Faith is common-But in Whom???

You may say you don’t believe in faith!

Take going to a doctor.  You are sick with the flu. You realize you can’t heal yourself.  You go to a doctor, you haven’t seen before. The doctor after examining you writes out a prescription that you can’t read. You then go to a pharmacy and  give that scribbled mess called a prescription to the pharmacy. They then give you two bottles of pills that you don’t recognize. You then go into sticker shock at the price of those two pill bottles and then do the insurance mumbo-jumbo, pull out cash or credit card and hope you will get better.

Faith is who or what we put our trust and hope in. When you flip on a light switch, or turn the key in your car’s ignition-aren’t these acts of faith?

Faith in God is “confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see (Hebrews 11:1).”

Faith in God revealed in Jesus Christ-who is alive in your midst is a great choice to make.

We all have faith. The question is in whom or what do you have faith?

See ya tomorrow. Pastor John and Maureen

 

 

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Like Valentine-Live by Your Heart Not Just Your Head!

On this St. Valentine’s Day-we remember that first century Christian who was jailed, martyred for following Jesus Christ. From his jail cell-he had access to a open air barred window. His family sent a carrier pigeon to him, with a message. The first valentine was what? The man named Valentine then send the first Valentine as a love message back to his family.

Speaking about heart-our hearts go out tonight to the families of those who were killed today at a mass gun shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, outside Miami, Florida.

So live for love-the love of Christ, and the love you have for family, and the people of whatever community you live in!

See ya Sunday, as we begin a special Lenten series on”Jesus Christ, our Firm Foundation.” John-Maureen

 

 

Are You Loved? Really?

Look inside. Do you know you are loved?  Are you loved for who you are or does another want something from you?  Love is more than an emotion, it’s a choice and mutual commitment. Are you loved or used?

Love is supernatural. Love only comes from God, for God is love ( I John 4).  Love from God does what? It makes you feel complete, competent, and worthy! Is this how your love makes another feel?

God’s love makes you feel like giving to others of yourself and whatever God wants you to share. Love gives just because it is love and seeks nothing in return. The reason most people don’t know how to love is because anytime another loves they think they have to return the good deed or gift. The best pic of love is the cross! If Jesus is within then so love Him that you can’t help but love others.

Love from God will always energize you.  Love is patient, love is forgiving: and love: “always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres (I Cor 13:7).”

See you in worship!  Happy St. Valentine’s Day. Pastor John

Leonard Sweet’s New Spiritual Insight-Great Book!

I assume you might, just might have an interest in the greatest guy around by the name of Jesus.

If you have any kind of interest or love for Jesus-then Leonard Sweet is your guy. Leonard, over the years has written more interesting books on Jesus then anyone I know. So Sweet’s done it again-named: The Bad Habits of Jesus-How to Live Right in a World Gone Wrong.” Leonard truly is a visionary and christian prophet.

Why is Jesus so fascinating?  Because you can’t put HIM in a box. Just when you think you’ve got Jesus all figured out Sweet comes along and helps us see what’s always been right in front of us but until now we couldn’t see it.

Jesus is right in front of you. Do you see HIM?

Question. Which fish are you in this picture? Step out of the usual way of looking at Jesus and go against the flow. You deserve the best-and Jesus is the best.  He’s the great turn-on! See Jesus as HE really is!

Wednesday night fellowship starts at 6.  Hope you can make it!  Jesus will be there for you and me! John

 

Bullycide-Needs to be Challenged!

Bullying-whether it’s physical or emotional needs to be challenged. Jesus challenged bullying in his day in numerous ways!

How do you know your child or grandchild is being bullied? First-they withdraw from life and their usual habit patterns; Secondly-this child or adult will change their eating patterns that after a while is really noticeable; Thirdly-they are more frequently depressed than usual.

Suicide is the third highest killer of youngsters 10-18 and bullying is so prevalent today that it’s being called “Bullycide.” What we need to realize is that verbal assaults and vicious put-downs need to seen just as damaging as physical taunts and assaults. If you detect bullying and it is happening on public school grounds then challenge the incident and report it in writing to school administrators.

Come spring I hope to have a community forum taking place on abuse and bullying will definitely be one aspect we will deal address.

So-enjoy the cultural hoop-la called Superbowl-and hope to see you in worship tomorrow. Pastor John-Maureen

Catchy Diseases to Watch Out For !!

With colds and flu cases on the scene, there’s other diseases which can be spiritually fatal. They’re called Pride and Arrogance.

How many underestimate the flu and pneumonia? So it is with spiritual ailments of the soul.

Watch out for the spiritual virus called Pride. It’s subtle and starts without our awareness. It creates the lie where some people believe they are  a ‘self’ made man or woman. It creates the illusion that people are independent and not dependent on anyone-even God.

Unhealthy pride if not spiritually treated can develop into full blown arrogance.  Spiritual arrogance deceives in that the arrogant don’t realize this disease makes them hard hearted towards others and other p0ints of view.

Paul tells us:”Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider other better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others (Philippians 2:3-4 NIV).

So, stay warm and well, hydrated with the Holy Spirit, watch out for the P &A Disease.    See ya  at Wednesday night fellowship at 6-7pm.

Pastor John Hunsberger

 

Movie-“Darkest Hour”-Lessons for Us!

I recommend the movie “The Darkest Hour”-about  the Battle for Britain and Winston Churchill.

When we face a giant that threatens-we can turn to the Lord and see His glory in defeating the giant for and with us. God will do his part in our inner and outer battles, but we must get involved in working with the Lord and do our part.

The English people before Churchill was chosen Prime Minister were ready to try to negotiate with Hitler for peace. Like David in the book of Psalms stand up to the giant which maybe is diabetes, or financial problems, or a marriage in shreds.

The god given genius within Churchill is that he motivated each person in England to realize that “we never give up” and that everyone has a part to play in the victory they hoped for. When 300,000 soldiers were trapped at Dunkirk Winston challenged folks. The result was that many private English boats crossed the English Channel and rescued almost all 300,000 from the Nazis. Get involved in helping God to rescue you or your life situations. God blessed Great Britain with victory over the Nazis.

See ya Sunday-Pastor John

 

How Spiritually Balanced Are You?

Balance is crucial.

Without balance we drift into being too serious, or silly.

Life is serious. Mental escapism, denial, and blaming others are easy roads to go down when we are overcome by the seriousness of life.

The other end of this teeter totter-is called ‘lighten up’. Being lite is so important when surrounded by all kinds of serious needs. Yet we can be so lite about life that we are unable to enter into the serious hurts of another.

Either extreme is not good.

“Spiritual – physical balance is found in learning how to love like Jesus Christ: Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.Love never fails (I Cor. 13:4-8).”  This awesome definition is best found in a continuous personal love relationship with Jesus Christ!  In Jesus we see the seriousness and the lite in balance.  Follow Him.

Wednesday night fellowship is tonight 6-7m-food and fellowship, followed by music practice.

Pastor John

 

You are Accountable-Mr. President-to God!

If you look for the good-you’ll see the good.  If you look for the bad and ugly you will find that too.

I have never in all the years of these columns believed that God wanted me to directly address any one’s politics-yet that time is over.

Mr. President, Donald Trump you like everyone are accountable.  Accountable to the American people and to God. Your vulgar description and putdown of the peoples of Haiti and Africa is unacceptable. The Bible you put your hand while taking your oath of office doesn’t justify anyone calling other people what you called them.

The scriptures are clear: “for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” and Mr. President your comments insulting others are clearly sinful.” I stand up and stand alongside the people of Haiti and the African people who love Jesus Christ and deserve better from you.

Let us pray for our President.

See you Sunday!  We take down the Christmas decorations after worship this Sunday and share a potluck after worship.

Stay well in Jesus’ name -Pastor John and Maureen

 

 

Worst Storms-Are On the Inside!

Hello winter.                           

The majority of us dislike firestorms, monsoons, freezing rain, blizzards, wind storms, and mudslides.

Storms that are just as lethal are the mental, emotional, and spiritual storms that come our way; disease, divorce, depression, loneliness, panic attacks, anxiety bouts, road rage, jealousy, revenge, lust, and the loss of a loved one-or family pet.  We need weather advice for the storms that attack our souls, minds, and conscience as well as our bodies.

Just as we are open to outside weather advice, our spirits need injections of spiritual wisdom and hope. The cure we all need is Jesus Christ.

When outside storms come open the Bible to Psalm 46.

When inner storms come open to Psalm 103.

Outside storms come and go. Its the inner storms that we really better be aware of-for they could go on indefinitely! Man looks on the outer looks or appearance, but God always first looks at what’s going on within your heart.

The far more lethal storms are on the inside.

We take down the Christmas decorations inside the worship sanctuary and social hall, after worship this Sunday. Bring food to share.

Blessings to you all-Pastor John and Maureen