Pastor Mark’s Blog
 
 

Having the Right Tool Makes all the Difference!

“The grass withers and the flowers fall,

but the word of our God stands forever.”    Isaiah 40:8

Once again, a few weeks ago, I was reminded how important it is to have the right tool for the job.

When we first moved into our house almost 10 years ago, the previous owner left his mulching mower for me to cut the grass. The house came with A LOT of grass to mow. The backyard slopes a great deal, so it’s not really safe to use a ride on mower. The owner talked about the physical benefits of walking and mowing with the self-propelled machine. I bought into the idea of the exercise, but quickly, I didn’t like the mulcher leaving the clumps of grass clippings and the cut weeds to sift back into the lawn. So, I went out and bought a new lawnmower with a catcher. I wanted a reliable one at a reasonable price – so how could I go wrong buying a Craftsman? $300 bucks later and I figured I was back on the road to a beautiful lawn.


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The Breakfast Club

 
 

“Come and have breakfast” – Jesus (John 21:12)

 

Back in 1985, John Hughes directed a film called, “The Breakfast Club”. The story was about five students, having nothing in common, spending a Saturday detention together in their high school library. At 7 a.m., they had nothing to say to each other, but by 4 p.m. they had bared their souls to each other and became trusted friends.

Twenty-four years earlier, in 1961, the film, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, winner of two Oscars, was a romantic comedy centered in New York City. It followed a delightful romance that blossomed between an eccentric city girl and her suitor.

A few years back, before I left on vacation, I was given the book, “Breakfast at Sally’s”, to be an inspirational read while on holiday. The book, written by Richard LeMieux, is his personal touching, timely, struggle with homelessness. Lemieux ate breakfast at Sally’s (the Salvation Army) – but he found so much more.

Every Tuesday, breakfast is served at 7 a.m. by a faithful group of men at Our Saviour’s. For over eight years, men have gathered for eggs and oatmeal, but so much more. We have laughed, discussed, differed, prayed and grown in our relationship with God and with one another.


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Every Eight Seconds

 
I recently read this article in the Lutheran Core Newsletter. Pastor Hales points to the power behind our senior members. It’s a great article and leads to a great source of strength while also recognizing an ongoing need. I hope it sparks your curiosity and interest.
 
Every Eight Seconds…
by Pastor Brad Hales, Reformation Lutheran, Culpeper, VA
What can we do in eight seconds? Tie our shoes? Turn on the television? Use the microwave? Make a cup of coffee with a Keurig? Eight seconds is very quick, isn’t it? But there is one thing that is happening every eight seconds in our country, and it’s going to continue for the next thirty plus years. 
So, what is it?

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