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 20th, 2014 Written by Kelly Larson
As the legend goes, during the winter of 1914 in the midst of World War 1, along the Western Front on a battlefield in Flanders (Ypres, Belgium), the war raged on from the depths of the wet, muddy, cold trenches that extended for miles. The Germans were engaged in battle against the British and the French, when at some point during the evening hours of December 24th the shooting ceased. Germans began placing Christmas trees on the ground outside their trenches, illuminating them with candles. The wintery air was still. Gradually the words, “Stille nacht, heilige nacht” (Silent night, holy night) rose softly from the trenches floating across “No Man’s Land” to the ears of the “enemies” some 100 yards away. In turn, the British responded with “O Come all ye Faithful.” Read more »
Published in the Inyo Register on December 13th, 2014 Written by Sarah Bradfield
Out of barrenness Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Samuel, Samson, and John the Baptist were birthed. Barren parents were not only given the temporal joy of a baby in their womb, but the eternal joy that their sons would forever be recognized as men who loved the Lord. These men were part of the story leading to the crux of civilization, which was Christ entering our fallen earth in the virgin womb of a young girl named Mary. The Lord is pleased to bring life where it is inconceivable for life to be. Read more »
Published in the Inyo Register on December 6th, 2014 Written by Linda Wisdom
I find it interesting that you can usually identify a person with a certain period of time just by their name. Of course some names are being recycled from generations gone by, but still you don’t see too many kids called Myrtle or Horace any more. I had relatives named Tennessee Mary, who was Aunt Tennie to us, and Uncle Pleas, whose given name was Pleasant James. Could be their names were decade-related, but in this case it was also a regional thing. For the most part, though, gone are the days of Dick and Jane and their little sister Sally. If you don’t know what school book I’m referring to, I’ve just dated myself. And evidently there was a popular World War II song about the time I came along. Something about passing on the street when who should I meet, but Linda. My dad always was a sucker for catchy tunes. Read more »
Published in the Inyo Register on November 29th, 2014 Written by Kelly Larson
One of the purest expressions of worship is the “psalm” of Mary found in Luke chapter 1:46-55. She has just heard the prophetic words of Elizabeth in the preceding verses and responds in overwhelming veneration. Note how she does this by affirming his character in the first couple of verses. Read more »
Published in the Inyo Register on November 8th, 2014 Written by Kelly Larson
A term was coined in the early eighties to describe a particular leaders’ ability to spin his “mojo” and convince people that something deemed “impossible” could actually be believed and accomplished against all odds- essentially that the laws of logic and common sense could be suspended long enough to do something previously regarded as “undoable.” This phenomenon was termed a “Reality Distortion Field.” It actually may have allowed some crazy good things to be done, as people could “suspend” reality long enough to figure a way out of an seemingly insurmountable problem. Perhaps, it merely anesthetized “fear” long enough to press on through the monumental barriers. I would imagine those leaders (coaches) in sports do this all the time in the pre-game and half-time talks in order to ensure a victory over a looming opponent. Read more »
Published in the Inyo Register on November 1st, 2014 Written by Linda Wisdom
Recently while surfing cable channels I came upon a program called “Flip or Flop”. Someone buys a fixer-upper and after much renovation and the usual frustrating surprises, sells the house for a nifty profit. Buying property to sell later isn’t really a new concept, but I guess no one thought to make it into a reality show before. There is also “Flip the Block”, “Flea Market Flip” and even “Flipping RVs”. There may be more, but really, I gave up caring quite a while ago. So how about something a little more serious in the flipping business? Something a little more personal. Something a lot more eternal. Read more »
Published in the Inyo Register on October 25th, 2014 Written by Kelly Larson
“If a tree falls in the forest and there is nobody around to hear it, did it make a sound?” This silly question of a metaphysical conundrum has plagued the pretentious philosophers for years, yet at the heart is the idea of reality and truth.
Both the difficulty of the question, and the answer itself lies in how a person elects to define “sound.” Is sound the reception of waves upon the tympanic membranes of the receivers? Or, is sound better understood to be the transmission, the production of those sound-waves from the point of origin? Simply, is sound defined from the point of occurrence, or the point of recognition? Read more »
Published in the Inyo Register on October 18th, 2014 Written by Sarah Bradfield
Proverbs 6:6-8 reads, “Go to the ant, O sluggard, observe her ways and be wise, which, having no chief, officer or ruler, prepares her food in the summer and gathers her provision in the harvest.” Solomon was heavy handed with this particular word, sluggard, in the book of Proverbs. He mentions it over a dozen times, the word being interchangeably translated as slothful. The sluggard is someone characterized by excessive sleep, desiring yet having nothing, void of understanding, and my personal favorite, “as a door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed” (Proverbs 26:14). We are the generation who desire yet hide our hand in our bosom, and will not so much as bring it to our mouth again (Proverbs 19:24). In other words, we want it given to us on a silver platter, and even more, we want someone to put the food in our mouths! Read more »
Published in the Inyo Register on October 11th, 2014 Written by Linda Wisdom
I’ve just returned from a short trip to the mountains of northern Mexico and it was great. For several years I’ve been helping to prepare literacy books for a remote group of Native people. To see these adults now reading their own language was fantastic. What I’m doing involves working on books in a language I don’t know and it’s been a challenge. Read more »
Published in the Inyo Register on October 4th, 2014 Written by Kelly Larson
It amuses me that people who reject the significance of Jesus Christ are faced everyday with reminders of his time on earth with us, the date. Every time someone writes a check or sends a letter or an email, they are affirming the greatest earthly event of all time; the incarnational work of Christ. He so monumentally changes history that his birth is the standard by which we measure time. Most civilized cultures across the globe use the Jillian or Gregorian calendars which consider Christ as the central figure of history.
And it’s not just from the time of Christ forward that time is measured; events are recorded retroactively from the point of Christ. Events are recorded as B.C. or “Before Christ.” Christ has such an impact on the face of history, that all across the world when people use this dating system, they are attesting that our lives are being lived A.D. or Anno Domini, “in the year of our Lord.” Hence, the dating system that has been embraced for over a thousand years is the BC/AD system.
Undoubtedly this system bugs many people as the move is on to “rewrite” dating by using the terms, B.C.E, Before Common Era, and C.E., or Common Era. They are trying to write Christ out of history. Nice try, but what does Common Era even mean? It just so happens that their “Before Common Era,” and their “Common Era” coincide exactly with the incarnation of Christ. A big question needs to be answered; what separates the Common Era from the Before Common Era? Was the “Before Common Era” considered the “Uncommon Era?” What was so uncommon about it? Anyway, why is this era we live in today considered “Common?”
It is true the “common” word was introduced by a monk to replace the regnal system of dating, a system which referenced the reign of royalty as a reference to time, i.e. “ in the third year of the king…” Though the word “common” was introduced by a monk, Dionysius, he was intending to do away with the measurement of time by a ruler named Diocletian, a persecutor of Christians. In today’s usage, however, those who insist on the BCE/CE system are those who seek to hijack it to question the historicity of Christ. I am doubtful they would even be able to give an intelligible response to what the “common” means in reference to “common era.” That is not their concern; their intent is the erosion of Christ, the One who forever changed the face of history by giving man the opportunity to be reconciled to a Holy God through His blood.
Isaiah 32:6 says,
“For the fool speaks folly, and his heart is busy with iniquity,
to practice ungodliness, to utter error concerning the LORD,
to leave the craving of the hungry unsatisfied ,and to deprive the thirsty of drink.”
Yep, it’s what they are doing!
Next time you write a check, write a letter, or send an email, or look at the morning paper, anything with a date on it, I would encourage you to offer up a little prayer under your breath, “Thank you Lord Jesus for changing the face of history.”
Have a great day, Anno Domini!