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ANXIOUS ABOUT LUNCH

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It feels good when we are able to help people. Our capacity to give brings greater fulfillment than our expectation of how we can get more for ourselves.

Still, are there not times when you feel desperation and anxiety about paying your bills, getting new shoes and paying your rent or mortgage? I know I get stressed about these things.

Jesus taught the disciples about handling this stress with prayer. We are to ask God for our daily bread.




Matthew 6:
9 “This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.


Why would Jesus teach us to pray daily about our basic needs? Bread is more than food. It represents all the basic needs that we have in a day. To ask God to meet these needs is an act of surrender and dependency. God wants us to know that we can depend on Him. We need to ask God daily because we can worry about these things everyday.

There is…

DRIVING HUNGER FROM OUR COMMUNITY

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What will you eat today? How much food will you throw out today?

Quote from Forgotten Harvest video:

In this country (U.S.A.) 25% of all food is wasted. 96 billion pounds of food is thrown away. If we could rescue 5% of that, there would be no hungry people in Michigan or across the country.

Forgotten Harvest is a charity that gathers food from growers and suppliers and redistributes it to charities and agencies that feed people. New Song Church is now receiving hundreds of pounds of fresh produce weekly that would otherwise be thrown out.

Here are some comments I’ve heard from recipients:

• "Wow! Fresh tomatoes... I can't remember the last time I had any. I just cannot afford them."

• "I took enough to share and distributed to 14 households. It feels good to be helping others.”

• "I went home and made stuffed peppers for my family's supper. I had enough peppers that I was able to freeze the rest."


At the same time that we have access to clean water, …

CALLING ALL MUSIC REVIEWERS & PROMOTERS

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I have a 15 year musical relationship with 2fish, a band that features the music of Kevin Saunders and myself. We are in the final mix stage and getting ready to release our Christmas CD this fall. It is entitled 'Mystic Ramblers'. We'll be launching a new website in tandem with the album release.

This project involved several quiet miracles and provisions for the journey.

Danny Brooks is a Canadian phenom who came with guest vocals on 2 tracks. See www.dannybrooksmusic.com

Dan Cutrona provided keyboards and creative support. Dan began touring with and performing/recording with artists such as Joe Cocker, The Bee Gee’s, Billy Preston, Donna Summer, Al Green, Deniece Williams, Dion, Petula Clark, Cliff Richard and others. Dan also focused his work in the Contemporary Christian music field, working with artists such as The Archers, Amy Grant, Sandi Patti, Bryan Duncan, Larry Norman, Randy Stonehill, Phil Keaggy, Andrae Crouch, Kelly Willard, Keith Green, and Shelia Walsh. …

WORLD WITHOUT END

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I had a friend named Chris Verra who co-wrote a song with me back in the 1980’s. The song was entitled ‘World Without End’. Sung with my best Bruce Springsteen voice, it described the human longing for God’s Kingdom to be found here on earth.



World Without End

Like a silver web these highways spread
North to South, East to West
Taking us from town to town
But all roads will end
And we'll circle ‘round
Driving on, going ‘round the bend
Looking for the road that leads
To the world without end

I’ve got an urge to put some miles
Between me and those phony smiles
Check the oil, fill the tire
Hold me down, I’m getting higher
Driving on, going ‘round the bend
Looking for the road that leads
To the world without end

Looking for, looking for the golden highway
Driving on forever and I got to do it my way
But every wrong turn takes me to a dead end
And He sits beside me knowing where I’ve been
Trying hard to show me
The world without end


Isn’t that just like us? Insisting on our own way, we …

PUTTING A FACE TO THE NAME

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Matthew 6:
9 “This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,

Have you met someone that you had previously heard of but not seen? We will often say, ‘Now I can put a face to the name.’ Little did Jesus’ disciples realize that their rabbi was putting a face to God’s Name.

Jesus’ disciples had some understanding of who the God of Israel is. This was the Holy Name that Jews would not utter out of fear and respect. Jesus teaches them how to speak to their God.

They understood the sacredness of God’s Name, but did they relate to the Almighty as a child to Abba Father? How much of God do we know?

John Piper has said,

I like to think of the biblical revelation of God as the tip of an iceberg floating in an ocean of mystery. Nine-tenths of God's majesty lies beneath the surface of revelation. And the tip of the iceberg revealed in Scripture is so high that it extends out of sight into the clouds beyond anyone's ability to comprehend it fully. Onl…

"ENJOYED YOUR MASS FATHER KEVIN"

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For two weeks, I’ve been thinking daily about the phrase in the Lord’s Prayer- ‘Hallowed be your Name’.

What does it mean to hallow something or someone? And what’s in a name?

When I was born, my mother had read a book in which a doctor had the name Doctor Kevin Rogers. She liked the sound of that and thus I was named. (Kevin, not Doctor). My middle name is Donald after my father.

One of the phenomena in the life of a church leader is entitlement. Depending on your point of reference, people have the habit of calling us something special. I wish I had a dollar for each time that I have been asked, “So what do I call you? Pastor Kevin? Reverend Rogers?” I think my favorite label is when Roman Catholic influenced friends mistakenly call me ‘Father Kevin’. Then they tell me how much they enjoyed my Mass.

Often I will respond light-heartedly to questions about my title by saying, “You can call me Kevin. Long before I was Pastor Kevin, my mother called me Kevin. You can do the same.”

In …

BOOK REVIEW: RUMORS OF GOD

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Here's a pop quiz. Email or Facebook me with your answers and I'll send out a copy of this book to the highest score.

(Incidentally, the winners of my last book giveaway 'Jesus, My Father, The CIA and Me' were Brad Boughner and Vince Shepley).

So here's the quiz for winning this book:

1. You have been to Australia
2. You have been disillusioned with the North American church believing that its best days are over
3. You are involved in ministry with a friend who lives in another city and have known each other from your youth.
4. You are feeling compelled to dream something great for God
5. You are tired of cynicism and want to restore hope

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I grew up in church and felt God's call in my life during my teen years. But, I had qualifiers at the start.

1. I believed that great works for God required going outside or around the church
2. The last thing I wanted to do was become a pastor

Subsequently, I came to realize that God's chosen Ki…

CONVERSATIONS WITH HEAVEN

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The Lord’s Prayer teaches us to pray to our Father who is in Heaven. Why the locator in the text? Does it make a difference if God is in Heaven or on earth? Theologians tell us that God is omnipresent—He is everywhere.

So why not pray ‘Our Father who exists everywhere’? It would not be wrong to speak of God in this way, but Heaven is significant to us who are land-locked.


Pope Benedict XVI says:

This word ‘our’ also gives us the key to understanding the words that come next: ‘Who art in Heaven.’ With these words we are not pushing God the Father away to some distant planet. Rather, we are testifying to the fact that, while we have different earthly fathers, we all come from a single Father, who is the measure and source of fatherhood. As St Paul says: ‘I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every fatherhood in heaven and on earth is named.’ …
God’s fatherhood is more real than human fatherhood, because he is the ultimate source of our being; because he has thought and willed us …