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Let Freedom Ring, August 1, 2006

The pride and faith citizens of the United States of America have in their country is particularly evident each July as flags are unflured and fireworks puncture the evening skies. It's a time when Americans contemplate their citizenship - a citizenship many people throughout the world would be honored to share.

The founding fathers of this country believed that the most important thing in the word is a government in which freedom and liberty of the individual is protected. They believed this freedom is basic to our individul development and happiness. They also believed that each person has an obligation to serve society, to assist in the machinery that helps guarantee our freedoms.

Do Not Be Afraid of the Dark - March 1, 2006

Wise and loving parents have often taught us not to fear the dark. Simply because our eyes do not perceive the familiar surroundings seen in the daylight is no reason to fear our path in taking an unexpected turn into uncertainty. And so it is with life.

Too many fear the future with apprehension, with a fear of facing the unknown, perhaps of something ominous awaiting them. Many even suggest the best of life is past, that they will never again experience the good times they once knew. But gratefully such has not been life's pattern. Reality is seldom as bad as our imagination fears.

The Best Part Of Life, February 1, 2006

When we were young, most of us were admonished by our parents to eat our vegetables before the desert. As adults, we are couseled to put business before pleasure. Most of our accomplishments follow this pattern. We put the time, the effort, the expense into a project, and then we reap the rewards and benefits. Those are the rules of the world, we are told. But sometimes life does not follow its own rules.

Sometimes it seems the best parts of life come first. Early on, we have a healthier challenge of youth. We have what seems like endless years to accomplish our wildest dreams. Nothing is beyond the realms of our aspirations. It is as though we are having our desert first in life.

Give What You Have, November 1

We have said in the past that none of us will pass through this life without affecting the lives of others, for no man or woman exists entirely unto themselves.

To some degree, we all depend upon one another. In fact, much of our own happiness is dependant upon others, and comes from those around us. But, interestingly enough, happiness is a result of what we give to our fellow man, not what we take. The most capable individual always seems to be the one most willing to give his time and talent to others.

We should all do well to follow one of John Wesley's simple rules of conduct for living.

What A Moment Can Bring, April 1

It was a clear morning when the family took a dirt road cut-off that edged along the mountaintop. Visibility allowed the sight of layer after layer of blue mountain ranges. They stopped in a meadow overlooking a green valley five thousand feet below to cook breakfast.

The promise of calm was soon broken; however, as they looked across the valley dark thunderclouds began to gather. A slight breeze became a wind, then the blue sky turned black, and rain began to pour on the valley below. The clouds boiled toward them, lightning licking the ridges, and the view disappeared below them. They had just closed the last car door when the rain came. There was nothing to do but sit in the car while the storm worked against them.

Listen To Your Coach, May 1

One distinguishing feature of our way of life is the increasing number of people who are involved in sports or athletic competition. Most young people now participate in some form of organized sports program. And, of course, spectator sports have become a major focus for the use of leisure time in many of our lives.

There are many positive results that can come from athletic competition. The rewards of disciplined practice, the thrill of pursuing an objective as a team, and the wisdom gained from the inevitable wins and losses are among those benefits.

There is another important lesson that successful athletes must learn. Regardless of the athletic powers or native ability, every individual who has aspirations to succeed in the world of competitive sports must first learn to listen to the coach - to listen to the person who has been there before, to the person whose judgement is born of long seasons of preparation and experience. In the coach's advice and counsel that must be place before the noisy urgings of the crowd or even before one's own instincts.

Where Father Lives, July 1

A father died and left a grieving child. "Where is my father now?" she asked, then paused. Scanning a family portrait, she saw his mark on every child, gone deep. One with the father's dark eyes, another with his height, large hands on still another to cup with comfort a slumping shoulder. "That's where my father lives", she cried. Then on into the day shew went, and the dark clouds grew thick around her and the light fled until she knew fear. The woorld is not a safe place", she said, "where is my father now"? When the others trembled and fell back, she kept walking, one footstep at a time, finding only safety in her soul. "That's where my father lives", she said. She came upon an ailing friend along the road and others hurried by. "When someone needs help is when they need it-not some other time", she had heard her father say. She had no time but she still stopped. That's where my father lives".

Let's Make Things Simple, August 1

For years we have indulged ourselves in the belief that our problems could be solved by the sciences. We have deluded ourselves with the idea that more knowledge, more technology and more science would provide the answers. But as valuable as knowledge and science are, they have not changed the nature of our problems, for most of the problems of man lie within the hearts of problems of human conduct and social behavior.

Although those difficulties come to us in modern dress, they are the same old problems that have always plagued mankind: greed, lust, desires for dominion over others, self-righteousness.

There Is No Cause For Panic, September 1

There are times in life when we are not sure what our next move will be, or what we should do in certain situations. It is on these occasions - when the seriousness of the difficulty and the need for a quick response makes us so uneasy, that many of us turn and run. But as Gandi said, "Panic is the most demoralizing state anyone can be in".

Through the ages men and women have panicked for many reasons, and the results have usually been very negative. Panic is a sudden, overpowering fear, and fear makes us irrational and irresponsible. It is impossible to think clearly when we are in a state of panic. To avoid this overpowering emotion, we must recognize some of the symptoms: a feeling of despair, the belief that there is no solution for our problems, the conviction that we are alone without help. Panic can occur suddenly or it can build slowly and gradually erode our common sense, leaving us stranded with our imagination running rampant.

Life's Impermanence, October 1

One of the great themes of literature has always been life's impermanence. Poets and playwrights have looked at the human condition and marveled that everything has its moment and then passes away almost beyond memory. The poet Robert Herrick, who wrote, "Gather ye rosebuds while ye may", was saying in his own way that the fresh flower of today will be withered tomorrow and dust eventually. And Shakespeare, who was quite taken with impermanence, noted, "Imperious Ceasar, dead and turned to clay, might stop a hole and keep the wind away". What is Ceasar now? In his time he could command armies with the wave of his hand. His slightest inclination became the law of Rome. His coming scattered fears and awe in the hearts of men. But now when we walk the broad plains where his armies fought, we can't even hear the echo of their trumpets. The glory that was ancient Rome is just so many ruins, a pleasant stop for tourists.

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Manor, TX 78653
Phone: 512-281-0056

Rev. Hans J. Lillejord, Pastor
Cell Phone: 512-947-9044

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