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Chappy’s corner: “War and Peace?”

Ole lived on one side of the river and his bitter rival, Clarence lived on the other side.  The two men spent many mornings shouting and talking trash to each. They never agreed about anything and each time they quarreled ended with Ole shouting, “If they ever finishing building that bridge between our two places, I’m coming over there and give you a sound beating!” And Clarence would shout back, “Oh, yeah! Well I would like to see you do it!”  This went on for months, but one day the bridge was done and Ole told Lena, “that does it I’m going across that bridge and give that Clarence the thrashing he deserves!”  So Ole started out walking across the bridge but then he saw a sign over the bridge that read, “Warning Clearance is 7 feet 6 inches.”  After seeing the sign, Ole went back home.  Lena immediately asked, “I thought you were going to give Clarence the beating of his life?”  At that point Ole replied “Well from this side of the river Clarence looks a lot smaller than he really is!”

 

Someone once asked, “how come countries are always at war?  Why can’t countries learn to get along?”  My answer to that person was simply this, “How do you expect countries to get along when two people in the same house end up fighting and quarreling?”  Wars are fought between nations, but within homes there are many battles brewing.  Conflicts between husband and wife, father and son, brother against brother and then there are the battles between neighbors over who should trim the hedge, or whose dog tipped over the garbage can, or who is making all that racket late at night. 

Sadly conflict is a part of life because by nature we think of ourselves first and then maybe the other guy. The Golden Rule teaches “Do unto others as you would have them do to you!” But it is often distorted into “Do to them before they do it to you!”

 

One pastor said, “Give two children one toy and you will see how wars start!” By nature we are self centered, but not Jesus.  Jesus taught the golden rule, but he also lived it.  He came not to be served, but to serve.  He came to bring peace. Peace with God which he accomplished by giving His life as a sacrifice for us, so instead of being at odds with God, we can have peace with God and that peace can lead to peace with others.

 

The Bible says, “Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!  Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable.  Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.” Romans 12 

Getting along with others is not easy, but if we remember what Christ did for us then we have a powerful example to follow in dealing with others. If we take an attitude of placing others needs ahead of our own, then maybe we can bring some peace into our homes, our communities and maybe even into this world. 

That’s just my thoughts from this SE Corner of South Dakota!

CH (LTC) David Gunderson

JFHQ Chaplain SDARNG