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We Are All A Part Of The Whole

1 Corinthians 12:27

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.

When I was in school – grade school – Junior & Senior High – I was in the school band. I played trumpet (or in some of our music it was called a cornet). In High School I played in the Orchestra – the Pep Band – the Concert Band and the Marching Band. These bands were a conglomeration of different persons with different talents. When the director got us all on the same page and the same beat – we made some pretty good music. We won awards even for some of our efforts.

The same can be said about the sport teams I played on in High School. A group of different people – working toward a common goal – and we had a measure of success. I’m sure if you’ve been on any team or group – you may have experienced the same.

Churches are like this as well. Churches are made up of a collection of different people trying to make great music together – trying to achieve goals together. Continue reading


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Being Perfect In Christ

Matthew 5:48

Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

IMG_0435-0Be perfect! I have a friend who has bowled several 300 games in ten pins. That would be 12 strikes in a row. That is perfect – for one game.

Be perfect! I was playing in a golf tournament with a late friend and he hit a ball on a par three that took two hops and went right into the hole. That was an ace – a hole-in-one – perfect for one hole.

Be perfect! I know a number of musicians – from when I was in band through the young people at our church – who received perfect scores at various events. They were perfect for that one performance – hitting every note and doing so with style!

Be perfect! People spend a lot of time trying to be perfect in something. Maybe you have spent hours trying to get your hair just right or to put together the perfect outfit combination. Have any of my colleagues spent hours on a sermon – trying to find the perfect illustration. I wonder how many of us have tried to be perfect at something in our lives? Continue reading

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My Qualifications

2 Corinthians 3:5

It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God. NLT

IMG_0301As a person who grew up playing sports – I understand what it means to qualify. I have faced cut days – on numerous occasions. The thrill of seeing my name on the team list – a number of times – was quite the thrill for sure – to qualify. I made teams but was never a star or even a starter on many teams. I was good enough to qualify for the teams but fell short of the abilities of other players – many times. It was neat being on some of the teams – it was nice being part of a group of others who qualified – it was a good feeling.

As a person who grew up playing an instrument (trumpet) – in several bands and orchestras in three levels of school – I understand what is means to qualify. I also know what it means to not qualify. I failed a number of times to qualify for a higher level of achievement – partly because I was deaf in one ear and couldn’t pass the tuning test. I made the band – the marching band – the orchestra – the jazz band – and more – rising to 1st Trumpet/Cornet in several.  I have qualified and I have failed or fallen short in music. Much joy came from performing and being with fellow musicians.  Some of my dearest memories are from my days when I qualified – and some of my hardest times were times I failed. Continue reading

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