We had great desserts after eating chili dogs. There were three kinds of homemade ice cream along with peach cobbler, brownies and cookies. Everyone kept going back for more.
Many thanks to Tammy and Gene Cowan, Melani and Ronnie Belew, Lee Leatherwood and everyone who made this a success.
Thursday, 8-30, Pastor Ken traveled to Brownwood to participate in an Emmaus gathering at Brownwood Cowboy Church. He enjoyed making new friends and playing his guitar with his brothers and sisters in Christ.
Pastor Ken spent 8-31 and 9-1 in Plano studying and taking a test to become a Licensed Local Pastor.
Mrs. Eddie Raley served as Worship Leader and did a great job. Our acolytes were Carrie and Carley Belew and David Cleveland and Alford Havens were our ushers.
Prayers were asked for Jeanette Curry who has been in the hospital; Jeanette is the sister of Debbie Hammonds.
“Human Tradition or God’s Commandments” was the title of Rev. Ken Lunsford’s sermon. The basis of this lesson comes from the book of Mark.
Pastor started with a joke; “How many Methodists does it take to change a light bulb?” “No way! My grandfather donated that light bulb to the church.”
Methodists are not the only ones who have trouble with change. Most institutions resist change, especially the church.
The Pharisees and some teachers of the law from Jerusalem saw that some of the disciples were eating without washing their hands first. So they asked Jesus, “Why don’t your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with defiled hands?”Jesus’ answer to the Pharisees was, you have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.
Tradition is a powerful force in our lives. Traditions give us our identity and, to a certain extent, set borders on our behaviors. We have traditions according to our cultural heritage. Even the region of the country affects our traditions. In many ways traditions are good things; however they can get out of hand. To the Pharisees
and teachers of the law, eating with unwashed hands was worse than mistreating one’s neighbor. The tradition had taken over the religion.
Traditions may serve as a substitute for God. Certain things may have been appropriate for our ancestors, but they may not be reliable indicators for how we should live today. Far more
important is the living Spirit of God moving in our midst now, guiding us in our present situation.
The Pharisees and the teachers were deeply religious people, but they had begun substituting their traditions for God. They were resistant to change, God came to them in the person of Jesus of Nazareth and they would not listen. Let us open our hearts to
the movement of the living God
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