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So I was cleaning up my email inbox, while listening to Pr. B's sermon, and came across this gem. It is a direct pull from this site but I was impressed by the Spirit to share it. I can relate to Philippians 4:6-7 the most. How about you?

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tn equipped for battle tThe church of God can be compared to that of an army. The life of every soldier is one of hardship, toil, and danger. Everywhere are vigilant foes, led by the prince of darkness, who never sleep nor slumber. Every Christian must be on guard against these forces of darkness lest he/she fall. Peter knew that when he warned us to be “sober and vigilant for your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8, 1:13, 4:7)

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Don’t judge me, but I'd been salivating over the latest, greatest smartphone since it was first rumored a few months ago. TV commercials began to run. I salivated. I pored over glowing reviews in the tech blogs, and salivated some more. I consulted my trusted gang of smartphone addicts/users, many of whom come to Metro Church (the church is a hospital, right?), and, well, they rendered a lukewarm verdict. But it wasn’t enough to tide the salivation.

The more I saw the TV commercials, read the blog posts, and cursed my current phone--which I’ve already run into the ground--the harder the wait became. Three days before the launch date, I broke down and went to the cell phone manufacturer's website--you know, just to do a little bit more research. Those schemers knew I was coming! Prominently displayed on their front page was the following: Get up to $300 for your phone when you upgrade to our new smartphone. Find out how much your phone is worth.

Of course, the trade-in calculator told me that my current phone was worth $65, not $300. But that was good enough incentive. Now, my dream phone would only set me back just $135. I could resist no longer. I clicked the PREORDER button and proceeded to select the color I wanted and the features and accessories. Then just before hit ORDER, a voice inside my head said, “Run this purchase by your wife.”

It was the last voice I wanted to hear--I mean the voice inside my head, and frankly, my wife’s, too. She doesn’t get it: Her phone is like that 10-year-old luxury sedan with only 50 000 miles on it; after one year, my sports car already has 100 000 miles on it, and is running on fumes. But I knew what she was going to say: “It’s not in the budget.”

Since we’ve began attending Financial Peace University (FPU) at Metro--it began in early May and concluded in July--we’ve been faithful to our budget--that “thing” that lets us tell our money where to go. We’ve been having a great time being good stewards, but on one this one purchase, I was sorely lacking in patience. And self-control.

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tn god of wonders wide t ntAnother big event in science—more momentous than the Venus transit last month - occurred on this Fouth of July.  Particle physicists held a much-anticipated press conference in Australia confirming that they had discovered the Higgs boson, aka the God particle.

So what is the Higgs boson, and why do some call it the God particle? If I were to tell you I had a simple answer to the first question, I’d be lying. So here’s my understanding, in a nutshell:

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tn lord of the storm wide t nvA couple of weeks ago, a furious storm ripped through our state with a vengeance.  Within a matter of seconds thousands like me were plunged into darkness and forced to endure for several days what I would describe as a “miniature taste of hell itself.” (Darkness + unbearable heat = HELL).  I was without electricity for six days, but during that time was blessed to learn several important spiritual lessons.  I’d like to share a few with you.

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tn god of my salvation wide t nvThe plan of salvation was not an afterthought. God through His foreknowledge looked and saw that sin would occur, and made provision for it. That provision was Jesus Christ, the Son of God. In the last book of the Bible, John the Revelator calls Him the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8). When the sinless pair sinned, we know that they went and hid themselves. God went to look for them, and He found them covering themselves with fig leaves, signifying the self-righteousness of men. The Lord God made them coats of skins and clothed them, signifying that only the righteousness of God can clothe us (Gen 3:21). 

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tn wired to serve wide tA new movement is about to sweep Metropolitan.  It's called a servolution.  "A what???" you ask.  Servolution.  Here's the definition postulated by Dino Rizzo, author of a book by the same name:

The Boston Tea Party is a great example of what it takes for a revolution to begin:  a clear mission that everyone believes in, people who will not stand for oppression, and leaders who are willing to lay down their lives to initiate change....This book is about revolution.  But this is a different kind of revolution - not one fueled by anger, violence, and revolt but one of compassion, love, and service....We call it servolution.

What is a servolution?

  1. A complete and radical change of a person's life caused by simple acts of kindness for the glory of God.
  2. God's kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.
  3. A church revolution through serving.

(Servolution, Dino Rizzo, p. 17, 18)

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babymonitorpicSo I've been awake now for the last hour and a half (it's 4:25 in the morning), watching my 7 1/2 month-old cry and fuss herself back to sleep.  She's at that exciting age where she's learning to crawl which means that at all ungodly hours of the night, instead of blissfully sleeping 9+ hours straight as she did just a few weeks ago, she wakes up.  She doesn't just wake up - she spends 40 to 60 minutes of my hard-earned hours of sleep thrashing, struggling, rolling, scootching around in her crib and crying angrily, keeping me awake.  While this is going on, I lay in bed clutching the video baby monitor, watching her and praying (literally) that she will go back to sleep!!!

 

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tn airbornmetroweb2On Monday, June 18, we are asking our church family to take part in a day of prayer and fasting for our upcoming AirBorn series.  While fasting from food is generally what we think of when asked to fast, here are some other fasts you might want to try on Monday:

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tn Testimony Service wide tHi! My name is Danielle! Most people call me “Dani”. Last month (May 2012) marked two years that I’ve been a member at Metropolitan. I started attending after I moved back to the MD area from Atlanta, GA. When I started to pray about where I should start going to church, I felt God directing me to attend Metro. Honestly, I felt like Metro wouldn’t be a good fit for me. “I only know a few people.”  “I’m not outgoing so I’d get lost in the crowd.”  “It’s not down the street.” “ I’m the most Americanized West Indian EVER so I won’t really fit in.”  These are all thoughts that went through my head. However, I decided to be obedient and head for Hyattsville the next morning.

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 [Image Credit: NASA]Tomorrow is a very big deal in the science world--and also in our Solar System. For the first time since June 2004--and not again until December 2117!--the planet Venus will pass directly between Earth and the Sun. The phenomenon is described as the key that unlocked the mathematical elegance of the cosmos. Why?

Here’s a description from www.transitofvenus.org:

[Image Credit: NASA]

When Venus passes directly between earth and the sun, we see the distant planet as a small dot gliding slowly across the face of the sun.  Historically, this rare alignment is how we measured the size of our solar system.  The view is like a front-row seat to the Transit Method, by which we now find planets around distant stars.

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 If you've spent any amount of time at Metro, you've been blessed by the praise and worship ministry of our Minister of Music - Theo Milford.  A couple of years ago, Theo decided that before he got married, he needed to get his finances under control.  How else would he be able to buy Melody all the clothes she wanted?  Just kidding.  :-)  Seriously, he did realize though, that taking responsiblity for his finances was an integral part of his life and would help contribute to his financial, emotional and spiritual growth, and so he decided to attend Financial Peace University.  I spent a few mintues with him talking about his experiences when he took the course here at Metro. 


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What do you do when you wake up two mornings in row and your devotion is about accepting the fact that you are insignificant? Particularly when your struggle is being overlooked or when, according to the author of the Five Love Languages, your love language happens to be “words of affirmation”.  Being called to ministry seems to be the land of insignificance.  Except for when someone else is being giving credit for something that you, rightfully, deserve the credit for – they can be significant.  Or even better still, when you’re made the recipient of blame for doing either what someone else would never do, or should have done – then, you can be significant.

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Today was one of those days when I thought – this being a mother thing is not for me.  My phone has sweet potatoes all over it, and I just BARELY, I mean I was almost two seconds late, rescued it from being tossed into the toilet! (Ok, so I should have remembered to close the bathroom door).  I feel like I’ve been buckling and unbuckling kids into car seats MILLIONS of times, and I’m sick of it.  There are toys all over my house – I’d like to throw them all away and say, “We have imaginary friends and we play with imaginary toys.”  We are going to Trinidad in a week, and I absolutely don’t feel like packing anything for TWO boys, much less stroller and car seats and having to fight with the airline about what I’m allowed and not allowed to carry.  The rain seems like it will never stop!!!!  I was halfway to my mom’s with the boys and had to turn around and go all the way back home because I forgot the bottles.

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On Sabbath, September 24, 2011, we witnessed another incredible baptism at Metropolitan. However, even as I participated in the service, I began to ask the Lord, “What more do you want to do at Metro? Is this it, Lord?  Or is there more?”

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A lot sure can happen in 90 days.  On June 4, 2011, I was installed as the Assistant Pastor of the Metropolitan Seventh-day Adventist Church.  I walked into a church that already had a number of tremendous things going on.  The ministry center was just about completed; G.E. Peters School was graduating about 20 students; and the Chillum Oaks Senior Living Complex was full to capacity, with an ever-growing waiting list.

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