Wheel of Fun? More like Wheel of Death!

Quotes and highlights from Chapel, August 21, 2017.

wheel of fun 2One of the last times I think I was really still was at Disney’s California Adventure theme park.  Crazy to think anyone could be still at Disney.  My family and I were on the “Wheel of Fun”, but this was no ordinary Ferris Wheel… this was the scariest Ferris Wheel I have ever been on!  I’m confused at why it is at Disney, home of cute and fluffy.  It looks cute and fun, but it’s not.  It even has Mickey on the ride… I hate Mickey!  We didn’t just go around in a big circle in a bucket, it had tracks for each bucket.  So, when we got to the right angle, we would slide down that track.  That took us by surprise the first time it happened.  I tried to play it off like it was no big deal, but I sat there extremely still.

Psalm 46:10  NLT
“Be still, and know that I am God.”

If we could have only one question ever answered for us I think this is the question most people would want to know for sure.  Is God real?  Does God exist?  This is a question that we wrestle with, because God, in his wisdom, generally does not reveal himself today in some dramatic way, at least not like he did with Moses… a burning bush, pillars of fire and smoke, parting the Red Sea.

I think this verse becomes important for us as we try to know God because Psalm 46:10 gives us a clue how to connect with God… by being still.  Being still is not just about being quiet, it’s more about disconnecting from distractions and getting focused on the eternal (the stuff of God).  It’s about ceasing the frantic activity that seems to fill our world.

God is!  And he wants you to know that.  If you are searching for God and wanting to connect to him, more often than not that connection will be in those quiet, still, calm moments of your life and not in the loud boisterous frantic moments.

If you are wanting to know God than be still, settle down, be at peace, and listen closely… he will speak.

 

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Jesus is like bacon, he makes everything better!

Quotes and highlights from Chapel, August 10, 2017.

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Bacon is good!  Bacon is so good that there is a saying that goes, “Bacon makes everything better.”  And it’s true.  Proof!  I say this to make the point that God is good!  He is actually better than bacon!

James 1:17a  NLT
17 Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father.

God only gives us goodness!

Romans 8:28  NLT
28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

In God’s goodness, he works out everything for good.  As a believer, what you think is bad is actually just unseen or unrealized goodness.  If something bad happens to you, just wait, God is going turn it around for good.  Did you notice I said “for good” and not “for you.”  Hmmmm… think about that for a moment.

What we sometimes perceive as crazy harsh in the moment turns out to be crazy good in the long run.

When things go south for you, and they will from time to time, you have to remember, “Wait for it… good is coming, because God is good!”

Nowhere is the goodness of God more evident than in the person of Christ Jesus.  God provided a way for us to live eternally with him even though we mess things up.  God is good and what he does for us and to us is for good.