobbies – I go out in the woods and make animal sounds! Like I said, I'm just not that complicated.

And that has always made church a hard place – there always were big words floating around – words that never seemed to come up in every day language but always in the church. When God called me to ministry, I had no idea how many new words that really just seemed to be made up for the sake of causing my ears to burn and turn red when in casual conversation with my more 'learned' religious colleagues.

I have heard and part of conversations that make the HUGE assumption the people know all these words churches use. And I've been in conversations where the idea is put forward that it is EVERYONE ELSES FAULT that they don't know these words or ideas. I don't know any other way to say it – that is wrong and this is my confession.

In some ways, this sermon is a carry over from last week – that we find Jesus addressing the issue of hypocrisy. This time it isn't in adding laws and requirements on those who really want to connect with God. No, this time it is all about the show – on being out front – showing off one's flawless life – about blowing one's horn. Being a Showing off and know-it-all, is NOT a spiritual gift.

So today I'd like to clear the air and pull the curtain back on some of the church words that have made it harder and not easier, more confusing and not clearer, and created more disconnect than connection.

We are a United Methodist Church and we are a Christian church - it is what we call a denomination. A denomination indicates a Christian faith group with a set of common beliefs. Baptists, Lutherans,Roman Catholic, even non-denominational – are all designations of denominations. The Apostle's Creed expresses the basic beliefs of Christianity. Any religious group that doesn't support the Apostle's Creed – would be considered another religion or a cult.

Starting with what is in front of you, your worship guide, I invite you to look at the Apostle's Creed. It is an ancient and I mean ancient document written between 300-400 A.D. Before there were any divisions in the church. It's purpose is to express in the simplest language possible the basic beliefs about the Christian faith.

But in there, are a few things that also have some confusion. First, “suffered under Pontius Pilate” does not relate to a torture device but a person – Pilate was the Roman governor of Jerusalem and oversaw the crucifixion of Jesus. As noted, the term holy catholic church doesn't refer to the Roman Catholic Church but to the universal church – all followers of Jesus. Likewise, the 'communion of saints' refers to all of Jesus' followers. Anyone who faithfully follows Jesus Christ, is considered a saint.

Some churches sing hymns but truth is, a hymn is any poetic composition in honor of God or suitable for use in a church service. In other words, a hymn is a song for God. I confess, I've been around church enough that I mix up words like pews – long benches used in traditional churches with chairs. Some of you may have wondered where the 'Narthex' is in a more traditional church but most of us call it a lobby. Acolytes are never set on fire but traditionally they carry in a flame to light the candle. The role of acolytes are to assist the pastor in worship – I need all the help I can get after all!

In the south, we get lazy with our words. As a kid, I always wondered why it was when the pastor asked for ties and offerings no one ever took their ties off. I was always willing to give my clip-ons away! Traditionally, a tithe is the giving of 10% of ones salary to God through the church. It isn't given without accountability for even at Crossroads we do an audit and have an advisory group that oversees how we continue our mission.

Probably most awkward are the words dealing with Theology, a big word that means the study of God. In this way, it is similar to Biology and there are classes upon classes in college and graduate school that go into depth on the study of God. But at its heart, everything WE do regarding SEEKING God is part of the STUDY of GOD – life is theology.

And now we enter into a whole category of words that get used in church. Words like sin, which is the word to describe the things we do that mess up what God is trying to do in us. Justification refers to how Jesus' death and rising from death to life makes us right with God. Words like Sanctification and Holiness – describe how Jesus makes us more like himself. They are good words – important words.

But Jesus was a master of simplicity He used things like mustard seeds and farmers. He said we are like a woman looking for lost change or like a son who has left home. Even Paul, who wrote most of the New Testament and used a lot of the bigger words said himself in his letter to the church in Corinth and the church here at Crossroads “...the kingdom of God does not consist in words but in power (1 Cor 4:20 NASB).”

And when it came to talking about how to tell the story of the never ending promise of God to come into the life of anyone who asks – Jesus took juice and bread. Whether you are used to calling it the Mass, the Eucharist, or Communion – we use it to tell the incredible story of a God who opened the door to heaven and said to us – you don't have to understand it all you just have to believe my son Jesus is who he says he says he is.

It's Complicated - The problem of 'church' words

Do you remember Duplo bricks? Those big huge Lego bricks? I have a vague recollection of those. Today, my son is now into Lego Mindstorm: AKA: Legos on Steroids! The basic idea never changed, there are still bricks put on top of bricks it is just that now a robot brain has been added. Oh, and lots more 'little' parts.

That kind of puts things in a nutshell when it comes to how I think of 'church' words. There are some great words used in religious studies and in the faith. Some are just plain fun to say. I dare you say to the next girl or guy who gives a presentation - "Hey, that is a great pericope you've got there." See what happens (for the record it means "a set of verses that form a coherent thought or idea.") But that is just one of many, many words.

Unfortunately, many of those words only add to the confusion and awkwardness many people feel (myself included) even in church and I'm a pastor! Scott Ginsberg nails it in his blog on simplicity: "Simplicity is hard. It requires more energy, more brainpower and more courage than complexity"

It is why I like to read from Mark and James in the New Testament - they went for simple. But then that was Jesus' plan too. This week at Crossroads UMC, we're going to be talking about CHURCH WORDS and I want to invite you to help with the sermon.

Here is the ASK:
Think of some of the church words you've wondered about. What do they mean and why would we use them?

Here is the DO:

Send them to me! Post here - post on Facebook - send me a Tweet.

Confessions: The Church is full of Hypocrites



Matthew 23:1-12

It seems this week was like most in the games in Washington and it has nothing to do with the Huskies in Washington or the Redskins in D.C. To make matters worse the news media feeds on it. Not only do they feed on it, they feed it, hoping for a national scandal to make themselves appear relevant. Whether it's Afghanistan, speeches to children, health care, Obama, Joe Wilson, Van Jones, Rush I thought these political events a fitting context for our scriptural text about hypocrisy.

“Listen to what Jesus says about these politicians (in his day they were called Pharisees): "They tie up heavy loads and put them on men's shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them." Now what did Jesus mean? Simply this: The Pharisees made laws. They demanded that the common person follow those laws. But they themselves found ways to get around those laws. Get it? They were not willing to carry the heavy loads they demanded everyone else carry. In a word: Hypocrisy.(Sermon: “Confronting Hypocrisy with Humility” by Brett Blair)”

THE EXPERIENCE
When I was growing up there were expectations set up for us in school and in Sunday School – sometimes the two even overlapped. You got A's for knowing it all in school and if you memorized the right verses you got a gold star on the chart in Sunday School. It went down hill for me starting in first grade. You see, our church had a community TV station and services were shown especially when the kids choir sang. Sure enough, my escapades got broadcast across the town and I heard about it Monday morning = again and again.

That slowly ate at me. Later as I sat around those who earned their gold stars every week – the same ones looking down on others for not measuring up – I got sick of it – church is full of hypocrites I said to myself – so I dropped out of Sunday School.

Jesus always has a way of spotlighting the key point: we must practice what we preach. Just having the right doctrine, teaching the right stuff or knowing all there is to know isn't enough. Leaders and Christians must live by the advice they give. You can't love the sinner and the sinner either if you don't show acts of love. “If you tell people to build a home on a solid foundation but then use cheap nails in the construction of your own home, then you are a hypocrite.(Brett Blair)”

Even in the earliest days of the church, the ugly head of hypocrisy crept into the life of Peter, one of Jesus' best friends. It is Paul, the writer of most of the New Testament, who calls Peter out for his act of discrimination toward other Christians (Galatians 2:11-14). In chapter 2 of James' letter, he cautions the church of treating rich people better than poor – being hypocrites in their actions. I confess – the church is full of hypocrites...but then Todd Layton shared with me something Pastor Med Roach is fond of saying: “There isn't a better place for hypocrites than church.”

THE TRUTH
Robert Redford was walking one day through a hotel lobby. A woman saw him and followed him to the elevator. "Are you the real Robert Redford?" she asked him with great excitement. As the doors of the elevator closed, he replied, "Only when I am alone!”

The reality of things we fail to grasp (or we choose to ignore) is this truth – we're all hypocrites in some form or other. The saying there are no atheisists in fox holes expresses one side of this as does the Christian who does not see Jesus in the needy around them. Jesus said, we'd say, “ 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or as a stranger or in need of clothes or sick or in prison and didn't help you?' "He will answer them, 'I can guarantee this truth: Whatever you failed to do for one of my brothers or sisters, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you failed to do for me.' (Matthew 25:44-45, GW)

THE ANSWER
Jesus didn't back down from passing judgement or saying the hard things along the way. Jesus called the Church to do the same but he did give one stipulation and it is this that should set the church apart for it is the answer to the issue of hypocrisy...it is humility. The person who is greatest among you will be your servant. Whoever honors himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be honored. (Mat 23:11-12)

These actions alone do not put us right with God though – faith in Jesus is what puts things right. Paul made that clear when he wrote to the Galatian church and the church at Crossroads: “we know that a person is put right with God only through faith in Jesus Christ, never by doing what the Law requires. We, too, have believed in Christ Jesus in order to be put right with God through our faith in Christ, and not by doing what the Law requires. For no one is put right with God by doing what the Law requires.” (Galatians 2:16)

But a follower of Jesus Christ – A church that acts with humility – that humbles themselves – that serves the poor, the sick, the prisoner, the stranger – these actions – doing what Jesus did - will give people the reason to rethink church. Jesus leveled the playing field for the world – greatest should be the servant. The leader is to lead by serving. Jesus' answer then for the Jewish leaders – stands today for the leaders of the Christian church – or for that matter, any Christian – you must be servant.

Jesus gives no condition that this would be merely for a time or a season. I've always said the pastor that had the biggest influence on me was Malloy Owens. He was only my pastor for one year but he influenced me by what he did not merely what he said. I confess – the church IS full of hypocrites but there is no better place for us hypocrites – for it is here we can come clean with one who not only KNOWS THAT BUT who promises to CHANGE THAT.

Yesterday I was amazed by the people who were amazed that a church would buy down gas. For that matter, people are amazed we'd sponsor a Boy Scout troop or do all we do for Murphy-Harpst like when our youth gave birthday cake mixes. This is what it means to RETHINK CHURCH – it means to really believe what Jesus said and do what Jesus did!

I confess – I haven't always done it and the church hasn't either BUT may I ask – how about you? And may I suggest – today is the perfect day join the rest of us hypocrites in trying to follow after Jesus.

Confessions of a Sunday School Dropout: Church = Boring?



Psalm 150

One of my favorite ads of all time was one that I read coming back from Atlanta one day. I stopped at a gas station and one of the ads there read like this:

“People don't like to chat at gas stations. There seems to be an uspoken rule of silence. This isnt' a church, an elevator or a public restroom. It's a place to fill up your wheels. So let's give a hearty “hi” to our fellow filler-uppers.” - signed Mini Cooper. I laughed.

Someone at Mini cooper nailed it on the head and knew a bunch of us would get it and some of us would be offended. For me, a Sunday School drop-out, it nailed it right on the head – church was an uncomfortable place – an awkward place – a boring place. I need to confess here – I had a lot of great naps in church.

But I don't hear anything like that in what the writer of the psalm 150 said though! The description that we have is in keeping with how worship often took place in the Old Testament as we'll see in a minute. Not only was singing and music part of the experience but so was dancing. I doubt many ever fell asleep listening to cymbals clashing together. In his letters to the Ephesian church and Colossian church, Paul wrote that “... psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart,...”(Eph 5:19/Col 3.16)

So what happened? I confess – I don't know exactly. Somehow, the church grew comfortable with the pattern of boring – And so I ask your forgiveness. I'm convinced that wasn't the way God intended it to be – no one should be able to say, as I did, the reason they dropped out was over boring worship. I can tell you that the idea of boring irritated John and Charles Wesley! In the song book of the UMC, Wesley's words about it are written plainly: “Beware of singing as if you were half dead, or half asleep; but lift up your voice with strength. Be no more afraid of your voice now, nor more ashamed of its being heard, than when you sung the songs of Satan.”

THOUGHTFUL = RENEWAL
Wesley said we ought to, “have an eye to God in every word you sing.” I can tell you that as we prepare for worship every week, Brandon and I have an eye for every song that is chosen. More often than not you are likely singing words directly from the Bible itself. Sometimes, the songs will help you feel lighter and other times the same song – will cause you to be more thoughtful. God works in all times and in all emotions not just in warm fuzzies on your shoulder. Renewal comes often in song and worship.

RESPECTFUL = JOYFUL
In Acts 20:8-12 there is the story of , “a young man named Eutychus was sitting in the window, and as Paul kept on talking, Eutychus got sleepier and sleepier, until he finally went sound asleep and fell from the third story to the ground. When they picked him up, he was dead.” As we keep reading, we find that Eutychus is brought back from the dead which is a great thing. In a rather tongue in check way, there is a lesson there for preachers, for there is a call to be respectful of those who come to hear. Through the years, there is a phrase often repeated that goes something like this, “it is a sin to bore a child with the Gospel.” The Gospel isn't intended to be boring - it is Good News! I confess, at times we preachers have done just that. While there isn't a scripture to back it up – I think that story comes close and the next point certainly takes it one more step.

ALL AGES = GROWING SAGES
It might be an individual church grows in number without children crying out and disrupting services but the UNIVERSAL CHURCH is, I think, being robbed of its sages.

The hardest thing I do every week is find someway to communicate the core of this message so the children understand it. Jesus said "Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it." Jim Griffith who has coached many new church pastors, including me, says, children learn more about faith in a new church start – imagine how many teachers can come out of Crossroads in the years ahead!

CELEBRATION = INVIGORATION
Worship, what we often call church, is a time of celebration and with any celebration comes invigoration – a renewed joy for life and for God. One of the toughest guys in the Old Testament was King David but even thought a king, David knew his place was below God and he needed to worship God. 2 Samuel 6:14 tells that on one occasion of celebration, David laid aside his kingly garments and crown and put on a simple linen garment worn by the priests and got jiggy with it before God. But he didn't do it inside – David took it to the streets.

And that is where we come to the point – the life changing -exciting power of God isn't meant for a building. That maybe the biggest sin the church has committed. There is more to church than what happens in here. Two books that have renewed my thoughts and vision for Crossroads this year are Irresistable Revolution by Shane Claibourne and Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris.

We are called here to be RENEWED – to be JOYFUL – to grow SAGES – but also to be INVIGORATED – to take it to the streets which we're going to do literally this Saturday as part of our gas buy down. Church should never be boring because it should be never ending!


For the mp3, Click Here!

(note: these are not a verbatim of my sermon but the working notes along the way. Getting into the mind of a pastor...I confess - I'm far from perfect!)

I Need To Confess.

An old Scottish proverb says that confessed faults are half mended. If so, let me get started with the first half.

I need to confess – I am not the pastor I ought to be. I am not the husband I should be or the dad I could be. I get lazy some days and I procrastinate to do some things along the way. I get angry and jealous and some days even bitter. I do not always take criticism well. Sometimes I do not say the right things and more times, I say the wrong thing. When I watch Jerry Springer or Judge Judy, I feel better about myself because I know I am not THAT bad.

I need to confess something else – I am a Sunday School drop-out. For real – I dropped out because I got sick and tired of all kinds of stuff that happens in churches. From the boring stuff, to the hypocritical nature of people and the church words – it all became too much. I quit – I gave up.

Yet today, here I am a pastor – confessing all these ways I fall short of being the pastor I should be and certainly all the ways you may think I ought to be. Would you forgive me?

I also want to confess to you that as churches, we have not lived up to all we should be and all we could be. Would you forgive us?

But then, according to the Scots, we have only gone half way. The next step, I think, is found in the words of another writer: If someone listens to God's word but doesn't do what it says, he is like a person who looks at his face in a mirror, studies his features, goes away, and immediately forgets what he looks like. (James 1:23-24 GW)

Confession is only the beginning. For new life to begin, new actions have to take the place of the old. If we are quick to judge or find fault, then we need to be patient and ask more questions. If we find ourselves trapped in habits behind closed doors (or on the computer), then confession alone will not end it – action must be taken afterwards to develop new habits.

In my family’s history is an alcoholic and he passed down to us his Alcoholics Anonymous book, one of the first editions. AA helped to save his life. If you have never read those steps, you should because it is a reminder to us all of the power of not just confession but the steps to follow.

Beginning September 6 at Crossroads UMC, I’m going to open some of those doors in my own life and in the history of the Church and offer the CONFESSIONS of a Sunday School drop-out.

But that is me. What about you? Need to confess?

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This week, be in prayer for your local government officials.  Maybe you agree with their policies or maybe you don't but they are still working for your community.  Late into the evenings and on early mornings, they are sacrificing time away from their families and making decisions effecting yours - sometimes for no pay at all.

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