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Oops…Honey, I Accidentally Recorded Over The Game!

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The story is as old as the VCR. It’s your anniversary; your wife suggests watching the wedding video; you pop the tape in the VCR; and oops…you accidentally recorded the big game over your wedding! Welcome to the doghouse.

Or maybe she recorded a cooking show over your game. Whatever. But odds are pretty good, that if you owned a VCR, someone accidentally recorded over something important. But who would have guessed that this could happen to something like the only recordings of the Super Bowl!

You see, in 1967, tapes that NBC and CBS used to record on were expensive. So tapes were reused and things got recorded over often. And, in 1967, when the 1st Super Bowl was played, it wasn’t nearly as popular as it is now. 30 second ads went for a few thousand dollars in comparison with the millions they will cost this year.

So, amazingly, folks at NBC and CBS recorded…wait for it…soap operas, over the master tapes to save money! And until recently, the 1st Super Bowl was thought to be completely lost. But using modern technology, camera views from NFL game video, and the audio recording dubbed in, the 1967 Super Bowl re-aired last week for the first time in almost 50 years.

The game is nostalgic for many reasons. It was the 1st “Super” Bowl; it reminds us of a simpler time and a purer game; it was one of Vince Lombardi’s last Super Bowls; and 14 future Hall of Famers played in that day. By the way, the Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10. But the game will go down in history more for being “found” when it was “lost” than for what the scoreboard read.

Finding important lost things is fun. Did you know it is a favorite theme of scripture too? In the Old Testament, there was a King named, Josiah. And while work was being done on the Temple, they found scrolls of the Torah that had been lost (2 Kings 22)! They experienced both grief over learning they had been doing things wrong and great joy over committing themselves to the Lord.

In the New Testament, there are several lost things that are found in Luke 15: A Lost Sheep, A Lost Coin, and A Lost Son. Jesus uses these examples to remind us that even Angels in Heaven rejoice when one lost sinner is found. “Found,” as we learn about it in Scripture, means to be a sinner who comes to know the Lord…to return home to our Father’s house, where we belong.

What about you, friend? When the great books are opened in heaven, there won’t be any lost recordings, only lost souls. Will you be recorded as “found” or “lost” on that day? Amazing grace…what once was lost can be found! Get in touch, and let’s talk more about how you can be found on that great day.

No Glory For God When Churches Go “DirectTV”

DirectTV adIn a world of “cord cutters” who increasingly get their content online, cable companies are locked in a brutal battle for “pay TV customers.” And as the pool of pay TV customers shrinks, the battle has gotten meaner and nastier than ever. Just ask Comcast how they felt about DirectTV’s recent campaign!

If you haven’t seen the Rob Lowe ads, here’s the gist. Basically, attractive, happy Rob Lowe watches DirectTV, while his alter-egos (ie., Super Creepy Rob Lowe, Scrawny Arm Rob Lowe, and Broken Down, Less Attractive Rob Lowe) have cable. Basically, if you want to be like successful Rob, switch to DirectTV. If not, keep cable. And it appears to be working.

Though DirectTV had lost 28,000 subscribers in the 3rd quarter of 2014, “when the campaign started its run, the company gained 149,000 subscribers.” That hurts. So Comcast appealed to the National Advertising Division, and the NAD actually agreed that DirectTV should pull the ads. Sorry, DirectTV, but some claims are just TOO outlandish!

It is striking to me that the Church might be facing a similar problem today. And as the pool of Bible-believing, church-attending people shrinks, some churches might panic and feel the need to “go DirectTV” in response. But churches aren’t cable companies! And while it might add numbers in the short run, growing a congregation by shrinking another doesn’t bring glory to God.

Now, I want to be clear – I don’t mean that we need to quit denouncing false religion. False religion needs to be denounced (Paul says they need to be “silenced,” ie., Titus 1:11). And I’m not saying anyone should stop promoting their positives (Paul praises congregations that are doing well, ie., Colossians 1:3-4). But before talking negatively about another congregation, churches ought to consider one simple question: “Does this follow God’s model for growth?”

Why would we emulate the failed system of customer swapping when the pool of unbelievers has so much more potential to bring glory to God? Let’s go into ALL the world, making disciples, baptizing in the name of the Father, Son, & Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that Jesus commanded (Matthew 28:18-20).

The truth is, gaining new “customers” is hard. It costs far more time, effort, and money. It causes us to go into unfamiliar territory. It forces us to speak to those who, in many cases, have “cut the cord” of religion altogether. Yet, the only model Jesus gave us was to “seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10). And to God be the glory!

Did You Check Behind The Tree?

 So you are cleaning up after Christmas morning, wrapping paper is everywhere, and the kids have run off to play with their toys. And then, “uh oh!” As you take a look around the tree, you see it…that one unopened present! Whose is it? Who didn’t get their gift?

Well, hopefully this didn’t happen at your house! I would hate for someone to miss the joy of getting all their gifts. But did you know that there is an unopened gift sitting in houses all over the world?

And it  has an urgent message on it – “open immediately!” You see, this one is from Jesus; and it is called grace.

Did you notice? Did you receive the gift from Christ this year? Jesus freely gave, but you have to “open” your present! Grace is one gift you don’t want to lose. Don’t let it get pushed to the side in your busy life! No other gift is so important.

If you aren’t a Christian, receive Christ today and accept His free gift of grace – it will be the best gift you ever opened! Be forgiven of your sins by trusting in His gospel of salvation.

If you are a Christian, it may be that this Christmas, you got so hectic that you put Jesus second in your life, even if just for a moment. Let’s get back on track quickly. Live for Him and for His Kingdom, remembering the wonderful gift of grace.

So, check behind your tree for lost presents, but check your heart and God’s Word for the grace of Christ.

 

Widening the Search Area

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By now, you have probably heard news of Flight 370, the lost Malaysian Boeing 777. And if you have been following this bizarre story of inflight disappearance, you are aware that the search area has been widened to more than 27,000 square miles. It has become abundantly clear that authorities have no idea what has happened to this plane.

Our prayers are with those on board Flight 370 as well as the families of the crew and the passengers. And while there are far more theories than evidence, we pray that somehow the lost passengers will be reunited with their loved ones soon. Nevertheless, aviation experts are saying that chances are slim. In fact, the effort has already started changing from rescue to recovery.

If this flight crashed in the ocean, the main problems are distance and time. The further an aircraft gets from its flight plan and the more time that equipment has to sink in the ocean, the less likely it is to be recovered. Perhaps this is true of those who go missing from the church as well. The farther they travel from the plan, and the longer they are gone, the less likely it is that we can help rescue them.

When one of God’s children goes missing, Jesus tells us that the good shepherd leaves the 99 in safety and retrieves the one (Luke 15:1-7). Seeking and saving the lost is so important to Jesus that He told His disciples that it was the reason He came to this world (Luke 19:10).

Do we shoot into action when someone goes missing from among us? Do we “widen the search area” to include the lost who are outside our immediate area? How far are we willing to go? How much are we willing to spend?

As of this morning, over 1,000 people, using 42 ships and 39 planes from 12 countries, are searching for any sign or clue of what could have happened to this missing flight. Perhaps we in the church should take a few notes from the way the world treats the lost.