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 December 3rd, 2016 Written by Linda Wisdom
The following is not original with me and I don’t even know if it is a true story. But whether you’ve heard it before or not, I’m hoping it will make you smile. More than that, though, I’m praying that it will help you think about your relationship with God this Christmas. As the story begins, it’s the most exciting time of the year in a certain little town. Everyone is looking forward to the annual Christmas pageant. It’s a time of anticipation for the children because they are trying out for roles in the Christmas play and everyone wants a part. Read more »
Published in the Inyo Register on November 26th, 2016 Written by Kelly Larson
If any culinary presentation is deserving of a blue ribbon, none is more so than the Thanksgiving Feast. Not the burger, shake and fries. Not a steak dinner. No sir. Art has its Mona Lisa. Auto racing has its Indy 500. Music has Beethoven’s 5th Symphony. And Hollywood the Oscars, but far and away the grand champion in food to be had is our Thanksgiving Meal. A Masterpiece. Turkey done just right. Mashed potatoes, dressing, cranberry sauce, rolls and green beans; it may just be the meal of perfection. Subtract one element, it would be incomplete. One additional element may just tip the scales to disaster, like an extra quart of fuchsia on the Mona Lisa, or 3 more miles on the Indy 500 (“The Indy 503”?). Surely the clear and distinct winner among rationally minded carnivores is this traditional holiday fare. Right?
Okay…maybe Thursday my words were challenged, or affirmed. But, in any case most families came together and minimally savored the savorable. Families greeted one another. Conversations ensued. Televisions broadcasted the favorite games and parades. What a great tradition we have developed over the years. Or should I say “had” developed?
It seems that in the apparent hustle and bustle of the last century one seemingly important element which has been deleted from the day is recognition of God. Sure we use words like “thankfulness,” “appreciation,” and “gratitude,” but our revisionist culture has all but removed the object of the thankfulness- God! If we are thankful, doesn’t that imply a recipient? Is there not a recipient to whom that “thanks” should be directed?
Look up the definition of Thanksgiving on many secular websites and what you will see is that Thanksgiving is a day of celebration for a “good harvest”, but recognition to God for His abundance is being written out of the equation. Our history books talk about pilgrims, Indians, and eating, but God has been neglected.
Are we expected to offer up thanks into thin air? No, certainly not. Our thanks require an object- that object is the Lord God, from whom all blessings flow. Psalm 136:1-3 declares, “Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, For His lovingkindness is everlasting. Give thanks to the God of gods, For His lovingkindness is everlasting. Give thanks to the Lord of lords, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.” Do you see a pattern here?
Twenty-six times in this Psalm, the writer declares that “His lovingkindenss is everlasting.” That means we should thank Him because His mercy, His blessing, His kindness is everlasting- there is no end to them.
I reject the notion that this is merely a day of thanks directed at no particular source. The one main reason that this meal has come to be a masterpiece of tradition is the acknowledgement of God as the giver of abundance. Other than that it is just a day of tasty calories.
I hope you were curious about the title of this article, Apposite Thanks. It means thanks which is fitting for the circumstances. What do you have to be thankful this Thanksgiving season? Your health? Your Finances? Your family? Your very Life? Your next breath? Then give credit to whom credit is due- God; it is all from Him. Nothing is more fitting.
I, for one, thank the Lord this Thanksgiving season for His everlasting Kindness.
I suggest you join me.
Published in the Inyo Register on November 19th, 2016 Written by Sarah Bradfield
The memory of music I have loved is overwhelmingly strong. Each song spurs on specific recollections of people, places, and events. Memories like sitting in the car as a child listening to my mother’s Buddy Holly cassette tape or the endless hours squirreled away in my bedroom flooded with the sounds of the 90s. The music we consumed as young adults is neurologically powerful, cementing the words and emotions we experienced every time “that song” plays. In a sense, the music of our adolescent years is defining and serves as an expression of who we believe we are. Read more »
Published in the Inyo Register on November 5th, 2016 Written by Linda Wisdom
“Which is better? This one or (click) this one?” “What about this?” And after another click, “which one now?” Does this sound familiar? It’s the optometrist trying to determine what you’re seeing and, more importantly, how well you’re seeing it. The goal is to get the image in focus so your vision is clear and without distortion. Sometimes it’s difficult to make the distinction between lens 1 and lens 2, but eventually you walk out with a prescription for new eye glasses, pupils the size of dimes and sporting those stunning throw-away sunglasses to protect you from bright light. Focus is at the heart of the matter. Read more »
Published in the Inyo Register on September 3rd, 2016 Written by Linda Wisdom
Several years ago I met a woman blessed to have three daughters. Each of her adult girls admired their mom and her walk with the Lord. Each had one request of her. Although she was nowhere near the end of her life, they all wanted her Bible when she died. They knew their mom wrote notes in the margins next to passages that expressed her love for the Lord. These notes were a personal reflection of what God’s Word meant to her. When we attended a Bible study together she had just purchased her third Bible and was faithfully writing all that God’s Spirit was teaching her. Each girl would receive a Bible and each girl would be richly blessed. Read more »
Published in the Inyo Register on August 20th, 2016 Written by Kelly Larson
Perhaps, one the greatest ironies growing up as a dentist’s son was the fact that I had an incredible sweet tooth and I was surrounded by a vast amount of sugar. I craved untold amounts of sugar. I knew where the hard candy bowl was, and where the Pop Tarts and donuts were. Oreos, soda and Frosted Flakes were the order of the day. We made home-made ice cream with my mom’s home-made chocolate sauce which was unbelievable with its chunks of delectable goo (I am sure it was off the charts health wise, but hey what did we know? It was the 60’s). The good news is that in the end I ended up with only two cavities. The sad part is that I still have an insatiable sweet tooth. Read more »
Published in the Inyo Register on August 6th, 2016 Written by Linda Wisdom
Unless you’re talking about the Sierras, being on the backside of something is usually not a good place to be. It typically means you’re in the middle of nowhere—remote, isolated, and cut-off from the rest of the world. That’s how some of us like it in the Owens Valley, but for the most part, people usually want to get off of the backside of whatever it is they’re on as soon as possible. Read more »
Published in the Inyo Register on July 30th, 2016 Written by Kelly Larson
The default moniker for deity by most people is “God”. When people are referring to the Creator of the universe, a higher power, or any number of other proposed identities, the most common term referenced is “God”. Generally “God” would be considered the supreme being, moral creator and ruling authority of the universe and beyond. Whether in a monotheistic religion or even polytheistic one, the favored term is “God”, and this is no less used when constrained to the Christian faith, but “God” is not His name, it is more so His nature. So, did you even know that the sovereign, omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient deity of the Bible actually has a proper name? Read more »
Published in the Inyo Register on July 16th, 2016 Written by Sarah Bradfield
Once a month, a little green package arrives in the mailbox for my daughter full of crafts teaching around a science theme. July’s theme was hydropower and she constructed her own miniature water wheel. As she poured a small amount of water over the wheel, it spun and pulled on a string attached to a boat. She was able to witness moving water acting as a power source to accomplish a task. Without moving water a life size water wheel accomplishes nothing, and with moving water it has great power. As I watched the wheel effortlessly pull along the little boat, it served as a reminder of how the Holy Spirit operates in a believer’s life, offering His power and energy to live like Christ. Read more »
Published in the Inyo Register on July 2nd, 2016 Written by Linda Wisdom
When I was a child my family found a kitten. It was hungry and looking for food and finally allowed us to bring it into the house. We made every effort to provide a safe, loving home for the stray, but as hard as we tried, it just didn’t work. Part of the time we had success, but as the cat got older, it would switch from contented purr to attack mode without warning. The shock factor was definitely there as the hissing cat launched itself at one of us with claws extended and eyes filled with fury. We finally realized that our only option was to let the cat go. Our intentions were good, but the cat didn’t understand that we were trying to help it. Read more »