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My dad liked to say "the train must have just come through." How did he know?... “it left its tracks.”

In Carroll, train whistles become part of the background noise. (Even though it sometimes sounds like they are coming through the church parking lot.) I like trains though.  I like to sleep with my window open and listen to the whistles in the distance come closer, and closer, and closer. 

Isn't that the way life is? A few weeks ago we could see the light of the first day of school barreling down the tracks and as I write this our students are now in school for their first day. With cooler mornings this week we can sense the press of fall and then inevitably winter on the tracks not too far ahead. 

Personally many things barrel down on us: Jobs, family demands, the unexpected bill, a car accident, impending surgery, even death.

Jesus warns us about getting too worked up about the speeding freight trains that may or may not come our way.  “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes."(Matthew 6:34 The Message)

Oh that we could just do that. But it is worth trying. Take a moment to turn your attention from the blasting whistles of tomorrow (or the ones we imagine may come) and check out the signs that God is here now.   You can tell God has been here… because God has left God's tracks (signs of God's working among us) if we just stop to notice them. 

Next time I ask, "Where have you seen God this week?" you may have a story to tell.

 Because of Jesus,

Pastor Terry

 

 


SERMON SUMMARIES

September 2 Mirror, Mirror On The Wall; Do I Look Like Christ At All?

There is more to being a Christian than being a member of a church or going to worship. (Even though those are important) Let’s get real honest with ourselves about much we look like Christ.

 

September 9 Living heart healthy

We can eat right exercise and follow all the doctor’s instructions. But modern medicine doesn’t know everything. Discover the guidance of proverbs to keep our hearts healthy.

 

September 16 I want to pray...but: I don’t know how

PRAY LIKE THIS… “OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN”

Sometimes we think praying is complicated. Jesus says we make it too hard. Pray like you are sharing your heart with your greatest advocate, your biggest fan or a perfect best friend all rolled together.

 

September 23 I want to Pray...but isn’t that just like talking to myself?

“HALLOWED BE THY NAME”

There are a lot of self help books out there. The Bible is not one of them. Quite the opposite of talking to ourselves, God is holy, almighty, praying is admitting that we can’t solve all of our problems, and all powerful.

 

September 30 I want to pray...but: nothing happens

"THY KINGDOM COME, THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN"
Some people say that nothing happens when they pray. We can't always see upper story view of the kingdom. (Thy kingdom come) We have to be willing to be part of doing God's will anyway (Thy will be done) in every way every day.