Monthly Archives: March, 2014

Being For People Means Sometimes Going Against Popular Opinion!

Hot heads are a dime a dozen.  It’s easy to be a person who is against this and against that. It’s easy to say what is wrong with life, or complain or cuss out somebody who is different who has irritated you. Just pick up the daily paper. On any given day the newspaper (if you still read one turning the pages as opposed to reading one electronically) probably will have ten articles describing what’s wrong as opposed to articles saying what’s right with people and everyday life.

I’ll cut to the chase here!  Will our little wonderful rural community of Ritzville permit recreational businesses to sell ‘weed’?images

I may be viewed as a dinosaur for thinking this but here are my concerns about recreational marijuana being sold in Ritzville:

1. It is already available here-why make it more available?

2. I am especially concerned about teenagers-those who are just beginning to experiment with life. A recent series of television programs aired over CNN News recently raised very pointed questions about what is happening with Colorado making it possible to purchase recreational  marijuana. Medical people raised questions about the effect of this drug HTC on young people. What’s the effect of this drug on youngsters whose brains are still developing? Do I need to say more?

3.  I am concerned that in small towns where already the local police are over whelmed with the many demands of law enforcement, that this issue will simply make it much tougher to enforce the law regarding recreational use of marijuana.

So, where do you come out on this issue? What would Jesus say about this?

We are to love God first, and then love our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22:36-40). The best way to honor God and love our neighbor as we love ourselves, is to refrain from the use of marijuana.

I ask you to join me in asking the town of Ritzville, and the Adams County Commissioners to not allow the sale of recreational marijuana in Ritzville!

See ya Sunday-with soup and bread after worship!  Pastor John

Don’t Dwell on the Hurt-Offer Forgiveness!

imagesOne day a visitor leaned on the old fence around a farm while he watched an old farmer plowing with a mule. After a while, the visitor said, “I don’t like to tell you how to run your business, but you could save yourself a lot of work by saying, ‘Gee’ and ‘Haw’ to that mule instead of just tugging on those lines.” The farmer pulled a big handkerchief from his pocket and wiped his face. Then he said, “Reckon you’re right, but this animal kicked me five years ago and I haven’t spoke to him since.” The moral of the story is: A grudge is harder on the one who holds it than the one it is held against.

Life hurts us all. It’s not a matter if hurt will come-hurt has been part of our past and realistically it will be part of our future. The question we need to address here is: how will we respond to hurt that comes our way?  This Sunday March 23 we continue with the special Lenten Theme from John Ortberg’s book: “Who is This Man?” Session 3 this Sunday is: “The Power of Forgiveness.”images

Bring some soup and bread to share during our fellowship time after worship!    Have a super week-end!-Pastor John

No One Needs a Know it All-Choose Jesus!

What most agree about-is that nothing is more of a turn off than…images

Arrogance takes many forms. Yet Christ is so very different!  Christ’s strength comes not from how much he knows-it comes from his humility!  Jesus didn’t point people to first of all himself but instead God. Jesus could have said-“hey look at me I’m special.” Yet instead he continually gave all the thanks and praise to God after his miracles and teaching.

imagesWhat we need is not some hot shot know it all. What we need is not one who talks the talk but one who walks the walk.  The world is full of know it alls. What we need is one who is so in love with God that we too will center and enter into an intimate relationship with God Almighty. We continue this Sunday with the second in a series on”Who Is This Man” a look at Jesus himself, based on a book by Pastor John Ortberg.

Friday the 14th let’s have fun viewing the dinner theater play entitled “Check Mate”, here at Trunity United Methodist, doors opening at 6pm. You can buy your buffet dinner tickets at the Ritzville Chamber of Commerce this week for $22 per person.

                                           See you Sunday !- Pastor John and Maureen Hunsberger    

Go Broncos! Know Who You Are!

imagesPraise God for his Son Jesus Christ. We are off and running, so to speak, now with Lent 2014.  This is the time of the year when Christians around the world remember and celebrate the last forty days in the life of Jesus Christ. This Sunday we begin a six week series on the question: “Who is This Man?”. This is the name of a recent book by Pastor John Ortberg. I invite you if you haven’t already to pick up a copy of this awesome book at our resource center. During this Lenten season we will in worship talk about this theme and this will be the material used in many of our small groups.

Why is answering the question Who Is This Man so important?  Because the Bible is clear that as we come to know who Jesus Christ we come to know our own true identity.

I encourage you to see the movie that is now playing at regional theaters called: Son of God. I highly support this movie and find it most helpful in my own understanding of who Jesus really is.

Remember to bring soup and bread to share with others after worship with our fellowship time. Thanks for all you do in following, loving, and serving Jesus Christ.  Our local Bronco high school basketball team is playing at the State finals in Spokane today through Saturday.  Go Broncos! See ya Sunday-Pastor John and Maureen Hunsberger