Text Box: 	    The VOICE 
“Working together to make the difference that matters.”

Text Box: North Eaton Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
35895 Royalton Rd.                                                                                                                                           Grafton, Ohio 44044
Address Service Requested                

Minister: Dr. Paul H. Durbin
Licensed Minister: Judy Ponting
Christian Ed. And Youth Director: Polly Tallos
Secretary: Londa Blaine				
Pathways Counseling and Growth Center: Dr. Ralph Thompson
Choir Director: Kyle Vander Schrier
Pianist: Carla McElhaney
Grafton, OH 44044
Permit No. 8
Text Box: Paul’s Place—–JUNE 2007

Summer and nice weather is a time when all the classic cars begin to appear on the roads.   I love it.  When I make it to one of the community car shows, it’s a trip down memory lane.  Several of those classic cars are just like the ones I owned as          a teenager.  “Just like,” might be an overstatement.  The cars I owned were always in need of some serious work.  The 1955 Chevy sounds cool, but it was a dog.  The 1950 Ford Custom with a flathead eight was my favorite, but it had some issues.  The 1952 Ford, complete with windshield visor, was a short lived experience.  When Michaelene and I dated, her mother let me know that if she received a call that we had broken down on the road, she would believe it.  Michaelene used to carry two dimes in her penny loafers.  (Those who remember penny loafers and pay phones will know the reason here.)  Sure enough, there were times when we would breakdown.  We never had to use those dimes.  I always managed to fix the problems and we were back on the road again..

“Fix the problem” is a statement I recently heard in reference to the purpose of the church.
The church’s purpose is to fix people’s problems or to be a hospital for sinners or to make people the best they can be.  That statement about being the best we can be sounds more like the US Army than the church, but there are some who think that is the message of the church and a faithful ministry of Jesus Christ.  We are to make people better or make them the best they can possibly be.  It sounds inviting.  Some of the fastest growing churches are based on the human potential movement.  “God has a wonderful plan for your life if you would just believe it and claim it,” is a message that some claim is Christian.

The Gospel I read is more about Jesus and God’s kingdom than my getting fixed or becoming the best I can be.  The Gospel I have accepted is about 
living for Jesus and seeking first the Kingdom of God.  It isn’t that I am
supposed to get fixed.  I am supposed to transform/convert my life to a 
new person with a new nature (a new creation) that serves God and gives
glory to God and seeks God’s will above all things.  It’s not about me.
It’s about God.