Sunday Highlights – You Tell Me
Yesterday we continued the Christmas series “Rhythm” at Cross Point. I am loving this series but unfortunately I missed yesterday so I have no highlights from the message to share… yet. I took a rare Sunday off enjoying Christmas with my sister, but I’ll be listening to the podcast soon!
It’s your turn to write the Sunday highlights for me.
If you attended Cross Point yesterday, take a minute to share (in the comments) one of your favorite highlights or quotes from Pete‘s message.
Ummm…I take the worst notes in services. I scribble all over my sheets. Jenni, I count on you for this. Here's a quick attempt:
Still in Advent series. Yesterday we focused on LOVE. Jesus came brought lightness to the world. We need to be the light in the darkness by loving our "neighbor." Who is our neighbor? Well..story of the Good Samaritan teaches us that our "neighbor" is the person we want to love the least.
As a way to slow down and remember this Christmas season, Pete asked us to take a minute when we see Christmas lights and pray "May I shine…"
Thanks for picking up my slack! 🙂
The statement I've repeated over and over since yesterday that I got from Pete's message is "she/he has a soul"….. whether it's your husband that isn't wiping the counters down right, the server at a restaurant that took too long to bring your drink, your child that woke up grumpy on a Monday morning – – – No matter who they are, they have a soul. And our responsibility as a Christian is to share LOVE with them. (that may not be exactly what he said but it's what I took away). Thanks, Pete!
Great thoughts Barbara – thank you for chiming in!
I'm right with @barbara "everyone has a soul." the checker at the gas station, the husband you disrespect, the guy reading your meter, the 16,000 kids who will die of poverty today.
i know he's my husband, but the last 10 minutes of his message made me want to stand up, pump my fist, and amen him. it was quite a challenge to each of us…. "May I shine."
MISSED YOU! 🙂
Miss you too Brandi!
@brandiandboys I know. Great message. Couldn't tell if it was God showing up or the Amp energy drink…leaning toward God. 😉
Agree with everyone above about treating each person as if he or she is what truly matters in that moment – that people do not exist just to fulfill our agenda (make change, serve our lunch, etc.). "We cannot love like Jesus and live in chronic hurry."
That quote "We cannot love like Jesus and live in a chronic hurry" is killing me.
My summary (we'll see if I was paying attention): It's our RESPONSIBILITY to reflect the light, love and grace that God shines in our life to every SOUL we encounter throughout every one of our days. That's one of the purposes of our existence. We can't meet this responsibility if we live in perpetual hurry and fail to see the people right in front of us – whether it be because they're not like us, they behave in ways that are opposed to us, or because through our busyness we've come to treat them as means to our ends.
I usually tweet what hits me during the sermon and for some reason on Sunday just felt like not doing it. Makes sense that's when you would ask for something like this! 🙂
My two big points have already been mentioned…"We cannot love like Jesus and live in chronic hurry" is something I really realized on the way back from Africa. That's part of the reason I quit my second job although we can't really afford it. I need to have time for God to use me or I won't choose Him every time.
"He/she has a soul" because it's been something that has REALLY ticked me off over the years in regards to some ministries I've supported to get women out of the sex industry. So many Christians, so many churches look at these women as nothing more than human refuse. You might as well come in and say you just killed and skinned the pastor's dog because you would get less scorn than saying you are a stripper. (OK, exaggerating a little there but I'm not far off.) It's hard to hold up a candle for these women when so many churches turn the fire hose on you.
Sorry to preach there…guess I had a Spirit flare up. 🙂