Is Your Strength in Your Hair?

Hello hair.   There are important references in Holy Scripture to hair.  Remember that body builder named Samson? His strength was related not just to his relationship with Almighty God but to his long hair.

Why bring this up?  The 2017 Seattle Mariners have a new player, who is really hitting and fielding the ball. His name is Taylor Motter.  What’s unique? It’s his long blonde hair.

So, like Samson and Taylor Motter, can I ask?  Where does your strength come from?  Samson’s strength came not as much from his long hair as much as it came from Samson’s personal anointing from God (see Judges 13:5).

Where does your strength come from?  From your hair?  Think again.  Yes, you may have beautiful hair-but know like Zechariah 4:6: “Not by power, not by might but by my Spirit, says the Lord.”

Blackwood Legacy in concert this Sunday with Potluck Dinner following. Bring some food to share. God Loves you hair or no hair-Pastor John

 

Who or What is Beating You Up?

Who or what is beating you up?

We all get beat up in life.  Weather, bills, and health issues can make us all feel like we’ve been beat up, or run over by a sixteen wheeler. My heart goes out to those in the next community named Sprague where the people continue to be beat up by flooding.

Don’t allow life to make you a victim.  No, we can’t control what comes our way from other people and issues; but we can control how we react to what seeks to beat us up.  Instead of falling into the pity party syndrome; we instead can immediately call upon the Lord. The Lord who says: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find ret for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light (Matthew 11:28-30).” Good Friday was Jesus’ getting beat up; but like Jesus’ Resurrection-be ready for God’s extreme comeback.

See ya tomorrow!  Pastor John-Maureen

 

 

Soul Cafe Battles The Alcohol and Drug Beast

Throughout especially rural America-a fierce dragon has ravaged many people.  This beast  is called “Alcohol and Drug Addiction.

What makes this dragon so vicious is that in the process of giving relief from pain-Opiate Based Pain Meds: Vicodin, Lorcet, Norco, Percocet, Percodan, hydrocodone, oxycodone have turned countless people into addicts.

The Bible book of Revelation features a dragon, a beast that Christ battles and overcomes!  Christ overcame the beast thrown into the lake of fire  (Rev. 20:10). What each of us cannot do by ourselves, with Christ’s supernatural grace we can overcome any dragon-even this beast called addiction.

Beginning April 11th and for  four consecutive Tuesday nights, the Soul Cafe will host a series of community forums from 6:30-8pm.  Each week a panel of professionals will tackle the legal, medical, educational,recovery and law enforcement aspects of alcohol and drug use. There will be time for Q and A (questions and answers). The Soul Cafe is at 109 W. Main -Ritzville, WA.

Christ is  our victorious Lord-count on him to conquer the beasts in your soul.

See you in our Palm Sunday worship tomorrow-potluck dinner following with Supt. Gregg Sealey with us!

Pastor John

 

 

Get This: More Is Less

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

What Triggers You?

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

Welcome to Combat Driving!

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

Do you Need a Bogey Man ?

We all need life’s necessities.  Yet some also need a bogey man. Who or what is a bogey man?  It’s someone imagesto blame, irregardless of facts.

We saw it in Adam when he blamed Eve. We see it listed in the Ten Commandments when Moses heardimages 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

 

Are You Double or Single Minded?

In this fast paced type of social media culture are we single or double minded?

img_2054Jesus says:“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money (Matt 6:24).” This is followed by Jesus’ brother James saying: “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways (James 1:6-8).”

What did I learn this last weekend in Las Vegas watching eight year old grandson Kieran compete in a img_2061regional gymnastics tournament?  The importance of being single minded.  To see the focus and single mindedess of this young athlete was spiritually energizing.

Like a young athlete be single focused. Be single minded about Jesus Christ. He is worthy of our focus and following!  Oh by the way, Kieran placed third in his age img_2088division.

Sunday’s Theme: Like a Great M & M, we can be disciple makers for Jesus Christ.

Prayer fellowship meets after worship!  Pastor John

 

Chase God and Your Dream Chases YOU!

imagesimagesGod speaks to you all the time.  Are you aware, even when you are sleeping that God’s got a word for you?  Try this idea on for size: God never sleeps. God speaks to you even through your dreams.

Joseph raised in a religious family, found himself a slave in Egypt. Yet even through his suffering what we all would call ‘bad hair days (bad circumstances) his life dramatically changed for the good.  How?  Through God helping him to interpret dreams.  He discovered that God wanted good circumstances for him as he reached out to help others! In his chasing God he found God’s dream chasing HIM.

imagesLike Joseph chase God and chase the dream that’s chasing you. See how the God of the universe will so come into your life that God will transform your bad hair day into a wonderful rainbow of blessing. Be able to say like Joseph to whoever or whatever that ails you: “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives (Genesis 50:20).”

Carol Ewing is speaking Sunday, while Maureen and I are  seeing a grandson chase God’s dream to one day be an olympic gymnast. Pastor John

Treat Yourself to Free Chocolate Fudge Cherry + Coffee At Soul Cafe

Years ago while wanting to get something ready for a church potluck, I whipped together a devil’s food hqdefaultcake, with fudge frosting.  I looked in the pantry and there was this cherry pie filling. Without much imagesthought I thought oh gee, let’s try the cherries on top. It was a hit. What makes this cake supreme is how the filling seeps into the cake.

Come on down to the Soul Cafe tomorrow between 1:30 and 5 and get a free piece of the cake and coffee.  Consider it an appetizer to your dinner tomorrow on Valentines’s Day.

Besides- I don’t give the Devil credit for great chocolate cake!  Ha!  Take a break on Valentine’s Day!   Pastor John