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A fifth grade teacher in a Christian school asked her class to look
at TV commercials and see if they could use them in some way to
communicate ideas about God.Here are some of the results:

God is like..BAYER ASPIRINHe works miracles.
God is like...a FORDHe's got a better idea.
God is like...COKE He's the real thing.
God is like...HALLMARK CARDS He cares enough to send His very best.
God is like...TIDE He gets the stains out, that others leave behind.
God is like...GENERAL ELECTRIC He brings good things to life.
God is like...SEARS He has everything.
God is like...ALKA-SELTZER Try him, you'll like Him
God is like...SCOTCH TAPE You can't see him, but you know He's there.
God is like...DELTA He's ready when you are.
God is like...ALLSTATE You're in good hands with Him.
God is like...VO-5 Hair SprayHe holds, through all kinds of weather.
God is like...DIAL SOAPAren't you glad you have Him? Don't you wish everybody did?
God is like...the U.S. POST OFFICE Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet nor ice, will keep Him from His appointed destination.


What is Success ?

"To laugh often;To win the respect of intelligent
people and the affection of children;To earn the appreciation of
honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;To
appreciate beauty;To find the best in others;To leave the world a
bit better whether by child,a garden patch,or a redeemed social
condition;To know even one life has breathed easier because you
have lived;This is to have
succeeded."
Ralph Waldo Emerson, 19th American writer and philosopher from New
England. After
reading those words,I thought, I wonder how many of us today in
this land of rich and plenty think those kind of things pertain to

Pastor Eric


The Road by Michael Dennis Tell me where is the road I call my own,
That I left,that I lost,
So long ago?
All these years I have wandered, Oh,when will I know
There's a way,there's a road
That will lead me home?
After wind,after rain,When the dark is done,
As I wake from a dream In the gold of day,
Through the air there's a calling from far away,
There's a voice I can hear/That will lead me home/Rise up,follow me.Come away,
is the call,
With love in your heart/As the only song;
There is no such beauty/As where you belong,
Rise up,follow me,I will lead you home.



Dancing With God

When I meditated on the word Guidance, I kept seeing "dance" at the
end of the word. I remember reading that doing God's will is a lot
like dancing.

When two people try to lead, nothing feels right. The movement doesn't
flow with the music, and everything is quite uncomfortable and jerky.
When one person realizes that, and lets the other lead, both bodies
begin to flow with the music. One gives gentle cues,
perhaps with a nudge to the back or by pressing lightly in one
direction or another. It's as if two become one body, moving
beautifully. The dance takes surrender, willingness, and
attentiveness from one person and gentle guidance and skill from the
other. My eyes drew back to the word Guidance.

When I saw "G: I though! t of Go d, followed by "u" and "i". "God, "u"
and "i" dance." God, you, and I dance. As I lowered my head, I became
willing to trust that I would get guidance about my life. Once again,
I became willing to let God lead. My prayer for you today is that
God's blessings and mercies be upon you on this day and everyday. May
you abide in God as God abides in you. Dance together with God,
trusting God to lead
and to guide you through each season of your life.

This prayer is powerful and there is nothing attached. If God has done
anything for you in your life, please share this message with someone
else, for prayer is one of the best gifts we can receive. There is no
cost but a lot of rewards; so let's continue to pray for one another.

And I Hope You Dance!!!!!!!!


By Faith
The Old man and Renewing the mind. Let’s go back to blame for a moment shall we? Blame creates one type of guilt and shame, while accountability creates the other. Let’s check out the difference. Webster’s says; Blame; A state of being blameworthy; Blaming;To find fault with, to hold responsible. Account; to furnish a justifying analysis or explanation. Accountability; an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions. Accountable; subject to giving an account; answerable. Blame is simply someone else laying judgment unto condemnation (meaning “you’re wrong I am right”) on you for something you have done. This is purely subjective. Meaning’ what that particular person thinks only can apply to them and their perspective of the world. This type of blame is accusing. As Satan does everyday about us to the Father. Revelation 12:10 For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God, day and night, have been hurled down. Satan is the accuser, he is laying blame on us for all the things we have done wrong, according to his perspective, which I might add is very twisted. He is the father of lies and cannot fathom righteousness or truth.. Death and hell follow his accusations. Often because we can become trapped in the lies of the guilt and shame, leaving us alone and separated from the Father and from Jesus, The One who can truly save us from it all. This type of guilt and shame is created , not by what we have actually done, but rather what someone else perceives, we have done. It is based on feelings, not truth or righteousness. Often this type of guilt and shame looks hopeless. Very similar to the guilt and shame a woman may feel, for being raped by her father. He twists the truth and turns the blame, on the girl, with comments suchas “If you didn’t look so good” & “It’s totally natural for you to do this with me”Then the feelings of, why doesn’t she feel like it is natural or why doesn’t she feel like he should be doing this with her, will be drowned out by the lies,she hears about herself in her head and from her father. Then guilt ensues, over years leaving her feeling used and betrayed by men. She can never trust another man again, for fear of feeling used or worthless. Soon she believes she is worthless, and on one can love her , because she has been unable to have a relationship with a man, who is not her father, abusive and controlling. Rarely however, will she ever truly see the truth, being her father created a perception of men and herself through his sin and selfish act and will simply blame herself, for the failures all the men have in the past. In this case the guilt and shame have controlled her future, because by now, after many relationships, she perceives that al relationships, all men are the same. In the end she sees herself, as worthless and unlovable, the blame of “you’re not good enough” and “you never will be” preside for ever in her mind, constantly reminding her of her failures to be loved by a man. All the while being accused , in her heart , for her “perceived” subjective, guilt and shame. It is insidious, sin feeds off of sin. A sin was committed against her, then in return, because of her believing the lies, she does sin and acts out in ways that are ungodly, thinking things that are ungodly and therefore , sins against the truth. This is satan’s plan for us, lie to us, make us feel so guilty, we fear God, so that we die in our sin, never to be free of the guilt of shame in hell. Jesus said “I have not come to condemn the world, but to set it free. For those who do not believe in the only begotten Son are already condemned.” We are born in to sin, what happens to us , as children, whether we are taught the right things or the wrong, we will be held accountable for, before God. So, we get to choose at a certain point , to believe the lies and fear God will kill us or doesn’t care or combat satan and seek the truth, not in subjection, but in objection, according to the Father in heaven.

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Armstrong, _____ In this final installment in the series I have written about renewing mainline churches I want to show you why division ought never to be sought as a goal in renewing churches and why recovering our missional identity is the real key to church renewal. The Last Resort Ought Always to Be Division In my consulting and caring for churches, within various denominational contexts, I have regularly observed how conservative Christians are often embroiled in intense schisms regarding both personalities and the interpretation of Scripture. I have preached several sermons on the ideas contained in these articles. The response to these sermons has often demonstrated the very point of my teaching. There are very often three interpretations that I have encountered about what I teach. First, there are those who say I am putting down clear doctrine and implying that it is quite unimportant. A second group will almost always saying I am promoting some kind of vague unity at the expense of profound truth. The third option, the one that I am in fact pursuing here, is usually missed. What I hope for is that more and more people will come to "a new way" of being and listening that will release them to again hear God as a community of love and to serve one another in the bond of peace. I am seeking to deliver a call to grace and truth that will lead the church to love, a love that prefers others before me. Sadly, this is missed by some of the best-taught Christians. The trials many folks face in corresponds to wholeness, the center, the essential." I needed to use the word precisely because it taught something very important that we were missing in the church in America. To recover this truth was to renew the church in a new/old way. If we seek to build the content and energy of the mission of the church upon what we see in Scripture, and in the early church, this wholeness must be defined in terms of the Jesus of history: his incarnation, life and ministry, his passion and death, and his resurrection and ascension, as well as his present reign and coming again. This mission must be built on the centrality and supremacy of Christ alone! The dynamic here is that this story, his story, is rooted in events that took place in Palestine in the first century. It is this story that is expressed and passed on by the witness of believers down through the ages. We are now involved in this story in every baptism and communion celebration that we take part in as a gathered church. And the church, your church, every church, is responsible for this message. Think of the implications of this truth-we are to be stewards of the "manifold wisdom of God" (Ephesians 3:10). We will give an account for the distortions, the compromises and the cultural captivities that distort this wisdom and keep us from it, whether they come in liberal or conservative forms. (They clearly come in both forms and in many shades and colors in between!) In our purpose statement that we adopted at the beginning of this year we also used the word missional. We used this particular word because our purpose is not about mission or even about missions, or about becoming missionaries. We are not a mission organization in the traditional sense of the term in our culture. What we believe is a church that is missional will do all of the things that result in missions and missionaries but by being intentionally missional it will become a church that is truly faithful to God's kingdom, to God's call upon the whole church. It will recover the great truth that God is at work in the church as a people, not just in individual lives. The use of the term missional may seem faddish to some of you. But the word is rooted historically in Karl Barth's famous 1932 address in which he proclaimed the essential missionary nature of the church theologically. The idea was later picked up by others, particularly by the great British mission theologian Lesslie Newbigin, who had spent a lifetime serving the church in South India before returning to the United Kingdom in the 1980s and 1990s. This is where we got the term and how we are now using it. If I said "mission," people would hear me saying something like this: we need mission budgets, missionaries, and mission programs in the church. If I say "missional," I hope people will hear something very different. This is another reason for using this newer word. We also use the word mandate in our purpose statement. This word, from the Latin, refers to a command, a decree, a behest, or a commission, i.e., a mandatum. Thus, the great mandate of Christ is to be our passion as a Christian ministry. And we want to inject this mandate into the life of every church possible. But this mandate is not about ideas or ideologies. It is about the Lord Jesus Christ, and thus this mandate must be carefully rooted in the story of this unique person. The Lausanne Covenant The famous Lausanne Covenant offered the church throughout the world a wonderful and careful description of what we need to understand about our calling, whether we seek to renew the older mainline churches or the self-consciously conservative, and newer, churches. God has been


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"Our Mission: To Bring Faith, Peace, Healing and Salvation to All God's People"

202 East 4th St., Winthrop, MN 55396 | Phone: (507) 647-2393
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