“You Got Peanut Butter In My Chocolate”

 “You Got Peanut Butter In My Chocolate”

by Pastor Steve Schantz

 

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

 

The unexpected joy and success of a finished musical work where one artist contributes the lyrics and another the melody by choice has been common to the industry for a long time.  In the world of taste, a chef pairs a particular food and beverage together to produce a culinary delight.  Some of us enjoy the way that Reece’s candy cashed in by bringing two separate and unique tastes together in one successful confection.  With chocolate covered tongue in cheek we join the commercialized exclamation, “You got chocolate in my Peanut Butter!”

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Seeing With Your Good Eye

Seeing With Your Good Eye

by Pastor Steve Schantz    

   Good afternoon to each of you! Last Sunday in week two of this God Provides series, we saw from Jeremiah’s account how God blesses His people even through tough circumstances as He provides for us to prosper where we are planted. During each of these 6 weeks we are discovering how faithful people learn to trust God to provide. As we trust Him more, God enables us to see what matters most in life, and our choices reflect lasting values and reap eternal rewards. This week’s lesson has us journeying with Abram as he relies on God’s promises and makes decisions which bless and prefer others. In complement to this series, please turn with me this morning to Matthew’s gospel account, chapter 6, beginning in verse 19, as we see how Jesus challenges his followers to change the way they look at life. There is an intended slight variation in word choice from the NKJV as we read.

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Spiritual Footprints

Spiritual Footprints

by Pastor Steve Schantz

Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west. I will say to the north, ‘Give them up! and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’ Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth—everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” (Isa 43:5-7 NIV)

 

Etched in my childhood memory is the joy of plodding through thick blankets of untouched winter snow laying over the hillside behind our home in rural upstate New York. Leaving the first set of foot prints in new fallen snow is fun no matter what your age. Journeying across the pillowy canvas, my brother and sister and I would stop and drop, arms and legs flailing as we each carved unique angels in the snow. Every foot print and angel mold became an icon for the snow pilgrims who would follow. Leaving a creative legacy behind doesn’t only capture the imagination of a child, it has also inspired explorers like Sir Edmond Hilary and inventors like Benjamin Franklin.

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