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Monday Memo - April 22

Someone said to me yesterday, “Why didn’t you just have me stand up and tell everyone you were talking about ME today?!”  Well, I wasn’t.  I was talking to me.  In fact, did you catch the title, “It Is All About ME!”? That means each of us.

There were two quotes that seemed not only to support the teaching of Colossians 3:12-16, but also spoke so appropriately to REAL LIFE AND REAL HOPE.  They were:

            Many times, we would rather be ruined than changed.

                                                        -  William Auden

            Man is born broken. He lives by mending. The grace of God is the glue.

                                                        -  Eugene O’Neil

I know family life is lived in HD.  I encourage all of us to intentionally engage with what God wants to do in us during these days.  Pray, ponder, pursue next steps.  You can find all three messages given so far online. Also, check out the excellent books in the Resource Center. 

I am looking forward to attending the Men’s Breakfast this Saturday with my son Rich, who will be in town from Texas.  Mike Marion’s “story” is one that will both humble and challenge us.  I hope you can be present. If you cannot make the breakfast at 8:00, Mike will begin around 8:30.  You can still sign up on our website – ASAP, please.

Could I just encourage those who are going through especially difficult family times right now? Hang in there, pursue growth (the peace of Christ…the word of Christ).  We will be talking this week about There Are Always Options.  I think this might be of real help…and hope!

See you Sunday.

Grace and peace, 

Tom Oyler
Lead Pastor   


Looking Back

"Family Life in HD: It's All About Me!"   Colossians 3:12-16

Surprised?  We may not initially like it, but it can be freeing to know that we need not be controlled by other people. It is all about me!  Taking responsibility for ourselves in every situation can lead to more healthy people and families.


Man is born broken. He lives by mending. The grace of God is the glue.

                   ~ Eugene O’Neill

Marriage teaches us loyalty, self-restraint, forbearance, and a lot of other qualities we wouldn’t need so badly if we were single.

                    ~ Unknown

It is terrible to find how little progress one’s philosophy and charity have made when they are brought to the test of family life.

                     ~ C.S. Lewis

The person who makes the rules we live by is the person who is God to us.

                     ~ Unknown


1.      What does the title, It Is All About Me, mean in context of family life?

2.      In what ways are you making your family relationships about someone other than you?

3.      Why is Christ irreplaceable when it comes to family life?

Looking Ahead

"Family Life in HD: There are Always Options"   Colossians 3:17

Have you ever said, “I’ve tried everything…nothing helps.”  Who hasn’t at one time or another?  Especially in the context of family life.  Family life presents to us many choices every day.  Often we see only limited or no options.  This week we seek to open our eyes to a variety of options through the lens of Colossians 3:17.


1.      Describe in our own words what core message Paul has been making in Colossians 3:1-16 and how you are being challenged and changed by it.

2.      Write out 3:17 below, and then make as many observations as you can of it.  It would be helpful to read it out loud several times.

3.      How does v. 17 seem to be connected to vs. 1-16?  How about to vs. 18-25?

4.      What questions does the verse create for you?

5.      What are your thoughts on the title, There Are Always Options, when it comes to family life?



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