Are Evangelical UMC Followers in the PNWUMC Endangered ?

An endangered species is a species which has been categorized as very likely to become extinct. Endangered (EN), as categorized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List, is the second most severe conservation status for wild populations in the IUCN’s schema after Critically Endangered (CR).

In 2012, the IUCN Red List featured 3079 animal and 2655 plant species as endangered (EN) worldwide.[1] The figures for 1998 were, respectively, 1102 and 1197, according to Wikipedia.

Question?  How does this endangered category apply to evangelicals in the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church?

The question is not whether evangelicals will exist, but wether they will continue to exist within the pacific northwest annual conference of the United Methodist Church?

In 2005 The Wesleyan Covenant Connection survey found twenty five churches to be evangelical. Now thirteen years later the WCC informal survey shows there to be seven. Out of 250 United Methodist Churches in all of Washington State and northern Idaho-evangelical clergy are an endangered species. Remaining Evangelical churches include Silverdale, St. John’s,  Woodinville, Reardan, Colville, Fowler, and Ritzville.  Evangelical churches are almost extinct.

Why is this the case? To be continued.

Respectfully John Hunsberger, follower of Jesus Christ

 

 

 

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Can You Say Thank You Jesus?

So, I come to you this morn from my motel three blocks from the site of the 145th Annual Conference of The Pacific Northwest Conference of The United Methodist Church, in Puyallup Washington.

Jerry and I have represented you at this conference, and all I can say is “thank you Jesus”.

The easiest but also the hardest thing to do at times is simply say: “Thank You”. To say thank you to Jesus is to acknowledge that as sinners we are undeserving of his love-yet because of his great love and amazing grace he loves us still.

Then lepers appeared before Jesus one day and in short he healed them all. Only one thanked Jesus.

Are you the one who loves Jesus enough to return and say thank you? Jesus Christ does for us what we cannot do by ourselves-He forgives as we repent and ask his healing and turn away from sin. His healing is for your body, mind, and soul.

Come to Jesus today.

Maureen and I were part of the conference retirement ceremony yesterday at conference.

We say thank you Jesus.  Thank you Trinity for our time loving and serving Jesus. God bless you all.

Pastor John and Maureen!

 

 

Be Involved in Another’s Life for Christ!

I recall years ago being in Lewiston, coming out of the back church pastor’s office going down the steps. My car was parked next to the school fence where some elementary age boys were gathered. What was going on? A group of six boys had circled another boy who was on the ground and they were kicking him, while he was down. I yelled out to these 5th graders, “KNOCK IT OFF”. The leader of the bullies shouted, “Hey it’s none of your business.”  I respectfully yelled back,”how would you like to be the boy who was getting kicked in the head?”  He  didn’t respond, but the boys backed off and allowed the beaten up kid to get up.

 Why be involved in other lives?  Because God in Jesus Christ loved enough to get involved in your life. So as HE has loved us we need to be available to help others help themselves. This is the love of Jesus. Hopefully they will also choose Jesus as their Savior.

Thanks for the last 14 years of showing Christ like love and rescuing others! To God be the glory.

See ya Sunday!

Pastor John and Maureen Hunsberger

 

See Yourself by Faith Not Age!

A prevalent form of discrimination is called “ageism.” It’s younger folks in the business world discriminating against older people.

Who is it that puts older people down? To start with it’s we, who are older.

If we aren’t careful, it’s easy to accept the negative stereotypes our surrounding culture promotes about being older.

As a follower of “Jesus Christ” reject the cultural negative putdowns about getting older.

Don’t see yourself according to your age, but instead by your faith in Christ. See each day as a continuous learning adventure thanks to your belief in Christ. Yes as you will get older, there will be certain things you can’t do as well as when you were younger. Yet just think of all the new things you can pick up on and learn.

See yourself as God sees you. You are his son or daughter and if you are born again-you are part of his eternal family of God.  Jesus Christ reminds us: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become as little children, you will never enter the Kingdom of heaven.” Stay young at heart.

Stay curious, maintain God given ideals, chase God given visions!

See ya Sunday-Pastor John

 

 

Advertise Jesus in An Unconditional Way!

Just think of all the commercials and advertising you have heard on radio and seen on television! If you had a nickel for every ad you’ve experienced you’d be rich.

Advertising is so much a part of today’s world. Why? Because it seems like everything is for sale, even the spiritual. If an ad can tap into your inner desires then a deal can be made. Spiritually, do you desire God in your life?

What and who do you advertise? When you approach people is it because you want something from a person and view life in business terms or do you view life as free and unconditional?

Like Jesus, be open and unconditional towards anyone you meet. Meet people where they are at economically, without regard to race, class, gender, or sexual identity.

Jesus tells us to what? He tells us to advertise our belief in Him.  He teaches: “Let your light so shine before men (meaning all people), that people may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven (Matthew 5:16).”

By the way we live may we advertise our belief in Jesus, conditionally!  See ya Sunday!

 

 

 

 

Baton is Handed off with New Pastor Coming!

God is so good all the time. All the time God is good. Received word this afternoon that our prayers have been answered. A new Pastor has been selected. It’s called in the sports world the passing off of the baton.

Whether you realize it or not you have received the baton of life from one before you and your time will also come to hand off the baton to someone special following you.

After fourteen years of following Jesus with each of you-it’s coming time for Maureen and I to step back and the new Pastor to step up to spiritually leading you in loving and serving Christ.

Jerry Snyder will announce tomorrow in worship the selection of the new pastor.

God in Jesus is so faithful, tried, and true. As John Wesley used to say-in his life ministry-“thanks to Jesus the best is yet to come.”  See you tomorrow- Pastor John

God’s Not About Fake News-but Good NEWS!

Fake news is in today’s world.

Yet in a spiritual sense the battle between God’s Good News in Jesus Christ and Satan’s lies-has always been an issue. Ever since God booted Lucifer out of Heaven( Isaiah 14:12, Ezekiel 28:16, Rev. 12:7-9), there’s been a struggle between the good and what the Bible calls “Fake News” or the lies of Satan.

One of the fake news items Satan has unleashed in the world is that God is first of all condemning and judgmental. What a crock of baloney.

There are many types of Gods in today’s world and false prophets teaching all kinds of untruth.  Yet the Bible is clear-first and foremost-the one true God is pure LOVE. First John 4:8 tells us: “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

Oh friend, the world is good, bad, and ugly. Whatever you look for is what you will find. First look for what is good and beautiful and true. Where do we see God’s pure love lived out?  In the life of Jesus  Christ, for he came not to condemn or judge but that you and I might be saved through Him (John 3:16-17).

See ya Sunday! Pastor John-Maureen

 

 

 

We All Belong-We All Are Adopted !

Life is precious; conception is God’s decision. God decided to birth you. Yet not all babies have available parents. Not all babies are born to adults are who economically, emotionally, or spiritually ready for responsible parenthood.

Let us thank God that instead of aborting their child, many mothers decide to place the baby with adoption agencies. This last weekend our son and his wife went through the roller coaster of many decisions and made a faith decision to pick up a new born boy just seventy two hours old.

So-encourage mothers who have difficult circumstances to be open to placing their child up for adoption, instead of having the child be one of the one million aborted in this country annually.

This son and his wife are thankful for now their little son Casen! Honor life-honor all children.  We all are spiritually adopted into a relationship with God through Christ: “He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ in accordance with His pleasure and will (Ephesians 1:5).”

See ya Sunday. Pastor John and Maureen

 

Praise God for Mary Magdalene and Sister Jean!

The greatest to ever live- has numerous reasons for HIS GREATNESS. HE who fulfilled hundreds of prophecies concerning his birth and life: HE who performed numerous supernatural miracles in nature; including the healing and resurrection of numerous people; HE who predicted how he would die and RISE from the dead is really worth our celebration this Resurrection/Easter Sunday.

Thinking of Jesus’ Resurrection I especially think of Mary Magdalene and now today a 98 year old Roman Catholic follower of Jesus named Sister Jean Delores-Schmidt. She is the chaplain to the Chicago-based Loyola basketball team who will be playing this Saturday in the NCAA March Madness Final Four basketball game. Like Mary Magdalene, Sister Jean has faith not only in her Lord/ Savior-but she also is there to help the players believe in what they can’t see.

So, praise God for the women who have the courage and belief to be there rooting Jesus Christ and even a basketball team on to victory.

See ya  Thursday night, Good Friday at noon, and at Easter breakfast and worship this Sunday.

Praise God for all the women who believe in the victory of Jesus Christ RISEN from the dead.      Pastor John and Maureen

 

How FAR Can YOU……?

How far do you think ahead?  For example, here you are on a freeway driving and someone wants to merge onto the same freeway. That merging vehicle is to yield right of way to the freeway traffic of which you are a part. Yet does that driver think ahead?

God calls you and I to think ahead? Yet how often do we think ahead? Yes sudden things come up which leaves you little time to plan or think ahead, but usually with most parts of life we do have time to think ahead considering what we will do.

Jesus Christ knew the importance of thinking ahead and considering what HE would do and say. Entering into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday HE knew what lay ahead of him and yet instead of fleeing or going into a panic attack he continued on into Jerusalem and his last week.

How far do you and I think ahead? Are we so heavenly minded  that we are no earthly good? Or the reverse-are we so caught up in the trivia of this earthly life that we have no interest in heaven.  How far can you think ahead?

See ya Sunday -Pastor John and Maureen