Monthly Archives: February, 2015

Which Values Do You Represent?

imagesLife is a coin flip. Heads means one lives strictly by the world’s values. Tails means one first chooses to live by the values shown in Jesus Christ.  Let me explain. Many of the today’s cultural values are similar to the values of Christ: like honesty, love of neighbor and family, humility, and not being arrogant. Yet many of the values in today’s culture are not the values we see in Jesus like: the means justify the ends; that might makes right, and that abortion is just a woman’s decision about her body.

Life is not easy at times. At the Nuremberg trials of 1945-1949 Nazis were put on trial after World War II for crimes against humanity. The Nazis’ defense was simply that they were following orders during war. Yet the verdict was that no you should have lived for higher values, the values of God in respecting human life.

So it is for us today. Which values do you live for? Like followers of Jesus Christ live by this understanding: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will (Romans 12:2)”.

See you Sunday-the first Sunday in Lent. Remember to bring your Lenten booklet-“The Son of God-the Life of Jesus in You?”. Stay tuned.  Your servant for Christ- John

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Jesus is no Sugar Substitute

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Today is the day of sweets! Can I ask what your favorite sweet is today? Probablyimages its chocolate of some kind.  Haven’t we all developed a taste for a favorite sweet? Chocolate is great-but even better than chocolate is the sweetness of the person of Jesus Christ! While we may want to get away from white sugar with sweets or desserts-there is no such thing as a substitute for the person of Christ. I so recall the chorus to a favorite song which goes: images“Jesus, Jesus, Jesus sweetest name I know, fills my every longing; keeps me singing as I go.” So if you’re not into gaining weight or you are diabetic watch your sugar-and use a sugar substitute. Yet Jesus is no sugar substitute-no one matches his loving, forgiving-sweet living presence!

Tomorrow at Trinity-we share chocolate kisses and celebrate the theme-“Where is God in Your Transitions?” Stay tuned. Stay sweet- John

Be Part of the Answer Not Part of the Problem!

imagesIn these days of uncertainty and what isn’t right-step out of the box. Instead of griping and complaining about what isn’t working look for the good and what is working. In Ritzville it’s common like in other small towns without the big city feel to say-“Oh there’s just nothing to do in Ritzville.” Well-there is something great to do in Ritzville-it’s called The Soul Cafe. If you are a teen-midde age-or senior-don’t just gripe about what’s not happening. Be part of the answer not part of the problem-stay tuned. John H

The Obvious We Are Blind To!

imagesHello Sea Hawk fans.  I wonder what lessons could be learned from the disappointing Super Bowl 49 loss.

Maybe we fail to see or understand not the complex but the obvious.  What has worked has been the running of Lynch. So on the three yard line-what do they do?  Instead of the running of Lynch-they  pass which results in an interception and losing the game.

Often instead of spiritually choosing what is sure and obvious we do something that is so out of place for what has got us where we are.  We don’t see the spiritually obvious and instead choose a play imagesthat is so out of character. Like football what is the spiritually obvious we don’t see or understand?  Its’s the words of Jesus:“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you (Matthew 7:7).” In crisis moments we may tend to shoot from the hip and not do the obvious.  Why couldn’t the Seahawks take their final time out and really ask, seek, and knock about what action they should take in closing out the game as winners. You and I can-ask, seek, and knock seeking God’s wisdom, before we commit to action. Close your life out as a winner. Follow the Lord’s blocking. Play ball. Pastor John