The Weekly Babble

Getting Ready for Christmas

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 12/24/2018 - 06:21

Have you heard or been asked this question recently, “Are you ready for Christmas?”  This is a question only asked in December.  Christmas purchases may start heavily in November, but concentrated focus on Christmas does not begin until December.  Once Thanksgiving has passed and everyone has returned home and to work, thoughts of Christmas begin to heat up.  Decorations come out of attics, closets and garages.  Recipes are pulled out, Christmas cards are prepared, and lists are made and check marks applied.  People are getting ready for Christmas. 

Miraculous Mothers

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 12/17/2018 - 10:15

Tonight we will be performing our Christmas Musical.  The guidance for the play primarily comes from the Gospel of Luke.  Luke gives the most detailed description of the events surrounding the birth of our Lord.  So it is only natural that his account of the Christmas story is read by more families and acted out by more churches this time of year than any of the other three gospels.  Something I really enjoy in Luke’s recalling is the attention he gives Mary.  Only Luke records the prayer and praise to God by Mary.  We often hear Mary’s youth highlighted in the Christmas story, but Luke nev

Grocery Store Blessings

Submitted by Chris Conly on Tue, 12/11/2018 - 06:31

This morning could not have been any better.  After dropping Olivia off at school and battling the mini vans, SUVs, and other assorted vehicles, I made my way to the grocery store.  What a delight seeing all the fruits and vegetables, the advertisements enticing me to purchase items I do not need, and the empty space where the one item I was craving should be sitting.  At least the basket I picked only pulled to one side and didn’t make clunking or screeching noises.  It was also a blessing to be able to go in the morning when the shoppers are few and my available minutes are fewer.  On thi

The Light Is Good

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 12/03/2018 - 08:23

Last night when Phyllis and I came home I noticed an odd lean with one of the cars parked in front.  My first thought was a flat.  Even though the odd angle seemed to be more than what would be caused by a flat tire, I still thought, “There must be a flat on the opposite front.”  We soon discovered a flat was involved but was not causing the lean.  The car was being lifted with a car jack, the tire and wheel were removed, and a young man was working on it with his wife helping with lighting duty.  They told us they were replacing a flat tire, but while it was off they were tending to other

Who Do You Look Like?

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 11/26/2018 - 08:30

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I certainly did.  All the Thanksgiving goodies were present.  There was fried and smoked turkey, ham, candied yams, many more side dishes and a buffet covered with pies.  Football was on the television and lives were being shared.  There were layers and generations of families, and a couple of dogs begging for the attention of everyone.  To top it all off, the weather could not have been better.  It was a day to give many thanks to the Lord.  I even had the pleasure of sharing Thanksgiving in two homes.  No, I did not eat two meals, as tempting

We Need to Practice

Submitted by Chris Conly on Tue, 11/20/2018 - 10:10

We just finished our first practice for our Christmas musical.  First, I want to thank Cathy our Worship Leader for her desire to have a Christmas presentation and her hard work to make it all happen.  The practice went great.  It lasted a little over two hours and the time spent was worth it.  We received our scripts a few weeks ago so we could get familiar with our parts and songs before the first practice.  Being able to review at home helped, but it is not like practicing together and on the real stage.  Practice is necessary before a performance.  We all know that.  We know the more ti

A Set Apart Defense

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 11/12/2018 - 08:02

 Today is November 11th, Veterans Day.  Veterans Day is on this day because on the 11th hour of the 11th day in the 11th month of 1918, the Allies and Germany put into effect an armistice to end the fighting of WWI.  The day was originally named Armistice Day and was set aside to honor World War I veterans.  Since World War I did not turn out to be the war to end all wars an

Making Every Day Friday

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 11/05/2018 - 17:17

I am writing this on Friday, the end of the work week for many.  Friday is a distinctive day even if you are not on a Monday through Friday work schedule.  There is just something about Friday that sets the day apart.  It could be that Saturday is so special that its eve is held in high regard.  Naw,  that’s too complicated.  Let’s don’t go messin up Friday by thinking too much.  Fridays are just cool, and there is a chain of successful restaurants to prove it.  We all love our Fridays. 

2018 Fall Festival

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 10/29/2018 - 08:10

Saturday, Golden Meadows hosted our 2018 Fall Festival.  God brought us beautiful weather and there was excitement in the air.  We had games and food and vehicles displaying some very creative minds.  We also were blessed to have Super Sam make an extended appearance.  We were ready to meet new people and welcome them to our church.  Everything was in place and it was time for the people, but there was no traffic jam waiting to get in.  Where were the people?  We had prayed for the event and spread the word, why wasn’t there any visitors yet?  Tic Toc, Tic Toc, still no kids hopping out of

Appreciation Days

Submitted by Chris Conly on Tue, 10/23/2018 - 18:46

October is pastor appreciation month, and to be specific, the second Sunday of October is appreciation day.  I want to say thank you to my wonderful congregation for showing their appreciation to their pastor, that would be me, last Sunday.  They cooked a full breakfast, brought donuts, and gave me cards and gifts.  It caught me by surprise and I enjoyed it very much.  I love a big breakfast.  The breakfast did take the place of Sunday school class.  Was that an added motivation?  Hmmmm?  Just kidding, we all love to share our lives and God’s Word during Sunday school.  I am grateful for an