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Did You Miss “THE TALK?”


Yesterday, several people mentioned that they thought “The Talk” would be my annual, pre-summer reminder about giving attention to modesty in dress before temperatures get really hot.  They’re probably right: what I call “The Talk” may have –in prior years- consisted in that, and a concern for humble attire is always a thoughtful and loving attitude to have in the body of Christ and around your church family.  So thanks for being considerate of others in that regard.

But this year, by “The Talk” I meant another annual reminder: the one about making a priority of being in church every Lord’s Day morning.  We do important stuff in services: here’s some from yesterday:

-we enjoyed great musical worship of the one, true, “Holy, Holy, Holy” King (with the help of big Alice!)

-we received the ministry of God’s grace through Jesus’ communion table, set with elements representing His body and blood

-we heard carefully-conceived prayers that spoke intercession and gratitude on our behalf

-we welcomed new friends and old

-we prayed with some of them for specific, pressing needs

-individuals were schooled in classes organized around awesome curriculum

-we saw pictures and got a report from Pastor Sam’s very effective outreach in Malawi happening right now

-we collected gifts to make that possible, along with dozens and dozens of other important uses of our gifts

-we broached the delicate but necessary subject of sexual abuse, its result and its remedy; all a result of our study of II Samuel 20 and the aftermath of David’s sin

-we met and then prayed for an Iraqi Christian engineer who has to leave his job and home because all the Christians around him are being murdered

-and more

So if you missed just one day, that’s what you missed.  With the good weather, the temptation to miss a Sunday can be strong.  So it’s a matter of priorities: will we organize our activities around the slight commitment required to fulfill the Lord’s command to meet (Heb. 10:24) and be good church family members, or will we give priority to camping fishing golfing gardening tanning boating hunting shopping snoozing whatever stuff could be done right after church?

After “The Talk” one young Mom came up to me and praised her Dad.  Growing up, her Dad had always made a priority of being a good member of the body of Christ, so activities were always organized around church first, and everything else second.  The boat would be hooked up and ready to go in the church parking lot, and THEN the family would head to the lake.  Today, she and her husband and growing brood are faithful attenders, a legacy in part of her father’s commitment to first things.

So remember: when you’re up at the lakes or out in the woods, you’re often only a few miles from where we meet and it’s not too hard to make it in.  If traveling, find a church family to visit: it’s really fun to see what other churches are like.  If they’re friendly, they’ll be blessed that you made a priority of worship; if they’re not friendly, you’ll return to BCC ever more eager to be a genial host to others.

And that, my friends, was “The Talk.”  I share it hoping not to shame you into attendance, but to encourage you to be more enthusiastic about 3 hours with the Lord’s family than a weekend pursuing lesser, non-eternal things.  I grew up feeling guilty about missing Sunday night church, but because I wanted so badly to see “The Wonderful World of Disney” all the shame and guilt didn’t motivate!  Instead, it’s all about choices and priorities, isn’t it?

Write me if you have any questions or comments!

Pastor Dale

Bear Bulletin – 04/17/2016

Check out the April update from the Bocek's, some new upcoming events, and some helpful recommended reading.

Vital Verses – through May 2016

To be memorized the week before, and recited together on Sunday, April 10th:
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.
– James 1:2-3 
To be memorized the week before, and recited together on Sunday, April 17th:
And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. 5If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
– James 1:4-5 
To be memorized the week before, and recited together on Sunday, April 24th:
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 2but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.
– Psalm 1:1-2 
To be memorized the week before, and recited together on Sunday, May 1st:
He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. 4The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
– Psalm 1:3-4 
To be memorized the week before, and recited together on Sunday, May 8th:
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;6for the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.
– Psalm 1:5-6 
To be memorized the week before, and recited together on Sunday, May 15th:
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
– Colossians 3:1-3 
To be memorized the week before, and recited together on Sunday, May 22nd:
Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger
– Ephesians 4:26
To be memorized the week before, and recited together on Sunday, May 29th:
Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. 29He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.
– Isaiah 40:28-29