Not That Complicated

WORDS FROM W.W.                                                    July 25, 2013

 

                                      

 

     Today marked the last day of our congregation’s day camp, which we call Summer Daze. Summer Daze began about eight years ago as a way to encourage kids to read during the school’s summer vacation. It actually began as a result of conversations with the Shirley Stevens, the principal of Longfellow School down the street from our church. Longfellow, which unfortunately closed about four years ago, did not have funding for a summer reading program, so our church stepped into the gap in the creation of Summer Daze.

This year’s theme was a take-off (no pun intended) on “Star Wars.” During the week we talked about some Biblical themes that deal with light and darkness, chosen people, and heroes of the Christian faith.

Today I explained the simple gospel message to the kids. It wasn’t complicated, and they understood it. I realized that as a pastor for thirty-four years that I quite often have made the gospel complicated. I’m prone to put in “What if’s”.

I realize that life is often complicated. It’s filled with crises, misunderstandings, obstacles, and setbacks. But the gospel is rather simple and straightforward.

Each of us is sinful and falls short .

      God still loves us despite our failures.

       He gave his Son, Jesus, to die on the cross to atone for our sin.

      If we believe in Jesus God promises life, and life eternal.

 

We can lengthen out the theology with more clarification…and amplification…but it still really comes down to that summary. It’s really a life and death story, or, better yet, a death to life story.

And the interesting thing is that when I look back on it, today’s sharing of the simple gospel was made possible because a school couldn’t provide a reading program.

Amazing!

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3 Comments on “Not That Complicated”

  1. clara.mcmahon.morgan@gmail.com Says:

    Did you know Ralph Carrico died?

    Clara

    Clara Morgan 727.249.4568

    • wordsfromww Says:

      Yes. My dad is taking it pretty hard, especially since Mom is in her last days. Ralph would call him every week to talk for a while and check in on Mom. I got to talk to him last December when I was back in Ohio, and Dad and I went to Ironton FBC for church that Sunday.

  2. Janet Says:

    re: Summer Daze….all things od work together for good. Was there a book give away along with the VBS?
    It must be so hard for your dad with your mom drifting farther away and also losing friends. Praying for you as you strive to support them long distance.


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