Monthly Archives: January, 2016

Count Down to Portland-Will GC Fly?

Hello followers of Jesus Christ. It’s almost general conference time-May 10-20 in Portland, Oregon.

imagesJust as a rocket launch takes years of prep and calibration, so it is with the 11.5 million member United Methodist Church, world conference held every four years.

What our world needs is “Love sweet Love”, a song made famous years ago by Dionne Warwick.  Fears, hurts, hang-ups, addictions, war, famines and political upheaval have this world reeling. Everyone is looking for love and the 800 delegates will decide how to extend Christ’s love.

I hope to be attending the conference as an observer and blogger.  Will general conference launch a new wave of evangelism and discipleship or will this world conference self destruct?  Will it fly?images

I would like the privilege of  weekly informing you about the issues that will be up for discussion and to lead you through the intense debate over the issues.

Stay tuned- A servant of Jesus Christ-Pastor John Hunsberger

 

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Whose “Brand” Loyalty are You?

imagesLoyalty almost belongs in the museum. Where do we see loyalty today?

A college athlete is drafted and they are welcome to a certain franchise, only to be told a year later, “sorry this is a business first.” It used to be that the popular motto was: “buy American.” In war, we  hear of a wounded comrade who is rescued by a fellow warrior because of loyalty. Some people prefer a certain brand of clothing, power tools, or automobiles. Loyalty, may be on life support but thank God it’s still alive!

Where do you see loyalty that inspires? In the person of Jesus Christ. imagesBecause of of his great for you he says:” Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matt 28:20) or even more powerful: “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you (Hebrews 13:5).”

Tomorrow is Loyalty Sunday, a time when we are loyal to Christ by bringing our yearly Tithe to his altar! Whose brand loyalty are you?

Have a great weekend!- Pastor John and Maureen!

Jesus is an Illusion Popper

What hurts are our illusions. An illusion is a false sense of reality. We all have them. Most commercials are illusions.

imagesWe have an expression: “Don’t be a balloon popper”. It’s a reference to illusions. Well Jesus went around constantly popping illusions. In a day when the illusion is to think ‘stuff will give me meaning’ Jesus pops this illusion saying: “Life doesn’t consist in the abundance of things you own (Luke 12:15.)”

Yes, I enjoy my motorcycle, yet it never tells me: “I love you” or hugs me.

Augustine was right when he said, “Our hearts are restless until we find our peace in thee.”

imagesFind true life dear friend in a person and cause that is greater than our illusions: his name is Jesus Christ. Up until you find Christ-life will pop your illusions. Illusions aren’t reality. The living Jesus Christ is!

Sunday is loyalty Sunday-bring your tithe to the Lord’s altar Sunday.

Your Servant- Pastor John and Maureen

 

 

Time Out! Focus on God’s Presence

imagesIn this fast paced, up and down day-we all have routines. Many ideas, things we need to do flood our minds. Jesus often did what we all need to do -take a time out! Time to get out of the everyday routine and FOCUS. FOCUS  on questions like: where am I in life, where do I want to be a year from now-or five years from now?

Or maybe you are at a stage in life-when you aren’t sure what your purpose is!  Maybe you aren’t sure if there really is a God. Maybe you aren’t sure why you get out of the bed in the morning! Maybe you aren’t sure outside of your family or grand-kids-what it is that gives you meaning in life.  Another reason for a time out to FOCUS. To seek God’s face and seek His still small voice.

So often we are tempted to think that God moments only come in the dramatic. Such was the case with Elijah- “Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah? ( I Kings 19:11-13).

Oh friend-God is trying get your attention. He’s got something special for you today-take a time out-FOCUS. FOCUS ON HIS SMALL STILL VOICE.

This Sunday is what we call Focus Sunday. A time for very short worship-and to Focus on what God is telling us as his believing people! Potluck dinner will then follow. See ya Sunday.

Crammed Full of Spirit Messages

Nothing’s worse than having some friend tell you how a movie turns out that you want to see yourself. No, I won’t tell you how the movie images‘Revenant’ turns out, other than to say this movie could well win the Oscar this year for ‘Best Movie.”

The photography is awesome. The outdoor scenes are breath-taking honoring the beauty of God’s creation.

Spiritual themes from the movie I saw were: good opposing evil, where’s there a will there’s a way, you reap what you sow, the good Samaritan,  vengeance is mine says the Lord, and most importantly you find your life imagesby giving it away for Christ. It’s not a religious type film-but it is deeply spiritual. Probably most people seeing this movie aren’t aware of the definition of the word revenant. It refers to one who returns from the dead. Thank you Hollywood for lifting up Jesus Christ without knowing it!

Stay tuned!   Pastor John-Maureen

Down Deep-Don’t we All Believe in Hell?

Happy New Year to you all! Have you seen the recent Star Wars movie?

You see-there is the original Star Wars episode-that the Bible speaks of!

imagesEzekiel 28:12-19 describes God kicking Lucifer and rebellious angels out of heaven for leading a rebellion against God. This original Star Wars created something we don’t like to think about. Hell. Why did God create Hell? Jesus says Hell was created for Lucifer and his rebellious angels (Matthew 25:41).

So. Do we have parts of our life that seem like hell? If you don’t believe in hell then why do we use the word so often?  Hello good times.  Why should we be joyous in 2016? Jesus comes to destroys sin, hell, and death (I John 3:8).  Stay tuned in 2016!

See ya Sunday- Pastor John and Maureen