The troubled young man who shot down and killed nine in a church Bible study in Charleston, South Carolina, Wednesday June 17th was shallow. Are you a shallow person?
The wisest King Solomon was right on when he declared about his relationship with God: “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee (Proverbs 23:7). As we think so we are! How true! Instead of being shallow and narrow minded the God of the universe invites each one to be as the old Christian chorus goes: “Deep and wide in God’s love”.
Sunday, the Band Salt is with us for another awesome music message with potluck following. Watch out for the shallow!
Your Servants for Christ-John and Maureen
No matter where we are we will always hear what? A siren alerts us to emergency. Someone is hurting-someone needs help-someone’s life is in danger. God’s Siren is going off. Who’s in danger? All of us!
Last Wednesday night’s incident of a white man being in a Bible study in Charleston, South Carolina, and shooting to death nine black followers of Jesus Christ should get our attention.
The siren we need to hear is not first a state police cruiser or an ambulance! No it’s a person. His name is Jesus Christ. What pierces our ears with this siren? It’s not the emergency sound we’re accustomed to hearing. Instead its the sound of words from Jesus’ mouth: “Repent-the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand (Matthew 4:17).” This Charleston incident should cause us all to stop and ask ourselves: “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting (Psalm 139: 23-24).”
Let us seek God’s face, and forgiveness. Let us be saved from evil thoughts that hurt us and can hurt others.
Sunday-let us celebrate a special Father’s Day time of worship! Your Servants for the Siren Jesus Christ-Pastor John-Maureen
Beaches speak. As I have walked the beach this vacation I have so enjoyed the language of the waves. Waves are gentle, sometimes noisy. God is in the waves. Just as God cleanses beaches with the waves, so God can renew and cleanse our minds, with the wave called The Holy Spirit.
Just as beaches get cluttered so it is with our minds. We all have brainwaves which flood our minds with countless thoughts. Just as God can renew the beach with a wave, so the wave called the Holy Spirit can renew, cleanse, and refresh your mind. Paul says “Do not conform any longer 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).” How wonderful God is all the time! Seek and allow God’s renewing of your mind through the wave called His Holy Spirit.
Tomorrow in worship Jerry Snyder will tell his faith story of meeting Jesus Christ! Will be back to serve Christ and you Monday morning! Pastor John and Maureen!
On vacation I still notice. Notice how many folks stand on street corners with cardboard signs. Signs saying “I need help”. What do you and I see in these people? I see a broken person. One who is down and out. Yet we all are broken! Let me explain.
We all experience broken-ness. I recall a broken arm. We all have dropped something and bingo-it’s broken. Yet what we don’t realize is that broken-ness also happens to our spirits. To a certain extent any person standing with a cardboard sign begging is broken. Possibly they have given up. Being broken spiritually is usually seen as negative. Yet- broken-ness also can be positive.
Broken-ness is positive if we wise up and realize how much we need God Almighty in our lives. David, says in all honesty to God: “My sacrifice, O God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you will not despise (Psalm 51:17).” Oh friend-let’s admit today how much we need God as revealed in Jesus Christ in our lives.
Realize your broken-ness. Reach out to another broken person, helping them help themselves. Who and what is a follower of Christ? A follower of Christ is one beggar telling and showing another beggar how to find bread in Jesus Christ.
Sunday-the daughter of evangelist Billy Graham will be speaking via the internet on our large church screen from Jerusalem, on the topic “Expecting to See Jesus?”. I’m on break, recharging my broken contrite spirit. Check out Ann Graham Lotz-Sunday.- Miss you all-Pastor John