A Double Make My Day, Love With Food Boxes!

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I have received two of these boxes from  “Love with Food”.

They are filled with organic, natural treats.

I don’t know who is sending these to me.  I have a long list of suspects that are playing innocent.  Make My Day one.

This mystery person really knows me.  The second part of Double Make My Day?

Each box purchased earns a meal donated to a food bank:

imageSo I scored a Double Make My Day!

Thank you mystery gift giver, you are truly double thoughtful.

Make my Day, Heaven on Earth

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Heaven on Earth.

A place of love, peace, joy and happiness.

I have been missing my Rommy who I lost in August.  Imagine my surprise to receive this card from my church community.

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It made my realize that Rommy provided me with a little bit of Heaven on Earth.

Always there for me.  With his calmness, fears and insecurities lessened.  Anxieties comforted.

Rommy sleeping

He left the knowledge of Heaven on Earth to Roscoe and Monty to share with me and remind me of my good fortune.  Just has he received the knowledge from Maxx and Troi before him.

 

2015-5-3 Messages received from Sermon Fear Factor vs. Love Factor

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Fear Factor vs. Love Factor

(1 John 4:7-21)

Messages received:

  • Are you driven by fear or love?
  • Are you serving God with fear or love?
  • Fear means no joy
  • Can acting in fear make your service harmful?
  • Love means welcome
  • Can acting in love make your service more effective?

2015-5-3 Fear Factor vs. Love Factor, Sermon by Tezenlo Thong

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Fear Factor vs. Love Factor

(1 John 4:7-21)

“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

“This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.

“God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

“We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.”

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What drives your life? What drives our church? What drive our society or the world? Is it love? Or is it fear? Probably, most of us would say that it is definitely fear that drives everything. We are living under constant fear. We are being bombarded with news that drives us to live in fear. We fear for another economic collapse, terrorist attack, cyber attack or scam, religious extremism, political and social unrest, hyper partisanship, extreme weather patterns, etc.

The feeling of fear can be a good thing. It can help us to avoid dangerous situations. Or help us to be cautious in life. However, fear can also be incapacitating. It can inhibit us from achieving our goal or attaining our potential. Fear can strain our relationship with others. The writer of first John invites us to live a life that’s driven not by fear but by love.

What drives your life – love or fear? In other words, is your life driven by fear factor or love factor? There are some people whose lives are driven by the fear of the other. The fear of people of a different religion. The fear of people who do not think or believe like us. The fear of people with different skin color. The fear of people of different ethnic origin. The fear of “illegal” immigrants. The fear of conservatives or liberals. Even in our religious belief, it is possible to live in fear. The fear of being punished by God. The fear of going to hell. The fear of God not loving or forgiving us.

The scriptures this morning call us to live not in fear of others but to love one another. Love and abiding in Christ go hand in hand. If we say we love God but do not love others we do not abide in God. For love comes from God. “If we love one another, God lives in us,” writes John.

Tezenlo Thong, Pastor
Simpson United Methodist Church

2015-4-26 Messages received from Sermon “Following the Shepherd, Loving the Sheep” Pastor Tezenlo Thong

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Following the Shepherd, Loving the Sheep

John 10:7-18

Messages Received:

  • We need to live God’s love.
  • Community is Love – take care of those in need.
  • Self-giving and mutual concern, the mission of all Christians.
  • Caring church members make it easier to know God is a presence in our lives.
  • God = Love
  • Life and lessons of the congregation is explaning the love of God.
  • SUMC is a “resting place of love”.  We are sheltered by God’s love.
  • Your fellow Christians need your attention.
  • Humankind needs your attention.

Tezenlo Thong, Pastor
Simpson United Methodist Church

2015-1-11 Messages Received from Sermon “Trailblazers in God’s Appointed Time” Tezenlo Thong

“Trailblazers in God’s Appointed Time”

Messages received:

  • The luxury of Kairos time has been an alien theme to me since I’ve grown out of childhood.  Once Chronos time became my way of life, Kairos time was as a distant memory of heaven.
  • God is outside of time.
  • Today, this moment, is the time to act.
  • Live to say, “I have no regrets”.

2015-1-11 Sermon “Trailblazers in God’s Appointed Time” Tezenlo Thong

“Trailblazers in God’s Appointed Time”

Mark 1:1-8

The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, “See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,’” John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

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The text for us this morning from the book of Genesis is a familiar Judeo-Christian story of creation. The story tells us that God created the universe ex nihilo. To continue with the theme of our conversation, i.e., time, let us ask, “Was there time before the creation?” Non-religious folks would ask a little differently: did time exist before the big bang? What these questions are asking is, “Does time itself have a beginning and an end?”

Another related question we might ask is “Is God timeless?” Some scholars would say that God is eternal but not timeless. This presupposition assumes that there was and will be time and God exists within time, but God is everlasting in that God has existed through all of time.

Additionally, we might also ask, “Are spiritual beings within the limits of time just as human beings are?” In other words, what happens to time after we die? Time is an interesting concept, and the more we think about it, the more questions arise in our mind.

Someone has likened life on earth to that of standing at a bank of a river and watching the river flowing constantly. The ceaseless flow of water represents time that is constantly passing. Whether we are doing something or not doing anything, time is moving. Time cannot be stopped. Time and tide do not wait for anyone, as the saying goes.

That standing at the shore represents our time on earth. Someday we will jump into the river and become a part of the ceaseless flow of time. But for now, we have the opportunity to stand at the shore. That is our moment, a moment to live, love and make a difference. That is the opportune, sacred, divine, kairos time. That is what we called the present – a gift. Dalai Lama is believed to have said, “There are only two days in a year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow; so today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live.”

Whether time existed or will exist or whether or not God is timeless are all human attempts to understand the unknowable. It is good to speculate or think, but we may never have answers to our questions about time. All we know is that we exist today, and today is a gift. Living life to the fullest every day or every moment is what matters in life.

Tezenlo Thong, Pastor

Simpson United Methodist Church

 

2015-1-4 Messages received from Sermon “Redeeming the Time”, Tezenlo Thong

“Redeeming the Time”

Messages received:

  • Life is short, don’t waste it.
  • Clock time is short and stressful, try not watching the clock and enjoying time.
  • Be aware are you are servicing time or is time servicing you?
  • Redeem time in a valuable way, make time for important and soul nourishing experiences.

Ephesians 6:15-20

“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

 

2015-1-4 Sermon “Redeeming the Time”, Tezenlo Thong

“Redeeming the Time”

Ephesians 6:15-20

“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

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At the beginning of a New Year, I think it would be good for us to consider the importance of time. Time (chronos time and kairos time) is in fact a continuation of what we talked about last Sunday.

The New Year’s day is just like any other day. The sun sets and rises like any other day. We sleep and wake up like any other day. What then is really new about the New Year? Is time real? Or is it just a perspective?

“What is time?” Augustine is believed to have asked once. He replied, “If no one asks me, I know; if I want to explain it to someone who does ask me, I do not know.” In speaking of time, I do not speak as a physicist for I am not one. Instead, I speak as a “lay” person. With regard to time, there is the “make-believe” time; and there is the “real” time. By make-believe time, I mean the clock time, the mechanical time, because there was no such time at one point in time. In the West, the clock or mechanical time is crucial and indispensable. But there are many cultures to this day where time is not dictated by the clock. By the “real” time, I mean the time in which we live and age. It is the time that takes its toll on everything, on all of us. Irrespective of age, place and social status, we all experience the real time.

The Bible encourages us to redeem the time. What does it mean to “redeem the time”? The Greek word for time here is “kairos” which is translated by some as “the right time, the fullness of time or the opportune time.” Also, we see several translations for redeeming the time: make the most of the time, making good use of the time and buying up your opportunities. To redeem the time means to convert time into value. It means to make a good use of our time to serve one another, to live and love. May the New Year be a year of value, love and service.

Tezenlo Thong, Pastor

Simpson United Methodist Church