PJ

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Why We Are Here

Stephen Hillenberg. Does his name ring a bell? My guess is "not!" So try this name: SpongeBob SquarePants. Ahh. Now there's a familiar name! I will never forget the first time I met this goofy looking guy (who happens to live at the bottom of the sea in a pineapple). I was doing "The Mystery Bag" one Sunday at church (The Mystery Bag works as follows: a child brings something in a bag that only he knows about (but it must have parental approval!). Then at a designated point in the service, I invite the children up front. The child brings the bag - remember, I do not know what is in the bag - and hands it to me. My task is to pull it out and then use it for an object lesson about God or God things. The child's hope is that I will be stumped. It was in this context that I had my first encounter with Mr. SpongeBob SquarePants!). Now when Stephen Hillenberg created SpongeBob - he did so with a purpose. Being a marine-life educator, he wanted an aid to help in the teaching of children. Voila! SpongeBob was born!

In the same way that SpongeBob SquarePants was created for a purpose - we too were made by our Creator for a purpose. God made us to live on this earth to love him and to serve others for His sake. He is to be the very center of our existence. Sadly we have made ourselves the center of our lives. And the consequences of doing so can be seen in all the evil, pain and suffering we see in the world around us!

Let me ask you - what (or better said, WHO) is at the center of your life? The Apostle Paul reminds us in Colossians 1:16-18, "For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy."

Does Jesus have the supremacy in YOUR life?

Thanks for stopping by . . .

pj

3 comments:

Jon Morton said...

So were you stumped??

Pastor John said...

Yes .... once a child placed a can of tofu in the mystery bag. Tofu? Come on now! I stalled for quite some time talking about totally irrelevant things until I had to "throw in the towel!"

Pastor John said...

Oh and John ... I did come up with an appropriate lesson from SpongeBob -- just could not tell you what is was!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Why We Are Here

Stephen Hillenberg. Does his name ring a bell? My guess is "not!" So try this name: SpongeBob SquarePants. Ahh. Now there's a familiar name! I will never forget the first time I met this goofy looking guy (who happens to live at the bottom of the sea in a pineapple). I was doing "The Mystery Bag" one Sunday at church (The Mystery Bag works as follows: a child brings something in a bag that only he knows about (but it must have parental approval!). Then at a designated point in the service, I invite the children up front. The child brings the bag - remember, I do not know what is in the bag - and hands it to me. My task is to pull it out and then use it for an object lesson about God or God things. The child's hope is that I will be stumped. It was in this context that I had my first encounter with Mr. SpongeBob SquarePants!). Now when Stephen Hillenberg created SpongeBob - he did so with a purpose. Being a marine-life educator, he wanted an aid to help in the teaching of children. Voila! SpongeBob was born!

In the same way that SpongeBob SquarePants was created for a purpose - we too were made by our Creator for a purpose. God made us to live on this earth to love him and to serve others for His sake. He is to be the very center of our existence. Sadly we have made ourselves the center of our lives. And the consequences of doing so can be seen in all the evil, pain and suffering we see in the world around us!

Let me ask you - what (or better said, WHO) is at the center of your life? The Apostle Paul reminds us in Colossians 1:16-18, "For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy."

Does Jesus have the supremacy in YOUR life?

Thanks for stopping by . . .

pj

3 comments:

Jon Morton said...

So were you stumped??

Pastor John said...

Yes .... once a child placed a can of tofu in the mystery bag. Tofu? Come on now! I stalled for quite some time talking about totally irrelevant things until I had to "throw in the towel!"

Pastor John said...

Oh and John ... I did come up with an appropriate lesson from SpongeBob -- just could not tell you what is was!

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