The Sunday Message

Wow – we made it to 2016. Congratulations!

I was hoping to use this “Sunday Message” column to change the world or, at least, use this spot on the internet to write something insightful enough that it sticks with my readers during the week and makes a difference.

The Sunday Message idea was this: For at least one day each week I would write about religion or church or something along those lines. I almost quit writing the Sunday Message a year or so ago, but I guess God stepped in. I happened to watch a video from one of the pastors in my church. He said something about connecting to people that made me want to continue writing this weekly column.

And so it continues…

As for me writing something insightful – that is up to you – the reader – to determine. I guess lyrics from the Cheers theme song may fit what I am trying to do:

Making your way in the world today takes everything you’ve got.
Taking a break from all your worries, sure would help a lot.

Wouldn’t you like to get away?

I am not an expert on religion or the Bible or anything like that. I do try to read/listen to the Bible each day. I attend church almost every week, although I sometimes find it boring.

I’ve failed as a Christian more times than I have succeeded.

I’ve been a Christian since I was 18 years-old. I have encountered many mountains and many valleys along the way. In other words, I’ve been stuck in the ditch many times in my walk with God, but I have also experienced some very wonderful things.

I have been mad at God many times in my life. I have also spent many times praising him for all the good he has done.

So that is kind of where I’m coming from with The Sunday Message.

Going into 2016, some people are more hateful and intolerant toward others than I have ever seen. That should bother us all. I don’t care about the color of your skin or your religion or who you date or who you marry. We need to respect each other. We need to pray for each other. We need to pray for our leaders, even if we did not vote for them.

I know that in the end, God will sort it all out. The great pastor Billy Graham once said, “I’ve read the last page of the Bible, it’s all going to turn out all right.”

I guess I will end my message with this question (just to make you think):

Someone once said, “If you were brought before a jury and charged with the ‘crime’ of being a Christian would there be enough evidence to convict you?”

Have a great week – and a wonderful 2016!

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2 thoughts on “The Sunday Message

  1. Norm!!!!

    Good start to the Sunday message. To answer your question, for me, I would receive a life sentence. I grew up a Catholic attending a Catholic grade school. I then went into the Seminary for 3 years at Mater Cleri. The rector of the Seminary became the Bishop of the Spokane Dioceses. I think it is cool to know him and can still talk to him like it was the old days. I too have been to the top and my bottom in life. I have failed but keep moving forward knowing that the end is going to be alright.

    When I went into the Seminary, my parents were upset as I was the last male in the family, it would end with me. When I let the Seminary 3 years later, they were upset, as I would have been the first priest in the family! While they are gone now, they left me with a very strong faith in God and I am thankful for that.

    I ask for God’s blessings to be with you in 2016 and that you can make a difference where ever you can.

    Just think, I could have been Father Barry!

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