Many Ways to Get Wet

Here’s a little humor in celebration of our recent baptismal service when we welcomed three more brothers and sisters into God’s family following their public confession of their sins, acknowledgement of their trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and obedience to the command to be baptised (Three Went Through the Waters).

It also illustrates the difference between what is important and what is not important; what is a central truth or requirement and what is just methodology or tradition.  Baptism is a command from Jesus and it is important that Christians take this step of obedience but while it may be nice to be baptised in a similar fashion as Jesus was – in the open and in the middle of the Jordan River, that can be difficult or inappropriate in a different setting or situation (as in the cartoon below).  Yet sometimes we get caught up way too much on the methodology or the ritual when we should be focusing on what is on the heart of the  individual.  How strange that we do this when the bible repeatedly tells us that God is more concerned with our hearts than our rituals.  Rituals carried out as an outward representation of our inner contrite hearts and our worship is received by God joyously but rituals carried out by hardened and rebellious hearts is not welcomed by God.

Psalm 51:16-17

“16You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
17 My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart
you, God, will not despise.”

 

Nevertheless, we should not also be outright dismissive of rituals and traditions.  Many rituals and traditions of the church were developed after much thought and time, with the intent that the symbolism would help express those very inner testimonies of our heart in a way that could be easily understood by all.   However these rituals and traditions can sometimes be limited by time, geography and cultural differences. When that happens, it is important to maintain the message and meaning of those rituals and traditions rather than its form.

As for baptism, let us be of the same spirit as the Ethiopian eunuch as recorded for us in Acts 8: 36.  “36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?”   It did not matter if it was not the River Jordan, nor that it was not in a baptismal font, nor that it was not in a church, nor that it was so spontaneous but what was important was the heart, faith, obedience and testimony of that Ethiopian eunuch.  And as our Eskimo friends learn below, river baptism may not be so practical where they are.

 

Copyright © 2011 The Zondervan Corporation.

Dentists are Fun

On Friday mornings, Mum and I usually go to the Children’s Corner playgroup at Bangsar Gospel Centre where we have a lot of fun playing with toys, listening to stories and singing songs. I think most of us really like the “tick-tock” song where our mums swing us about like little pendulums; well, I really enjoy that.

But a week ago, Auntie Mabel told us that instead of our usual playtime, we were all going to visit a “dentist”.   Mum says that a dentist is a special doctor that takes care of our teeth.   I like my doctor.  He always makes me feel better if I have a fever or a cough and I even get a lollipop when I visit him.

So visiting a dentist should be fun too.  I don’t know why dad’s face turned pale when I mentioned visiting the dentist; you would have thought he was going to faint!

Anyway, the visit was great.  Dentist Jason was so much fun.  He showed us his special dentist chair – it could go up and down, backward and forward, had all these bright lights and cool toys like the straw that could suck up the water.  He allowed us to play with everything!  He even told me to spit!  If only Mum could be so cool……

He told us to brush our teeth everyday which I do with Mum’s help.

Later he made us balloons out of rubber gloves.  It was so much fun.  I can’t wait to go back again.  I heard Mum made an appointment for next week.  I wonder what other toys I will discover at the dentist’s office next.

Say, Are You One of the Apostles?

The church is currently continuing with its series of sermons from the Book of Acts during our Sunday Worship Service.  The traditional name for this book is “The Acts of the Apostles”.  So, perhaps it is timely that we review just how well we know the 12 Apostles.  Take the fun quiz below  (by clicking on the image) and see just how well you know who’s who.  Maybe you could leave a comment and tell us how well you did.

Have a Laugh

I believe God has a great sense of humor.  I have experienced it in my life and I am sure most of you have too.  In the Old Testament, we read how Sarah also testifies to God’s sense of humor when God grants her a child in her old age – in an incident that is both joyous and humorous.

 

Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter,and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me. And she added, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age. ” (Genesis 21: 6-7)

 

Anyway, hope you enjoy today’s humor offering which is reproduced with permission.  Today’s thought is from 1 Corinthian 3 : 16;   “16 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?”

 

(Copyright © 2011 The Zondervan Corporation)
By bangsarbeacon Posted in Humor