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Friends

Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity. – Khalil Gibran
True friendship is when you walk into their house and your WiFi connects automatically. – Author Unknown (Internet, probably)
True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island… to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing.
The language of friendship is not words but meanings. – Henry David Thoreau
Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together. – Woodrow T. Wilson
Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend. — Albert Camus
True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable. – David Tyson Gentry
Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one. ― C.S. Lewis
Friendship consists in forgetting what one gives and remembering what one receives. – Alexander Dumas
Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm & constant. – Socrates
Friendship is like money, easier made than kept. – Samuel Butler
A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow. – William Shakespeare
Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend’s success. – Oscar Wilde
I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better. – Plutarch
Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit. – Aristotle
A good friend can tell you what is the matter with you in a minute. He may not seem such a good friend after telling. – Arthur Brisbane
There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate. ― Linda Grayson
Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down. – Oprah Winfrey
A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you. – Elbert Hubbard
Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends? – Abraham Lincoln
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. – Marcel Proust
An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind. – Buddha
It’s the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter. – Marlene Dietrich
My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me. – Henry Ford
Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything. – Muhammad Ali
Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over. – Octavia Butler
There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends. That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first; when you learn to live for others, they will live for you. – Paramahansa Yogananda
Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes. – Friedrich Nietzsche
Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art…. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival. – C.S. Lewis
I think if I’ve learned anything about friendship, it’s to hang in, stay connected, fight for them, and let them fight for you. Don’t walk away, don’t be distracted, don’t be too busy or tired, don’t take them for granted. Friends are part of the glue that holds life and faith together.
Powerful stuff. – Jon Katz
The friend who holds your hand and says the wrong thing is made of dearer stuff than the one who stays away. – Barbara Kingsolver
I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar, but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult his calendar. – Robert Brault
Sweet is the memory of distant friends! Like the mellow rays of the departing sun, it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart. – Washington Irving
How many slams in an old screen door? Depends how loud you shut it. How many slices in a bread? Depends how thin you cut it. How much good inside a day? Depends how good you live ‘em. How much love inside a friend? Depends how much you give ‘em. – Shel Silverstein
Growing apart doesn’t change the fact that for a long time we grew side by side; our roots will always be tangled. I’m glad for that. – Ally Condie
Friends are the family you choose – Jess C. Scott
We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over; so in a series of kindnesses there is at last one which makes the heart run over. – Ray Bradbury
Never leave a friend behind. Friends are all we have to get us through this life–and they are the only things from this world that we could hope to see in the next. – Dean Koontz
Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and to have her nonsense respected. – Charles Lamb
The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
A friendship that can end never really began – Publilius Syrus
No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow. – Alice Walker
In prosperity our friends know us; in adversity we know our friends. – John Churton Collins
You can always tell a real friend: when you’ve made a fool of yourself he doesn’t feel you’ve done a permanent job. – Laurence J. Peter
Every friendship travels at sometime through the black valley of despair. This tests every aspect of your affection. You lose the attraction and the magic. Your sense of each other darkens and your presence is sore. If you can come through this time, it can purify with your love, and falsity and need will fall away. It will bring you onto new ground where affection can grow again. – John O’Donohue
You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you. – Dale Carnegie
Some people go to priests, others to poetry, I to my friends. – Virginia Woolf
The real test of friendship is can you literally do nothing with the other person? Can you enjoy those moments of life that are utterly simple? – Eugene Kennedy
Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief. – Marcus Tullius Cicero
Do not save your loving speeches
For your friends till they are dead;
Do not write them on their tombstones,
Speak them rather now instead. – Anna Cummins
Just like summer with an “L”
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Church for the rest of us

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You don’t have to dress up. We don’t care who you voted for in the last election. And please, don’t feel the need to pretend about anything. We started Discovery as a safe environment for regular people to explore faith within community. Everyone is welcome here, whatever your story, your questions, doubts or struggles. So come as you are, because that’s where God meets us — as is. From there, we’ll help each other grow to be all God intended us to be.

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 If you want to reach this world for Christ you are going to have to learn to sit in the smoking section.

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Do what you’ve always done and you will get what you’ll always got.

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A little bit John Muir and a little bit bit John Wesley …Yes,, that’s who we are.

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“Church needs to be enjoyed no endured” – …. Brenda Lummer

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– Lets create a church we all want to go to ….”we are gonna do church like it has never been before.”

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“We are the church we’ve been looking for “.

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The Bumble Bee

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let me give you a little knowledge about the bumble bee. Did you know that bumble Bees are not supposed to fly? According to physics, science, and the laws of aerodynamics, it is impossible for them to become airborne. Their fat bodies and little wings mean that they should never be able to leave the ground.
I guess the scientists forgot to tell the bumble bee. Or else the bumble bee didn’t pay attention in Physics class.
I love that fact because it illustrates something that we see in our world all the time: things that are supposed to be impossible happen right around
us. Little creatures that aren’t supposed to fly buzz through the air. People with dark pasts are called by God to do great things. Marriages beyond repair are restored and redeemed. Without faith, it is impossible to please God. That’s what the Bible says in Hebrews 11. One of the ways that we respond in faith to God’s grace and God’s goodness is in the area of generosity. When we sacrificially give, even in ways that don’t make sense in the eyes of the world, we’re honoring God with faith. When we listen to God’s Word and God’s voice more than we listen to the doomsday news and advice from people all around us, we’re acting in faith. I guess the bumble bee defies the laws of physics. And generosity defies the laws of selfishness. The way to have more is to give more. The way to be more blessed is to live generously.

Pastor Steve

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Noah’s Bark

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The following are 14 cold, hard facts about Noah’s Ark that you probably do not know…

#1 The Ark was about 500 feet long. That would make it approximately the size of a World War II aircraft carrier.
#2 It has been estimated that the Ark had an internal volume of more than 1.5 million cubic feet.
#3 According to brand new research conducted by scientists the University of Leicester, Noah’s Ark could have carried at least 70,000 animals without sinking…
Noah’s Ark would have floated even with two of every animal in the world packed inside, scientists have calculated.
Although researchers are unsure if all the creatures could have squeezed into the huge boat, they are confident it would have handled the weight of 70,000 creatures without sinking.
#4 Of course the Ark would not have needed to hold 70,000 animals. One conservative estimate puts the number of animals on the Ark at about 16,000. This would have allowed for more than enough room for food, supplies and lots of empty space.
#5 We have discovered at least 250 different ancient cultures that have a story of a massive, cataclysmic flood. Most of those stories have striking similarities to the Genesis account.
#6 If there really was a global flood, we would expect to find billions of dead things laid down in rock layers all over the globe. And that is precisely what we find.
#7 We know where Noah’s Ark is today. Yes, you read that correctly. As you can see from the YouTube video posted below, the remains of Noah’s Ark have been discovered on “the mountains of Ararat” in Turkey.
#8 The remains of the Ark are just as long and just as wide as the Bible says they should be.
#9 Wood from the Ark has been tested, and the tests show that it does contain organic carbon. That means that the fossilized wood that was discovered was once living matter.
#10 Along with wood, metal was also used in the construction of the Ark. Iron fittings and aluminum have both been discovered at the remains of the Ark.
#11 Petrified animal dung, a petrified antler and an ancient piece of cat hair have also been retrieved from the remains of the Ark.
12 Historical records confirm that people have believed that this is the correct resting place of the Ark for a very, very long time…
The Gilgamesh Epic (650 BC) gives Mt. Nisir as the landing place of the Ark. The local name for the town where the Ark was found is Nasar.
The annals of Ashurnasurpal II of Assyria (833-859 BC) places it south of the Zab river (correct).
Theophilus of Antioch (115-185 AD) said the Ark could be seen in his day in the Arabian mountains. Later Church Fathers also mention the Ark as late as the mid 7th century.
In the 13th century, Willam, a traveler, stated for the first time that Mt. Masis was the Ark location (present-day Mt. Ararat).
Ptolemy’s Geographia (1548) mentions the mountains of Armenia as the place of landing. So does the traveler Nicolas de Nicolay (1558).#13 A village near the remains of the Ark is known as “the Village of Eight”, and a nearby valley is known as “the Valley of the Eight”. There were eight survivors on the Ark.

#14 The site is now known as “the National Park of Noah’s Ark” and it has previously been officially recognized by the Turkish government.

Noah’s Bark

Pastor Steve Lummer
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Noah did everything just as God commanded him – Genesis 6:22
Why is the story of Noah and the ark significant?

* Because of its effect on the human race and upon history.
* Because of science and theology. (science doesn’t ELIMINATE God …..It ILLUSTRATES Him.)
* Because of the need to understand Divine Judgement and Divine Mercy.
* Because Hollywood just made a movie with Russell Crowe.
Outline:

1. GOD’S ILLUSTRATED SERMON ON SURVIVAL.

2. HAVING A DIVINE URGE.
Genesis 6:22
3. NOAH, A ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVIST?

4. THE ARK IS A PLACE OF SAFETY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STORM.

5. THE ARK WAS NAVIGATED BY THE BREATH OF GOD
John 3:8

6. THE ARK DID NOT LEAK

7. THE ONE AND ONLY DOOR WAS SHUT BY GOD
Genesis 7:23
John 10:9

8. EVERYONE WAS SAVED BECAUSE OF ONE RIGHTEOUS MAN

Matthew 24:37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. 42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.

Gen. 6;5 –every imagination of thoughts ….there was continual evil.
HOW TO HAVE FAVOR IN THE FLOOD
“Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.” Gen. 6:8

 

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Earth Day Origins

Interesting article regarding creation and environmental care.

I remember being elementary school in the early 1970’s  and we as as class went out to the playground to plant a tree commemorating Earth Day.

Little did I know that the special day originated from one of our Assembly Of God Ministers..

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Description: Darrin Rodgers interviews John and Anna McConnell, Jr., July 15, 2009, at Timberline Church, Fort Collins, Colorado. McConnell, the founder of Earth Day, is a Pentecostal Christian whose grandfather was at the Azusa Street Revival and whose parents were founding members of the Assemblies of God.

At the 19 minute mark on the video, John begins to speak about Earth Day Origins.

http://agtv.ag.org/McConnell2009

http://ifphc.wordpress.com/2010/04/22/pentecostal-origins-of-earth-day/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_Day

Earth day this year is Tuesday April 22nd.

Plant a tree, start a garden, ride your bike.

Recycle : If you love the creator take care of His creation.

Earth Day is everyday.

Pastor Steve

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Meta Part 3

Metamorphosis
Pastor Steve Lummer
KEEP THE CHANGE

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2).

“metamorphosis” derives from Greek μεταμόρφωσις, “transformation, transforming”, from μετα- (meta-), “change” + μορφή (morphe), “form”.

KEEP THE CHANGE

1. THE BIG MO.
“Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”

Talk about the SIZE OF THE TASK.
Vs. 2 a great crowd
Talk about the LITTLE YOU HAVE.
Vs. 9 “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”
Leave JESUS out of the picture.
Vs. 11 Jesus then took the loaves
2. RUN THE RISK
Matthew 9:29 “According to your faith will it be done to you”
Psalm 78:40-42 , 69 -72 Yes, again and again they tempted God, And limited the Holy One of Israel.

3. GETTING SOME TRACTION IN YOUR ACTION
For what is your life? It is a vapor that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away. James 4;14 (nkjv)
he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. James 1:6 (nkjv)
4 NAVIGATE THE NEW YOU
In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5,6 (nkjv)

5. SERVING OTHERS CHANGES YOU.
Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Matthew 28 (message)

 

 

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