Sunday, August 29, 2010

Msg: How to Live the Life You Wanted

   If you think back to that magical question when you started Kindergarten, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" I bet you probably didn't quite get there. For some, life has turned out a little different, for others quite a lot. Although we may not have married the prince/princess and live in the castle, there are some commonalities all of us had in our dreams. The thing is, I think the Bible points us to the way to enjoy life and see part of our dreams come true. As we continue in Colossians, Paul gives us the clues to make sure our focus is in the right place. He reminds his readers, you and I included, of the hope we have and should already be realizing here. Maybe for some, it's time to rethink what we are chasing after.
   At the end of this message, you'll hear the stories of 3 of the 4 ladies that were baptized at the end of August. Make sure to check out the videos on the Park UB Facebook page and become a fan if you haven't already. Is it time your story was told?

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Msg: Living Beyond the Shadows

   Have you ever had a cat that would chase things that were not really there? Growing up, "Sparky" would chase shadows for a long time, thinking there was something he could get if he kept on trying harder. Sometimes, we get tricked the same way Sparky did - not that we ever want to admit it. Advertisers make money by being able to influence you into going after something you think will make your life better, often to sadly find out that awesome thing was only a shadow of what you thought it would be.
   In this message, we continue reading in Paul's letter to the church in Colosse and see where they were running into similar problems. Others were coming in and telling them that if they really wanted to know God, there were things they needed to do and special knowledge that only some would be able to obtain. Thanks be to God for the clear truth we see in His Word alone. Be encouraged as you listen. At the end of the message, I begin to give the vision for what it means to be a 4G kind of church: Gather, Grow, Give & Go - all to the glory of God.

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Msg: I Have a Problem

   I do have a problem, and maybe you have a similar one. Actually, I have two related problems. One has to do with the cat that keeps showing up on our back porch, which our cat is not very happy about. I don't know how to speak "Cat-oneze" in a way for this cat to understand me. I sometimes run into a similar problem with people - I just don't know how to speak their language in a way that expresses who I am and what I'm about. Maybe you run into that too.
   The real issue for me is that I want to express how Jesus has changed my life for the better, and how I think He wants to have an impact on the lives of others. Sometimes, I just think that people should adapt to my way of doing things and looking at life, and I need to trade in my way for a common ground between us.
   Today's message begins with a quick sermon you can find on YouTube by Tamara Lowe. I think she's found a way to speak to a lot of people in a way they understand.

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Sunday, August 08, 2010

Msg: Change is Good

   Change can be a good thing or a bad thing. Sometimes it's planned, sometimes it comes out of seemingly no where. Most politicians will use change as their campaign slogan, assuming people don't like the status quo, but often times not saying what the actual change will be. Like it or not, few things stay the same forever so we all need to be ready for things to change at some point.
   In this first message at Park UB, I begin to compare my journey to Park with the start of Paul's letter to a group of people at a city called Colosse many years ago. Time and space separate us from them, but in many ways we aren't that different. Like them, have you considered what you may need to let God change in your life so He can use you more? Change is good.
   My prayer is for you to blessed in hearing this as Paul's audience was by his letter so many years ago. As you listen, be patient -the mic was turned up too high for much of it, but gets better. Thanks for being a part of Park.

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Sunday, August 01, 2010

Welcome to Park

Thanks for stopping by. In this place, you will find an intro to the message for the week and a link to be able to download or play the MP3 of the message. May this be a blessing to you.