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TODAY'S THEME:
A SPIRITUAL MAKEOVER

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ST JAMES UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
COFFEYVILLE, KANSAS

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Dear Readers,
I've just returned from spending several days in Coffeyville,
Kansas. While there I happened to meet Steven Griffith,
who pastors Coffeyville's St. James United Methodist Church.
While chatting with him I learned that he had written a piece
for the local paper which had appeared only two days earlier.
I read the article and decided to share it with you.
Its message is no less profound for its clever approach.

--Lisa Bowman
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A Spriitual Makeover
or Demonic Takeover

By Pastor Steven Griffith
St. James United Methodist Church
Coffeyville, Kansas

2nd Corinthians 5: 17  "Therefore is any man be in Christ,
he is a new creature, old things are past; all things have
become new."


Several years back, I accompanied my wife to a department
store. It was one of those stores that had a special seat for
men to sit in while the women shopped. I noticed women one
by one coming to the cosmetic counter to get a makeover.
I was fascinated at the number of women getting makeovers.
Ok! Now I had become curious about this phenomenon. So
I put my best preacher voice on and went over to the con-
sultant and asked, "What steps are involved in getting a make-
over? Moreover, what happens if women do not get make-
overs?" The steps the consultant gave me just flowed together
as our spiritual walk should flow.

Here are some steps to a spiritual makeover:

1. Exfoliation (Cleansing) of the Skin --
Get the sin out of your life, just like you would get the black-
heads out of your skin, confess it!

2. Apply Moisturizer --
To fill in all those dead or discolored spots. Fill in Love, add
to your relationships.

3. Wrinkle Cream --
For those spots you cannot get out (or choose to hide)
with moisturizer. Add Faith, Forgive by Faith.

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ST JAMES UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

"A SPIRITUAL MAKEOVER" CONTINUED
4. Foundation --
What seals in your look. The word of God that keeps you
(the RHEMA -- the word specifically for you).

5. Eye Shadow --
To balance your foundation with the proper color. To keep
your focus single-minded.

6. Lipstick --
To accentuate the mouth -- to help others hear what God
is saying through you.

7. Blush --
To highlight those spots that you want to show--
Maintain the glow so others will see the Jesus in you.

8. Clothing --
Modest apparel -- a garment of praise, or a garment that
you can praise in. A new wardrobe for a new walk.

9. Footwear --
Not rushing to mischief, but spreading the Gospel.

After talking with the makeup consultant, I realized that
our spiritual walk is a process and not a 100-yard dash.
Just as beauty is a journey and not an outward look.
How is it that women know whne to change their styles
and men can discern the weather, yet they do not take
time to contemplate their spiritual conditions? Many of
us have areas in our life that are spotty and cannot be
covered up despite the amount of wrinkle cream and
moisturizer that is applied. Others have a glow about
themselves because they have given those areas to
Jesus. Where are you in the makeover process? Are
you the one who allows Jesus to change and transform
your life, or are you one who is resistant against letting
Jesus work in your life?


   "A SPIRITUAL MAKEOVER" CONTINUED

If you are one who consistently resists God's gentle tugs
through the person of the Holy Spirit, then you become a
candidate for a demonic takeover, meaning someone else
is in control of your life besides God. None of us plans for
demonic takeovers, just as none of us plans for divorce,
broken hearts, children running away, etc. Let God walk
you through his spiritual makeover process. He promises
to beautify the meek with salvation.

FROM THE COFFEYVILLE JOURNAL, JUNE 22, 2007
REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION
COFFEYVILLE JOURNAL

 

And now, the Last Word:

When we look deeply into ourselves,
we see both flowers and garbage...
In the way that a gardener knows how
to transform compost into flowers, we
can learn the art of transforming anger,
depression and racial discrimination
into love and understanding.

Thich Nhat Hanh (1926-  )
Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk and author




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bonus Quote:

We shape clay into a pot, but it is the
emptiness inside that holds whatever we want.

Tao Te Ching

 

 

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