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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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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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