Posts Tagged ‘United States’

Emails from Allen (10052011)


I admit it. I was glued to the television as Amanda Knox heard the news that she would be freed from Italian prison. Not guilty. Her reaction was rivaled only by the look she had as she boarded the plane to head home to America. That look of relief, joy, and delight could only be matched by a child at Christmas. Or a cancer patient who just got good news.

My friend, Jack, has fought cancer for two years now. 3 major surgeries, nearly 40 chemo treatments. And he received the news this week that his scan shows an all-clear. At least for the next two months, no more chemo, no more exhaustion. When I saw him yesterday, his face shone like Amanda Knox’s.

Amanda and Jack have both learned a lesson that most humans fail to grasp on a day to day basis. We rarely remember this unless we suffer. Too often, our busy-ness in life causes us to take the most valuable lesson for granted. Here it is: Life is precious. It is a gift. Savor and enjoy each moment. Embrace the people around you. Because you never know when your freedom, your health, or your life might disappear.

Here’s to Amanda and Jack. May they both enjoy the coming days with glee. Through their suffering, they’ve earned it.

Grace and Peace,



Emails from Allen (9/27/11)

Christoper Columbus arrives in America

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It’s been a stormy 10 years – an attack on our mainland, 2 wars with pain and sacrifice, an economic recession and an economic crash, and a lot of good people looking for work. In storms, it’s easy to face each day with real fear. That’s where Christopher Columbus comes in.
Each morning on the Santa Maria in 1492 began the same way as the ship bobbed its way to America‘s shores. The ocean was the zone from which many people never returned, a place of fear. So Columbus managed the first minutes of each day in the same way. The clear, crisp voice of a young sailor would pierce the sea air each morning, singing these words
Blessed be the light of day
And the Holy Cross we say
And the Lord of Verite (Truth)
And the Holy Trinity
Blessed be the immortal soul
And the Lord who keeps it whole
Blessed be the light of day
and He who sends the night away
Christopher Columbus and his crew were doing a lot of traveling into uncharted waters, and they began each day with, “Thank you.” That is what these words are. Thank you. Gratitude. Because when you say thanks, or think thanks, or burst into a song of thanks like the little guy on the deck 500 years ago, no other thinking is possible. There’s no room for grim thoughts that weaken your resolve. Gratitude makes no room for the negative. Say thanks for the day, and you will not only get through it; you just might triumph over it. It worked for Columbus. Here’s to thankful sailing.

Grace and Peace,




Bulletin/Handout notes
Original Message/Sermon: James Chastain
From One50Five service on 8/21/11.
(listen to sermon at
From the series: “I AM SECOND” 
“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7
1. Who am I sumbitting to? God, or the world?
Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever. 1 John 2:15-17
2.) Who am I resisting? God, or the devil?
“Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.” James 4:4b
“Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.” Romans 12:21
**DOING GOOD REQUIRES YOU TO: Become powerless. (Humbleness: a feeling of insignificance, inferiority, subservience.)** 
3.) Am I receiving God’s POWER by becoming POWERLESS?



A sign indicating that the parking space requi...

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A man was running late for a job interview. When he arrived, he couldn’t find a parking space. He prayed aloud: “God, if you help me find a parking space, I will go to church every Sunday, a Bible study every week, and be more charitable with my money. Amen”. Just then a parking space opened up right in front of the buildings entrance. The man said, “Never mind God, I found one myself”.

How many times have we sat in lectures or services and heard the pastor speak about LISTENING to God. The man in the above story loved speaking to God, but apparently was soooo busy with trying to get to the interview God gave him to begin with and asking for even further help to get in the door, he didn’t “hear” God. God spoke quite plainly to him, without even using words, God’s actions spoke for Him, yet the man could not hear because he was so pre-occupied. Speaking of getting things done in an orderly fashion….

We stay up late, get up early, avoid having fun and keep our loved ones waiting all for the sake of “getting everything done”. We tell ourselves that there will be plenty of time for all of the good things in life once we complete the tasks we have laid down for ourselves. Let’s be real here for a second people….once that list is cleared, we generally have already replaced all of the old tasks with new ones! Keep in mind, nothing is more important with your walk with Christ therefore nothing is more important than your true happiness. Your true completion. Try to remember friends, that the purpose of life is not to get everything done but to enjoy each step along the way. There will always be unfinished business to take care of, but at the same time all things, including our to-do lists, will fade away but the Word and Love of God will not.

Be Blessed,

The Silent Sermon


This is too beautiful not to share.

A member of a certain church, who previously had been attending services regularly, stopped going.  After a few weeks, the preacher decided to visit him. It was a chilly evening. The pastor found the man at home alone, sitting before a blazing fire.  Guessing the reason for his preacher’s visit, the man welcomed him, led him to a comfortable chair near the fireplace and waited. The preacher made himself at home but said nothing.  In the grave silence, he contemplated the dance of the flames around the burning logs.  After some minutes, the preacher took the fire tongs, carefully picked up a brightly burning ember and placed it to one side of the hearth all alone, then he sat back in his chair, still silent. The host watched all this in quiet contemplation. As the one lone ember’s flame flickered and diminished, there was a momentary glow and then its fire was no more.  Soon it was cold and dead. Not a word had been spoken since the initial greeting.  The preacher glanced at his watch and realized it was time to leave.  He slowly stood up, picked up the cold, dead ember and placed it back in the middle of the fire.  Immediately it began to glow, once more with the light and warmth of the burning coals around it. As the preacher reached the door to leave, his host said with a tear running down his cheek, ‘Thank you so much for your visit and especially for the fiery sermon. I will be back in church next Sunday.’

We live in a world today, which tries to say too much with too  little.  Consequently, few listen.  Sometimes the best sermons are the ones left unspoken.

The Lord is my Shepherd —– that’s a Relationship!

I shall not want

—– that’s Supply!

He makes me to lie down in green pastures —-that’s Rest!

He leadeth me beside the still waters —-that’s Refreshment!

He restores my soul — that’s Healing!

He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness — that’s Guidance!

For His name’s sake —– that’s Purpose!

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death –that’s Testing!

I will fear no evil —– that’s Protection!

For Thou art with me —– that’s Faithfulness!

Thy rod and Thy staff comfort me —-that’s Discipline!

Thou prepares a table before me in the presence of mine enemies –that’s Hope!

Thou anoints my head with oil —-that’s Consecration!

My cup runneth over —– that’s Abundance!

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life –that’s Blessing!

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord —– that’s Security!


—– that’s Eternity!

Face it, God is   crazy about you!

(Thanks David)