What would you give for relief? Maybe you are terribly thirsty or tired. Maybe you have a cramp or a cut. It could even be a tooth ache. I’ve noticed when I am dealing with a problem like that, it dominates my thoughts. I can’t think of much else except for the relief I need. As we begin working up to our Labor Day Dental Drive, I want us all to remember how many people we see every day are fighting battles we can’t see. It’s not that they are uninterested in spiritual things; they can’t focus on what you are saying while they struggle so hard on something else. We need to look for ways to help with those problems so they have the ability to focus on the most important questions of all. We don’t help with the physical needs to “get at” the spiritual needs—Christ met spiritual needs through healing, feeding, and preaching. When you have the opportunity to help a person close to you, you are meeting their spiritual needs.
So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.
The Source of Power
By: James Mayo
Thursday, Rich and I had a ton of projects to do. We didn’t finish them all, but I don’t think I ever finish all my projects. One project in particular I have been looking forward to for some time. For the last few years, our sound equipment has not been able to do everything we want. We have added an FM transmitter, a hearing loop that works with a person’s hearing aids, a digital recorder, and are working on adding a second lapel microphone. I was ecstatic when we got the board to expand into. Now, we would have all the room we wanted! We can add even more stuff if we want to! So, on Thursday, Rich and I set to work. We rerouted some cables. We untangled other cables. We took down stuff. We put more stuff up. We meticulously planned out how everything would work and look. We talked over everything. We triple-checked our plan (Do you see where this is going yet?) Once we were completely satisfied, we tested everything out. The main speakers worked. The hallway speakers worked. Nothing else worked. Not even a little. And there was a terrible whistle coming from… somewhere. I was flabbergasted. We talked it over again. We checked all the batteries. We changed things. We tried new things. Nothing worked. I was about ready to give up, say the board was busted, and go eat a double cheeseburger. But then Rich noticed that the new board didn’t have any lights on. In fact, it didn’t have any power at all! No wonder it wasn’t working! Wouldn’t you know that as soon as it was connected to a power source, it was completely ready to go! All of our wiring made sense. The whistle disappeared (I think). And it even looks better. At least, it does to me. I never did get that cheeseburger, though.
John 15:4-5—Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.