Shoebox Blues? :)
The grand total for shoeboxes is 2941. Awesome! Our goal was 3000, so I say, "close enough, victory is ours" :)
We had a huge crew come to help us ship out the shoeboxes and the many Christian Salvage Mission boxes (as you can see in the attached photo).
Thanks to everyone who came to help. The church feels empty now with all the shoeboxes gone. I've got the shoebox blues...we'll just have to fill it with people.
80 Years Young! Happy Anniversary Laurentian!
I put on the church sign this morning, "80 Years Young! Help Us Celebrate. Sunday 10:30am".
The newer song "10 000 Reasons" says, "Still my soul will sing Your praise unending. Ten thousand years and then forevermore."
Dictators, philosophers, tyrants and radicals have tried to extinguish the church ever since its birth. Yet still we are here.
People have said the church is "irrelevant and old-fashioned". Yet still we are here.
The media loves to talk about the demise of the church (conveniently ignoring many stories of growth and impact), yet still we journey on.
Scandal, heresy, legalism and hypocrisy have shaken it at times, but it's foundation is strong. We're still here.
Matthew 16:18b (NLT) says, "...I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it."
80 years is only the beginning.
"All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten"
Simple Faith Leads to the Kingdom.
Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them.
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
Matthew 19:13-14, NIV
1. Bring Your Children to Jesus ("Then people brought little children to Jesus...").
i. Pray for Them.
ii. Bring Them to Church.
iii. Keep Your Faith Visible.
2. Take Down the Obstacles ("...do not hinder them...").
3. The Church of Tomorrow & Today ("...the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these").
4. Bless Them ("...for him to place his hands on them and pray for them").
Question for Reflection
When you see children and teens, do you have Jesus' attitude or the disciples?
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