Archive for the Messages – Year B – Nov 08 – Nov 09 Category

Light – Easter 2 – Apr 15 2012

Posted in Messages - Year B - Nov 08 - Nov 09 on April 15, 2012 by classicchinny

1 John 1:1 – 2:2 – John 20:19-23

Could someone please make it dark in here.  Thank you.

Uhm, but I can still see people. Can you please make it more dark.

Okay, really, all you did was try to get rid of the light. Could you please make it darker.

Can you please go and  turn on the darkness switch to make it darker in here.

So are you telling me that you can not make it darker?  You can’t go and buy more darkness?

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Biggest and Best – Pentecost 24 – Nov 15 09

Posted in Messages - Year B - Nov 08 - Nov 09 on November 16, 2009 by classicchinny

We have a tendency to pursue the biggest and best.  This past week I was in Northern temple_mount_carved_stone_croppedSaskatechewan with 3 other men, pursuing the biggest and best buck.  This is easy for men to do; we do this quite well – the pursuit of the biggest and best.  This pursuit fits with today’s lessons.  We hope that the best rifle, the best quad, the best spot, the best hunter, the best shot, the best stuff will get us the best buck.  We hope that the biggest and best truck will bring us the biggest and best reward.  And it goes on and on.  We get distracted easily by this search for the biggest and best. Continue reading

All Saints Day – November 1 09 –

Posted in Messages - Year B - Nov 08 - Nov 09 on November 3, 2009 by classicchinny

This true story is titled Not-So-Blind Chang and is about a man named Chang Shen all_saints_daywho lived in China in about 1890 from the book Jesus Freaks, vol 2 by DC Talk.

The story begins, “Chang Shen was known to those villages in the surrounding areas as… ‘one without a particle of good in him.’  He was a gambler and a thief, a womanizer who had driven his wife and daughter from their home.  The townspeople said it was the judgement of the gods for his evildoings when he was stricken with blindness.
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Pursuit of Happiness – Pentecost 20 – Oct 18 2009

Posted in Messages - Year B - Nov 08 - Nov 09 on October 18, 2009 by classicchinny

If I could just work a little harder or a little longer, life would be easier, and I would be happier.  If I gained a little more experience, moved a little higher on the pay scale, happinessthen life would be easier, and I would be happier.  I would be able to coast.  I was thinking about this as I read about James and John.  My thinking is that James and John were trying to solidify their place with Jesus, to ultimately give them positions of power and glory to make their lives easier, to make their lives happier.

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Pentecost 18 – Oct 4 2009 – Commitment

Posted in Messages - Year B - Nov 08 - Nov 09 on October 5, 2009 by classicchinny

Most of the information for the story I am reading today comes from

Francis was born to a salesman and a mother who was very prominent in social class.  He had several brothers and sisters, and it was apparent that his parents constantly indulged his desires.  He quickly became the party animal of the town.  He was funny, handsome, musical, and dressed extremely well as the leader among his peers in charm, physical prowess and frolicking.  He was on top of the world so to speak.  Continue reading

Pentecost 16 – Sept 20 2009 – Ranking

Posted in Messages - Year B - Nov 08 - Nov 09 on September 20, 2009 by classicchinny

May the words of my lips and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable and pleasing to youranking O Lord, our Rock and our Redeemer.  Amen.

Jesus did not keep the fact that He was going to die a secret.  For us, this is the second week we have heard Jesus tell His disciples this.  Today He speaks very plainly, “The son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.”  Seems pretty simple, and when we read this, we might think, “Yep, that is exactly what will happen.”  Continue reading

Pentecost 10 – Aug 9 09 – Tangibles

Posted in Messages - Year B - Nov 08 - Nov 09 on August 10, 2009 by classicchinny

Fishing this past week made me realize just how faith-based fishing is.

It is quite a faith boat_cartoonactivity; there are a lot of intangibles.  You generally go into the activity of fishing blind, needing to be faithful that you will be successful.  You do not just plunk down a hook with a rod and know that you will catch something – although sometimes that random plunk works better than a planned, premeditated approach.  Continue reading

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