Russ Ray

Trying to become more like Jesus

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Love your pastor this week

There are two weeks a year that the pastoral staff at your church probably loves to prepare for: the week leading up to Christmas and the week leading up to Easter. They’re probably the week that they may also dread.

If you watch pro football, you’re probably familiar with the term “short week”. It usually means that a team playing on Sunday has a Thursday night game the following week, and they only have 4 days to prepare for that next game.

Christ carrying cross up Calvary on Good Friday over dark and stormy sky

In the church calendar, this is the equivalent of a “short week”. You complete the Sunday service, which may or may not have a special Palm Sunday element, you then have five days to get ready for Good Friday service (which we have added this year at our church), and then have another day to get ready for Easter Sunday, which is always a big day. Same thing usually happens around Christmas depending on when Christmas Eve falls around the Sunday before or after.

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This Costco is not our home

On this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine—the best of meats and the finest of wines.Isaiah 25:6 (NIV)

The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none.Deuteronomy 28:12 (NIV)

213kpigLiving with four women in the house means that we go through a lot of toilet paper. With three children, it also means there is a 60% chance that the roll won’t get changed when they run out, and for some reason whenever I get there I always end up being the one who gets stuck with no roll.

We began running out so frequently that my wife decided to solve the problem by gigantic rolls of toilet paper in gigantic Costco size packages.

People seem to love Costco, and it’s why they also seem to have stores everywhere now, but there is very little that I ever want to buy there. For example, the 5-pound jar of beef jerky is just too much temptation for me to stay up all night eating the whole jar and playing video games with several bottles of Coke.

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