Archives for December 2014

Hands Free

Did you know there is a connection between your hands and your brain’s ability to solve problems and reach goals?
In the late 90’s, Cal Tech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory* was finding it very hard to replace many of their engineers and scientists who had come onboard in the 1960s and who were now retiring. These were the men and women who helped put us on the moon. Even though JPL hired graduates from top engineering schools like MIT and Stanford, they found that these straight-A students with tremendous knowledge, had a big picture problem. They couldn’t solve problems critical to their jobs.
The management at JPL sought to find out the difference between engineers who were good at problem solving and those who were not and why. With the help of a consultant, JPL found that the engineers who had worked and played with their hands as they were growing up, were better able to see solutions than those those who did not. The best problem solvers, JPL learned, were once kids who built their own forts, took apart hand-radios and fixed their own bikes. Somehow taking hold of a problem, figuratively and literally, helps us reach our goal.
Paul reminds us that reaching our goal and taking hold of it, can only happen if our hands aren’t otherwise occupied, holding onto the past.  In Philippians 3:12-24, he writes,
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.  Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus
Such practical advice! Drop the past and press on toward the prize. Paul’s goal (and ours too if we’re serious about our faith) is an illusive Christian maturity. 
In 2015, God has a prize he longs to give you. Are your hands free and open to receive it?
*The JPL story is from Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul by Stuart Brown
(this week’s devotional from Tim Walsh)

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Christmas Message

by Pastor Tony Hayden

“A Christmas Devotional”

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14 NIV)


Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” (John 20:21 NIV)


We watched until we could no longer see her. Weighed down with a guitar, backpack, laptop computer and winter coat, she moved slowly through the security check. Surrounded by veiled women and black-haired men and children, she was quite easy to spot as she continued to make her way to the gate, bound for a lengthy stay in a far-away Middle Eastern country.

Almost exactly twenty-five years before, my own parents had seen us off at the same terminal at JFK airport. Our destination was Rwanda once we had completed a few months of language study in Europe. Were the good-byes any easier for them? Probably not and we weren’t even going to have e-mail or a phone!

While sharing at a Bible study, some verses just about jumped off the page. In John 10:16-17 (NIV) Jesus says: “I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life…”

The Father said farewell to His only Son who was willing to leave His wonderful, perfect home in heaven. He entered a turbulent country at a time when travel was difficult, foreign soldiers were demanding, taxes were unfair and most diseases were incurable. But the Son knew that His Father loved Him even though there would be suffering to endure.

I knew that my parents loved us. And I know that our daughter knew that we loved her very much, not just because she is our precious daughter but also because she was willing to bring the most precious gift of all, Jesus, to people who had never heard of His love for them.

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