God and Fences 3

When we went out and built fences we did not worry about the terrain. In fact it did not matter what the terrain looked like. No matter how the land moved up and down, or how rocky and soft it was we were going to build a fence. Of course Wade and I were the brute force of the team and Chub was the brains. Every post that we drove was done with a 50 pound post driver. We would stick the t-post into the ground and Chub would line it up with where the fence was going. Then we would place the post driver over the t-post and start pounding. You might think that two big men wielding a 50 pound post driver would have no problem driving in a t-post 2-3 feet. However you would be wrong. In eastern New Mexico we have this lovely soil/rock called caliche. Caliche is a hard sedimentary rock that is used to help bind other materials and rock together. It is really hard rock. Around my home town of Elida there is a huge strip of caliche next to the surface and to build anything takes a lot of work and effort. Continue reading

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God and Fences 2

Most of the fences that we built were replacing old fences. You see the thing about old fences is that they were built at a different time with different materials. The old fence is warn out and broken down. An old fence has trouble performing the duty that it was created for. They just loose their function. Which is the reason we were called out. The owner of the land wanted a new fence, so they called us out to build one. Before we could build a new fence we had to clean up the old fence. Continue reading

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Lent Sermon 4…

12832398_984085971645049_6000065811446818516_nPrayer: Lord, Teach Me More – John 15:12-17

In 1959 a song written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller debuted on the music charts sung by The Clovers. The song’s title was “Love Potion No. 9.” The song only made it to #23. The song is about a man who can’t find love and so turns to a Gypsy who gives him Love Potion No. 9. After he took the potion he started kissing everything in sight which led to him kissing a cop, who then took his potion. There was some controversy over the song which is why it probably did not do well on the charts. Since the lyrics express the man kissing a cop, the song was banned by some radio stations. Anyway, this song would later influence a movie with the same title in 1992 starring Sandra Bullock and Tate Donovan. Both the song and the movie point out a very interesting concept. You cannot force love. No potion will bring true love. Only the freedom of choice brings about true and perfect love. I bring this up because love is an essential aspect of prayer that we must choose to learn. Continue reading

Lent Sermon 3…

Prayer: Lord Teach Me… – Luke 11:1-4 & 18:1-8

Would anyone like to come up and pray for us before we get started?

How did you know what to pray for? Where did the words come from? Were you thinking of the words as you came up? Were you hoping that you said the right things? You probably wouldn’t know it, but I bet a lot of people have these thoughts in their heads. As a pastor you think that I could just pray on the spot no matter what is going on. This is both true, but a little misleading. Sometimes when we pray in groups my mind will wonder toward the time that I will pray. I think of the wording and the intentions of my words. I think of what others have not said. I consider how my prayer will speak to others in the group. The problem with this is my mind is not completely focused on prayer. Now my heart is focused on prayer, but my mind isn’t. Now this does not happen all the time, but part of prayer is learning what to say. Continue reading

Lent Sermon 2…

Prayer: Living in Relationship with God – Ephesians 3:14-21

Last week I asked the question, “If you were to teach someone how to pray, where would you start?” This question might sound ridicules for some, but it is a very valid question. You must realize that in the world that we live into today people are not being taught how to pray. More and more people are being raised outside of the church or any religious group. Prayer is something that all religions have in common. I have not come in contact with any religion that does not have prayer as one of its practices. A lot of us want to bring prayer back in the schools when in reality prayer has not been out of schools. This is what I am talking about when I say people do not know how to pray. In all actuality we pigeon hold prayer as something specific, when prayer is something grander and mightier than what our minds can imagine. Continue reading