SERVICE TO GOD IS NOTING SHORT OF SACRIFICIAL. CHRIST'S LIFE GIVEN ON THE CROSS CLEARLY REVEALS THIS.WE WHO LIVE TODAY ON THIS SIDE OF THE NEW MILLENIUM LIVE IN MUCH DIFFERENT AND MUCH MORE COMPLICATED WORLD THAN JESUS' FIRST FOLLOWERS.  WE LIVE IN A WORLD THAT IS OFTEN  MOVING MUCH FASTER THAN WE ARE, AND IT'S HARD TO KEEP UP.  WE LIVE IN A WORLD THAT PULLS OUR LIVES IN MORE THAN ONE DIRECTION AT A TIME. WE LIVE IN A WORLD WHERE MIORE IS EXPECTED AND DEMANDED OF US THAN WE ARE OFTEN CAPABLE OF DOING. SOMETIME WE WANT SIMPLY TO GIVE UP AND QUIT.  HAVEN'T WE ALL FELT THIS WAY?  BEST DESCRIBED, WE LIVE IN A CORDLESS WORLD,  IN WHICH WE , AS PEOPLE, HAVE BECOME DETACHED FROM  THE VERY SPIRITUAL SOURCE WHICH GIVES US AND ASSURES US LIFE, ETERNAL LIFE! THE ULTIMATE CHALLENGE FOR EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US IS THE  CHALLENGE OF SURVIVING IN A CORDLESS WORLD.  THINK ABOUT IT! THE MOMENT WE WAKE IN THE MORNING UNTIL WE RETIRE TO BED AT NIGHT OUR LIVES ARE DICTATED BY A CORDLESS WORLD. WE CLEAN OUR TEETH WITH A CORDLESS TOOTHBRUSH. WE SHAVE AT SINK OR IN THE SHOWER WITH A CORDLESS SHAVER. OUR LIVES AT HOME AND AT WORK FUNCTION BY USING CORDLESS APPLIANCES, CORDLESS CONTROLS OPERATE, OUR ENTERTAINMENTCENTERS; THEY OPEN OUR GARAGE DOORS, AND GRANT ACCESS TO OUR LOCKED AUTOMOBILES. ACTUALLY THE MOMENT WE ARE BORN , WE OURSELVES BECME CORDLESS PERSONS. WE ARE DETACHED PEOPLE.

WHEN  MY DAUGHTER WAS BORN, ONE GREAT MOMENT THAT REMAINS SPECIAL TO ME IS THE MOMENT I WAS GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO CUT THE UMBILICAL CORD, GIVING MY DAUGHTER A LIFE ON HER OWN.  A SIMPLE SNIP OF THE SCISSORS AND OUR DAUGHTER BECAME CORDLESS. WHEN THE UMBILICAL CORD IS CUT, WE EACH BECOME CORDLESS. HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A POWER ADAPTER IN TODAY'S ELECTRONICS STORES  THAT PLUGS INTO THE HUMN NAVEL?

YET , I ASK YOU: HOW OFTEN IN OUR CORDLESS WORLD HAVE WE BELIEVED WE CAN LIVE OUR LIVES PERMANENTLY SEPERATED AND DETACHED FROM OTHER PEOPLE AND FROM GOD? WE CANNOT SURVIVE APART FROM EACH OTHER AND APART FROM OUR CREATOR.

AS NEWBORNS, AS TEENS, AS ADOLESCENTS, MID-LIFERS, OR  SENIORS, WHATEVER STAGE  OF LIFE WE ARE IN, THERE IS A NEED FOR US TO HAVE A CONNECTION WITH OTHERS FOR OUR PHYSICAL AN EMOTIONAL NEEDS OF LIFE.  LIKEWISE, WE NEED A CONNECTION TO THE GOD OF OUR FAITH.  THIS CONNECTION THAT ASSURES THAT WE WILL RECEIVE SPIRITUAL STRENGTH AND GUIDANCE FOR OUR LIVES AND FOR THE CHURCH'S MISSION AND MINISTRY WE ARE CALLED TO CARRY OUT IN OUR BELOVED CHRIST'S NAME....AMEN

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