In-person worship services will be held as scheduled this Sunday. Please use discretion when determining whether roads are safe for your personal travel.
If you are unable to travel, consider joining worship online HERE at 7:30, 9, 11 or 5pm, on-demand at Resurrection’s YouTube channel, or on TV at KMCI 38 at 8am or 11am.
We are watching the weather and at this time the Car Show is still on as scheduled for the public, open from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. We will keep you updated as conditions change.
Luke 4:16, 6:12, 11:1
16 Jesus went to Nazareth, where he had been raised. On the Sabbath he went to the synagogue as he normally did and stood up to read.
12 During that time, Jesus went out to the mountain to pray, and he prayed to God all night long.
1 Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.
We end our “What the Tech?” study by asking “what if Jesus had an iPhone?” (No, we won’t exclude Android phones.) “We’ll consider five simple practices that Jesus’ followers have always pursued as they sought to walk with him. Jesus himself modeled these practices for us.” * The first one leads us to personal prayer and to community worship. Prayer and praise can happen daily, not just one day a week. Psalm 96:2, long before modern gratitude research, called us to thank God “every single day.”
O God, like the sun you always shine your love and mercy into my life, on good, ordinary and even bad days. Help me learn, and use tech tools well, to keep my focus on you every day. Amen.
Imagine sitting down on your couch, opening your phone, and seeing a new text message from Jesus. What would it say? If you could send Jesus a text message, what would you text him about?
Technology gives us the amazing ability to be able to talk to anyone, anywhere, at any time. It’s like a superpower, the ultimate form of connection, but how can we use this connection for good? What would Jesus say in a text message?
We have so many examples of how Jesus interacted with people in the Scriptures. Jesus wept with people that were mourning. He healed people that were sick. He taught wisdom and sometimes hard lessons to people that needed to hear it. If Jesus could send text messages, he would send parables to explain some of the hard truths and guide us to the amazing life that he has for us! When life was hard, he would text us that we are not alone. When life was great, he would celebrate with us! Above all else, Jesus would say that he loves us. God loves us. Every time that you opened your phone there would be another message that says, “I love you, my child.”
The great news is, even though Jesus does not literally send you text messages, we have his word at our fingertips anytime through Scripture! The stories and words of Jesus live eternally through the words of the Bible, and in our hearts when we take the time to read it and memorize it! On top of that, we have prayer. When we pray, we are even closer to God then we could ever be with a simple text message. Technology is a great tool for communication, but God gave us an even better one in the Holy Spirit, a connection much deeper and more profound than any kind of technology could ever be.
So, what about us? How are we going to use our technology the way that Jesus would? Who in your contacts needs a message of love and encouragement without judgment? How can you be the hands and feet of Jesus when you get online to interact with others?
Let’s be like Jesus, and always send messages of love, healing, and kindness to everyone we can!
* Hamilton, Adam. The Walk. Abingdon Press. Kindle Edition.