Oh how wonderful Jesus Christ IS! He’s the Lilly of the Valley, the Bright and Morning Star, the Alpha and the Omega (Beginning and the End). Dictators, wanna be rulers of all types are so pale and nothing compared to the King of the Universe, the Great “I Am”.
Can I ask? Are you making a life or just making a living? Of course God wants the best for you-and making a living is important. Yet what Jesus is wanting us to know is that MORE IS LESS. Yes our basic needs are important, yes stuff is helpful, but it is not life itself. The quality of life is not based on how much stuff we have but on the love relationship we have with God through Jesus Christ. Less sugar, less food, less big house, less worry, less anxiety,really means that in the big picture we will have more of what’s really important. What’s that? It’s knowing Jesus Christ loves us with a love that is so much more than what we mistakenly think we possess. Get This: More is Less!
See ya tomorrow-Pastor John
In this age of electronic almost everything its all about buttons. Press this, switch that,and delete whatever. Spiritually speaking we all have buttons. People may approach you and attempt to press the sympathy or hustle button.
The question you and I face is-what triggers us? Triggers are everywhere. It may be certain people, an old location, or as simple as going to a sporting event or movie. Triggers remind you of earlier days in your life. Triggers cause certain emotional reactions. Triggers cause memories to come to mind of past days when you were younger. Triggers remind you of certain people.
What triggers you? Hopefully it’s love-the love of Christ within you. Your ‘love’ button or trigger is what you and I have been made for. The follower of Jesus Christ named Paul tells us: “Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres (I Cor. 13:6-7).”
Whatever you think, whatever you do-may it be love that triggers or sets you off!
See ya tomorrow. Pastor John and Maureen
Wow spring is here. How can we tell spring is knocking on the door here in Eastern Washington State? Is it the return of robins, crocus popping through the soil, or an increase in empty beer cans along side the road? No, it’s the return to ‘combat driving’. People just can’t go fast enough. After being cooped in for much of a tough winter-wow a sunny day brings out the hurried drivers, bent on driving on your tail.
God knows how to drive a chariot. He offered Elijah a free ride via a 289 horse power (horse driven) fiery chariot: “As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind (2 Kings 2:11).”
What’s the point here? Drive your chariot with Godly respect. In Elijah’s case God drove the chariot just the right way. If you are into combat driving you just might end up in heaven ahead of time.
See ya tomorrow. Pastor John and Maureen
We all need life’s necessities. Yet some also need a bogey man. Who or what is a bogey man? It’s someone to blame, irregardless of facts.
We saw it in Adam when he blamed Eve. We see it listed in the Ten Commandments when Moses heard God say: “Thou shalt not bear false witness (Exodus 20:16)”. Blaming others, blaming other races, blaming other nations is an easy out, for people looking for “a bogey man.” Yet blame solves nothing.
The bogey man syndrome is used by people, nations, and businesses to put down or stereo-type others. People need bogey men to blame so to justify violence against others. Like anti-semitism.
Let’s be saved from first seeing our shortcomings in others. Instead of thinking the worst first about someone one else treat others in the same respectful way you wish to be treated, ala Jesus’ golden rule.
This Sunday we begin a discussion on God being sovereign over sin. I encourage you to pick up a copy of our Lenten theme book: Spectauclar Sins and their Global Purpose in the Glory of Christ. Eight dollar donation please.
Prayer Fellowship meets after worship and coffee hour. Pastor John