One More Thing with Pastor Tim Burchill 6.17.2024

Here is an illustration that I wanted to include this past Sunday but ran out of time.

Comedian Turns Snarky Reply into Generosity

        As a veteran comedian and improv actor, Patton Oswalt is known to have a ready retort for anyone heckling or giving him grief. But one particular time, his response caught his antagonist by surprise.

       It started with a sarcastic tweet at President Trump. A Trump supporter named Michael Beatty tweeted back in response, lobbing accusations and insults at Oswalt. Out of curiosity, Oswalt began scrolling through Beatty’s Twitter timeline. What he found took him by surprise, which prompted Oswalt to tweet the following admission: Aw, man. This dude just attacked me on Twitter and I joked back but then I looked at his timeline and he’s in a LOT of trouble health-wise … He’s been dealt some [terrible] cards—let’s deal him some good ones. Click and donate—just like I’m about to.

       The link that followed was to a GoFundMe account dedicated to help cover the burgeoning costs of care for Beatty’s health condition, which included diabetes and ketoacidosis. Because of Oswalt’s efforts at donation and promotion, the campaign began trending on social media, and has since exceeded several times over Beatty’s initial goal of $5,000.

       Beatty responded to Oswalt with this: “You have humbled me to the point where I can barely compose my words. You have caused me to take pause and reflect on how harmful words from my mouth could result in such an outpouring.”

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One of the Biggest Rats of All Time?

          CNBC ran a story on its website listing the worst CEO’s of all time.  At the top of their list was Dick Fuld. Can you be in the rat race and not become a rat?  Sure, with God’s help you can.  But if you’re going to lead in a Christ-like way, I’m guessing you want to avoid some of Fuld’s character flaws....

The Irrepressible Forgiveness of Our God

 

We just finished an important sermon series on the power of forgiveness to heal our souls, restore our relationships, and bring us into a right relationship with God. 

This is a prayer that Pastor Aj wanted to pray yesterday but ran short of time to do.

Read the prayer here:  

Comedian Turns Snarky Reply into Generosity

Here is an illustration that I wanted to include this past Sunday but ran out of time.

A Word From My New Research Assistant

      Being able to forgive ourselves—our ability to allow God’s amazing grace to uncover, weed out, and heal our guilt and shame—is never easy, but it is critical to our growth as children of God.  The following is what the new, improved ChatGBT came up with in terms of articles online that might help—at least in a secular, psychological context.  Go ahead and click on the links if you want to follow up.

Anger: It’s Worse Than You Think

You can’t be a faithful practitioner of Christianity if you don’t keep a tight rein on your words and how you share them with others.

Anger & Forgiveness

Reflecting on Ryan's message, and looking forward to sharing "We Do Need An Anger Wrangler" with everyone on June 2. See you on Sunday!