Word the Pastor
in the name of Christ:
Last week this church community held a week long effort we
affectionately call VBS or Vacation Bible School. There were
over 90 kids in attendance through much of the week. There
were around 30 volunteers here making everything work. For
the children and for the volunteers and especially for our
staff team including Angie and Amanda who worked hard to
clean up the glitter off the carpets, THANK YOU!
The theme for the 2014 VBS was to SHINE and the Scripture
reference for the theme comes from Daniel 12:3 "Those
who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens,
and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars
forever and ever." The choice of this particular
passage has left me something to think and pray about and I
want to share it with you. In the context of Daniel chapter
12 the message is that the earth and its inhabitants will
come to know a day of severe trouble. Trouble beyond
anything we might have ever experienced. Trouble will come
but so does God's grace. It comes to those who are wise.
Do you not marvel at the work of the LORD? What I mean is to
consider the idea that so long ago God created in his image
a mortal being who is made in the image of the creator. The
same mortal being who could choose foolish errant ways or
wise and righteous ways. The Father gave Adam a gift, Dr.
Ted Runyon calls the gift God's greatest sacrament, a
sign-act demonstrating God's love, the sign-act of love, yes
my friends, creation, come and live on earth with the
blessings of it, and with the choice to make freely, foolish
or wise. The wise receives the blessing.
I hope you will ponder this in your meditations, in your
reflections, your quiet time with the LORD. What is it that
makes you wise before Abba Father? What is the thing that
will place your name on the pages of the book to which the
prophet Daniel refers? Come on now.... what is it? Thinking
about everything you ever learned, everything you know....
what is it? That's right it is Jesus, believing in him,
Christ crucified as the very Son of God come into this world
so that all of the created mortals of this world can
experience life the way God meant it to be.
To shine, as Daniel describes it skilled in wisdom, not book
smart but spirit smart. Spirit smart means having developed
a response to God not choosing foolish ways but the good
ways, the right ways. Then skilled in wisdom take on the
role of servant sharing the wisdom of right choices with
others. Another way to say this reasonably is to say you
shall become a disciple. A disciple who believes in the
truth. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was born on this earth,
lived and was crucified. On the third day he rose from the
dead and sits at the right hand of the Father. Let this be
your testimony, forever wise one of God.
Grace and peace,
Tori Mick - Fulton First UMC - Youth Minister (4-23-2014)
graduate of John Brown University, Tori's previous work
includes serving as a Music Director, a Worship Coordinator,
and serving as a Youth Worship Leader. She is currently
serving full-time at Spring Valley UMC in Dallas, TX.
We anticipate Tori coming to visit us in May to get meet the
church leaders and the youth. Tori is expecting to join on
us full time the second week of July 2014.
I hope you will hold Tori and her family and church back in
Texas in your prayers.