Home Sweet Home

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Home Sweet Home!

It's nice to travel and to go on vacation. To get away from home, relax, and reset. That's the whole point, it's fun! But, when the vacation is through, it's always good to be home. Home at your own house with your own bed and your own kids. My wife and I had the opportunity to go to a marriage conference in Branson, Missouri last weekend. Now, that may not sound like your idea of a vacation. Sitting in a room with 500 married couples taking notes about how to have a better marriage? You've got to be kidding me. Well, the best thing about going to a conference in Branson is adding a day on the front and back to do the fun things of Branson. One of those fun things we had a chance to do was a trip out to Silver Dollar City.

If you've never been to Silver Dollar City, I'll try and set the scene. It's an amusement park that's equally appealing to retirees as it is to children. It's a Six Flags with better shows. Don't sleep on the salt water taffy, and be ready to walk. A lot. There's music, comedy, and in general lots of fun. One of the best shows they had the weekend we were there was called Paint Jam. You may have seen them on a daytime tv shows like Ellen or even in this clip from the Super Bowl a few years back.

A young man named Ricardo was filling in for Dan Dunn at the performance we caught, and Ricardo was phenomenal! Energetic, entertaining, affable, and a great painter. After running down some classic performance pieces like a bald eagle and the Beatles, Ricardo dedicated his final piece to his niece. Imagine my surprise when after all of the Beatles songs and Kid Rock, I next heard worship music!

An energetic, passionate painter creating an image of my Lord and Savior complete with a crown of thorns accompanied by worship music? It was powerful. The song declared that the Cross changes everything. At a Paint Jam show in the middle of the afternoon, I witnessed an image and a sound connecting my emotion to my belief. Ricardo ministered that day. He shared the Gospel message with 300 people in an amusement park on a cool afternoon. 

Artist Ricardo Barazza performing at Silver Dollar City's Paint Jam.

Artist Ricardo Barazza performing at Silver Dollar City's Paint Jam.

1 Peter 4:11 says this, "If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen."

May you and I do all things in such a way that God may be praise through Jesus Christ our Lord. May our actions, our words, and our bearing reflect the simple truth that the Cross changes everything. Just like Ricardo, let us use our skills and opportunities to impact those around us with the Good News that the Cross changes everything.

God Bless.
Pastor Josh