Tuesday Connection 4.14.2020

A popular politician (a man) wrote in a Tweet a few days ago: “Most people seem uncomfortable with social distancing during [this] pandemic. Not me. Feels like high school. All the girls styed 6 feet or more from me back then; we just didn’t call it “social distancing.”  Who knew I’d be so many years ahead of the curve!”

LAUGHTER reduces pain, increases job performance, connects people emotionally, and improves the flow of oxygen to the heart and brain. Laughter, it’s said, ‘is the best medicine.’ And there’s evidence that laughter does lots of good things for us. It allows us to tolerate discomfort and heal us from diseases.

Laughter can also express the goodness of our God.  But, did you ever try to express how incredibly good God has been to you with a stiff face?  You would not even believe you!  Do you roll your eyes when Christians suggest, “laughter is a way to glorify God?”

King David understood this is in one of his darkest moments.  His son Absalom had plotted to take his throne.  Imagine having to flee the palace for fear of your own son!  At one point King David is hiding in a cave, surrounded by a loyal band of soldiers.  They come to David and essentially ask, as I would, “What is going to happen now?”  According to Psalms 3 and 4, David responds with a perspective that should be true for all of us.  “Lord, when I think about you, my heart is filled with laughter… this joy is greater than the harvest and the new wine is bountiful [the happiest time of the year for that agricultural society]. Yes, we are in this cave, but my life is not in the hands of Absalom. So I will not give in to fear.  I will not seek to blame who or what for the virus.  I will not assault my mind with questions I cannot answer.  I will laugh.  I will then ‘sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.’  Please read the short full chapters of Psalm 3 and 4 for the full blessing.  You will get a smile on your face!  Promise.

I believe that laughter is a spiritual gift which every believer is given.  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness…” Galatians 5:22a.  “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice,” Philippians 4:4. Some though are intentional at not using it, got to keep it under wraps. I just laugh on the inside. Really? Hey, “I am making myself feel guilty.”  My excuse (Pastor Mike) is that I do not have a charismatic personality.  If heaven will be different, and it will be, I do want some heaven on earth, right now.  I should laugh more, today!

So, it is time to notify our faces! “When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and tongues with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, ‘The LORD has done great things for them.’  The LORD has done great things for us; we are glad.”  Psalm 126:1-3

Please put your hands in a praise position! Watch The Father’s House” by Cory Asbury with breath taking photography and healing lyrics…
You may put your hands down now… “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: “a time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance…” Ecclesiastes 3:1,4

PLUS, welcome to a morning of PRAISE now planned for Sunday, August 23, 2020.  YES! Think Summer!  That day will be our Annual Outdoor CLC Worship Service and Picnic.  We have invited Mike Cordry, the New England spokesperson for Teen Challenge to be our guest speaker.  He will share his amazing testimony of deliverance from drug addiction through the means of comedy.  Please check out a sample of his story here…. Mike Cordry The Lighter SidePlease reply to this email with your testimony and prayer request. 

How are you?

Please send all church offerings to: CLC, PO Box 91, Colchester, CT 06415. Thank you.

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A popular politician (a man) wrote in a Tweet a few days ago: “Most people seem uncomfortable with social distancing during [this] pandemic. Not me. Feels like high school. All the girls styed 6 feet or more from me back then; we just didn’t call it “social distancing.”  Who knew I’d be so many years ahead of the curve!”

LAUGHTER reduces pain, increases job performance, connects people emotionally, and improves the flow of oxygen to the heart and brain. Laughter, it’s said, ‘is the best medicine.’ And there’s evidence that laughter does lots of good things for us. It allows us to tolerate discomfort and heal us from diseases.

Laughter can also express the goodness of our God.  But, did you ever try to express how incredibly good God has been to you with a stiff face?  You would not even believe you!  Do you roll your eyes when Christians suggest, “laughter is a way to glorify God?”

King David understood this is in one of his darkest moments.  His son Absalom had plotted to take his throne.  Imagine having to flee the palace for fear of your own son!  At one point King David is hiding in a cave, surrounded by a loyal band of soldiers.  They come to David and essentially ask, as I would, “What is going to happen now?”  According to Psalms 3 and 4, David responds with a perspective that should be true for all of us.  “Lord, when I think about you, my heart is filled with laughter… this joy is greater than the harvest and the new wine is bountiful [the happiest time of the year for that agricultural society]. Yes, we are in this cave, but my life is not in the hands of Absalom. So I will not give in to fear.  I will not seek to blame who or what for the virus.  I will not assault my mind with questions I cannot answer.  I will laugh.  I will then ‘sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.’  Please read the short full chapters of Psalm 3 and 4 for the full blessing.  You will get a smile on your face!  Promise.

I believe that laughter is a spiritual gift which every believer is given.  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness…” Galatians 5:22a.  “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice,” Philippians 4:4. Some though are intentional at not using it, got to keep it under wraps. I just laugh on the inside. Really? Hey, “I am making myself feel guilty.”  My excuse (Pastor Mike) is that I do not have a charismatic personality.  If heaven will be different, and it will be, I do want some heaven on earth, right now.  I should laugh more, today!

So, it is time to notify our faces! “When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and tongues with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, ‘The LORD has done great things for them.’  The LORD has done great things for us; we are glad.”  Psalm 126:1-3

Please put your hands in a praise position! Watch The Father’s House” by Cory Asbury with breath taking photography and healing lyrics…
You may put your hands down now… “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: “a time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance…” Ecclesiastes 3:1,4

PLUS, welcome to a morning of PRAISE now planned for Sunday, August 23, 2020.  YES! Think Summer!  That day will be our Annual Outdoor CLC Worship Service and Picnic.  We have invited Mike Cordry, the New England spokesperson for Teen Challenge to be our guest speaker.  He will share his amazing testimony of deliverance from drug addiction through the means of comedy.  Please check out a sample of his story here…. Mike Cordry The Lighter SidePlease reply to this email with your testimony and prayer request. 

How are you?

Please send all church offerings to: CLC, PO Box 91, Colchester, CT 06415. Thank you.

Pastor Mike Brubaker, DMin