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Bringing People Into The Caring Community Of Christ
February 25, 2015 - "Booze" Edition

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Hello ComBappers:

Make no mistake. Alcoholism is a massive problem in our society today. No, this is not a rant on the evils of alcohol in general (heck, Jesus made the stuff...and it was real stuff no matter what other misguided preachers may say) but rather a rant about using booze to help you cope with life. Now, I'm not an expert in the field,  but it doesn't take a genius to see how alcohol can be misused and cause a boat load of problems in someone's life. And this rant is prompted by the sudden death of my cousin, which was undoubtedly fuelled by his overuse of alcohol.

The Bible is clear: don't get drunk but be filled with the Spirit. Drunkenness is listed over and over again as being sinful and hurtful. So, where do we draw the line from "drinking" to "drunkenness"?  I think the answer is simple. If you drink to get the "feeling" (buzz), then you've crossed the line. In other words, if you need booze to alter your brain chemistry in order to enjoy it... then you're probably moving to the danger zone. (Here's a "test" which is probably more intuitive than my assessment.)

But, the bottom line is control. If we are being controlled (impaired), then we've let something else be in charge. Being sober minded, and just plain sober, means we are in control of our faculties and then can willingly be led by the Holy Spirit. If alcohol is in charge, then the Holy Spirit isn't (along with common sense and judgment) and, well, mistakes will be made. These mistakes have a nasty habit of repeating themselves until you are trapped (aka: addicted).

In moderation.

Joell

 

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Bringing People Into The Caring Community Of Christ
February 18, 2015 - "Trauma" Edition

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Hello ComBappers:

It's been a sad week around ComBap as we lost our beloved Willard Ginter on Saturday.  He was instrumental in helping us secure the current building that we enjoy to meet in and the meat that we enjoy eating at our sausage and noodle supper!  He was always excited to come and participate in the butchering/sausage making each spring...and, like me, was even more excited to eat it with us! Do keep Arlene, Kimberley, and James in your prayers for the coming days and weeks.

At times of trauma we often find ourselves feeling lost, confused, and numb with shock. It also happens that we often find ourselves feeling closer to God which, at first seems odd because it's common to be mad at God for allowing the trauma to occur, but soon also find Him intersecting our life with moments of inspiration, comfort, and meaning in the midst of the strife. It reinforces the statement made by C.S.Lewis:

“We can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”


Shalom.

Joell

 

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Bringing People Into The Caring Community Of Christ
February 9, 2015 - "Because He Lives" Edition

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Hello ComBappers:

Good morning.  It's crazy how fast time goes by, especially as we get older.  Two of my SLIGHTLY younger (LOL!)  friends turned 50 this past weekend ... half a century old.  And today would have been my dad's 86th birthday.  I dug out a photograph from his 80th birthday party to post on Facebook.  The picture made me happy and sad - happy for the good memories of that birthday celebration and of the years I had with my parents ... and sad because I wish they were still here.  However, life goes on - until it stops!  The Bible says, "Look here, you who say, 'Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.' How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone."  (James 4:13-14)

We truly don't know what tomorrow will hold - whether health or illness, riches or poverty, joy or sorrow - but as the song says, "Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.  Because He lives, all fear is gone.  Because I know He holds the future, and life is worth the living just because He lives."

Make your life count.  Spend your time wisely, loving God and loving others.  The glorious secret is that when this life ends, it doesn't really.  "Then when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this scripture will be fulfilled:  'Death is swallowed up in victory.'"  (I Corinthians 15:54)  What an amazing promise!

Penny



Bringing People Into The Caring Community Of Christ
February 5, 2015 - "Language" Edition

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Hello ComBappers:

Ever since the Tower Of Babel, humanity has been speaking different languages. There are 6,909 identified languages on the planet (dialects included). Of that group, the Bible has been translated into 2,508 of them. Here in North America, we live in a vast area where one language (English) is dominant, with some French and Spanish thrown in. Before English speakers showed up, there were over 300 languages spoken by First Nations people, of which half of those have disappeared. In many other places in the world, a simple trip into the next valley could result in not being able to understand a single word from your neighbours.

Languages are going extinct at a very fast rate. For example, there are about 165 indigenous languages spoken in North America today. Fifty percent of those have fewer than 1,000 people who can speak it, and many of them are on life support with only a handful of speakers still alive. This pattern is repeated around the world.

Every once in a while a language comes back from the dead. Hebrew was long a dormant language, but scholars painstakingly brought it back to life for the Jewish community around the world. Other languages have stood the test of time and changed very little, like Greek. Others have lasted a long time but have morphed dramatically, like English (go ahead, try reading pre-Shakespearean English).

Through all of this amazing mess, we have a wonderful truth: God can understand it all. He can truly understand your words and, in fact, when words fail us and we can't even express in words what we are feeling or thinking, the Holy Spirit is able to translate for you!

How cool is that!

Ef̱charistó̱!

Joell

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