What’s Love Got To Do With It?

What’s love got to do, got to do with it
What’s love but a second hand emotion
What’s love got to do, got to do with it
Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken????

     Ahh, yes! Sing it Tina!

Tina Turner knows a little about disappointment! Her ex husband, Ike, used her for a punching bag as well as for the cash cow that her talent was in the late 60’s and early 70’s. Drugs, alcohol and outright meanness defined Ike.  And how did Tina get there? Love…. She gave her heart to an unworthy man. Of course, that is half of the story.

As a single, what does love have to do with it? Well, we might want to love someone to have companionship….. I have heard that a cat or dog is much more faithful and appreciative. I know our poor old hound dog loves us despite being often overlooked and neglected. We might want to love someone for security…. A nice .38 Special or a house alarm could also help! Or a barking dog….. We might want to love someone for conversation. Yep, talk to the wife. About? The kids didn’t do their chores? You are sick and tired of the workplace? Why Folgers isn’t the greatest coffee? Hmmm. Well, maybe we might want to love someone to have sex! Great idea! Seems people have been hooking up for centuries. Seems that married people have less sex than the single people (sometimes even church people… sadly… trust me on this… people tell me much too much).

So, what does love got to do with it?

February 16-18, the Meridian Woods Church of Christ is hosting the 2018 LAUNCH Singles Weekend in Tallahassee….. Maybe we will get some answers………… Be there or be square… (ha! that’s kinda outdated… but funny)

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All things NEW!

                                                                              

Christmas is over! 2017 will be over in SIX days! Congrats to those who finished their READ THROUGH THE BIBLE!

2018 Brings NEW OPPORTUNITY! What will you do? Here are a few of my ideas!!

  • LAUNCH CHRISTIAN SINGLES WEEKEND is in Tallahassee February 16- 18 at The Meridian Woods Congregation. We will see many of you there!
  • NOW…PRAY as we have meetings and ARRANGE further LAUNCH events in ILLINOIS and OREGON! Would also love to add other events!
  • How about the hopes for SINGLE ADULTS events in Pensacola?
  • Jessica Miller would like to sing the National Anthem in 50 STATES this year! We will need your assistance!
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  • Prayers to be a better Husband, Father, Friend………………..
  • Prayers to lead others to Jesus.
  • Remember! today is a great day for * Bible Study * Prayer * Change of Heart * Baptism * Feeding the Hungry * Visiting the Sick…. a great day to start something.

 

 

The Holidays (always hated Christmas when I was single)

I remember Christmas many years ago. I had front desk duty at Ireland Army Medical Center and had to sit for 24 hours…on Christmas…and monitor the (minimal) traffic through the (automatic) sliding doors. Thankfully, minimal traffic. Because it was COLD! ZERO degrees. My girlfriend had cut me loose the week before. Heartbreaking!!! On the way home from her place my car broke down and I was stranded. I had to call HER to get a ride back to where she lived, buy a plane ticket that I couldn’t afford and go back to where I was stationed. With no rest, I returned in time to SIT by that COLD door ALONE for Christmas…………..

Christmas can be hard on a single person. Christmas is a time to be with family. Doesn’t always happen. Christmas is a time for Romance. Ha! Christmas is a time for presents. None. Christmas is a time for Joy? It was sad. Pathetic….

What to do? What to do?

Develop a plan. If you have to work for 24 hours, you have it rough. Use you cell phone and call everybody you know! Seriously! Call your friends and family and tell them you love them. Call your long lost aunts and uncles, especially the elderly and other lonely people. Don’t whine and complain but BLESS them with your time. Use multimedia and ENCOURAGE!

Plan ahead! Church Christmas party? Go! Caroling at the Assisted Living or the Nursing Home? Go! Ring the bell for the Salvation Army? Yes, you will meet people! Feed the hungry? Go! Join in with a group from work to see Christmas lights? Of course! Invest in your future with your PRESENT and give yourself the PRESENT of the future…. Ha! I know. Funny!

Reflect on Jesus. The promise of his coming. The arrival. The life. The Death. The Resurrection. The Promise of hope.

Bellingrath Gardens Christmas Lights, Dinner and CAROLING!!! (Dec. 9)

Here are the songs! We will meet a few minutes before 8 PM at the Rose Atrium for a series of SPONTANEOUS Caroling!

FOLKS this is called a FLASH MOB!

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Christmas Songs-Bellingrath

We will sing each song through once.

“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!”

Hark the herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled”
Joyful, all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With the angelic host proclaim:
“Christ is born in Bethlehem”
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

God rest ye merry, gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember, Christ, our Saviour
Was born on Christmas day
To save us all from Satan’s power
When we were gone astray
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

Away in a Manger

Away in a manger no crib for a bed
The little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head
The stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay
The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.

Silent Night

Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child
Holy Infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace (2x)

O Little Town of Bethlehem

O little town of Bethlehem,
How still we see thee lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by;
Yet in the dark street shineth
The everlasting Light;
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight.

What Child Is This?

What Child is this, who laid to rest,
On Mary’s lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet
While shepherds watch are keeping?
This, this is Christ the King
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing.
Haste, haste to bring Him laud,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

White Christmas

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know
Where the treetops glisten,
and children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
With every Christmas card I write
May your days be merry and bright
And may all your Christmases be white

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

You better watch out
You better not cry
Better not pout
I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town

He’s making a list
And checking it twice;
Gonna find out Who’s naughty and nice
Santa Claus is coming to town

He sees you when you’re sleeping
He knows when you’re awake
He knows if you’ve been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake!
O! You better watch out!
You better not cry
Better not pout
I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town

Jingle Bells

Dashing through the snow in a one horse open sleigh
And o’er the fields we go laughing all the way.
The bells on bobtail ring making spirits bright.
What fun it is to ride and sing a sleighing song tonight.

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way!
Oh, what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh.
Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way!
Oh, what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh.

Final Song! Watch me the second time around.

We Wish You A Merry Christmas!

We wish you a Merry Christmas;
We wish you a Merry Christmas;
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Good tidings we bring to you and your kin;
Good tidings for Christmas and a Happy New Year.

 

The Fruit of the Spirit is …Self Control!

 Self-Control

Definition: Having self-control means being in charge of your emotions, thoughts, words and actions. It means doing what God wants you to do rather than what you want to do. Being in charge of your emotions, thoughts and actions.

Bio: Joseph’s life is marked by self-control. Not only did he show self-control in resisting temptation from Potiphar’s wife, he showed self-control in how he interacted with his brothers when they came to Egypt to buy grain. He could have boasted like he did when he was young, but instead he control his emotions (he turned away to cry) and was able to rescue his entire family. (Genesis 42)

Bible verse: “A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.” Proverbs 25:28

Jesus: We cannot imagine the fear Jesus felt as he prayed to his Father before his arrest and crucifixion. He prayed that God would find another way to redeem us of our sins, but then he added “not my will, but yours be done.” This is the picture of self-control. It is submitting to God and letting him take charge. Jesus controlled his agony he felt while praying and let himself be crucified for us.

Real life: Jesse is a man of self-control. As a youth pastor, he is always busy serving others. He is available day and night for those who need him. It would sometimes be easier for Jesse to be lazy, to let someone else teach youth group, but Jesse chooses to submit to God and live with in God’s will, not ours.

In what ways can the children discuss self control?

The Fruit of the Spirit is … Gentleness!

Gentleness

Definition: Being gentle does not mean being weak. Gentleness is a humble, calm attitude. Gentleness is having authority or strength of some sort and using it to guide others in a nice, non-threatening way. Having the ability to hurt someone, but choosing instead to guide them in a humble way that points to God.
Bio: Moses was a gentle and humble man. With God, he had the power to destroy the Egyptians, but he humbly submitted to God and did what God wanted him to. He showed God’s greatness not by yelling at Pharaoh, but by telling him what God would do if Pharaoh did not listen. (Exodus 7-11)

Bible verse: “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:29

Jesus: Jesus showed gentleness to the woman at the well. He knew her sins and her need for him to be her savior. Jesus could have said, “you are a sinner and I’m the only one who can save you, so believe in me.” But instead, he talked with the woman and let her discover who he is.

Real life: My husband Aaron is the most gentle man I know. Our world thinks a man is “manly” when he is yelling and showing how strong he is. Aaron knows better. He knows that being gentle and submitting to God is what makes him a good man. Aaron leads me gently. He never yells at me or says that he’s the boss, so I have to listen. He listens to God and then leads me prayerfully.

Application: Children think of practical ways to be gentle.