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Here is a video to invite you to be with us this Sunday at Central Church of Christ in Tuscaloosa.

- Scott

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Reducing Stress

Maybe I do not create too much stress for Amy.

Maybe I do not create too much stress for Amy.

This morning as I was driving to my study, the “Nearly Impossible Trivia” by Lisa Mason on 106.9 FM (Birmingham, AL) asked  this question, “50% of moms say this their biggest source of stress, what is it?”  Listeners called in with answers about getting children read for school, getting everyone out the door, discipline, and I was thinking it might be preparing a meal that everyone likes or paying bills.  The correct answer was  . . .  (drum roll please) . . . THEIR HUSBANDS!

Husbands, let me talk to you about reducing your wife’s stress.  Here are a few suggestions you can implement today:

  1. Get yourself ready.
  2. Help her get ready in the morning – iron her clothes.
  3. Make the bed while she is getting ready.
  4. If you have small children help her help them get ready.
  5. Help around the house – laundry, cleaning, and cooking (especially if she works outside the home).
  6. Be an adult not another child for her to care for.
  7. Be a father not your child’s best bud. (Do not let her be the only one to discipline the children and back her up when she does.)
  8. Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered. (1Pe 3:7).

- Scott

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The Family That . . .

For those that do not already know, my dad had a heart defibrillator installed yesterday morning. Due to the skill of the

Brothers then

Brothers then

surgical team and most importantly God’s care all went well and He should go home today to convalesce under the careful and skillful hands of my mother, his wife of 54 years.

I share that to explain my absence from The Morning Drive yesterday. I drove down to attend evening assembly with my parents and younger brother at Leonard Street Church of Christ on Sunday evening.  I spent the night at my brother’s place and the day with gathered physical and spiritual family at the hospital.  I reflected on that experience as I drove home last night and to my study this morning.

I do not consider my family unique and we are far from perfect. Yet there are some things we get right. As we waited for the medical team to do their job here is a glimpse of what helped us as a family.

  1. We were surrounded my church family. The associate minister from where my brother serves as an elder was there. One gentleman and three ladies from where my parent’s worship and Dad serves as an elder were there as well.
  2. We solicited prayers from spiritual people who were not there in person – some of you were praying – thanks!
  3. We laughed together. One of the ladies from Leonard Street said her husband was not going to believe she had such a good time in the surgery waiting area.
  4. We talked about family stories and events of years gone by.
  5. We prayed together before Dad’s surgery as a family, privately as he was in surgery, and we said a prayer of
    Brothers now

    Brothers now

    thanksgiving when he was out of recovery and in a regular room.

  6. We talked about our children who are grown, in college, in their last year of high school, in elementary school and the things they are doing.
  7. We prayed with a lady who was by herself when the news she received about her husband was not good.  Please keep William and his wife in your prayers.
  8. We shared a meal in the waiting room.
  9. We were together.

A family that prays together, worships together, laughs together, cries together, talks together, well that family is together.

Take time today to call a family member, just to talk.

- Scott

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Video Invitation

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Choices

Yes, that is me.

Yes, that is me.

We recently re-watched the original three Indiana Jones movies. I think, my favorite as far as dialogue is concerned is The Last Crusade. In this movie Indiana searches for the mythical Holy Grail – the supposed cup of Christ used to initiate the Lord’s Supper and catch drops of his blood at the cross. (DISCLAIMER: I do not believe in the existence of such cup as a holy relic.) In a climatic seen a very old Knight of the Grail protects the grail in a room full of cups of various designs. After Indiana Jones “vanquishes” the knight, he has the opportunity to choose the cup that is the grail. At is point Walter Donovan and Elsa appear in the chamber. After choosing a gilded, Donavan drinks from it and he turns to ash. The knight matter-of-factly states, “He chose poorly.”

In their accounts of the Gospel; Matthew, Mark, and Luke all relate the account of a wealthy young man coming to Jesus (cf. Mt 19:16ff, Mk 10:17ff, Lk 18:18ff). This rich young ruler, as we often call him, provides us with a vital example of the power and results of choice.

  1. He had the Right Attitude. After all, he came to Jesus and bowed before Him.
  2. He asked the Right Question. his inquiry was about how to have eternal life. What greater quest is there?!
  3. He asked the Right Person. Jesus is the author and finisher of salvation. He is the central figure of the good news we call the Gospel.
  4. He heard the Right Answer. The answer had two parts: first submit to the will of God; second, remove anything in your life that might hinder you in full discipleship.
  5. But he made the Wrong Choice – he Chose Poorly. Even though he was right in 80% of this story, the story turns out wrong for this young man. Simply because of a wrong choice.

Each day we make any number of choices. How will you make sure you are choosing what is right in the sight of God? Will you “Choose Wisely?”

- Scott

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R U Contagious

 

Worship this past Sunday Morning at Central

Worship this past Sunday Morning at Central

#Contagiouschurch

#Contagiouschurch

This past Sunday we looked at the concept of becoming a contagious church.  We want to:

  • Connect People with Jesus and His Word.
  • Have a Contagious Positive Attitude
  • Be United as a Church Family
  • Show Compassion – Care
  • Work Together for God’s Glory not Our Own.
  • Contagious churches are Churches that Sing Praise
  • Contagious churches are Churches that Provide Physical and Spiritual Care
  • Contagious churches are Churches that Pray
  • Contagious churches Reconcile People to God through Christ

But there is more. In our LIFE Group we were discussing these lessons and someone brought up how we can become contagious. They pointed out that as Christians we have God in our lives, that Christ is in us, and we live according to the Spirit that dwells in us. This spurred some thoughts.

Consider these very attractive, well CONTAGIOUS qualities:

  1. Love
  2. Joy
  3. Peace
  4. Patience
  5. Kindness
  6. Goodness
  7. Faithfulness
  8. Gentleness
  9. Self-Control

In Galatians 5:22-25, Paul calls these the fruits of the Spirit in our lives.

R U Contagious?

- Scott

 

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Keys to Happiness

A list and a song this morning:

  1. Start with a SMILE.
  2. Focus on others above self.
  3. Value relationships above possessions.
  4. Be a servant instead of the one served.
  5. Accentuate the positive over the negative.
  6. Be active, get off the couch.
  7. Read a book, turn off the TV.
  8. Avoid the fake euphoria produced by chemicals (alcohol, drugs, etc.).
  9. Take a walk in nature and enjoy this wonderful world.
  10. Sing or whistle your favorite tune. Maybe this one:

 

 

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