This Sunday @ actionchurch

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For the past two Sunday mornings at actionchurch, we’ve been talking about anger .  So far we’ve learned two ancient but still PERFECTLY relevant and useful strategies for controlling our temper from the Bible.  However, even though anger is natural and unavoidable (as we learned last week) there is something extremely dangerous about the outrage that all of us experience. There is something about our angry feelings that can not only ruin our lives on this planet…but…according to Jesus…potentially harm us for all eternity. You will not want to miss this one if you’ve EVER been hurt or harmed…if you’ve ever been a victim…if you’ve ever felt the natural anger that comes from being wronged.

This week we also have music from our very good friends in ADO.  This talented musical family works behind the scenes every Sunday on our sound crew, and this week they step behind the mics and crank up their amps to do what they do best. Your FRAMILY will be very angry if they miss this…so you should invite them now. :-)  It all starts at 10:30am at Frank Theaters Queensgate (DIRECTIONS), and as usual, the actionkidz crew has a fantastic hour of learning and fun planned for your kids (infant to 6th grade) as well.

Homework

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I have to ride my kids pretty hard about homework, but I empathize with them. (And please – don’t anyone tell them that I actually agree with them!) They go to their institute of learning all day long and then when they come home they have MORE school work to complete. Let’s just say that my educator friends and I have completely different viewpoints on this matter. I usually use bad words in relation to homework.

And then we head out to church on Sunday morning and the preacher gives us MORE homework! I was trying to be sensible, control my temper and not say bad words….. at church..…..(although it kind of doesn’t seem depraved to swear since we’re in a movie theater – just sayin’!) But I learned that this week’s homework assignment is designed to augment and actually aid us in living out the wisdom of Proverbs 19:11.

“….you must all be QUICK to listen, SLOW to speak, and SLOW to get angry.” James 1:19

So I started thinking about this assignment. I failed miserably last week at controlling my temper. If God is into the standard grading system I would get a BIG, FAT, RED ‘F’ in the temper column. I guess I could use some extra credit. This week I’m trying really, really hard to do better.

Quick, slow, slow.

Quick, slow, slow.

Quick, slow, slow.

Then a customer called me up and chewed me out! She ripped into me with a nasty disposition and a snarky attitude about something that I had absolutely no control over. I explained the policy to the best of my ability and hung up the phone, stewing over how poorly I had been treated. I looked up the written policy and decided to whip out an email response/rebuttal to her complaint with copies to every boss on my list….just to show her who was right!

And then I remembered something I read earlier in the week:

Let God be glorified more than we want to be justified.”

And I hit the delete button. Quick, slow, slow. If you’re keeping score my grade should now be in the mid ‘C-ish’ range. I’m passing the class, but I’m eager to get to Frank Theater Sunday morning to see what I have to do to make the Dean’s List.