One More Thing with Pastor Tim Burchill 3.25.2024

Using Your Blessings to Bless Others
Sunday I talked about this passage from Luke 19:28-40: 

Jesus sent two of the disciples, saying, “Go into the village opposite, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat; untie it and bring it here.  If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this, ‘The Lord has need of it.’” 
 So those who were sent went away and found it as he had told them.  And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” And they said, “The Lord has need of it.” And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their garments on the colt they set Jesus upon it. 

    I made the point that ultimately Jesus doesn’t want our most precious possessions.  Jesus wants us—our bad as well as our good.  Jesus wants to free us from our brokenness and guilt but in order to do that we need to be able to untie those things from our lives and turn over the reins to him.

    But it’s important that you don’t get me wrong.  When I said that’s not what Jesus wants from you, I didn’t mean that Jesus doesn’t want your car, home, pans, phone, and TV.  He still has need of those things, it’s just that he is waiting for you to offer them up in his name and out of the incredible grace he’s shown to you.  Nothing would please him more than to see you pass that grace onto others.

    You can use your car when the Lord has need of it. There are always folks who would love a ride to worship Sunday mornings.  There are always friends who need to be picked up from doctor appointments, driven to the airport, or who are looking for a pick up truck.
You can always offer your home as an act of hospitality for a small group, to get to know those who are new to the church, to invite neighbors in for dessert and to welcome them to the neighborhood.

    You can use those pans and that induction stove to create meals to be brought in for the recently hospitalized or for new parents or for single friends who might enjoy a serving of whatever great menu you’ve got planned for next weekend.

    You can use that fancy iPhone to make calls for the church, to check in on those who’ve lost a loved one or who need to hear a friendly voice.

    Oh yes, the Lord does have need of it too.  Our generous God would not have given you those gifts in abundance if God didn’t expect them to become pass through gifts in your grateful and appreciative hands.

    May you hold onto what you’ve been given with a looseness that allows you to be God’s blessing to others.

Archived Posts

POEM: "Easter is Judgment Day" 

   I love poetry, but I often find it more difficult to understand than simple prose.  It took me a long time to realize that poetry is supposed to call for an entirely different way of seeing and hearing.

From One Detective to Another

     The actual quote, that I was alluding to in Sunday’s sermon is from Sherlock Holmes.  It is: “When you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”

Using Your Blessings to Bless Others

When I said that’s not what Jesus wants from you, I didn’t mean that Jesus doesn’t want your car, home, pans, phone, and TV.  He still has need of those things...

One more thing about Pastor Jessica's message:

To Be Jesus’ BFF
       There are Bible scholars who have come to believe that Lazarus was probably the best friend Jesus had—outside his family and disciples.  He is often in the home of Mary, Martha, and their brother Lazarus.  When there, it feels like Jesus is in a place where he can let his hair down among friends.

Those With Eyes to See, Let Them See

    There are a lot of people who struggle with traveling if they aren’t in the front seat of the car.  But them in the back seat or in the third row at your own peril, because there’s a good chance they’re going to get car sick.  Some folks just have a predisposition to motion sickness.  Other folks were just too slow in calling “shotgun” and use this excuse to bump someone else out of the coveted passenger seat.

Synecdoche - Defining the Whole with a Single Part. 

         After first service, someone who supports Donald Trump came up to me and told me that they didn’t like me using Mr. Trump’s use of nicknames in the 2016 campaign—despite being spot on as an illustration of synecdoche.  They thought it put him in a negative light.  They pointed out that I rarely mention President Biden.  I get it. 

It’s Not What You Know, But Who You Know…

We ran out of time Sunday, during the reception of new members.  I wanted to ask them a series of questions of which they had to get three of the four right in order to be welcomed into our fellowship.  Here are the questions I proposed: