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Today I was reminded why exactly 2 years ago today I walked into the church I am attending and fell in love with them. They showed me that the body of Christ wasn’t made up of “Perfect” people and that “Everyone” is welcomed. This is something that I haven’t seen much at other churches that I have attended in the past. Don’t get me wrong, the other churches mean a lot to me and I found some of the greatest Christian mentors in them but felt not everyone was willing to be authentic.

Pastor Pete reminded me this morning why Cross Point is so different. We started a new series titled “Religion Lies.” Religions have begun to add to the equation of Salvation.

Jesus + (insert what you like here) = Salvation

For me I struggled with inserting smoking, drinking, tattoos, premarital sex, adultery, and the list goes on. Somewhere along the way in the church I was made to feel that people are horrible people if they fell in these categories. I thought these where horrible sins, sins worse than a little white lie. I was conditioned to think this at a very young age. I remember thinking bad about families I knew that had beer or wine in their house. It was hard for me to over come that and that I am not called judge or put them in the categories.

We have to remember the first Bible verse that we were taught.

“For God so Loved the World that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

No where in this verse does it say, “Whoever believes in him and doesn’t smoke, drink, have tattoos, commit adultery, ect shall not perish.” The equation is:

Jesus = Salvation

Also about today:

Cross Point launched their North Campus today. God has led me there to help lead in Kidz World under the guidance of Suzette Sanderfer and teach kindergarten and 1st grade class. It was amazing experience as I walked in today and reflected on the past 2 years there. I have been introduced to some great leaders of the church that have taken me under there wings and have helped me grow and have given me the opportunity to minister. With the church the size it is, I was afraid I might get lost in the crowd but they haven’t let that happen. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for Cross Point North in the upcoming weeks, months, and years. I pray that we don’t forget that “No One is Perfect, Everyone is Welcome, and Anything is Possible.”

Elmer’s Glue is the all-time best selling glue in America.

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Elmer’s has been around since 1960 and if you wherever a child I know you had a bottle (or stick) at some point in your life. 

I had a friend tell me the other day how you can use Elmer’s Glue as Biore Strips to clean out your pours.  A small bottle of Elmer’s cost less than $1, which is allot cheaper than $6 for 12 Biore Strips. I think I might have to try it. This must be fairly popular. There are several videos on YouTube and even found this disclaimer on a webpage.

Elmer’s Glue disclaimer: When using Elmer’s Glue as a beauty treatment, one should make sure they are not allergic to the product. While I don’t know the statistics of “Elmer’s Glue allergy,” there is a chance that someone, somewhere, is allergic to the stuff. Also, I would like to add that when applying glue to your face, it is not advisable to apply glue anywhere near the eyes to prevent the possibly hazardous “Glued Eye Syndrome.” Likewise for the mouth area.

What are some things you do with Elmer’s Glue besides using it for it real purpose?

  

 

 

Last week I began seeing March Flowers (a.k.a. daffodils) start popping up around town.  I have always loved them, maybe just because that is the first sign of spring and after a few months of dead winter I’m ready for spring to bloom. 

Here in Nashville, we had a nice snow fall on the first day of March.  Watching the snowflakes fall I was reminded of my grandmother saying she never saw a March Flower without a snowflake.  After listening to my grandmother tell me this so many times as a child, I still wait patiently after seeing the first March Flower for a flurry or two.

GrandGrand reminded me today that it isn’t quite spring yet. 

I love you and miss you.

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I’ve been thinking alot today about my love for ragged bridges in the woods.  Bridges always been significant through out my childhood and as I have grown older.  I don’t know what it is about them that I love.   

What childhood memories have you been think about lately?