Monthly Archives: August, 2014

Do You Drive Like You Live ???

imagesDo you drive like the way you live everyday?  Example.  Take the arrogant. You are driving the freeway and someone who’s in a hurry for their funeral comes up behind you and rides your bumper. They are saying nonverbally get out of my way. That’s the arrogant.

   Or how about the indecisive? You are driving the freeway and someone is wanting to merge into the traffic from another road.  They are supposed to yield yet you really aren’t sure if they notice you and they’re not sure whether you notice them. So it’s a toss up as to who does what? That’s the indecisive.

   imagesOr how about the selfish me first kind of driver? You come up to a four way stop type of intersection without any stop light. Everyone stops to their particular stop sign. People are to take turns going across or through the intersection. Yet how many times have you come to a stop at one of these intersections and some one else comes to the intersection just after you do. Instead of that person yielding to you going first, instead that person doesn’t wait on you or anyone else at the intersection before them and just selfishly goes ahead of you.

This reminds me of the prophet Micah who has God tell him one day: “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8).”

Oh friend life is all about awareness. Be aware of the Almighty in everyday life. Drive like you live: drive with a sense of humility and mercy,   yielding to God and others around you.

See you Sunday as we yield to God almighty.  Sunday’s theme  has to do with how you and I interpret Holy Scripture!

Drive safe. Drive by putting others ahead of you!  Pastor John and Maureen Hunsberger

 

Are You Adding to Toxic Charity?

imagesimagesThese are hurting times.  As the wisest counselor of all named Solomon used to say: “There’s nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:4-11).” We all have hurts that need attending to: financial, spiritual, mental and social.

A book I so enjoyed recently is entitled: Toxic Charity by Robert D. Lupton with its subtitle: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help and How to Reverse It!

The main premise of the book is that in the interest of wanting to help people we enable people, promote possible entitlement attitudes, and worse yet make them further dependent and co-dependent.

These are the tidbits that I found helpful: our goal like Jesus the Christ should be to help people help themselves; that Lupton mentioned numerous examples of toxic charity from our government and business communities; and that hustling as a way of life can be very sophisticated. As David Hannum used to say: “There’s a sucker born every minute.”

A great read for a medium sized book of 191 pages. The bottom line is that in the process of wanting to help people we instead promote attitudes and habits that do not lead to taking self responsibility and being a person of integrity.

Sunday we look at the Spiritual Discipline of how we view and interpret Holy Scriptures.  See you Sunday-Pastor John and Maureen Hunsberger

Life Doesn’t Make Sense-but Jesus Christ Does!

In light of Robin Williams unfortunate death there are four words that so give all of us trouble. These words are change, loss, grief, and pain. Williams’images death has most us asking: how could a person who was so happy on the outside be so hurting on the inside?

Depression, mental illness, illness such as Parkinson’s disease, and suicide are all giants. They are huge monsters that can all of a sudden come against us. What are we to do? Like David, we are so small compared to these giants. In the historical face off between David and Goliath we know how David beat Goliath. The trouble though in life is that like in the case of Robin Williams David doesn’t always win. Sometimes the giants cut us down. Sometimes life doesn’t make sense.

jump-start_tIf you are struggling with some kind of addiction, depression, or mental illness seek help. Get treatment not just for your body, and mind, but seek treatment for your spirit. Seek out another follower of Jesus Christ-a born again Christian Pastor. In moments like this when we grieve for Robin Williams-let us pray for his family and meditate on the words of Jesus who conquered life and death: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart I have overcome the world.”  Personally, when I face like you the destructive giants of life-I so find peace in the example of Christ and these words.”

Sunday we take a moment in light of Williams death and look at change, grief, loss and pain-and how we can be in Jesus’ name ‘wounded healers’.

After worship we party in the Ritzville park at noon with our annual church picnic.  Rest in peace Robin Williams.  Your servants for Christ! Pastor John and Maureen

 

Eat ‘Certainty’

Had any barbecue this summer?  Are you a picnic fanatic?images

Just as we hunger for a great burger, ribs, chicken, or a garden burger- so it is we hunger spiritually.  World news has got us all staggered. The drops in the stock market, the wars in the middle east, Ebola, a smaller wheat harvest due to dry weather conditions, plus the price at the pump all have us reeling and staggered. At times life attempts to beat us up.  What do we all hunger for during these uncertain times?  Certainty and stability.

imagesWell-God’s got GOOD NEWS! God offers you a ‘helping’ of certainty.  Matthew 5:6 delcares-“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall  be satisfied (Matt 5:6). Jesus is referring to himself. He offers each of us a certainty we can find no where else. I refer you to a book that I guarantee will forever change your view of Jesus Christ. It’s entitled: “Who is this Man?” by John Ortberg. No one has changed especially western culture for the better like Jesus.

Don’t get beat up by life’s uncertainty because you aren’t sure who you believe or what you believe. Eat the certainty  Jesus Christ offers. Feed onimages  his analysis of human nature, his example, his living words and his living presence. He like no one else was raised from the dead. He is alive in what we followers of Jesus call The Holy Spirit.

Sunday, you are in for a treat. I interviewed  a man you haven’t heard before here at Trinity. He tells of the difference Jesus Christ has made in life.  He will speak via You Tube to the congregation this Sunday. I covet your prayers this Sunday afternoon, while I am away speaking at my mother’s memorial service.

Whether it’s in life or even in death we can be assured of Christ’s certainty.!  Praise God.  Your Servants for Christ-Pastor John and Maureen!