Hello students. Here at Echo Bay and Bar River United Churches, we like to from time to time send out good old- fashioned snail mail. It’s to let you know we are thinking of you and hope you have a great year. Take care and God Bless!
DESPITE THE COST OF LIVING, IT REMAINS FAIRLY POPULAR.
When she shuffled into the subway, I wanted to look away. She was old, and she had only ragged clothes to protect her from the bitter Chicago winter wind. She took the nearest seat, her shoulders hunched against the cold and her eyes down. Her white, cracked, bony hands clutched a worn shawl tightly around her. I watched with wonder and pity. At the next stop, an energetic young man strode confidently onto the train, his cheeks red with health. His clothes were sharp, his hair immaculate, his step graceful. He too saw the woman’s silent misery. Three stops later, as the train slowed, he glided by her to the other door and disappeared into the tunnel. On her lap lay his brown leather gloves. I don’t know if he was a believer in Christ or not. But I do know this: He saw her need and responded with compassion – while I just sat there. It never occurred to me to give her my gloves. That young man showed compassion in a way I’ll never forget. It reminded me of the kind of compassion that moved Jesus to heal two blind men near Jericho and ultimately to give His own life on the cross. Let’s follow our Lord’s example by reaching out and giving hope to people in need.
Jesus had compassion and touched their eyes. Matthew 20:34
BE CAREFUL WITH YOUR TONGUE – IT’S IN A WET PLACE AND CAN EASILY SLIP.
Company was coming over and I was frantically trying to get our house ready. I was also driving my family crazy, barking out orders to pick up, help set the table, and not to mess up the living room. While I was cleaning the kitchen, I realized I’d pushed them too far. “Mary,” I snapped at my 12-year old daughter, “WHERE’S THE BROOM?” “I don’t know, Mom,” she fired back. “Where’d you put it when you landed?”
You can win more friends with your ears than with your mouth.
Be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath. James 1:19
During the 1995 International Composers Festival in London, a computer was chosen to perform two piano pieces said to be too difficult for human hands. Seated on a piano stool and wearing a bow tie, the Sibelius 7 computer flawlessly played the formidable works of Hungarian composer Gyorgy Ligeti. Many people feel that God’s commands are like those unachievable piano pieces. Using mere human strength, they are. But with the life and power of God within us through faith in Christ, we see His commands in a whole new light. We are not spiritual computers capable of a flawless performance. God the Father has composed the “music” for our lives in His Word. Through His Son and His Spirit, He has given us the power to play it with confidence and joy.
WE NEED NOT FEAR SHIPWRECK WITH JESUS AT THE HELM.
A young boy noticed a large, dust covered book on a high shelf in his home. His curiosity was aroused, so he asked his mother about it. Embarrassed, she hastily explained, “Oh, that’s a Bible. That’s God’s Book.” He thought for a moment and then said, “Well, Mom, if that’s God’s Book, why don’t we give it back to Him? Nobody around here uses it.”
IF OUR BIBLE IS IN GOOD SHAPE, YOU PROBABLY AREN’T.
You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you. Joel 2:26
The words of the prophet Joel echo the feelings of many people today. As the gorgeous colours of fall begin to fade, and we move into early winter, we are aware of the abundance of creation. For those of us who have plenty to eat, warm clothes to wear, and warm houses to live in, the prophet’s promise has come true. As we enjoy conveniences, luxuries, and good things, the likes of which were unknown to the people of Joel’s day, we can say, and feel deeply, that “God has dealt wondrously with us.”
Poor Dimmsdale was having trouble getting his neighbour to keep his chickens fenced in. The neighbour kept telling him the chickens had the right to go where they wanted. But the birds were ruining Dimmsdale’s prize-winning flowerbeds. Two weeks later, a friend visited Dimmsdale and noticed his flowerbeds were doing great. The flowers were even beginning to bloom! The friend asked, “How did you make your neighbour keep his hens in his own yard?” Dimmsdale replied, “Easy! One night I hid a dozen eggs under a bush by my flower bed, and the next day I let my neighbour see me gather them. I haven’t been bothered since.
Fifth grade students took TV commercials and changed them to communicate ideas about God. Here are some examples:
God is like:
Bayer Aspirin He works miracles
Coca-Cola He’s the real thing
Tide He gets the stains out that others leave behind
Scotch Tape You can’t see Him but you know He’s there
Allstate You’re in good hands with Him
Hallmark Cards He cares enough to send the very best
General Electric He brings good things to life
VO5 Hair Spray He holds through all kinds of weather
Dial Soap Aren’t you glad you have Him? Don’t you wish everybody did?
T.T.F.N. (Ta Ta for now)
Love and Prayers,
Bar River and Echo Bay United Churches