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By SMH Webmaster on 11/21/2017 1:29 PM
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done,” Philippians 4:6 NLT.

The word, “Thanksgiving”, occurs twenty eight times in the King James Version of the Bible. It is mentioned in reference to the religious practice of offering animal sacrifices. Often the thanksgiving offering was part of the peace offering and included products that were made of grain such as unleavened cakes and leavened breads. The sacrifice was not totally consumed by fire but portions of it were shared with the priests and some of it was returned to the worshiper. They in turn, would gather their family and friends and share a thanksgiving meal with them. 

Other references to thanksgiving refer to an attitude of praise and thankfulness in response to the generous gifts of God. Phrases like, “the voice of thanksgiving” (Psalm 26:7), or in Psalm 69:30 songs of thanksgiving and in Philippians 4:6, where the Apostle Paul tells us not to worry but to be thankful.  
By SMH Webmaster on 11/21/2017 1:26 PM
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7, 8

Some time ago, I received a package in the mail from one of my son’s in law. The package contained a cross with the “Lord’s Prayer” inscribed on it in Norwegian. Since he travels a lot, I had asked him to look out for unique crosses that might have some connection with the region of the world in which they are found. I am collecting crosses from around the world as a decorative and inspirational feature for the Hospital Chapel. In addition to the cross he also sent me a plaque depicting a pastoral scene with the above Bible verses written below the picture, again in Norwegian. It is a favorite Bible passage for many and is used by life coaches, sales managers and pastors to encourage people not to give up trying or praying. At first glance it looks like a blank check, ask and you will receive. However, when taken in context, it is much more than that.
By SMH Webmaster on 11/6/2017 1:22 PM
“Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope, 17 comfort you and strengthen you in every good thing you do and say.” 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 NLT                   

The word hope is used 109 times in the King James Version of the Bible and in nearly all cases it is part of a phrase that connects hope to God. Some phrases talk about the absence of hope without God, like Job 8:13, which deals with the condition of those who forget God. Psalm 31:24 tells the saints to have courage because they hope in the Lord. Psalm 43:5 is a verse of self encouragement saying, “hope thou in God for I shall yet praise him [who is] the health of my countenance, and my God.” In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul tells us that we hope for things that we have not yet seen and learn patience in the process. Romans 8:24, 25
By SMH Webmaster on 10/31/2017 11:44 AM
“Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith Be courageous. Be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13 NLT

October 31, 2017 is the 500th anniversary of the birth of the Protestant Reformation. On this day in 1517, Martin Luther, nailed a document containing ninety-five radical opinions, opposing long held doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church, to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. This bold action started a controversy that would give rise to the excommunication of Luther and ignite the Protestant Reformation.

In 1521, Martin Luther was called to a formal meeting in the city of Worms, Germany, the “Diet of Worms,” where he was ordered by the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V, to renounce his own writings and teachings. He refused to do so in a most eloquent speech that he closed with these words, "Here I stand; I can do no other. God help me." Upon hearing this, Charles V, branded him an outlaw and a heretic and gave permission in the “Edict of Worms”, that anyone could kill him without consequence.
By SMH Webmaster on 10/24/2017 3:45 PM
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that which you are able; but with the temptation also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13 KJV

October 22nd, 1844, is known in Adventist history as “the great disappointment”. Because of the teaching of an itinerant preacher named William Miller, large numbers of people had pinned their hopes on this day, as the day that Jesus would return to the earth in power and glory to gather the faithful and take them to heaven. The believers, known as the Millerites, were so convinced of the truth of this teaching that many of them sold, gave away or abandoned their businesses, property and belongings.  

When the day came, and went, and Jesus had not come, they were bitterly disappointed. Some gave up on their faith completely, some returned to the churches they had left to follow Miller, others returned to their homes and businesses hoping to salvage what they could and continue their lives. A small group, realizing that they must have made a terrible miscalculation, continued to pray earnestly and study the Bible prophecies, hoping to find what they had missed. Out of this small group of believers, the Seventh-day Adventist Church was eventually formed.
By SMH Webmaster on 10/19/2017 7:34 AM
The 35th annual Overland Park Farmers’ Market is officially packed with your favorite fall produce! As a proud sponsor and community partner, Shawnee Mission Health will be sharing delicious recipes with ingredients you can find at the market. Create healthy, colorful recipes for your family this fall with fresh, local ingredients! 

The Market is every Saturday morning through November 18 in beautiful downtown Overland Park, as well as a special Holiday Market on December 2 at the Matt Ross Community Center. Find out more at DowntownOP.org/market, and see how to make this deliciously simple, one-pan autumn chicken and other healthy seasonal recipes at Facebook.com/ShawneeMission/Videos.
By SMH Webmaster on 10/16/2017 4:14 PM
“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32 NKJV

Everyone tells lies or at least everyone has told lies at some point in their lives. So, what kind of liar are you? Are you good at it? Some people are really bad at telling lies (which is actually a good thing). Young children are not good liars. When caught, crayon in hand, having left a master piece on the wall, even with the evidence right there, they try to deny they did it. If you have ever planned a surprise party, you either told a lie or were party to a lie being told. Some people are pathological liars. Others lie for convenience or to gain an advantage. But most people lie to cover up their shortcomings?

Then there are the lies we believe, like the lies that politicians tell us or the social media lie that we have lots of friends because we have lots of likes on Facebook. We believe the lie that someone else’s definition of beauty defines us. Some of us believe that we can borrow our way to the American dream. Another lie that we believe is the procrastinator’s lie, tomorrow will come.
By SMH Webmaster on 10/9/2017 4:17 PM
“If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” Matthew 7:11 KJV

Some people are really good gift givers. Have you ever been given something by a spouse, a parent or a really good friend and your reaction was, ‘this is just what I wanted.  How did you know?’  It’s usually because that person is listening when you talk or they know something about your circumstances that only someone close could know. I wouldn’t say that I’m a great gift giver, I don’t always give, “just perfect gift” every time.   But there is one thing that happens to me every time I give a gift.  I get immense joy from giving.  I just love to watch the reaction on the face of the person to whom I have given.  

As I think about the verse above I think about God’s gifts to me. He gives the perfect gift every time. You see he is not like me, he is perfect in love, in wisdom, in power and he does not have a limited budget. He can give me anything he wants to any time he wants to, and he does.  
By SMH Webmaster on 10/3/2017 1:52 PM
“For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;” Psalm 103:11

One of my favorite tasks as a pastor is officiating baby dedications. I had the privilege of doing so this past Sabbath. In the Seventh-day Adventist Church, parents are encouraged to bring their children to be dedicated to God in recognition of the fact that the child is a gift from God. As I held the beautiful little baby boy in my arms and prayed the prayer of dedication and blessing, I thought about what his life might be like. I thought about the hopes and dreams that his parents and grandparents have for him. I thought about the world into which he had come. These thoughts fueled my prayers and I prayed for his health and wellbeing, for protection from harm and I prayed for what he might do with his life. I prayed for his parents that they might be able to provide all that he needs so that he could become what God intends for him to be.

As I reflected upon that experience and the focus of my prayer, I began to think about my life. I wondered what the Pastor prayed for me when I was dedicated. What were the hopes and dreams of my parents for me on that day? What was in God’s mind for me on that day? The Bible is full of statements concerning God’s will for our lives, the Pastor probably quoted some of them as part of his prayer, I certainly did. So, how am I doing? How are you doing?  
By SMH Webmaster on 9/25/2017 4:03 PM
“It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.” Psalm 118:8-9 KJV

“Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.” Psalm 20:7 KJV

As I write this, I am sitting at my gate in the Lima, Peru airport with a small group of colleagues, waiting to board a 12:50am flight to Houston. I’m looking forward to going home but I am also reflecting on the medical mission trip from which we are returning. We did a lot of great work, life changing cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries in Iquitos and extending a healing touch through vision and primary care at our makeshift clinics in Adventists schools in Pucallpa.  
By SMH Webmaster on 9/21/2017 3:37 PM
“My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”  2 Corinthians 12:9 KJV

The above passage was God’s answer to the Apostle Paul after he had prayed what he perceived to be a long series of unanswered prayers, asking God to change something he didn’t like. It is unclear what that something was. In his praying, he describes it as a “thorn in the flesh” or “an instrument of Satan to buffet me”.  Whatever it was Paul wanted it gone. I am sure many of us can resonate with the frustration of dealing with something that we wish we didn’t have to. So, what happens when things don’t work out the way you want them to?
By SMH Webmaster on 9/21/2017 3:34 PM
He (Jahaziel) said: "Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the LORD says to you: 'Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God's. 2 Chronicles 20:15 NIV

The nation of Judah had enjoyed many years of peace under the leadership of King Jehoshaphat when the country was suddenly besieged by the allied forces of Ammon, Moab and Mt Seir. Suddenly the hearts of the people of Judah were gripped with fear and they turned to God for answers. The king declared a national fast and led the people in prayer. He recalled the action of God in their history and admitted that they did not have the physical might to match the armies that had come against them. He called on God to deliver them. The story goes on to say that God sent a message in answer to their prayer through one of the Levites which is recorded in the verse above. In modern language, the message said two things:  Don’t be afraid and it’s not your fight. The king took a very unusual military approach to battle. He did not use the military. Instead he chose to have singers lead his army into battle, praising God. In their praise, they recalled how God had blessed them in their history. What follows makes no sense whatsoever but it’s what the Bible says. The allied forces that came to attack Judah, turned on each other and they completely destroyed themselves. It took three days for Judah to collect all the spoils and they did not have to lift a sword.
By SMH Webmaster on 9/6/2017 4:15 PM
The 35th annual Overland Park Farmers’ Market is in full swing season! As a proud sponsor and community partner, Shawnee Mission Health will be sharing delicious recipes with ingredients you can find at the market. Create healthy, colorful recipes for your family this fall with fresh, local ingredients! 

Visit the Market every Saturday morning through November, as well as Wednesday mornings through Sept. 27. Find out more at DowntownOP.org/market, and see how to make these easy, tailgate-friendly Mexican Tortilla Pinwheels and other healthy seasonal recipes at Facebook.com/ShawneeMission/Videos.
By SMH Webmaster on 9/5/2017 3:10 PM
“We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments.” 2 Corinthians 10:4 NLT

A monument is defined as a statue, building, or other structure erected to commemorate a famous or notable person or event. For thousands of years the rulers of empires, dynasties and nations have erected monuments to proclaim their greatness, to memorialize their military conquests, to demonstrate their wisdom and to celebrate their ideologies. Some of these monuments include the Egyptian, Mayan, Aztec and Inca Pyramids, the Acropolis of Athens, the great Amphitheaters of the Romans. 

Magnificent temples have been erected to honor their various deities. Spectacular palaces have been built in many parts of the world that were built as an expression of political or religious ideologies. Americans have built national monuments like Mount Rushmore, the Washington Monument, the One World Trade Center (a symbol of resilience and hope). We commemorate famous generals and famous athletes by erecting statues in their honor.
By SMH Webmaster on 8/28/2017 2:17 PM
“When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?"* Matthew 16:13 NLT

Because Jesus was such a charismatic teacher and miracle worker there had been a lot of speculation as to who he was.  One day he asked his disciples the question referenced above.  His disciples told him people were saying he was John the Baptist, Jeremiah, Elijah or even Moses.  Wow! Those were some great men to be compared to.  But the people did not really know Jesus, they were basing their guesses on what they had heard about those historic personalities and comparing them with Jesus.  Jesus was not looking for validation.  He knew who he was.  He wanted to know if his disciples knew, so he asked them.  Who do you say that I am?  I can imagine them looking at each other, trying not to be the first one to speak.  Then Peter blurted out who he thought Jesus was, The Christ, son of the Living God and Jesus affirmed that this revelation was from God.
By SMH Webmaster on 8/21/2017 2:15 PM
“Darkness as black as night covers all the nations of the earth, but the glory of the LORD rises and appears over you.” Isaiah 60:2 NLT

Some have been preparing for it for years, others for months and some are still unprepared, but ready or not, here it comes. Dubbed the most watched solar eclipse in history, the 2017 total solar eclipse happens today, August 21, 2017.  The moon will pass between the earth and the sun, casting an eerie darkness increasing in intensity as you get closer to the “Path of Totality,” the approximately 70-mile-wide track of the moon’s shadow across the earth’s surface.  Depending on where you are in the country, the length of totality will vary significantly.  Carbondale IL. will experience totality for about 40 seconds and Kansas City, MO. for about 20 seconds.  Because the moon’s shadow is traveling at about 2400 mph, the whole event from coast to coast will last a little more than an hour and a half.
By SMH Webmaster on 8/14/2017 10:17 AM
“Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots?” Jeremiah 13:23 KJV

Change is a very necessary for any living organism. The body is always renewing itself. It is the constant change at the cellular level that keeps us alive and healthy. Organizations must change and adapt to the evolving needs of the markets they serve in order to remain relevant, viable and profitable. They have to be appropriately responsive to the presence of new competitors in the market place and new technologies that create opportunities for them to be more efficient.

The reality, however, is that change is not always easy. Sometimes it’s not welcome or even desired. In recent news, New York Yankee fans have expressed their displeasure at the idea that their team will, for the first time in the one hundred year history of the franchise, break with tradition and put away the pinstriped uniform, that has never borne the names of the players on their shirts, to don a new uniform for the Major League Baseball (MLB) Players Weekend. Seasoned fans want the team to stick to the way things have always been. Clean cut, pinstripes and no names.
By SMH Webmaster on 8/7/2017 2:41 PM
“Be ye angry, and sin not…” Ephesians 4:26

The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the church in Ephesus, was very intentional about giving guidelines as to how believers should conduct themselves.  In the fourth chapter, he begins by talking about the need to preserve unity. He talked about how to use spiritual gifts, how they should speak to each other, the importance of honesty in communication but that it needs to be seasoned with love. He talked about how their conduct should be markedly different from those outside of the church, listing characteristics that should be avoided. He encouraged them to focus on who they are becoming and strive to move away from who they once were.  He told them that it was ok to get angry but they were not to use anger as an excuse to sin (miss the mark).
By SMH Webmaster on 7/31/2017 10:24 AM
“The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.” John 4:15 KJV

In 1959, Richard Blanchard wrote a hymn based on the Bible story from which the verse above is taken. Over the years, it has become a beloved favorite. The chorus goes:

“Fill my cup Lord, I lift it up Lord.  
Come and quench this thirsting of my soul.  
Bread of heaven, feed me ‘til I want no more.  
Fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole.”

Jesus was passing through Samaria and stopped by a well where he asked a Samaritan woman for a drink.  The story has multiple applications because it explores many themes; ethic and religious bias, gender roles in the church, and true religion, to name a few. 
By SMH Webmaster on 7/24/2017 3:40 PM
Psalm 37:4 tells us to, “Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

What a wonderful promise!  At first glance it looks like we can get anything we want from God. So let’s start making a list – healing, a pay raise, a newer car, a nicer home, better behaved children, etc. But if we just pause for a moment and take a closer look, the scripture reveals a condition.  It is those that take delight in the Lord that get the desires of their heart.  To delight in the Lord means that we get joy from the things that are important to him - service to humanity and devotion to God.  
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