When the church goes flat…

A few weeks ago, I was having one of those days where most things were taking longer than expected and it seemed like anything that could go wrong, did go wrong.

At the end of the day, I headed out the door…with only a few minutes to spare to get home to eat with the family and head off to soccer practice.

I jumped in my car, turned it on, put it in gear and quickly noticed that something wasn’t right…I had a flat tire…not a low tire…a.completely.flat.tire.
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I pulled in the alley behind the church building and proceeded to work on replacing the flat tire with my spare. No surprise there was one lug nut that I couldn’t get to budge….after a few minutes it was obvious that I would not be able to change the flat tire.

My mind began racing for possible solutions….and then I remembered that on a shelf in the garage, I had a can of “Fix-A-Flat.” I called Leigh-Ann and she was on it…she found the magic formula and sped over to me in the alley. After only a few minutes of waiting, I hooked up the fix a flat…and was totally disappointed…while it didn’t inflate the tire, it did leak incredibly sticky foam all over the tire, alley, tools and my hands.

Now I was starting to get desperate….I remembered we had a small compressor in the van, so I grabbed it, hooked it up and very slowly the tire began to inflate….when it got close to 20 PSI, I could feel the leak and realized it wouldn’t hold much more…and that is when I decided to make a run for it…before it totally deflated again. I may have run a yellowish-pink light….but I made it into the garage just as the tire was almost flat again :).

After practice, I was able to use better tools, remove the lug nuts and flat tire…locate the hole (likely from a large nail or screw)…plug the hole…inflate the tire and put it back on the car…and the best news, it didn’t cost me a dime.

Ahhhh…

During that little trial, I realized that I had underestimated the value of my tires. Without four properly inflated tires, there is no transportation.

Well, tires are not the only thing we tend to underestimate. It is possible for us to underestimate the value of the church. In 1 Peter 2:4-10, the Apostle Peter teaches about the people of Jesus…often called the church. He makes the point that the people of Jesus are to transport the goodness of God. Unfortunately, when I look at our fallen world, it appears that the church has some flat tires.

This Sunday will be the final sermon in the series of “Little Foxes that Spoil the Vineyard.”  Peter compares the church to a building and calls Jesus the “Chief Cornerstone” and His people “living stones” who are chosen, royal and set apart so that they can show others the goodness of God.

I look forward to sharing more on Sunday. Have a great weekend,
Troy

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Falling in love and staying in love…

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Falling in love with Leigh-Ann was easy…she is beautiful, witty, smart, fun…I could go on, but I don’t want her to get a big head :). It’s been more than twenty years since we first met and staying in love has not been nearly so easy.

In fact, some of her greatest strengths have actually provided opportunities to misplace my love for her with my love for what she can do.

Leigh-Ann keep our house immaculate (especially considering that we have five kids). She can cook and bake with the best. She is extremely quick on her feet. She is loyal and quick to forgive.

I’m sure after reading this description, you are wondering how it would be more difficult to stay in love than to fall in love.

Here’s why….if I’m not careful I can become totally preoccupied with what Leigh-Ann can do for me, that I fail to love Leigh-Ann for who she is…

This dilemma spreads far beyond romantic relationships…this Sunday we are going to look at another “Little Fox” called, “The danger of compromised love” from Revelation 2:1-7.

This is the story of a church that fell so deeply in love with the culture of Christianity that they abandoned their love for Jesus.

Unfortunately as a husband, my list of accolades is much shorter than Leigh-Ann’s so I make it easy for her to stay in love with me :).

I am super stoked about the sermon for Sunday, I hope to see you there,

Troy

Honey Do…

On Wednesday I received an email with the subject line: read whole thing and reply plz 😀.

It was from Leigh-Ann…

So I gingerly moved my mouse over to the email and clicked it open…

It began…

Projects before Christmas:

Fix kids’ bathroom. I want to fix the holes. Fix the sinks. Repaint. Move their towel holders on their wall and repaint.

….

…………. you get the point…

Projects for next year:

Repaint main level

Touch up cabinets

Do something about the entertainment center- maybe put these in?

I must be honest…

I still haven’t replied…but when she asked me Wednesday night if I had received her email, I admitted that I had and then was successfully able to change the subject… :).

The honey do list has been an ongoing topic of discussion in our household for the past seventeen years. And to be quite truthful…I do my best to avoid it.

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My standard and Leigh-Ann’s standard for our home are different…I have an ability to ignore projects…for a long time.

And then my attempts to ignore reality are shaken up by an email on a Wednesday afternoon and I know my ignorance is no longer bliss.

For some people, avoiding reality has become a specialty…a self-destructive specialty. And for this reason, it is the topic for the third week of our sermon series on “Little Foxes that Spoil the Vine.”

This week we are going to drive way back into the Old Testament and learn from the lives of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas. If you would like to prepare in advance for the sermon, you may want to read 1 Samuel 1-4…don’t worry, we won’t have any tests.

And for those of you who have been avoiding church…this will be a great week to come back. I promise you, grace flows deeper than you could ever fall.

See you soon,

Troy