Inyo Register: By the Creek
The Inyo Register is allowing us to submit an article every week. (Thank you, Inyo Register!) Articles are written by Pastor Kelly Larson and other members or friends of Bishop Creek Community Church.
Published in the Inyo Register on April 12th, 2014 Written by Kelly Larson
Ah! The great game of chess. The simulation of a battlefield where wills collide, where strategies are planned, where tactics are masterminded, where combat ensues, and where one emerges victorious upon the other’s surrender, signified as the king is toppled to the ground. Read more »
Published in the Inyo Register on April 5th, 2014 Written by Linda Wisdom
Anyone with access to cable television has probably seen at least one. If not, you’ve certainly heard the jokes surrounding them. I’m talking about the ever-present infomercial. The items being sold are seriously reduced in price and, of course, here’s the clincher: “but wait, there’s more!” Ridiculously cheap and now two for the price of one? Amazing! But wait, that’s not all! There is also the option (not promoted on TV of course) to cruise the aisles of certain brick and mortar stores for those same “As seen on TV” items. With some savvy shopping you can avoid the shipping charges and complicated returns. Read more »
Published in the Inyo Register on March 29th, 2014 Written by Kelly Larson
Most of us speak it several times a day without ever thinking of the origin of the word. In an ever so casual demeanor we issue the greatest of divine blessing upon all those from whom we depart. We may issue it in a letter or even in the course of terminating a conversation on the street. The word is the simple valediction of “Good-Bye”. Most of us may never even think about it, but the word is actually a contraction of the Middle English phrase God be with ye. It was originally shortened to Godbwye and subsequently evolved to the forms we know today as goodbye, or good-bye. Read more »
Published in the Inyo Register on March 15th, 2014 Written by Kelly Larson
What a blessing the Honor Guard is to those in military service! It demonstrates high standards of appearance and conduct. They provide funeral honors for fallen comrades, guard national monuments, and the flag. In effect they act as ambassadors, or sentinels of honor. But what does it actually mean that they guard the honor, or protect the honor of the military? It means to guard or demonstrate respect, esteem, affirm, and even cherish those they hold to be of value. They get it! They realize the benefit of affirmation, and ascription of honor to individuals so deserving. But this is nothing new to the wisdom of God. Read more »
Published in the Inyo Register on March 13th, 2014 Written by Kelly Larson
“Top of the Morning” article posted in the Inyo Register
As a child many times I went out in search of the intrepid grunion. The legendary fish was said to come into shore at mysterious hours of the night to spawn whereupon they could be grasped with the mere hand. But if there was any light or disturbance they would postpone their arrival or relocate to another venue. Many times I waited in a sleeping bag with a bucket for the time when they would arrive in the wee morning hours for their mating dance, but alas, they did not. I began to think they could just be a myth in the same caliber as the fabled unicorn, but the best I could say was that they were not real to me each of those nights. Read more »
Published in the Inyo Register on March 8th, 2014 Written by Kelly Larson
In these radical weather patterns we are having lately, it seems all the talk is about global warming over and above any other possible alternative “culprits.” In the east temperatures well below zero are the highs. This wonderful weather in the west, the brilliant bright sunny skies in the middle of winter reveal mountainsides with late summer pallor due to the absence of water. We have trees budding, bushes blooming and grass growing- all in the middle of winter. Oh sure, it feels good but we need cold blustery and wet days. We need water. Though the temperature and weather feels good, is not a blessing. Read more »
Published in the Inyo Register on March 1st, 2014 Written by Linda Wisdom
Several years ago a friend of mine volunteered with the local AWANA program. His job was to listen as various students recited Bible verses they had memorized the previous week. He made sure the memorization was correct, but always went a step further. By asking each child what they thought the verse was saying, he discovered what the verse meant to them. He didn’t want them to simply commit a string of words to memory; he wanted to be sure they knew what God was telling them from His Word. Read more »
Published in the Inyo Register on February 22nd, 2014 Written by Kelly Larson
I was once in the unenviable position of having to rent out a condo which I owned. It was right about the time of the fall semester, and since I was close to a university and kids were looking for places to live, it was good timing. I thought I’d found the perfect Christian tenant. After two months, right around October the tenant came to me and informed me that she would be moving out as “God had told her she couldn’t afford the rent any longer.” As I remember, I told her I wished God had given her that message before she rented the place as it was now nearly impossible for me to find another student in need of mid-semester housing. As a result I had an empty condo until the next semester. Read more »
Published in the Inyo Register on February 15th, 2014 Written by Sarah Bradfield
Senior year of high school I was sent on the lovely task to interview the new Apathy Club. I think my advisor was laughing on the inside when she sent me on this wild goose chase. Pen and paper in hand, I walked across campus to investigate the kids who had banded together in a common cause – to not care. I interviewed: “What is the purpose of this club? What happens in a club meeting?” and so on. Most of my answers were shoulder shrugs and “I don’t know’s.” Try as they might, the kids couldn’t help but snicker when answering. So while they claimed to be apathetic, they were tickled to know they were getting attention for their cleverness to start a club for people who don’t care.
True apathy can be observed in a psychological phenomenon known as the Bystander Effect. Essentially, the more people present, the less likely someone will step in and help a person in need. For example, driving down the 395 you may nonchalantly drive past the backpacker in need of a ride reasoning that someone else behind you is bound to help them out. Biblically speaking, the story of the Good Samaritan is a prime example of the Bystander Effect. The priest and the Levite coolly walked around the half dead man while the Samaritan stopped and “showed mercy toward him” (Luke 10:37).
Jesus shared the story of the Good Samaritan to illustrate to the lawyer questioning Him what it means to love your neighbor. It is interesting that Christ illustrates loving your neighbor by contrasting love and apathy, instead of love and hate. Love truly is the antithesis of apathy. As Paul says in 1 Corinthians 13: 7, love “…bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” Love requires action.
Being apathetic is easy because it does not require any expenditure of energy on our behalf. We remove ourselves from any feeling of responsibility when we see someone in need. Love is the more difficult choice. There is so much to be written about love (and so much that has already been said by people more competent than myself), but I wanted to hone in on this one point: “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:5-8).
This is our standard, as believers in Christ, of love. Do not adopt the world’s standard of love which is primarily the love of self. This me-focused love is why the love of Jesus Christ is so uncomfortable and unusual. The world’s “love” breeds expectations which are guaranteed to disappoint, leading to divorce, depression, and the like. Instead, “set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3-4).” So set your mind on the love Christ poured out on your behalf and then love others with the same kind of sacrificial love. Do not be immobilized by fear (which perfect love casts out) or apathy; the Apathy Club has enough members as it is.
Published in the Inyo Register on February 8th, 2014 Written by Linda Wisdom
Deep in the mountains of Northern Mexico a small group of carpenters have their own savings plan. These Native men decided to create a greater return for their small earnings by each contributing a certain amount to the “joint” account. Each month one of the coworkers is awarded the pot. What would literally take years to accumulate can now be used by the men in whatever ways they choose—to buy more tools, put a new roof on their house—or even redeem their wife. Read more »