With colds and flu cases on the scene, there’s other diseases which can be spiritually fatal. They’re called Pride and Arrogance.
How many underestimate the flu and pneumonia? So it is with spiritual ailments of the soul.
Watch out for the spiritual virus called Pride. It’s subtle and starts without our awareness. It creates the lie where some people believe they are a ‘self’ made man or woman. It creates the illusion that people are independent and not dependent on anyone-even God.
Unhealthy pride if not spiritually treated can develop into full blown arrogance. Spiritual arrogance deceives in that the arrogant don’t realize this disease makes them hard hearted towards others and other p0ints of view.
Paul tells us:”Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider other better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others (Philippians 2:3-4 NIV).“
So, stay warm and well, hydrated with the Holy Spirit, watch out for the P &A Disease. See ya at Wednesday night fellowship at 6-7pm.
Pastor John Hunsberger
I recommend the movie “The Darkest Hour”-about the Battle for Britain and Winston Churchill.
When we face a giant that threatens-we can turn to the Lord and see His glory in defeating the giant for and with us. God will do his part in our inner and outer battles, but we must get involved in working with the Lord and do our part.
The English people before Churchill was chosen Prime Minister were ready to try to negotiate with Hitler for peace. Like David in the book of Psalms stand up to the giant which maybe is diabetes, or financial problems, or a marriage in shreds.
The god given genius within Churchill is that he motivated each person in England to realize that “we never give up” and that everyone has a part to play in the victory they hoped for. When 300,000 soldiers were trapped at Dunkirk Winston challenged folks. The result was that many private English boats crossed the English Channel and rescued almost all 300,000 from the Nazis. Get involved in helping God to rescue you or your life situations. God blessed Great Britain with victory over the Nazis.
See ya Sunday-Pastor John
Balance is crucial.
Without balance we drift into being too serious, or silly.
Life is serious. Mental escapism, denial, and blaming others are easy roads to go down when we are overcome by the seriousness of life.
The other end of this teeter totter-is called ‘lighten up’. Being lite is so important when surrounded by all kinds of serious needs. Yet we can be so lite about life that we are unable to enter into the serious hurts of another.
Either extreme is not good.
“Spiritual – physical balance is found in learning how to love like Jesus Christ: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.Love never fails (I Cor. 13:4-8).” This awesome definition is best found in a continuous personal love relationship with Jesus Christ! In Jesus we see the seriousness and the lite in balance. Follow Him.
Wednesday night fellowship is tonight 6-7m-food and fellowship, followed by music practice.
If you look for the good-you’ll see the good. If you look for the bad and ugly you will find that too.
I have never in all the years of these columns believed that God wanted me to directly address any one’s politics-yet that time is over.
Mr. President, Donald Trump you like everyone are accountable. Accountable to the American people and to God. Your vulgar description and putdown of the peoples of Haiti and Africa is unacceptable. The Bible you put your hand while taking your oath of office doesn’t justify anyone calling other people what you called them.
The scriptures are clear: “for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” and Mr. President your comments insulting others are clearly sinful.” I stand up and stand alongside the people of Haiti and the African people who love Jesus Christ and deserve better from you.
Let us pray for our President.
See you Sunday! We take down the Christmas decorations after worship this Sunday and share a potluck after worship.
Stay well in Jesus’ name -Pastor John and Maureen
The majority of us dislike firestorms, monsoons, freezing rain, blizzards, wind storms, and mudslides.
Storms that are just as lethal are the mental, emotional, and spiritual storms that come our way; disease, divorce, depression, loneliness, panic attacks, anxiety bouts, road rage, jealousy, revenge, lust, and the loss of a loved one-or family pet. We need weather advice for the storms that attack our souls, minds, and conscience as well as our bodies.
Just as we are open to outside weather advice, our spirits need injections of spiritual wisdom and hope. The cure we all need is Jesus Christ.
When outside storms come open the Bible to Psalm 46.
When inner storms come open to Psalm 103.
Outside storms come and go. Its the inner storms that we really better be aware of-for they could go on indefinitely! Man looks on the outer looks or appearance, but God always first looks at what’s going on within your heart.
The far more lethal storms are on the inside.
We take down the Christmas decorations inside the worship sanctuary and social hall, after worship this Sunday. Bring food to share.
Blessings to you all-Pastor John and Maureen
Waste is part of life. What do you waste? Food, water, money, time, or friendships. God forbid-do we waste life?
1. Wasting life is living like we created ourselves-physically-spiritually. Not so. Don’t live in illusion believing these lies. Your life in the flesh and Spirit is God’s doing – God’s gift to you;
2.Wasting life means we get so caught up in the short term details that we don’t realize the big picture. Yes details are important-but Jesus puts it this way: “What does it profit a person to gain the whole world and to lose his or her soul (Matt 16:26)? “
3. Wasting life is to live without realizing you have a SOUL! Are you caring for your Soul? To waste life is to have the self awareness that nothing satisfies you anymore. Feed yourself spiritually. You are meant not just for this short time here on earth; but the Jesus whose birth we have just celebrated wants you with Him for eternity. Don’t be so earthly bound that you neglect a personal relationship with God through Christ!
See ya Sunday. Pastor John-Maureen!