Month: March 2015

Forgiven

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To borrow a phrase from the great southern humorist Lewis Grizzard, let me say that, “I’m American by birth; southern by the grace of God!” I’m also a Tennessee boy, born and raised In Memphis. But I must say that my allegiance is pretty much divided now. Having lived in Arkansas 30+ years it has become my second home, and it is no mistake that we are called The Natural State.

I remember as if it were yesterday when Elvis was king. It was always sort of strange living in the same town with such a universal celebrity. Apparently at the end of his concerts no one would leave the facilities. People wanted him to come back out for another encore. On his concerts videos an announcer would say to the crowds, “Elvis has left the building!”

As is the way with everyone who lives, Elvis has “left the building.” He is dead and won’t be back. That is not out disrespect for the man…I even wear a pair of blue suede shoes. Hey, if you are from Memphis you have to own at least one pair.

It was also in Memphis that I met another Man. This was the same Man that after His death Mary Magdalene went to His tomb to anoint Him and was told:

Mark 16:6 And he *said to them, “Do not be amazed; you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen; He is not here; behold, here is the place where they laid Him.

The Apostle Paul tells us:

1 Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,

This weekend City Church has an great opportunity. There are people all around each and everyone one of us that will be looking for a church to attend. Do you realize that statistics tell us that 85% of people will accept an invitation to church…if someone would ask them?

There will be people here that haven’t been to church in a long time. Some haven’t been since last Easter. Some haven’t been in years. Many used to attend but for some reason quit…and now they are giving God and the church one more chance. Let’s be prayerful. Let’s be ready. Let’s be joyful. Let’s be willing to serve!

City Church Texarkana

Saturday, April 4, 7pm
Sunday, April 5, 8am
Sunday, April 5, 10am

In Christ Alone
Robert H. McCarver
Directional Pastor

“Live long and prosper”

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Last Friday we lost an icon from my/our childhood. Leonard Nimoy who played Spock on the TV series “Star Trek” passed away last Friday and “trekkies” everywhere in the world mourned. I remember as a child watching Star Trek in the afternoons after school and watching Spock and Captain Kirk escape all kinds of situations as they fought for justice. They never lost.

Spock was known for his logic (from his Vulcan heritage) but had traits of loyalty and self-sacrifice from his human side. One quote from Nimoy’s character I remember was from 1982:

“The needs of the many, outweigh the needs of the few.” As he gave his life for the Starship Enterprise and all her crew.

The New York Times in a interview with Nimoy quoted him saying:

“To this day, I sense Vulcan speech patterns, Vulcan social attitudes and even Vulcan patterns of logic and emotional suppression in my behavior,” Mr. Nimoy wrote years after the original series ended. But that wasn’t such a bad thing, he discovered. “Given the choice,” he wrote, “if I had to be someone else, I would be Spock.”

I read that world wide more people are more aware of who “Spock” was than the name or person “Leonard Nimoy.”

What a great illustration for us that follow Christ. What if Jesus’ followers really started acting, living and loving as Jesus did? What if all we were about was letting people see Jesus instead of us? What if we were about making his name known more than our own?

In Gods word we read As all of us reflect the glory of the Lord with unveiled faces, we are becoming more like him with ever-increasing glory by the Lord’s Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18

Our goal should be like that of John the Baptist as we read in John 3:30 “He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.

What if we could say  “If I had to be someone else, I would be Jesus?”

That’s the real way to “live long and prosper.”

Jim Turley
Associate Pastor
City Church Texarkana