Monthly Archives: May, 2015

The Game with No Off Season-Blame!

What’s the most popular game? Soccer? American football?  Maybe with the National Basketball finals starting-you would say: “Basketball.” I agree with whatever pick you would make being a sports junkie myself. Yet the game above all is the blame game.images

Blame doesn’t have an off season like all other sports. Whether it’s Deflategate or now the FIFA soccer scandal there is no shortage of blame. What is guaranteed with the 2016 election season beginning-yeah you got it!  More blame. Blame, blame, blame.

The sinful nature we all battle with so wants us to be people caught up in blame. Yet no one ever blamed their way to a better future. Blame never solves anything. All it does is make one person feel self righteous. In contrast to this popular everyday game the Holy Scriptures call us to imagesHUMILITY INSTEAD OF BLAME. Micah, God’s messenger got it right when he said: “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).”

Join us Sunday as we mediate on How to Break out of the Blame Cycle.

Your Servants for Christ-John and Maureen Hunsberger

Mad Max, Jesus, Barbecued Hamburgers

imagesWow here it is-Memorial Day Weekend. I call your attention to the new movie called Mad Max: Fury Road.

The Mad Max view is an apocalyptic world filled with hate, violence, no human dignity, and the survival of the one with the most weapons. Nothing but despair.

Jesus’ view of the world thank God is different. imagesJesus was no pansy. He saw the sinful nature to this world; yet He saw so much more. He saw the good that can come to the world through people who love God, love their neighbor, and are spiritually reborn.

This world has alway been a Mad Max world beginning with Adam and Eve rejecting God and choosing instead to worship themselves.  The  Max Max view. Yet look at all the hospitals, universities, and social service agencies started by followers of Jesus Christ. God was right when he told us through Moses to Choose Life (Deut. 30:19).

This Sunday we celebrate the outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit called Pentecost. Hamburgers and chips will be offered after worship for a donation to all those who want to party.

Choose life within Christ not the Mad Max view of life.      Your servants-Pastor John and Maureen Hunsberger.

Do Vapor Lounges Remind You of Scripture?

imagesHere I am with a mother and family in an intensive care hospital room. We’re gathered around a 44 year old son. His life is in the balance. Where is God when you and I need him?  He’s here.  He’s the one who has helped provide the medical staff and the excellent equipment, especially the ventilator that is helping this man breathe. Oh how sobering and beautiful a hospital room can be. Is an intensive care hospital room scene a place of dread or a place of hope? I suppose that depends on who you know God to be.

My soul is drawn to the word vapor. Vapor lounges are big business today.   In fact now that medical and recreational  marijuana are legal in Colorado and Washington State  smoking lounges  are popular meeting places. A type of vapor.images

What does this have to do with God?  Everything. James the brother of Jesus Christ tells you and me ” Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanished away (James 4:14). Your life and my life really are not our own.  Life is a gift from God -life is but a temporary vapor.  Just like smoking vapors vanish so it is with our physical lives. I’m not negative for saying this. Isn’t this what Jesus meant when he said: “For God so loved the world that He gave his only Son that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have life everlasting!” For friend, life is meant to be more than just a vapor! What do you think?

Oh wow, this man is waking up. This Sunday I want to share with you a powerful miracle that I experienced in this hospital room.

See you Sunday!  Make the best of your God given Life-Pastor John

How About a Spiritual Oil Change?

Recently I was talking with a single mother who mentioned that her college age daughter’s outback Suburu had a breakdown. The reason for the trouble?  She hadn’t changed the oil in the car in ages and the engine imagesjust quit. Wow.  Isn’t it always the little things we do or don’t do that later create a bigger unforeseen problem? Whether it’s maintaining the roof on our home, or regular dental or vision checks, or just sweeping our sidewalks-everything needs maintenance. We need maintenance as well.

The equivalent to a oil change spiritually is to value “confession”.  With an oil change a car undergoes a flushing of its insides, so to speak.  So it is with confession. The disciple John tells us: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make Him out  to be a liar and His Word is  not in us (I John 1:9-10).  As a car receives flushing from the inside extending the car’s life, so it is that confession extends our life in the Spirit.

This Sunday we celebrate the mothers in our lives who have helped lead us to saving faith in Jesus Christ.images

Happy Mother’s Day Weekend -to you all. See ya Sunday-Pastor John and Maureen Hunsberger

Today’s Focus Sunday isn’t a Bingo-It’s God’s Promises at Work!

Bingo is a game we all have played or heard of. When certain numbers are declared then if one’s card is covered diagonally then it’s a what?  IT”S A BINGO! As much fun as bingo may be, still it’s just a game of imageschance!  Not so, with how God loves you and me.

Nothing is by chance when it’s by God’s hand. It may seem that life is without any direction, or purpose, or destiny-but God always works things out for HIS GOOD AND HIS GLORY.images

Today’s  FOCUS  SUNDAY at Trinity at 10:30 am we will celebrate God’s  living presence within us. Come to worship which will be a different format, resulting in small group discussion on key issues.

We get suckered into believing more at times in the power of chance then we do with what’s for sure in God’s promised Holy Spirit. Jesus says for sure in John 14:12-“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing and they will do even greater things than these because I am going to the Father.”

Trinity’s best days aren’t in the past-they are in the future!  God is at work,  Let’s get out of the way and seek God’s leading.   See you today-Pastor John and Maureen

Count Down…to Focus Sunday…and Lift Off!

We all enjoy count downs.  Remember when you couldn’t wait to be twenty-one? Remember all those New Year Eves’ when with loved ones you would count down to the imagesbeginning of a new year? Remember seeing a space craft launch on the news and their count-downs? We all enjoy anticipating something really special and the five, four, three, two, one, lift off.  So it is with God’s living presence in our everyday lives. So it is with this coming Sunday.

imagesThis Sunday May 3 is Focus Sunday!  A time for short worship and then discussion about the our future. Short five minute presentations will be made from SPR, Worship,Pastor, Worship, Christian Education and our Missions Ministry. Key will be our small group discussion time. We will begin at our usual worship time at 10:30 am. God the Holy Spirit will be with us and it’s exciting what the Spirit will do!

This service will conclude at noon with everyone being served a free lunch by the members from Trinity’s women.  See ya Sunday. Your Servants for Christ-Pastor John and Maureen