Monthly Archives: May, 2014

Seek God’s Blessing for Harvest 2014

imagesLet us seek God’s Blessing for Harvest 2014.  Here in the pacific northwest the lack of rain and the need for many to re-seed is really affecting the outlook for wheat harvest.  In parts of the midwest and south drought has wiped out any kind of a crop for certain corn, and soy bean farmers. This has a great effect on the raising of live stock and food prices. So what are we to do???

Let us seek God’s face and blessing.  Isaiah 55: 10-11 will be our scripture for Sunday: As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, 11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

Some farmers are doing better than others.  The plea I hear from some farmers is for rain, for moisture.images

Let us stand on the promises of the Lord to never forsake us!  God’s promise is that He will provide; that the crops are like his Holy Word. That as we seek His face God will bless and meet our needs.

We are a blessed country. Let us thank and praise God for his past goodness and by faith believe God will bless us with this upcoming harvest!  Your Servant Pastor John-Maureen

Are You Like a GM Recall?

images imagesDuring this last year General Motors has issued 29 product recalls. All kinds of vehicles that have manufacturing defects.

As a high school junior I bought my own first car- a spider Chevrolet Corvair. Chevrolet’s first try at building a car with a rear end motor. Six months later consumer advocate Ralph Nader came out with a book entitled: Unsafe at Any Speed. He called the Corvair, the worst car on the road. He was so right. I had more trouble with that car then I ever imagined.

Let’s be thankful the way God has created each of us. We each are created in God’s image. You are a son or daughter of the most high. Psalm 139:13-14 has David saying:  “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.  So know that despite the GM recalls, food recalls, and product recalls-you have God’s stamp of approval. He loves you simply because you are his-his creation! He loves us so very much he came to us in the flesh in Jesus Christ!

Join me this Sunday as we celebrate the experience we call in the United Methodist Church-“Aldersgate!”

Bring a salad to share as we will be barbecuing hamburgers after worship!  Happy Memorial Day Weekend!- Pastor John and Maureen Hunsberger.

Are You A ‘Welfare’ Believer? Take Responsibility!

imagesWe live in a beautiful but hurt filled world.  We can disagree about politics or who’s got the best baseball team but one thing we all can agree on.  Life hurts. Little children have ow-ees, and adults whether they admit it or not have ow-ees.

Ow-ees can be physical, emotional, spiritual or all three. The result is that we can become ‘welfare’ believers. Let me explain.

At the heart of ‘welfare’ is the idea that the government is there to help you help yourself. God so believes in your welfare as well.  Jesus shows us God’s welfare by saying He’s come to “proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor (Luke 4:18-19).”

What’s crippling about welfare is that if we aren’t careful we become dependent on others doing for us instead of us imagestaking personal responsibility. Do you see the spiritual implications here?  Why do I need to learn to pray?  Why do I need to learn to read and understand the Scriptures?  Isn’t this why we have a Pastor?  A ‘welfare’ believer wants all the benefits of being a member but never gives of her or his time, talents, or money to help serve others in or outside the church.  A ‘welfare’ believer doesn’t take any initiative in developing his or her own personal relationship with the Almighty. They don’t go to small groups, they aren’t active in any of the church’s ministries reaching out to others. It’s basically just about meeting my needs and that’s it.

Oh friends, life in Jesus Christ, is so much more than the small stifling world of self.

Sunday-we begin a two part series entitled: “What’s the Problem?”  As you and I look around this world, read newspapers, watch the news from more than one point of view-what ‘s the problem with the world today?

Maureen and I love you all so very much!-Pastor John

Ever Feel Like a Motherless Child?

imagesHurts come in all sizes and shapes.  A physical hurt like a broken arm is one thing; but its the spiritual hurts that really send us reeling! These are the hurts that for some people never heal like a broken arm.  On this important Mother’s Day Weekend I’m reminded of the famous Negro Spiritual: “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child.” 

The song dates back to the era of slavery in this country when it was common practice to sell children of slaves away from their parents. The first performance of imagesthis tune was in 1870 by the Fisk Jubilee Singers.  Although the words can be interpreted literally they also might be metaphoric. The “motherless child” could be a slave separated from yearning for his or her African homeland, his or her spouse, parents, siblings or children.

There are some experiences in this earthly life there aren’t any words to describe. Being a motherless child is one experience I can’t imagine. Can you?

Wow-we can be thankful for how our mothers loved us-and pointed us on our own journey in finding God in Jesus Christ!

Blessings to you-Pastor John