Join Lead Pastor, Rollie Simmons, on a regular basis as he shares a little about what's going on in his heart, mind and life in general. Your comments are welcomed and encouraged.
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July 19, 2018
Annette and I were driving over to speak at youth camp this past weekend. As we got over the pass and came down the other side, suddenly traffic slowed down to a snail’s pace. Due to construction, there were barriers up causing all of the traffic to be funneled into one lane. Now I understand that we all need boundaries, but these were barriers.
Barriers are meant to restrict, to keep in, to keep out, and to separate. I think we are living in a society that seems committed to giving people specific identities and putting them in certain categories or groups. This creates barriers that restrict us from busting out of our lane and relating to one another. Jesus didn’t allow anyone to put him into a box. He defied the categories and barriers that the systems of the world had put up. He was told, “You can’t do that;” “You can’t talk to those people;” “You can’t go there.” Jesus broke through all of those barriers- for the sake of love. The world wants us to stay in the categories that have been assigned to us. For the sake of loving others, we must burst through those barriers.
May the Lord help us to build bridges rather than barriers.
May 31, 2018
I saw this quote the other day and I think it is good for all of us to consider: “You are you. Now isn’t that pleasant?”- Dr. Seuss
This is a great quote because it seems we can spend an awful lot of time wishing we were something or someone else. If not something or someone else entirely, we at least can find ourselves wishing certain thing were different about us. Oh, that we were taller or shorter. Oh, that we were smarter. Oh, that we were richer. Oh, that we were thinner. Oh, that we had more hair and straight teeth (insert Rollie here). I think you get the point.
The point of Dr. Seuss’s quote is that you are uniquely you and no one else can be you. What is uniquely you that others count on? Look up too? Admire? I am sure if you ponder this you will come up with several things, as long as you stop pondering only on what you wish was different about you. And, of course, it also needs to be said that this quote needs to apply to our view of the people around us. Honor those around you for who they uniquely are as opposed to what you wish they would be. I think we would all have a lot more peace within ourselves and in our relationships if we lived out Dr. Seuss’ advise.
I close with this: “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” Psalm 139:4
May 3, 2018
Well, Annette and I have recently experienced one of those left turns and there are some lessons I would like to share from our experience. One, once you’ve got your balance back, you are more equipped to adjust to the situation than you first thought. Two, God already has prepared your way forward. Three, the people closest to you will help you. Four, the new reality may actually end up being better than the old reality. Five, you can’t always predict these life changing events, but you can expect them-because that’s life!
So, on your trip down life’s road, realize that you are not usually the one driving. Things can happen in front of you that you didn’t expect but be of good cheer-you will adjust, and life will go on.
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
March 22, 2018
However, one girl raised her hand and asked, "What was Ms. Simmons afraid of?". Wow, great question! So I shared what I thought were some of Abbey's fears. At a deeper level I think the question was generated from a young lady trying to process how to deal with her own fears. I think that’s a great question to ask ourselves. If we can’t or won’t identify our fears then we stay controlled by those fears and don’t move forward in our lives. So let me ask you, what are you afraid of? And if someone close to you had to answer that question for you, would your answers be the same?
“The Lord is my light and my salvation whom should I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life whom should I dread? Psalm 27:1
January 18, 2018
December 28, 2017
Of course the real strategy should be to put those things away and then get rid of the bin all together, not to ever bring those things out again. So, as you take down some decorations and store them away, examine what should be put away in your life, heart or mind and get rid of it for good. 2018 here we come!
November 16, 2017
October 19, 2017
How much is that just like us as human beings? We crave attention. There is nothing wrong with wanting some attention. God made us that way so we could reflect His desire to know us and love us and for us to know Him and love Him. The sad thing is that sometimes we crave attention so badly we srtike out in hurtful and painful ways thinking that’s the only way we will get our needs met. I have seen too many painful and hurtful things done by people desiring attention.
Be careful when you feel the need for attention or affection that you don’t lose sight of your position as a child of God who promises to never leave us or forsake us. Set your attention on Him first and see what He has for you.
“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8
September 14, 2017
There's a side of it that I don't like so much though. Back to school now seems to mean that there is a life lesson, a leadership lesson, a relationship lesson, or a discipline lesson that generally carries some level of pain and disruption to the status quo. I love status quo, especially when it allows me to stay blind to areas of my life that should change or be addressed.
So, as the kids head back to school maybe we adults should be open to going back to school as well, whether we like it or not.
August 24, 2017
I pray today that you will know Jesus to be your rebuilder and your healer.
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