Yesterday as Chad and I had lunch at a nearby restaurant, we struck up a conversation with a very nice older man who had been sitting with a group of about nine other older guys. He shared that his buddies all owned classic cars and met for lunch each week to “tell lies”. I laughed and joked that Chad and I would fit right in as we were pastors and pastors can sometimes tell a ‘few doozies!” He chuckled and wanted to know where we were pastors then shared that he sat on the 2nd row of his church every Sunday even though “the music was too loud!” Before he left he said “you know when you get to be my age you learn only two things really matter: your religion, and your family”. What our new friend was saying was “in the end what matters most is our relationships with God and with people”.
If he is right (and I’m convinced that he is) the big questions then are “What do healthy relationships look like? And how do we grow meaningful relationships?” Jesus talked about the topic of relationships more than anything or anyone else! In fact, He summed up His and our main mission in life with two great commandments. “Love God and Love people”. OK, so how do we do that?”
Join us this Sunday as we wind down one series about relationships (Unstoppable!) and crank up another (Love Like That!). In week one, we will look at the Art of Listening. Listening doesn’t sound like a big deal but it truly is the most important and least practiced component in building a great relationship. Our special guest speaker will be Jamie Rasmussen, Senior Pastor of Scottsdale Bible Church. Jamie is a dear friend, a gifted speaker and he also is a great listener. He will be sharing four insights from God’s Word that will improve our hearing and greatly grow our relationships with the ones that matter most. Jamie will be speaking in our 9:00 AM and 10:45 AM services then will be back with us at 5:00 pm for our third Better Together town hall meeting. Please plan to join us on Sunday morning and then come on by Sunday evening and ask any questions you may have about him or Scottsdale Bible Church. As we continue seeking God’s will on how we might be Better Together, this is a great opportunity for each of us to get to know Jamie and hear his heart for great relationships, reaching our community and building God’s kingdom.
Okay, I need to get out of your hair now. As always thank you for allowing me the time to have this little weekly visit with you. You mean a lot to me and that is no lie! Have a wonderful weekend, my friends, and I’ll see you and your crew on Sunday.
Together in His love,
P.S. Be sure to sign up this week for one of our Love Like That life groups. We formally kick off our new sermon series and the 40 Days fall campaign next week and it’s a wonderful time to join a group, meet new friends and strengthen your relationships.
Some Of This Coming Week’s Scripture Passages: (Your One-A-Day Vitamin)
James 1:19-20 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.
Matthew 22:37-39 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
Proverbs 1:5 Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance –
Proverbs 8:33-35 Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not disregard it. Blessed are those who listen to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. For those who find me find life and receive favor from the Lord.
Proverbs 19:20 Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.
Proverbs 20:5 The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out.
John 16:13 But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on His own; He will speak only what He hears, and He will tell you what is yet to come.