What Does Love Have To Do With It?

So . . . this week . . . has been big.

I’ve been posting next door on my blog, Kerrie L. Palmer, about the challenge to BE LOVE in RDC’s 40-day revolution.

Here’s the overview:

40-DAYS–BE INTENTIONAL

You may not think about the ways (path) of Jesus often or ever. You may know the truth of Jesus but you don’t live it. You may believe Jesus is the energy of life; yet, you settle.

OR.

You do fully engage with the Way (Path), Truth, and Energy Life.

BUT.

Whatever your story may be, your story will become better . . . and the world will change . . . as you intentionally live the values, attitudes, and actions of Jesus–to BE ALL you are intended to BE.

LIKEWISE

. . . your relationships to BE ALL they are intended to BE.

. . . your family to BE ALL they are intended to BE.

. . . your community to BE all they are intended to BE.

and . . .

Accept the challenge BE A PART OF A REVOLUTION: 40-days.

Key God-Word:

Jesus: “I am the path, the truth, and the energy of life.” (John 14:6, Voice)

The Key God Word we focused on from Sunday, May 14-until today, Saturday, May 20:

John 13:  Jesus: Now the Son of Man will be glorified as God is glorified in Him. 32 If God’s glory is in Him, His glory is also in God. The moment of this astounding glory is imminent. 33 My children, My time here is brief. You will be searching for Me; and as I told the Jews, “You cannot go where I am going.” 34 So I give you a new command: Love each other deeply and fully. Remember the ways that I have loved you, and demonstrate your love for others in those same ways. 35 Everyone will know you as My followers if you demonstrate your love to others.

In The Middle Of Nowhere

One of the most difficult places to be is in the middle of nowhere . . .

when loss bankrupts the soul . . . 

when the familiar leaves . . . 

when plans for the future are erased . . . 

when aloneness comes . . . 

and there does not seem to be a way out.  

One simple profound truth remains . . .  

in the middle of nowhere . . .

in the most unreasonable moments . . .

in surprising ways . . .

in purity and power . . .

love matters.  

One moment of love . . .

will give light in the darkness . . .

will give hope in the hopelessness . . . 

will give grace in the guilt . . .

will give life in the futility . . .

transforming the middle of nowhere to a sacred space to rest and heal.

I pray you will . . .

accept love when you are in the middle of nowhere . . .

and . . .

you will be love to those in the middle of nowhere.

Love matters–Kerrie

~I love RDC‘s 40-day revolution.  The world needs the church–you and I- more than ever to be love.  Be intentional. BE LOVE.  

There’s More To The Story

One of the many awesome privileges that I have as a pastor is sitting down and listening to someone’s story.  Most individuals tell me their story with the circumstances and the things people do or not do at the forefront.

BUT.

And, yes, this is a big BUT.

There’s more to the story.

The story’s message, which is the legacy of an individual, is how it’s all managed.

I’ve been so reminded of this through my friend, Barbie Dalke, who’s story should be entitled ELEGANT GRACE.  She’s been gone from this earth for almost a month.  I, along with hundreds of others, miss her each day.

Her story embodies grace and love, which will continue to speak forever.  Because . .  God, history, and experience has made it clear . . . LOVE NEVER ENDS.  A never-ending story continues to impact generation after generation.

The thing is . . .

the door is opened for all of humanity . . .

to be a part of God’s story of love.

It’s a matter of how we choose to manage our own story . . .

when we invite the purest and most powerful love into our lives . . .

the story never ends . . .

making a difference . . .

impacting generation after generation.

It’s a choice.

 Let the love of God be the “more” of your story.

–Be intentional.  BE LOVE–Kerrie

I Corinthians 13:8:  Love never ends  . . . (NRSV).  

The Church Should Not Be Silent

Sometimes I watch too much news.  I try not to do it.  It’s tiring and even, overwhelming.  I mean, things are in a mess.  And, it seems to me that HATE is a huge part of it all.  I’ve been in conversations with enough people to know I’m not the only one.  

In my perspective, this is a conversation the Church . . . capital C . . . needs to be in.  I know this might seem naive.  I’ve been in the Church for decades.  There are major mess-ups.  

BUT . . . 

God has entrusted the Church with pure and powerful love, which the world needs.  Now. 

I don’t think the Church can or should be silent when it comes to hate.  Ever. 

I’ve lived long enough to have seen hate immediately displaced when there’s love.  Hate is confused by love.  Always.

Could it be that we are betraying God by not making more of an effort to love?  

Are we willing to let the things which are not based on love to go to the grave?  

The thing is . . .  to put something in the grave . . .  is to let go and to let go is to forgive.  If, we are honest, it’s requires incredible grace to forgive those who don’t deserve forgiveness. 

Isn’t that us?  None of us deserve forgiveness; yet, all of us need forgiveness. 

So, what does this mean for today?

Here’s what I know to be true . . . when hate is let go and put in the grave . . . love will be resurrected.  As far as I’m concerned, it’s time to let go of what does not belong and resurrect love in our lives.  

Here’s how the Apostle Paul explained it to the early church in the ancient days:  Be a living testimony of God’s love.

I pray the Church will not be silent but, rather, a loud living testimony of love. 

 Be intentional. Be love.  –Kerrie

Ephesians 2:4-10:  But God, with the unfathomable richness of His love and mercy focused on us, united us with the Anointed One and infused our lifeless souls with life—even though we were buried under mountains of sin—and saved us by His grace. He raised us up with Him and seated us in the heavenly realms with our beloved Jesus the Anointed, the Liberating King. He did this for a reason: so that for all eternity we will stand as a living testimony to the incredible riches of His grace and kindness that He freely gives to us by uniting us with Jesus the Anointed. 8-9 For it’s by God’s grace that you have been saved. You receive it through faith. It was not our plan or our effort. It is God’s gift, pure and simple. You didn’t earn it, not one of us did, so don’t go around bragging that you must have done something amazing. 10 For we are the product of His hand, heaven’s poetry etched on lives, created in the Anointed, Jesus, to accomplish the good works God arranged long ago (Voice).  

My Rant Against Crazy

I think our world is having a crazy moment.  Or something.  I seriously would love to but everyone in a world-wide time-out and let them think about what really matters.  I mean come on.

We need each other.  Let me say this again.  We need each other.  Stop being against each other.  Work it out.

Yes.  I’m very aware that people want their own way, are self-absorbed, and often downright cruel.  But, it seems worse than ever right now.  Or, maybe I’m less tolerant of the humanity problems built on “what’s in it for me?”

It seems to me that human beings disapprove, disappoint, and distance themselves from one another faster than the speed of light. There doesn’t seem to be time or space for taking a breath and choosing to work it out.

Of course, the amazing and marvelous internet does not help.  Before you can take time to count to three, someone has tweeted, posted an instagram, sent a snap-chat or posted on facebook how awful life is, taking time to build themselves up while totally rejecting anyone who has a different thought.

The strongest of souls can be harmed for a lifetime with a few words strung together with a #

If, you can’t tell . . . I’m in a mood . . . tired of the hurt and harm that seems to come from every direction.  People–please start loving each other.  PLEASE.

BECAUSE let me tell you it’s an awesome moment when people from different directions, opinions, circumstances, and generations become a community who love each other.

I know.  Impossible.  Given the current rise of hate.

BUT.

I’ve seen and experienced what can happen.  Less than two years ago, most RDC  people did not experience life together, let alone choose to be a community.  A shift in how we were all living occurred when we willfully chose to take the time and space in our life to build community.

 There it is: Community–a big word that changes lives—displacing the ugliness of what can occur between one another.  It requires each of us to be intentional with the time and energy we have, to determine it’s worth it, and yes, to LOVE.  

And, my friends, this is sacred.

It’s not that a community is perfect or free from the messiness that plagues humanity; however, it means we are in the constant process of being united and committed to one another because of LOVE.

Some people try to convince me they are not into all of this; I simply respond we are made for being a part of a community; it’s key to health and wholeness.

And, when you and I put God in the center of the community–well nothing is impossible–hearts can actually sing despite disagreeing and seeing life differently.

The community is church–the word that’s been dragged around, muddied, and rejected-century after century.  It’s nothing new–the church has been disregarded forever.  And, yet, it’s vital for this generation and the next generation and all those who come after to understand–being part of a faith community–church–is key to living the best life.  The stuff that no one likes about church can be worked out if, you and I are willing to be a part of the solution and stay in conversation during the process of change.

BECAUSE–we really do need each other–with God’s love infusing and transforming us.

Let’s stop the crazy.  I encourage you to take a time out–think about what really matters– a community that LOVES!

It’s simple:  Love God.  Love one another.  BE LOVE–Kerrie

Gone With The Wind

I’m not much of a movie fan, which means most movie quotes mean little to me. Mock me.  Torment me.  Do whatever you want.  But.  I would rather go to eat or do anything but see a movie–BECAUSE I enjoy conversation over sitting silently while watching a screen.  Besides, I love to talk.

BUT.  I will confess to enjoying some old classic movies.  One of the best classics is Gone With The Wind. There’s a lot of life packed in that old movie, including a couple of great lines:

“I can’t think about that right now. If I do, I’ll go crazy. I’ll think about that tomorrow.”

“After all… tomorrow is another day.”

I’ve quoted these lines at times when it seemed easier to avoid the BIGNESS of the stuff of life.  Just to let you know:  Avoidance leaves a messy trail, which makes life HARD.  I recommend not leaving the important undone.

The thing is . . . I’ve learned if, something is not managed today, then, it will not only be waiting tomorrow but mostly likely will be more challenging.   Why does anyone think it’s okay to avoid what’s theirs to do?  Seriously.

History teaches each generation’s choices and way of living is imprinted on the following generations.  Like it or not, we are connected with those who’ve gone before us and who will go after.  When you get down to it, our values, attitude, and actions will impact both the “now” and the “not yet” of this world.

Here’s the thing.  We have some important issues for individuals and the whole world to address.  The BIG deal is the tolerance for hate.  Somehow it’s become the “big elephant” in the room.  We all know it’s there.  If, we avoid this hate, history has proven it will grow, leaving little space for anything else.

I’m pretty sure the last thing anyone wants is for hate to control and manipulate our lives.

Hate needs to be gone with the wind, giving space to the matters of the pure and powerful gift of love.

It’s one reason I believe in the need for the church–the community of faith–to exist and to be in the middle of these conversations, determining to not avoid what’s ours to do now, impacting and influencing the “not yet” for the next generation.

Love these moments–my daughter and granddaughter take a moment at our church door. Isn’t our old door fun?

Be intentional.  Be love–Kerrie

It’s what I do . . . talk.
Four at the cross. They are LOVE. I can’t help but smile, knowing Christ knows and loves these sweet and very cute babies of ours. (Three of the four would be all over me complaining about me calling them babies–oops.)

Photos by Shelly Mackerell Photography

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Sunday morning fun: Poli Jordan Vandewettering, Russell Vandewettering, Mindy Rodin, Phil Rodin, Lori Cutrell, Joshua Lindley, Louise Lindley, Kelly Stearns, Dan Stearns, Erik Erik, Brittney Hochhalter, Gregg Palmer Dana Page Adams Seipp, Dale SeippTeri Lobato Terzenbach, Brad Mikkelson, Jan Mikkelson, Kathianne Walker

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Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2017 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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