Monthly Archives: September, 2015

Develop Your Inner Downtown! Do We Care?

Earlier this week I attended the Rural Downtown Development IMG_0259Conference here in Ritzville. I listened to ten preachers, so to speak, preaching about how to develop rural downtowns.  I had great visits with Mayor Linda Kadlec, RJ Keetch  who now works in Colville, Jean Marble, and others. Kudos to Marie Borth for breakfast and lunch.

Just as towns have undeveloped empty storefronts, don’t we all spiritually have parts of our lives that are spiritually undeveloped?

I heard speaker after speaker emphasize that what’s key is not first how much money towns have. Yes money is important, but the truth here is that before money are the issues of vision and mission. When I heard the secular preachers of development say this my spirit leaped for joy.  Why?  Because this was and is today what the Master Developer Jesus Christ tells us: “Come unto me all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from ye; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls (Matthew 11:28-29).” Do you care about your soul (inner downtown)?

Let us turn all parts and not just some parts of our lives over to Jesus and learn how to develop our inner downtowns (our souls).  See you in worship later today!

Pastor John and Maureen Hunsberger


In Whose Shadow Do You Live?

I looked out the front door window of the church building last week and was amazed at this shadow. IMG_0230 In whose shadow do you walk and live?

Jesus was real two thousand years ago and he is powerfully alive today. His influence, his personality, his love for the poor, his wisdom, his sense of timing, his willingness to be interrupted by someone in need, his holiness, his courage to say things unpopular to powerful people, his sensitivity to see every life as precious, and his obedience to God in going to the cross, and being raised from the dead are all traits that attract us to Jesus today.

How much do you really know Jesus Christ?  Is he just some church guy or is he the King of the universe and Savior?  Look at his life carefully. Who do you want to be like? I want to be more and more like Jesus!  How about you? Like Psalm 91:1 let us say “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.”

Walk in the shadow of Jesus Christ-he truly is the answer to all your best  dreams!  See ya Sunday-Your servants for Jesus-Pastor John-Maureen

Home Grown is the Best!

Today people want to know who grows their food and how healthy it is. imagesWhether it’s beef or vegetables-people are willing to pay more if they know it’s actually good for them.  Hello-home grown!

Home grown organic can in most cases actually be the best for us! At this stage in my life I haven’t put the time I want to into gardening but wow the cherry tomatoes fresh out of my home grown garden are tasty and so sweet.  Don’t we all enjoy attending a farmer’s market?  Where the produce is fresh and soooo good for us!

So it is with your faith in God revealed in Jesus Christ! Your spiritual faith and belief won’t really nurture you unless it’s home grown in you. Someone else can’t really grow your spiritual belief for imagesyou. It’s got to be home grown! Jesus in the parable of the of the Soil says “Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop-a hundred, sixty, or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears. let them hear (Matthew 13:8-9).” Is this describing you? Is the soil of your heart producing a home grown faith belief that is spiritually nurturing you?

We are back to our fall worship schedule this Sunday-worship at 10:30.

See ya Sunday-your servants for Jesus the Christ- John and Maureen!


Welcome to Mount Noodle?

Welcome to Ritzville, Washington, my town, big time wheat country. In 1901 Ritzville  was the wheat shipping center of the world, shipping out almost two million bushels of wheat.

IMG_0169Hello to the Ritzville Mountain range–mountains of wheat. The wheat  silos can’t hold all the wheat. The one uncovered mountain I name Mount Noodle! Why?  Because these mountains of soft white wheat are bound for the Asia market where they are transformed into noodles.

In a day when people are dying from starvation it’s not because there isn’t food available. God’s will is that all be blessed with the necessities of life. Unfortunately people’s hearts become cold and hard towards other people and denying food can be a political weapon. God wills not only physical food for “man doesn’t live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from God’s mouth (Matthew 4:4).”

Saturday, Sept. 5th-you are all welcome to the Soul Cafe for breakfast-8am at 109 w. main-before watching the Ritzville Labor Day parade.

Sunday we close out our summer worship schedule with our last 9:30 worship service of the year.  Let’s praise God for his goodness by celebrating Holy Communion!  Have a great Labor Day!-Your servants for Christ-Pastor John and Maureen