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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 10, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas HefaJdZeBung Friday March iChurchLife pi To talk with Managing Editor Mark Lyon about Church Life call 6259144 6x121 Church Life Gene ShefiMime Simple is the greatest truth of all Former Princeton Seminary professor Samuel Moffett recently told a group ofPresby terian lead ers a true story every preacher should bear Years ago he said a theology professor from Yale visited a mission in North Korea One of the things this Christian educa tor wanted to do during his jun ket was to preach in a country congregation so the mission provided him with an inter preter and sent him off to a church meeting in a rural Kore an village When it came time for the sermon die professor stood up and said to his waiting listeners All thought is divided into two categories the concrete and the Dr Moffett says The Kore an interpreter looked at die tiny congregation sitting with eager attention on the floor of the lit tle grand mothers barefoot and made a quick Dear he translated for the professor I have come all the way from America to tell you about the Lord Jesus Christ Fortunately the peasant members of that little church that day heard a clear statement of the gospel and never once suspected what the learned pro fessor thought he was telling them Some of us who preach on this side of the ocean need an interpreter like that dont we We need somebody who can translate the musty theology and the doctrinal hairsplitting in our Sunday sermonizing into simple truths that will help everyday people to find Gods grace in Mondays marketplace When the famous theologian Karl Barth was an old man he spoke one day to a group of seminarians A gaggle of preacherstobe One of the wannabe clergy men buttonholed the great teacher after his speech Dr he asked with starry eyes in all your years of research and theological study what is the greatest truth you have discovered Expecting Dr Barth to launch into an abstruse complicated dissertation on some weighty topic the student was stunned by the old mans answer The most important thing Ive learned is Dr Barth smiled And then shocked the expectant students by reciting Jesus loves me This I know for the Bible tells me Could any Christian preacher say it better Gene Shelburne is a pastor in Amarillo A GOD WITH SKIN ON This last year or so Jan and I have been fortunate enough to travel around the working with churches and their Family Intimacy programs It has been the fulfillment of a lifelong goal Besides the joy that comes from doing some thing that really matters are the added benefits of staying at nice hotels eating out at fine restaurants and being with the many people that Dennis Gallaher think you know a lot more than you actually do and treat you accordingly Life on the road has been grand Oh sure there are the hassles of scheduling arranging for the care of our kids and the inevitable pile of mail to deal with on the other end but I will gladly take the tradeoff Traveling for us has become one of lifes little pleasures I was beginning to think that it was a tough lifestyle to beat After all being the pastor of a small church can be limiting Part of the enjoy ment in flying here and there has been that my impact is much greater than before And deal ing with people problems on a daytoday basis can you know But then Tuesday night the phone rang It was about and so I turned up the answer ing machine to see if it was really necessary to pick it up An old friend was calling from his car phone Things had not been going well and life had crashed in around him Could I meet him he asked Would I mind if he came for a little visit The night wore on past midnight and we talked He confessed sin and 1 forgave He wept and my heart broke with his He made plans to rebuild and I encouraged him He tried to pick up the pieces of brokenness and foolish living and I said no let me I was reminded again of what I was called to do Beyond preaching or writing beyond flying here and there beyond die things that bring the pat on the back I am called to walk alongside those who are who need a friend And Im really no different than you Really Im not Weep with those who It is the simplest of exhortations to all who are called children of God Written to the per secuted church at Rome by Paul it was instruc tions on how to love with great practicality Yet how often we complicate our mission of walking with one another How often we mud dy the crystal clear waters of refreshing love with answers to questions not asked and criti cism to the already emotionally battered A little boy wakes late at night afraid of the dark He yells for his father to come and com fort him His father absorbed in the adult world yells back to the boy Dont be afraid son God is with To which the boy promptly replies I know God is with me Dad But right now I need a God with skin on To weep with those who weep means to allow God to demonstrate His great compas sion through you It means that you are called to be God with skin on to someone who des perately needs you to walk alongside for while But we get caught up in being able to give the right answers dont we And it is the least important things that are most often given at times of trouble Think about it When you are hurting are you really looking for a good logi cal reason for your pain Are you looking for a wellconstructed excuse that would explain why things happened Others like Jobs friends are convinced that criticism of a persons behavior is what will straighten things out And then there is the silent response With a quick shrug of the shoulders some dismiss emotional pain by simply refusing to acknowledge it But anyone can care Anyone can walk alongside and listen Anyone can weep with those who weep The equation would look like this In other words the best way to minister to emotional pain is to respond with emotions Not logic reason criticism or silence Simply put weep with those who weep Christianity works best when those of us who claim it really use it Ive decided that the trips and nice hotels and accolades from those who think Im really somebody are nice but they really dont touch lives like weeping with a friend who has made a mess of his life Because what most people need is not another pat answer but someone to come alongside and care What most people really need in other words is a God with skin on Dennis Gallaher is pastor of Freedom Fel lowship Church of New Dr Bruce Larsen to speak at breakfast Author of 23 books to speak at Founders Day Breakfast event From staff reports On March 21 the Founders Day Prayer Breakfast spon sored by the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce will feature the inter nationally known inspirational Rev Dr Bruce speaker Rev Dr Larsen Bruce Larson Dr Larson has authored 23 books three of which were coauthored by Keith Miller Some of his most recent titles are Living Beyond Our Fears The Pres ence Faith for the Journey and A Call to Holy Living His newest book is What God Wants to Know Dr Larson has degrees from Prince ton Theological Seminary Boston University Eastern College and Scat tic Pacific University After serving churches in Bing hamton New York and Pana Illinois he began a conference ministry for the parachurch organization Faith at Work In 1973 he began a research project on human wholeness funded by the Lilley Endowment and admin istered through Princeton Theologi cal Seminary In 1980 he returned to fulltime parish ministry work as Senior Pastor of University Presby terian Church in Seattle During his 10year ministry God increased membership by 100 and giving by Participation in overseas St Josephs Chapel The Knights of Columbus will feature St Josephs Chapel in their his toric New Braunfels Site Tour April from 1 to 5 All pro ceeds will benefit the Childrens Center and Comal Chapter of Habitat for Humanity The Chapel located on FM 482 can easily be found by taking exit 180 on I35 The site was begun in the 1860s for school and weekly religious services Advanced tickets are S8 and on both days through Lee Bailey ChinaNThings Henne Hardware NB Coffee HeraldZeitung and The Cottage in Gruene Sts Peter Paul The Knights of Columbus will feature Sts Peter Paul in their historic New Braunfels Site Tour April from 1 to 5 All proceeds will benefit the Childrens Center and Comal Chapter of Habitat for Humanity The oak tree next to the church is where the first Mass was held when the settlers arrived The church Is on lot as granted by German Emmigration can be found at the corner of N Castell and Bridge St Advanced tickets are and on both days through Lee Bailey ChinaNThings Henne Hardware NB Coffee HeraldZeitung and The Cottage in Gruene ministry and crosscultural missions exploded In 1990 Dr Larson accepted a co pastor position at the Crystal Cathe dral in Garden Grove California founded by Dr Robert In March of 1994 he became the Minis teratLargc for the Crystal Cathedral In addition to his pastoral ministry Dr Larson serves on the Boards of Seattle Association for Theological Educa tion Northwest Oncology Foundation Habitat for Humanity and Christian Conciliation Services of Puget Sound He is the founding Academic Dean of the International School of Christian Communication and an adjunct pro fessor at Fuller Theological Seminary The people of New Braunfels will appreciate the caliber of speaker rep resented by Dr Larson as the keynote speaker for the Founders Day Prayer Breakfast which will begin at 7 Tickets arc S10 per person and can be purchased at the Chamber Sts Peter Paul Catholic Church St Paul Luther an Church First Protestant Church and New Braunfels Presbyterian Church located on Howard The Chamber is encouraging group pur chases by churches clubs business es friends and families In consideration of the historical sig nificance of the prayer breakfast a sell out crowd is expected therefore buy your tickets early Area briefs FUMC presenting Lenten luncheons each Friday Every Friday during Lent First United Methodist Church will pre sent the Lenten Community Lunches from These arc ecumenical services for the entire community and will be held in Wesley Hall located in the back of the church off of Mill Street On Friday March 17 the guest speaker will be Msgr Eugene OCallaghan of Sts Peter Paul Catholic Church of New Braunfels Everyone is asked to bring a sack lunch and the church will provide beverages For more information call 625 4513 NBCA students to clean Park Today from New Braunfels Christian Acade my will be contributing their time to clean and spruce up Msgr OCaUaghan Landa Park in anticipation of New Braunfels 150th Birthday Celebration Their jobs will include washing and waxing the antique fire engine polishing the plaques surrounding Founders Oak and lots of general cleaning This work will benefit our community and give the stu dents a real sense of pride and accomplishment Rev Higgins to speak at FUMC Lenten luncheon Rev Daryl Higgins minister of First Protestant Church will be the guest speaker at the Community Lenten Lunch today The ecumenical lunches sponsored by First United Methodist Church will take place every Friday during Lent from Everyone is asked to bring a sack lunch and the church will provide beverages The lunches will take place in Wesley Hall located on the back side of First United Methodist Church off of Mill Street For more informa tion call 6254513 The to be featured at Calvary Baptist The one of the most widely used Christian films in the country with nearly 5000 showings will be shown at Calvary Baptist Church 2386 San Anto nio on this evening at 7 Its the story of Liz Watson who writes a series of anti God and antichurch editorials for her news magazine St Anns Christian Mothers to meet Thursday March 16 St Anns Christian Mothers Altar Society will meet on Thursday March 16 at 2 in the Knights of Columbus Hall For more information call Elsie Kncupper at 625 5568 Pallas Christian College Choir to perform Saturday The membership of Community Christian Church is pleased to announce the Dallas Christian College Concert Choir will be performing Saturday evening March 11 at 7 at the Oak Run Elementary School on Highway 46 west The DCC Concert Choir touring south Texas during their spring break and will be in San Antonio on Sunday at Castle Hills Christian Church Dallas Christian College is a fouryear undergraduate school specializing in the training of men and women for ministry and missions work Community Christian Church is presently meeting at the Oak Run Elementary School and is in the process of building the first phase fo their new worship facility on the comer of Briarbcnd and Old McQuccny Rd All in attendance will be blessed and encouraged not only be the beauty of the music and talent of the choir but more importantly by the strcnth and power of the Lord presented in song For more information call the church office at 620 7174 or 6290663
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