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Steppin' Stone PDF Print Email
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Written by Alan Fahrner   
Sunday, 08 September 2013 12:00

Stepping stones

Escaping

Is anyone here that also has felt that a perfect life would be a log cabin in the middle of nowhere—a million miles away from the hustle-and-bustle of modern times?

Totally unplugged and just communing with nature and God?

Go ahead and throw in space in your cabin for your loved ones...that is, if you want to. :-)

Especially when it comes to spiritual growth, doesn't it just seem that it would be so much easier if you didn't have the stressors around you? No annoying neighbors? No bills arriving faster than income? No impossible deadlines at work? Nobody treating your Christianity as a disease on society?

Just you, your Bible, and God?

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Thoughts for the Bulletin
Written by Alan Fahrner   
Sunday, 09 June 2013 21:00

Birthday cake with candlesWhen I was young, my birthday was second only to Christmas in excitement for me. As I've aged, however, they have morphed into more of an annual time for reflection. Sure, I still appreciate the love and attention I receive from friends and family members, the gifts, and the myriad Facebook Happy Birthdays, but as I begin my 50th year of life three thoughts stand out for me more than the actual celebration of my birth.

#1: Wasted potential.

I suspect I am not alone in thinking that I have, in great measure, wasted the gifts that God has given me (and the opportunity to be much closer to Him than I am). How about you? Do you embarrassingly look back on the hours you squandered on activities that helped no one, including yourself? Do you imagine what you could have been if you kept your eye on the prize and then lower your head in shame as you see the delta between it and where you are?

And just think...this is how I feel now...wait until next year when I turn 50. :-)

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A God that Does Not Want to Be Measured Will Not Be Measured PDF Print Email
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Written by Alan Fahrner   
Sunday, 05 May 2013 17:49

Measuring tapeOne of the (many) shortcomings of Christian religion to atheists is that God remains unmeasurable.  Here is a being that purportedly has often interfered in the natural realm (including its very creation), yet no scientific instrument, photograph, video, or so on has captured a single one of His miracles (although I'm sure some Christians would argue otherwise).

Yet, as much as it might be claimed a cop-out, reality is that...

A God that does not want to be measured will not be measured.

Now, that is actually slightly inaccurate in that it implies God has hidden Himself, whereas Christians believe that He has actually gone through great efforts to reveal Himself, finally providing the ultimate form of communication:

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Getting Back on the Horse PDF Print Email
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Written by Alan Fahrner   
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 22:16

Man falling off horseI'm not really an emotional man, and change the last couple years has been so constant that (as much as I desire some stability in my day-to-day and week-to-week life) I cannot claim that the move to Colorado has thrown me for a loop.

However, leaving New Hampshire about a month ago has had a lot more impact on me than I wish. We left a town that we loved (and called home for over 9 years)...but more importantly we left a church family that can never be replaced. Additionally, we transitioned from living in a home in a rural town to an apartment in a heavily populated suburb. We've resided in even more urban areas, but not in about a decade. We were spoiled by being able to see stars by night and avoid traffic lights by day.

We drove to Denver from New Hampshire starting on a Tuesday night and arriving late Friday afternoon. That Sunday we found the closest Church of Christ and showed up for the 9AM service. The gathering was fine—nothing great, nothing terrible (although Michelle is definitely not a fan of using PowerPoint during song service and the sermon). The message was unmemorable, but not especially aggravating. Augie enjoyed his Bible study class, and the people who took the time to say hi were friendly.

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My Very Last Sermon Ever PDF Print Email
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Written by Alan Fahrner   
Saturday, 23 March 2013 15:05

Jesus on the Cross

This is it...

The title of this sermon, "My Very Last Sermon Ever," is likely an exaggeration, but this is the very last time I've been scheduled to preach anywhere. Michelle, Augie, and I don't yet know what church we'll be attending in the Denver area, and there is a pretty good chance they won't be in need of a preacher. As such, I've been thinking about what I would say if I knew for sure this was it...that I'd never get to stand before others in the body of Christ on a Sunday to provide a lesson.

I am reminded that Paul was in a similar, albeit much more severe, situation when he wrote today's Scripture to his son in Christ, Timothy. Let's turn together to 2 Timothy 4:1-6 and see what the Apostle to the Gentiles had to say:

I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. 3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. 5 As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

6 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come (2 Timothy 4:1-6).

Now, obviously, I cannot claim to be "being poured out as a drink offering" — I am moving because of a new (ols) job God has blessed me with (again). Also, my "departure" is far less significant than the one Paul was speaking of. I'll be climbing into a Nissan Frontier along with Michelle, Augie, Bear, Granite, and Sunny...and the last three will probably be drugged a bit to lesson the impact of an 1,800 mile trip.

We'll see a couple days in if Michelle wishes she had been drugged. :-)

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