Archive for February, 2011

February 28, 2011

Looking like my dad

by pastortimfowler

Dad and son

My beautiful wife and I took the weekend to go see our youngest son and his wife in there new home a couple of hours away. He took a job that require them to relocate so we had not seen them in a couple of months and were excited about hanging out with them for a while.

We were all sitting around in their living room talking when his wife said something about how much my son looked like the wife’s side of the family. Now I had always thought he was different, but never said it. My other two kids seem to look more like their dear old dad and we call them the beautiful ones. (LOL)

My wife loves to take pictures but often forgets the camera. This time she remembered it and pictures were flying. As soon as we got home she posted them on Facebook where you can now see them free of charge. I was sitting there minding my own business by seeing what everyone else was doing through Facebook, when I saw the new pictures. That was when it hit me hard; I look SO much like my dad! I have always been told this and never really cared, but all of a sudden it was like my dad had come back to life and had his picture taken.

The funny thing is, several years ago, my other son was in my office looking at a picture on my wall of me and my dad when I was a kid. My son, said to me, ‘Dad, I don’t remember having this picture of us taken.’ He thought it was him and me, but when I told him that it was my dad and me he could not believe it.

I know that many kids look a lot like one parent or the other. It is not a freak of nature, it is simply nature. Not only do we often look a lot like our parents but we often act like them, for good or bad.

So many times in my life I have had people say to me that I was my father made over or that I act just like him.
Then today I was reading through the Bible and read about Mary as she was told that God would be the father of her baby. How he grew and became more and more like his father. I wonder how many times Mary said to Jesus, “You are just like you daddy!”?

You know what is funny? People who are Christians, (born again), have the same father as Jesus.
Wouldn’t it be cool if people said about us, “You act just like your Daddy!”? I am not sure how He looks, but I know I was created in His image, so God must be a tall, handsome, bald guy.

WOW! I look like my Dad!

Who do people see when they look at you? I know many see my dad, and I am okay with that. What I really want is for them to see my Heavenly Dad, God.

February 23, 2011

Praise and Worship

by pastortimfowler

Praise and Worship

Lately there has been a lot of talk in our church about praise and worship. It is a subject that is dear to my heart. For some reason it seems to be confusing and I thought that I could clear the air a bit.
Coming from a very conservative church background, it was hard for me to accept worship as being anything more that showing up at church. Most of what I knew was that the only ones who could make noise were the choir, piano, and organist. Everyone else just sat there and stared with their best “holy” face on.
On the other hand, I went to a lot of concerts and sporting events in my younger days and they seemed to be able to make as much noise as they wanted and no one cared. In fact they would look at you funny if you did not cheer. This seemed to be a struggle in my heart as I grew in my relationship with Christ. The more I loved the Braves, the louder and more frequently I did “the chop” and whistled and shouted. The more I loved Jesus, well, nothing was changing.
So I looked to the one source of truth about the matter to find an answer; The Bible.
Here are some things I found.
Heaven is going to be a noisy place. Revelation 4:8, Each of the four living creatures had six wings and were covered with eyes, inside and out. Without stopping day or night they were singing, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, who is, and who is coming.” Some of us are going to get there and have a hard time arguing that worship is silent reverence. Yes there is a time to be still and quiet and hear from God, but there will be lots of noise in heaven.
Old Testament saints had no problem making some noise. Ezra 3:13, No one could distinguish between the joyful shouts and the loud sobbing because the people were shouting so loudly. The noise was heard from far away. This happened when they had finished laying just the foundation of the temple. We have a completed building with heat and AC!
In the New Testament Jesus said that his followers would shout out to him or else the rocks would. Luke 19:39-40, Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, tell your disciples to be quiet.”
40 Jesus replied, “I can guarantee that if they are quiet, the stones will cry out.”
I think Jesus has some rocks warming up to take a few people’s places.
I never will encourage worship to be fake. But we praise that which we love. I would encourage you to fall madly, passionately, fanatically, in love with Jesus. As this happens, we will feel a desire to show that love to him and to others. Worship will be less about what others think and more about what God thinks.
The Bible is very clear that those who love the Lord will worship Him in Spirit and in truth. If our worship in church is a true reflection of our love for God, what is it saying right now?
Think about it.

February 20, 2011

Do you have THE Fever?

by Droplets To Ripples

Catch THE Fever

The Bieber fever doesn’t seem to be going away.  Pre-teens, teens and even adults are in love with Justin Bieber.  It’s the latest craze going around these days.  My grand daughters are part of a large population of girls who claim to have the Bieber fever.  I tease them often telling them that if they aren’t careful they may have to see a doctor.  They laugh of course and tell me how it’s not THAT kind of a fever.

This week I have been focused on another kind of fever.  I have had the flu and with the flu comes fever.  A sign of getting well, the doctor told me, was that I would no longer have a fever.  Until I could go 24 hours without fever medication and without having a fever I was told I would be contagious.  Every day my focus has been on getting rid of my fever so I could get back to my regular activities.

After day 5 days of sickness, I finally began to feel like maybe I was on the road to recovery.  Yesterday I was filled with anticipation of getting up this morning and going to church.  I could barely contain my excitement.  I have had the Jesus fever all week.  Not because I wanted to get out of the house but because I wanted to be with my Christian friends in joint worship.  I could not wait to hear the music, to hear the scriptures, to raise my hands and praise him.

This morning to my great disappointment I awoke still not well enough to go to church.  I tried for about 45 minutes to convince myself that I could pull it off, that I was well enough to go, but after a while I knew that I was not going to make it.  I was sadden that I couldn’t go, even somewhat heartbroken.  Thank goodness God isn’t just at church on Sunday mornings.  Thank goodness he is here with me right now.

I do a have fever today but it’s the Jesus Fever and it’s like a consuming fire.  He warms my heart.  He comforts me.  He loves me. I, like the kids who can’t wait to hear their fever guy, can’t wait to hear mine.  It’s for sure, no doubt about it, I have THE JESUS FEVER.   It can be contagious and my goal is to spread it to everyone I come in contact with. Unlike the regular fever from the flu, I am not looking for this fever to go away.  It does not hinder my ability to function nor is it a sign of sickness.

My prayer for you is that you have or will get the Jesus Fever.  This is one fever that once you get it, you will not want to get rid of it and you will want to share it too.

OUR GOD IS A CONSUMING FIRE and it is high time that WE BURN FOR Jesus!

February 18, 2011

Some thoughts about Exodus

by pastortimfowler

Charlton Heston as Moses

I am reading through the Bible again for the umpteenth time and I am amazed that it never gets old or boring. I do get the urge to run out and rent ‘The Ten Commandments” when I get to where I am now, Exodus. My mind still sees Charlton Heston’s face as I read about Moses and that bald guy as Pharaoh.
I remember as a child watching the movie thinking how awesome it must have been to walk through the Red Sea on dry land and then see the enemy crushed as the waters came back into place. I would have loved to had been there and have a rod and reel. I am sure they were seeing some big fish. But how would you cast to them? Would you first have to throw up to the top of the water and have it sink down or could you throw it through the wall of water at the fish you were seeing?
Exodus tells us that God led the people during the day as a column of smoke and at night a pillar of fire. Every day they saw this and yet every time a challenge came up they whined and complained as if God was nowhere to be found. I don’t know about you but I have never seen a column of smoke or a pillar of fire following me or leading me ever. I saw a dust devil a few times and chased it but I am pretty sure it wasn’t God.
Through 40 years they never had to worry about food, water, or clothes, and no enemies that could threaten them without getting wiped out. Some think that eating the same food every day would have been tough but I think I could have handled that part. I eat the same cereal for breakfast every day for months and the same sandwich for lunch for weeks. I have been drinking Propel for years now and could handle wearing the same clothes that long. The other day I put on a shirt that I have for over 20 years. It still fit and I thought it looked fine. But 40 years is a long time and never needing to worry about any of these things for that long is pretty awesome.
We all know the Ten Commandments were given to Moses during this time. Moses was given more than that but that is all we get out of it. I guess if they had named the movie “Laws that Cover Everything From How to Worship to How to Manage Your Crops and Anything in Between” would not have as great of an appeal.
Here is the problem…even with only ten of them we don’t know them and can’t keep them. God makes it quite easy to figure this out too. The first one is to not have anything as god above Him. Most people say they don’t break this, but rarely give as much to God as they do their cable provider each month.
I could go on for a while about this incredible book of the Bible, but I don’t want to give away the ending. You really should read it for yourself. And I would even suggest watching the movie if you have never seen it. Charlton Heston looks exactly like Moses!

February 16, 2011

Bible Reading Poll

by Droplets To Ripples

Take a few minutes to answer the attached poll.  Be honest and don’t give the answer you think we are looking for.  Just curious if the very busy Christians of today have time to read the bible or if reading the bible is something of the past.

February 15, 2011

Servants test.

by pastortimfowler

It has been so many years that I don’t remember the last time my wife or I got the flu. But… today the doctor confirmed it…she has the flu. I get paranoid when she gets sick. I will not sleep in the same room and I don’t like being in the same room with her. I use lots of Lysol and wash my hands and take vitamin b and c and other letters in the alphabet. I go out of my way to not get what she has. Here is the bad part. Yesterday was Valentine’s Day and you guessed it…I kissed her.
So here is what I am thinking. I want to be a good husband. I want to serve her and take care of her, and at the same time minimize my contact with her. One good thing is she wants to be left alone for right now. I am sitting outside writing this blog.
Jesus said the greatest among us will be those who serve others. I want to be great! I just want to stay healthy. How do doctors and nurses do it? Day in and day out they help sick people. They give them meds and fluff the pillows and help them to the bathroom. These are some great people; real servants.
Jesus touched the sick and the lame and healed them. I would have been more of the type to speak the word with authority and heal them from a distance. I would have sent one or two of my disciples if someone sick needed hands to touch them so that they get better. Maybe that Judas guy; he could touch the sick people.
I guess that is probably one of the reasons God did not chose me to be the Savior. Instead he chose me to be a pastor, who has to visit people in hospitals where there are lots of sick people. Wow, God has a strange sense of humor. And now He has given me a sick wife. The flu, but just the regular flu. Good thing it is not the Swine flu…or is it? Could this be the pandemic we were all waiting for? Could I be the one that nurses her through this horrible time and become a hero to all mankind?
Oh yeah, there is another reason God did not chose me to be Savior, you must be humble.
So here is my test. To be a servant to my sick wife. To not worry about if I get sick but to worry about her getting better. To make her soup when she is hungry and cold and to give her Sprite when she is thirsty and hot. To say soft and loving words of encouragement and pass the test as the greatest servant to ever walk the earth! Oops, there goes that humility thing again.
I would appreciate the prayers for her to get better and me to be great the way God wants me to be great; as a servant.
Now where did I put that Lysol?

February 13, 2011

Stay tuned for important information!

by pastortimfowler

As we rebuild our website I am excited to get back to posting a few blogs and sharing some thoughts on how God is working in and through our church. I also have the same excitement as my wife JoAnne will be sharing in the duties. She is an incredibly insightful person with a heart for God and His people.
God is doing some incredible things at The Body and I would love to have you be part of it. Stay tuned for important information!

Pastor Tim