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Upcoming Events
OCT

18

WED
Praise Team Practice
7:00 PM
The Praise Team instrumentalists and vocalists will practice each Wednesday night at 7:00 P.M. in the sanctuary.
OCT

22

SUN
9AM Contemporary Service
Contemporary Service with our Praise band leading the worship, and message delivered by pastor or guset speaker
10AM Sunday School
Sunday School Classes for all ages, using Lifeway resources and others in a small class learning setting, where questions and discussions are welcomed.
Blended Worship Service
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Our Blended Worship Service with special music from our Praise Band, Choir, and individuals. Our pastor or special speaker brings a message using the greatest instruction book available.
Bible Search

Center

Deuteronomy 6:5 – “You shall love the Lord your God will all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.”

The movie “Rise of the Guardians” is about the mythological guardians of children, things such as the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, the Sandman, the man in the moon, and the tooth fairy.  These guardians are always looking out for children, especially after the appearance of the protagonist, the boogeyman, who they call “Pitch”.

I admit I watched some of the movie with my oldest son, but did not finish all of it.  There was one scene that jumped out at me however, Santa Claus was talking to the new guardian, Jack Frost while he held one of those wooden matryoshka dolls (a doll within a doll).  He twisted away each doll revealing a smaller doll, and a smaller doll, and a smaller doll, until he got all the way to the center of the doll.  Santa then said, “I’m kind at loving at my center (or something close to that) Jack, what about you? What’s at your center?” 

It was an especially well done scene and I loved the question, “what is at your center?”  It is a good question for us to ask today isn’t it? What is at our center?  What drives us? What motivates us? But even more than that who are we? What is the center of our lives?

Some people would say their jobs or their bank accounts, or their accomplishments.  Others might say there children, or their hobbies.  Others might say their center is their spouse, as they smile and think of the “you complete me” scene from Jerry McGuire.  Other people might even say their good deeds are their center, their church work, or the things that they do for other people.  There is another group of people that would say their center is found in their favorite sports team.  And a growing number of people would probably say they have no center at all.

So what is your center? What drives you in life? How do you define yourself? What controls what you do? What is your center?  For the Apostle Paul his center was Jesus as he said “for I am persuaded to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.”  The crucified and resurrected Lord was Paul’s center.  He must be ours as well.  If we build our lives on anything else our lives will not stand. 

Last year in Vacation Bible School we sang a song about having a foundation in life.  “A wise man built his house upon the Rock, his house upon the Rock, the wise man built his house upon the Rock and the house on the Rock stood firm.”  The next verse says, “the foolish man built his house upon the sand, and the house on the sand went splat.”  If we are going to stand whatever life throws our way we must build our house on the Rock.  Jesus must be our center. 

If He is, if we cherish Him and trust Him because He has went to the cross and died in our place, then we can survive whatever life throws our way.  If He is our center and we have built our lives on Him, we can not only survive but even thrive in the midst of whatever.  But for that to happen Jesus has to be our center.

He cannot be an afterthought in our lives.  He cannot be something that we tack on if we have time.  He cannot be just another of our many responsibilities.  He has to be our Lord.  One of my seminary professors described it this way, “the challenge is for Jesus to shine into every area of our lives, because He is worthy and He changes everything.”  In other words He has to be our center.  When the Bible talks about Jesus being our Savior, it also talks about Him being our Lord.  As Charles Spurgeon once said, “the Bible knows nothing of a Christianity without Jesus as Lord.”  He must be our center.

Santa pulled back the layers of his life and discovered that his center was kindness and gentleness in the movie.  But what about us? When the layers of our lives are pulled back, what is our center.  What would we say? What would others around us say? What is truth?  What is the center of our lives?  It has to be Jesus.  After all we are commanded to “love the Lord your God with all of your heart, with all of our soul, and with all of your might.”