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Springfield Today, May 2, 2017

May 6, 2017 by  
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Good Moanin’ Springfieldians,

Did you see on the news or read in the paper (Do only dinosaurs like me still read a paper copy of the news paper?) the tragic story of a road rage incident in our city last week? It ended in the death of a young man, and will probably result in the other young man spending the rest of his life in prison.

I’m sure neither one of those men when they woke up that day thought this is the last day of my life, or this day I will kill someone and end up in jail. I’m sure neither one thought I’m going to get so angry that a rage over something as insignificant as being cut off in traffic, will over take me and the confrontation will result in the death of someone.

Neither one thought what happened would happen.

But choices were made that day that led to that tragic, unnecessary, completely avoidable confrontation that resulted in death.

When we look at ourselves, hopefully we can honestly say I would never make the choices they made that day.  But what about other choices we make?

Choices that might not lead to the death of someone – but does lead to confrontation and maybe even the death of a relationship.

Choices that might not lead to being overwhelmed by rage – but does lead us deeper into the darkness of depression.

Choices that might not lead to prison – but does lead to us being imprisoned, by fear or the past, or by bitterness, or by an addiction.

What kind of choices are you making every day?

What are you going to choose today?  And what about tomorrow?

Here’s what I’m going to strive for.  I certainly don’t get it right every day. But this is what I’m going to try to choose each and every day. I read someone’s idea and have adopted it as my own.

I choose love….no occasion justifies hatred; no injustice warrants bitterness.  Today I will love God and what God loves. (I don’t have a problem loving God. It’s the loving what and whom God loves that gives me problems at time – so I’m choosing to love what and who God does.)

I choose joy…I will invite my God to be the God of my circumstances.  I will stand against my tendency to be cynical.  I will look at people as they are – created in the image of my Father and are my siblings.  I will look at problems as opportunities for God to work and for me to see Him work.

I choose peace… I will live forgiven.  I will forgive so that I may live.

I choose patience…I will overlook the inconveniences of the world.  Instead of cursing the one who takes my place, I’ll invite him to do so. (Even when I’m driving.)  Rather than complain that the wait is too long, I’ll thank God for a moment to pray.

I choose kindness…I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone.  Kind to the rich, for they are afraid too at times.  And kind to the unkind, for that’s just how God treated me.

I choose goodness…I will go without a dollar before I take a dishonest one.  I will be overlooked before I will boast.  I will confess before I accuse.  I choose goodness.

I choose faithfulness…Today I will keep my promises.  My debtors will not regret their trust.  My associates will not question my word.  My wife will not question my love.  And my children will never have to fear getting a call saying I have left their mother.

I choose gentleness…nothing is won by force.  I choose to be gentle.  If I raise my voice I want it to be in praise.  If I clench my fist may it be in prayer.  If I make a demand may it be of myself.

I choose self-control…I am a spiritual being.  After this body is dead, my spirit will soar.  I refuse to let what will rot, rule the eternal.  I choose self-control.

I will be drunk on joy.

I will be impassioned by faith.

I will be influenced only by God.

I will be taught by the Holy Spirit.

Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control.  To these I commit my day.  If I succeed, I will give thanks.  If I fail, I will seek His grace.  And then, when this day is done, I will place my head on my pillow and rest well.

“This is the day the Lord has made I will rejoice and be glad in it!”

What kind of choices are you making every day?

 

What You Need to Know…

Eula Huffman passed away this past Sunday afternoon.  Eula’s memorial service arrangements are as follows:

Friday, May 5, 4 – 7 PM Visitation at Staab Funeral Home on South 5th Street

Saturday, May 6, 11:00 AM  Memorial Service at Springfield First Church of the Nazarene

Escape Room – Friday, May 5, and Saturday, May 6, 5:00 – 9:00 PM both nights.   Sign up in the foyer for your 45 minute slot to escape from a locked room using clues that are provided with each discovery.  Whose team will beat Pastor Fred and his team’s time last year!  $10 entry fee will get you in the room.  Invite your friends to be on your team!  All proceeds will benefit the teens with the cost of the Mystery Trip and Summer Camp.

Blood Drive – Wednesday, May 3, 3:30 – 6:30 PM  Come in or call 241-7550 for an appointment to give blood. All donors will receive a free t-shirt of their choice (red or blue). Always remember to eat something before giving blood and bring a photo ID.

Bring a Basket Fellowship – Sunday, May 7th, 12:00 noon.  Connect Groups are hosting this gathering after worship gathering by providing the fried chicken, beverage, and table service.  Everyone is invited to bring a side dish (enough to feed your family) and enjoy a meal together.  They are asking that you NOT bring a dessert as our teens will hold an auction at dinner for you to bid on the dessert of your choice. You can bid separately or have your table bid together and choose the dessert to share.  This is something new and a way to relax and enjoy a meal with your church family as well as get to know one another even better.

This Sunday is Baby Day.  Come to the 10:30 AM Morning Worship Gathering and help us celebrate God’s precious gifts!

Sign up to help with the Neighborhood Connection!  Jerry Stone is needing volunteers to help with this annual event!  Sign up sheets will be in the foyer on May 14 and 21st.  See Jerry if you’d like more information or just want to get on the list now!

VBS Staff/Volunteer meeting will be held at 5:30 PM in room #106 on Wednesday, May 24th.  Kathy Hedden is providing supper for the dinner meeting.

Karate – Mondays and Thursdays at 6:00 p.m., and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m.

Ladies Morning Bible Study – Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m.

Wednesday Night Kids! – Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Velocity Student Ministries – Wednesdays from 6:15 – 7:45 p.m.

Brenden Gardens Bible Study – Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.

Open Gym – Saturdays at 7:00 p.m.

Connect Groups – Sundays at 6:00 p.m.

 

Please Pray For:

Mary Alice Hunt

Fran Herwehe

Carol Tandy

TJ Ballog

Betty Colvin

Carroll & Rose Stark

Amy Earl

Hettie Kinman – trying to adjust to living at a new place…Brenden Gardens

Martha Daily

Janet Gille

Mary Bishop’s grandson, Bannock Galloway, has cystic fibrosis; granddaughter Elyssa and pregnancy issues

Eula Huffman’s family

Julie Duncan  – Aunt Joanne Boyce diagnosed with lung cancer

Abby Heppe –  sister-in-law, Liz, has liver and gall bladder cancer

Sylvia Garner – back in the hospital

Lucas Gebhardt – medical testing is complete; nothing found right now…keep praying

Charles Camp – special physical need

Praise for Jerry Stone being released from the hospital and no indication of a brain bleed.

Pray for Ivan Fink’s sister. She had a heart procedure that was successful and her arteries are once again clogged.

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