The "Eat, Drink, and be Merry" sermon comes at us in every which way through the media, through advertising, and through sales promotions of all kinds. For example, your local car dealership is just not "with it" unless there is a featured Saturday barbecue along with balloons and streamers as the captive customer savors emptying the bank account for the next set of wheels -- along with his hot dogs, of course. Jesus tells us also to eat, drink, and be merry, but he puts quite a different twist to it. He himself is the menu and the merry portion is life forever. This is real intimacy.
Dean Feldmeyer Christopher Keating Mary Austin Ron Love George Reed Thomas Willadsen Bethany Peerbolte
In the News The President of the United States has, according to the Washington Post Fact Checker, made an average of 7.6 false or misleading statements per day since he took office. (That’s 4,229 lies or untruths in 558 days as of July 31).1
Welcome. It's awesome to talk to you this morning. How are you? (children respond)
I have a question for you. Does your teacher ever teach something that is hard to understand? Are you sometimes puzzled or bewildered by something said? Have you ever wondered about hard things like what electricity is and how it works? Or gravity? Or the universe? Or algebra? (children answer)
Frank Ramirez Mark Ellingsen Bill Thomas Bob Ove Ron Love Bonnie Bates
1 Kings 2:10-12, 3:3-14 It is no wonder that believers still view Solomon as wise and relate the wisdom of Solomon as an attribute we all might seek. Clearly, Solomon was a thinker, one who contemplated carefully. But it is even more important that Solomon sought wisdom as his blessing and gift from God. At a time when power or wealth or even military might may have been the obvious choices, Solomon wanted to be wise and discerning. Jesus says in Matthew 10:16, “Be as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves.”
A schoolteacher friend of mine tells the story of a class of five-year-olds who were lining up to receive their inoculation against one of the childhood diseases. They all had their sleeves rolled up and were waiting for the dreaded jab. After a while my friend noticed that one child was missing. She walked back along the line of children round the corner, and discovered the missing child out cold on the floor where he'd fainted.
Naturally she was horrified, and asked the other children why they hadn't told her that this little boy had passed out.
The day is picture perfect. The scene is a park lake, clean and tranquil. The lake draws to itself children, youth, and adults. They come to fish. They come to watch the ducks that float on the water's surface.