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Friday, July 20, 2007

Food for thought...just an article I came over

John Aldax
March 31, 2006

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I've been studying the Bible for 30-plus years and it still mystifies me at times. Take for instance Matthew 4:18-20. Jesus is walking beside the Sea of Galilee and sees two commercial fishermen, Peter and Andrew. He approaches them and says, "follow me" and "At once they left their nets and followed him."

Imagine that you're busy at work and Jesus walks in and says to you, "Follow me," and you just drop what you're doing and join him - not just for the afternoon but for a lifetime. This is a major career change that's decided upon on the spot.

In order to make some sense of Peter and Andrew's actions, it helps to remember the cultural setting. This was a culture in which the Hebrew Scriptures were the hub of life. At age 6 a young Jewish boy would begin his studies, which lasted until he was about 10. During those years he would be required to memorize the entire Torah - the first five books of the Bible.

After this phase, formal education would end for average students who would begin an apprenticeship or begin learning the family business. But, the brightest students would progress to the next level of their education during which they would memorize the rest of the Hebrew Scriptures - in our Bibles that would encompass the entire Old Testament.

Formal education usually ended here for most students at the age of 14 or 15, but the very brightest, the cream of the crop, the elite, could apply to become a rabbi's disciple. The rabbi would scrutinize them carefully to determine their suitability. It was much like our way of developing major league baseball players. Anyone can play Little League, fewer are invited to play on a high school team, even fewer on a college team, and still fewer are chosen to play on a minor league team. As cream rises to the top of the milk, only the "cream of the crop" make it to the majors. In Jesus' day only the best of the best were invited to "follow" a rabbi.

Rob Bell, of Mars Hill Church, makes a helpful observation. "If (Peter and Andrew) are fishermen and Jesus, a Jewish rabbi, calls them to be his disciples, then they're not following another rabbi; and if they're not following another rabbi, they're not the best of the best. They didn't make the cut." The marvel of Christianity is that it "is a movement of anybodies and he (Jesus) calls them - the junior varsity, the 'B' team, the 'not-good-enoughs.' He calls them to be his disciples, and they changed the course of human history."

Now here's my point. The goal of a disciple wasn't just to know what the rabbi knew - it was to be like the rabbi in order to spread the rabbi's "yoke," his particular theology. That's exactly what the first disciples did and what their disciples following them did. They didn't change the course of history by bigger-than-life evangelistic campaigns, or by forming powerful political action committees. Christianity spread throughout the Roman Empire because Christians learned to live like Jesus lived - serving people in humility and joy.

How are we doing?

-John Aldax is a teaching pastor at Sierra Community Church.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Chuck Norris

As a teenager, Chuck had sex with and impregnated every woman in a small nunnery tucked away into the hills of Tuscany, in Italy. Nine months later, those nuns gave birth to the 1972 Miami Dolphins, the only unbeaten and untied team in NFL history.

This made me laugh becuase of all the times I was asked if I was becoming a nun

Jen Nash

Friday, July 06, 2007

Here is something I found to be funny hope all is well and had a fabulous Fourth

The value of a Catholic education and a #2 pencil (this is too cute)!....You don't even have to be Catholic to appreciate this one.
Little Mary Margaret was not the best student in Catholic School . Usually she slept through the class.

One day her teacher, a Nun, called on her while she was sleeping. "Tell me Mary Margaret, who created the universe?"

When Mary Margaret didn't stir, little Johnny who was her friend sitting behind her, took his pencil and jabbed her in the rear.

"God Almighty!" shouted Mary Margaret. The Nun said, "Very good" and continued teaching her class.

A little later the Nun asked Mary Margaret, "Who is our Lord and Savior?"
But Mary didn't stir from her slumber Once again, Johnny came to her rescue and stuck Mary Margaret in the butt.

"Jesus Christ!!!" shouted Mary Margaret and the Nun once again said,"Very good," and Mary Margaret fell back asleep.

The Nun asked her a third question..."What did Eve say to Adam after she had her twenty-third child?" Again, Johnny came to the rescue.

This time Mary Margaret jumped up and shouted, "If you stick that damn thing in me one more time, I'll break it in half!"
The nun fainted...........