Billy Mays–Man of the Year

Before his death, you couldn’t miss the face of Billy Mays somewhere on TV pitching a product for you and me to buy. Here is an interesting article about him declaring Mays the “Man of the Year” (at least in the writer’s mind).

I watched several of the episodes of “Pitchmen” this year and found it interesting and informative about how the world of selling things really is on TV.

How many products that Mays pitched did you buy?

Mid-Week Stewardship Thought

Beginning Again

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). Sometimes it’s good to get back to the basics. When the whirlwind of holiday events and celebrations is over, it’s time to gather our wits and prepare for the coming year. Time to get our bearings. Time to think afresh. Time to take stock of the past year, for some remembering its blessings, for others, sorrowing over its setbacks.

Whether rejoicing or sorrowing, however, God is there with us. He laughs with us in our times of joy and wipes away our tears of sadness. He is always here. All it takes is a word from God’s mouth and there it is. He created it, He owns it, and He loans it to us for our use. In addition, all the time, He is there with us; never will He leave us (Hebrews 13:5). This is no time for regrets over the past, for God has forgiven and forgotten our sin. There is no cause for worry over what the New Year will bring, for God has already been there.

Each of us can make a new beginning; in fact, each day, each moment can be a new beginning. By God’s grace, let us make that new beginning, then, living according to God’s plan for us and managing the vast resources He has loaned to us to the best of our abilities, honoring Him in all we say, in the way we live, and through our generous offerings as we work to make His name known.

Prayer: Lord, we thank You for Your grace that gives us new life and a new beginning. Amen.

Lessons and Hymns for Second Sunday after Christmas

The lessons you will hear:

1 Kings 3:4-15
Psalm 119:97-104
Ephesians 1:3-14
Luke 2:40-52

The hymns we will sing:

Once in David’s Royal City (LSB 376)
Within the Father’s House (LSB 410)
From Heaven Above to Earth I Come (LSB 358), verses 1-10
From Heaven Above to Earth I Come (LSB 358), verses 11-15

The Temptation of Athletes

My athletic achievements wouldn’t fill any more than one line in any history: He just wasn’t good enough.

But there are countless others who have achieved high status through their God-given skills in the arena of sports. Here is a perspective of what they face.

Temptations are real for all of us but they take a different turn for those who receive fame and fortune for their abilities.

May the Lord watch over all of us and keep us from temptation.