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Bringing People Into The Caring Community Of Christ
January  21, 2015 - "Deflated" Edition

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Hello ComBappers:

Feeling deflated? Apparently the New England Patriots (an American football team) have been accused of letting a little bit of air out of the footballs during their Super Bowl semi-final game this week. Why would they do that (in theory)? Well, the weather was a bit frightful and rainy during the game, and the ball would be easier to grip if it "gave" a little bit more when being held or caught. Now, it could be that the balls were inflated to between 12.5 and 13.5 psi before the game in a warm room, which would decrease marginally when taken out of doors into near freezing temperatures. However, the game in question ended up being a blow-out of massive proportions which, even if there had been a blow-in to the proper psi, wouldn't have mattered much.

In life, however, feeling deflated just seems to make us lose grip on life.

The Bible describes the Holy Spirit as a "wind". At Pentecost the Spirit filled the whole house where they were sitting. Jesus, in John 3, mentions that the Spirit is like the wind, moving where He wants to. And then in John 20 Jesus breathes on the disciples and they are filled with the spirit. Spiritually, we all need our lives filled with the Spirit. He is the part of the trinity that inflates our lives from flat to full. From limp to robust. From useless to powerful.

So, if you are feeling a bit deflated and wonder why you are losing air in your life, pull up to the Holy Spirit for a fill-up!

Joell

 

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Bringing People Into The Caring Community Of Christ
January 15, 2015 - "Is Our Church Pregnant?" Edition

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Hello ComBappers:

Is our church pregnant?

I can’t say I’ve ever been asked that question but, when considering that a church that plants another church is often called the “mother church” and the new church called the “daughter church”, it makes sense that, somewhere along the way, the mother church was great with child and then, even before that, was considering how nice it would be to grow the family.

I can imagine the conversation at the board meeting when someone asks, “Where do church plants come from?".  Perhaps the response started out, “Well, when a church loves Jesus very much”.... Having little church babies around is a sign that the family is functioning properly. Yes, not every couple has babies, and there aren’t new churches being spawned from every single church; however, the percentage should be somewhat higher. Like a lot higher.

So, maybe it’s time for this awkward question to be asked at our next board/membership meeting: “Should we be having a baby”? I hope the answer is “yes”.  Then we can get started!

It really does start with wanting to grow the family.

I can’t wait to see our congregation’s baby bump.

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Bringing People Into The Caring Community Of Christ
January 8th, 2015 - "Mandolin" Edition

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Hello ComBappers:

New Year's Day will live in infamy, well, at least for the ring finger on my right hand (click if you want to see it). My loving son and daughter-in-law bought us this wonderful mandolin slicer for Christmas, which works great for slicing food and also works fabulously as a lurking instrument of death when hidden under the bubbles of the dishwashing water in the sink.

I probably should have gotten a stitch or two, but the vet was out of town. Nevertheless, the healing is progressing nicely, and I hope to play the piano someday, even though I don't know how.

The thing with the healing is that it takes time. The very fact that our bodies can actually heal at all is a sign of the amazing creator at work. When computers break,  they don't self heal. When cars break, they don't self heal. After only seven days, I am able to gingerly type this newsletter with only minor discomfort.

Physical healing takes time. Emotional healing takes time. Spiritual healing takes time too but cannot even begin without the life giving touch of Jesus upon our lives when we let him be our master physician.

Joell

 


Bringing People Into The Caring Community Of Christ
December 31, 2014 - "It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over" Edition

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Hello ComBappers:

My son corrected me the other day.  (This seems to be happening more frequently as I get older.)  Our water heater sprung a leak on Christmas Eve (the favourite day of Mr. Murphy and his law), which necessitated five days of sopping up water as we waited for a plumber to become available during the Christmas break.  (Shout out to Myron at Chinook Refrigeration for coming to our rescue!)  I said the phrase "hot water heater", and Matthew pointed out that it is called a "water heater" since hot water doesn't need to be heated since it's already hot. Point taken.

We have many phrases in English that are either redundant or contradictory. Some are used in day to day parlance while some are jokes (oxymorons). I got caught using "almost literally" the other day. Others would include the word "unthaw" which, when you think about it, would mean to freeze something again instead of unfreezing it. And then there are phrases that contain redundancies. As for example, the phrases "as for example", "at the present time", and "unexpected surprise".  And then there are phrases with double meanings like "unemployment isn't working" (a Miles-ism), "I can't start my diet right now, I have too much on my plate", and "To euthanize my cat, I bought a how-to book. The problem is, I just can’t put it down."

Bible translators understand that getting the meaning of words from one language to another can often involve word play of some sort. They also understand that meaning can change, even within a language, over time. If someone called you "swell" or "hot" or "cool", you would have taken it differently 50 years ago than you do today.

So, take a moment and thank God for the amazing work that well trained Biblical scholars and translators have done over the years. They have made this amazing ancient document the most well attested and most translated text in the history of the world. Bar none!

Joell

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