Sunday Sermon Quotes 3-31-19

Here are some thoughts I took away from our sermon at Cornerstone Church today.

Remember you will pick up what you put down.



2 things you can control…your attitude and your effort.


Rock of ages

Remember…PRAY LISTEN AND OBEY and God will take care of the WOW

If you refuse to serve you will never be fit to lead.


The church needs to: repent of actions words and heart attitudes….we are the church

The Word of God is not a game.

When it comes to God we have to stop saying…we can’t afford to..when..the truth is we cant afford not to



Share Your World 2016 Week #14

I am kicking off my writing week with SHARE YOUR WORLD 2016. In this challenge our hostess Cee asks us five questions and in answering we share our worlds with each other. You can click the underlined link to see all the contributions to the challenge.

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Here are the questions for the week and my answers:

If you could hire someone to help you, would it be with cleaning, cooking, or yard work?

I actually am in the process of hiring someone right now to help me with several projects around the house. It’s not yard work exactly but the old place needs a new front porch and new gutters. The chimney needs to be relined and reappointed. The whole place needs a fresh coat of paint and the masonry on our stone porch needs some help. Can you say home equity loan?

What makes you laugh the most?

I think lunch time with the church staff is the most hilarious time of day for me. We all work under such high stress levels that lunch time becomes the time of day we can really cut loose and release the tension.

You are probably thinking that a church job should not be stressful; After all, pastors only work one day a week, right? Well that is not really so, particularly in this cultural climate. People are hurting and in need and daily we deal with some pretty emotionally difficult situations. Being able to laugh keeps us going.

A merry heart does good, like medicine,
But a broken spirit dries the bones. Prov. 17:22

What was your favorite food when you were a child?

Macaroni & Cheese with hot dogs.

List at least five favorite flowers or plants.




lemon balm


sea rose

I could go on but these five will do.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

I am grateful to have had the privilege to perform my cousin’s wedding last week.Weddings usually make me so nervous but I was actually pretty relaxed through this one.

This week is going to be a little nuts. With the winter storm last night I lost a rehearsal for one of my concerts this week and the week was already tight as it was. I am looking forward to Sunday afternoon and the week being done.


Share Your World 2016 Week #9

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Every week Cee invites her contributors to SHARE BITS OF THEIR LIVES.

You can discover how the rest of the world is sharing by clicking the underlined link. Here are the questions we are all answering along with my answers.

Have you done something you truly want to do today?

I get to do lots of things I want to do everyday. I love my job of pastoring and while there are pieces of it that get pushed to the back burner because of the craziness of everyday life I do really enjoy it all. Today is a day of office cleaning and administrating . I am finally getting to organize my desk and my office and that feels really good! Currently it looks like my desk blew up and that makes me sad.

What can you help the world with?

I believe I am called to help the world by bringing them to the knowledge of God.

If life was ‘just a bowl of cherries’… which fruit other than a cherry would you be..?

I would be a kiwi. Sweet, fuzzy and a little odd.

Quotes List: At least three of your favorite quotes?

I have so many favorite quotes narrowing it down to three is really hard, but I shall try. Here are three quotes on joy I really like shared by my friend and fellow artist Betty Knowlton:

  • What a witness to the world Christians would be, if only we were evidently very happy people
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  • Our sense of joy, satisfaction and fulfillment in life increases, no matter what the circumstances, if we are in the center of God’s will.
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  • Joy is NOT the absence of trouble, but the presence of God.
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Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

I am so grateful that last week I got to preach at Cornerstone and that four people came to Jesus. This next week I am looking forward to leading worship at Cornerstone!

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Pastor Wrinkle’s Sunday Morning Review 2-7-16

Services at Cornerstone have been so awesome lately I wanted to start doing a quick recap of the points from the sermons.

This week Pastor Risto spoke on the topic “Submitting to God’s plan for you life.”

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Here are some of the points the Spirit dropped into my heart as I listened.

26In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.28The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” 29Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with GodYou will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.32He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” 34“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” 35The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month.37For no word from God will ever fail.” 38“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her. Luke 1: 26-38 Our Opening Scripture

“We are called to live the life God has prepared for us. SUBMIT TO THE PLAN.”

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There’s nothing like an angel to mess up your day-Barry Risto Luke 1:26-34

Sometimes serving God can be a painful privilege. -Barry Risto

Believe the word of God spoken…even though you don’t know where that might take you. .. it will be beyond your wildest dreams.

Submission to God may take us down far deeper paths than we think. .. But wait until you see what it will produce. -Barry Risto

God doesn’t call us to live safe lives. -Barry Risto

God is preparing you for the things He has prepared for you.

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Is there a difference between your plan and God’s plan for your life?

Reacting to things is often our flesh. Responding to things is of the Spirit. We are called to be responders not reactors. -Barry Risto

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Responders save lives. Reactors melt down and blow up. Be a first responder.

God’s plan always involves a journey so buckle in!

Which quote or point is your favorite?

A Photo A Week Challenge: Crowd Control

This week Nancy has asked us to show her CROWDS OF PEOPLE UNDER CONTROL

Check out the underlined link to see crowds from around the globe.

The church majors in crowds…


whether its eyes forward hands raised in worship.


Or the organized chaos of VBS. For us crowd control is about bringing a message that grabs the attention and holds people not for twenty minutes or an hour but for all eternity.

Be the Church

The crucifix at Kylemore Abbey

The crucifix at Kylemore Abbey

Gandhi was once quoted as saying,

“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians.”

and you know sometimes I can understand his point of view. There are moments when, as Mr. Gandhi stated,

“Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”

There are days when it is hard to love the people of the church. There are days when it is even hard to be a part of the church. There are days when as Christians we are tempted to chuck it all and go the Christian faith alone. Here is the thing though, Christianity is a team sport. To “go it alone” as a Christian is akin to trying to play basketball or soccer (football for those of you outside of the U.S.) by yourself. IT DOESN’T WORK!!!!

Chris Tiegreen has said,

“Blood is thicker than water….the Spirit is thicker than blood.”

And Matthew Henry has written,

“When we take God as our God, we take His people as our people.”

For better or worse when we accept Christ we are adopted into a family and that comes not only with the blessings of eternal life in Heaven but with the responsibility of loving and working with the rest of this humongous family we call the church.

The Apostle John wrote,

“Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. 10 Anyone who loves their brother and sister] lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. 11 But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.” I John 2:9-11

Now some of you will say, “Well I don’t hate the people of the church. I just don’t want to have anything to do with them.”

I have to point out that functionally there is little difference between those two things. You are called not just to “not hate” the church. John calls you to “love your brothers and sisters in the church” and that means being involved with them.

I get it. Family is hard. Church is hard. But in the end we are are called to it. In Heaven you will be a part of the church so you might as well practice being a part of it now no matter how hard it might be.