This Sunday is the Memorial Day weekend. It’s a time when the summer season unofficially begins and families take the opportunity to enjoy the long weekend before everyone sets off on his or her summer plans. That’s to be expected. Family times are important for creating healthy bonds of love and support.
You’ll remember that back during our Vision 2020 conversations, our church felt led to consider Missions as one of our six core priorities. As we committed “to serve others,” we set as forth as a strategic objective “to emphasize the importance of every member’s involvement in some area of ministry beyond MBBC.” In the coming weeks, we will see signs of that objective being fulfilled as we send teams from our church to Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Fort Collins, Colorado, and Cape Town, South Africa. In fact, throughout the month of June, some team from MBBC will be on mission in one of these locations. While our numbers will be down here at home, our level of enthusiasm will be high as we pray for our fellow members and the people with whom they’ll be working.
As the story goes, a teacher gave her class of second graders a lesson about a magnet and what a magnet does. You probably still remember the first time you were introduced to magnets and the astonishment that came over you at their power to attract. The next day in a written test, the teacher included this question: “My full name has six letters. The first one is ‘M.’ What am I?” When the text papers were turned it, the teacher was surprised to find that almost half of the students answered the test question with the word “Mother.”
If you like Mexican food but don’t like to stand in line for a table, then make sure you avoid going to a Mexican restaurant this Saturday, which will be the fifth of May, or as it’s known in Spanish, Cinco de Mayo.
Our church is one of the most generous congregations I’ve ever known. We are blessed with members who give passionately of their time, talents, and resources to advance the cause of Christ in our community and throughout the world. As a result, our church has been able to do important work in bringing God’s Kingdom purposes to pass. But can we do more? As we consider how we have been implementing many of the new ministry dreams that have come out of the adoption of our Vision 2020 plan and are contemplating more ministry dreams, we sense that the realization of our vision will require an even stronger expression of generosity.
Christian author Brenda Goodline tells of a friend who decided that her four year old son was ready to hear about Jesus. She carefully explained who Jesus is and what Jesus did for us on the cross. She also explained what it meant to follow Jesus and become his disciple. Then she asked her son, “Benji, would you like to have Jesus in your heart?” Benji rolled his blue eyes and answered seriously, “No, I don’t think I want the responsibility.”
I bought a pickup truck this week. When the week began, I had not anticipated doing so. I had borrowed my father-in-law’s truck while my SUV was being worked on; and while I had the truck, my father-in-law asked if I might try to sell it, because he assumed there would be a much better market for it in B
So much of life involves preparing ourselves for major experiences. One of the ways we do that is by involving ourselves in preliminary activities that build up to the main event. You go to the movies and you sit through the previews, which gives you time to get your popcorn and coke before the feature film begins. You go to a concert and there are “warm up” acts that prepare your ear for the mainline act that will follow. Sports enthusiasts understand terms like undercards and early rounds, which function as lead-ups to the big attraction.