Today’s service at LPC was the second in the series entitled, “Loaded”, and
dealt with treasure, possessions and values.
The warm-up video featured a new “Our man-on-the-street,” Phillip, the
Citizen Cane, Johnson, who interviewed ‘youts’ on a street, er.. sofa,
about what their idea of a Life Group was. Each had a take that diverged
significantly from what makes our Life Groups kick, and therein lies the
irony of the humor: each stated they had never attended one. Come on
peeps, step up and sign up while there is room up in here, in
the Life-Group of your choice. Great man-on-the-street, great vid.
Who needs The Gypsy Kings? The musical portion of the worship was all
male and all guitar. While we missed the beauty of the female voice, harmonies and the ease with which they can be looked at, the good
ol’ boys featuring two Santoyo Bros led us in worship and left us to
greet one another in the interlude between music and message with a
classic Good Ol’ Boy Johnny Cash Song, “Ring of Fire”, and
Alex failed to resist the temptation to say in conclusion, “Hello, I’m
Johnny Cash!” We all knew he was lying with our eyes closed. It simply
re-enforced the myth that every real man fantasizes about being a
red-neck. There were loads of laughter at the improbable as we greeted
each other. Those Santoyos are such a gas, you gotta love ’em. We cannot
overlook Robert and Billy Finch and their wry sense of humor, especially Robert’s preference in nail coverings.
Well, the message by Trav was so interesting and so real-life because it
was so true. Our possessions, like our pets, wind up owning us.
Americans are rich and do not appreciate the richness and loftiness of
our financial status amidst the nations of the world. If an American
household makes $20,000 per year, it is in the top 5% of the world’s
But, we are blessed to be a blessing according to Genesis 12:1,2 and we
must realize our possessions are temporary while our futures are
everlasting. We have a treasure principle outlined in Luke 12:15-21 and
Matthew 6:19-21: you love what you invest your treasure in. If you want
to change your values, change where you put your treasure and,
inversely, if you want to change your treasure, change your values.
The big takeaway for me was the aphorism, “if you don’t need it, seed it
where it is needed.” 1Timothy 6:17.
That’s the Ol’ Atom-Splitter’s take on August 31, 2008 Life-Pointe