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A Message from Dr. Buckley
Finding Your Way Home

Writing from a prison cell in Rome, the apostle Paul wrote in Philippians 2:5Your attitude should be the same as that of Jesus Christ.


In Ephesians 5:1 Paul encourages us to be “imitators of Christ as dearly beloved children.


In Philippians 2:3-4 Paul challenges us to “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”


Ken Crocket tells of a woman named Carol who wanted to minister to her neighbor, Mrs. Smith. Carol baked a pie and carried it next door. When Mrs. Smith opened the door, she was surprised to see her holding a pie. She replied, "For me? Oh, thank you so much! You just don't know how much I appreciate it! You are so thoughtful for doing this! Thank you!"


Because Mrs. Smith liked the pie so much, Carol decided the next week to bake another one. When she took it over, Mrs. Smith opened the door and said, "Thank you so much. You are so kind!" She took another pie over the following week, and Mrs. Smith simply replied, "Thanks."  Carol took another pie over the next week and Mrs. Smith responded, "You are a day late with that pie."

The following week she baked her another pie. This time her neighbor said, "Try using a little more sugar and don't bake it quite as long. The crust has been a little bit hard lately. And next time, I want cherry filling. Did it ever occur to you that I might be getting tired of apple?"


The next week Carol was so busy, she wasn’t able to cook for her neighbor. When Carol passed her house on the way to the store, Mrs. Smith stuck her head out the window, yelled, "Where's MY PIE?!"


It is easy to take our blessings for granted, isn't it?  When God sends multiple blessings to us, we start thinking that we deserve them. Instead of being thankful, we start complaining. The process happens so slowly we often don't realize that it's happening to us.  Our attitude deteriorates like Mrs. Smith, the neighbor who became resentful and bitter.


Our attitude doesn't just affect our lives, but also everyone around you. Our attitude and the way we talk to people affects them --either positively or negatively.  God wants His children to be positive and encouraging. The apostle Paul said Philippian 4:8, "Whatever is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely and admirable, let your mind dwell on these things" Let’s ask God to help us apply this verse in our thought life and communication with those around us.

Dr. And
y Buckley
Interim Pastor
Contact the Interim Pastor at Dr. Andy Buckley.


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