Will You Be Saved by the “Tick”?

We all have looked to a super-hero. The Lone Ranger, or Superman, Superwoman, Batman and Robin or Captain America.  Who’s the latest hero from the comics come to life? It’s the Tick! No joke. Google the Tick and see what you find.

I don’t know about you-but my guess is that we all desire a Savior who already has been through what we may face.  The Tick or Superman or Batman serve a fantasy  Hollywood need-but that’s where reality ends.

Jesus is for real. He has already faced and gone through any storm, trial, or persecution we may face.  We can be comforted in that as Paul says who saw Jesus: “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin (Heb. 4:15)”.

The victims of hurricane harvey and Irma all need a real savior and superhero. We have one.  His name is Jesus Christ. Is HE the King of the Universe your superhero?  Receive Him today.

See ya Sunday- Pastor John and Maureen






Is Your Bible an Exhibit of Persecution ?

We all have gripes, complaints and discomforts.  Yet real discomfort is not how hot or cold we are but whether we are persecuted for being believers in Jesus Christ. I call attention to a Saturday August 26th Spokane Review article entitled: “Slavic Church Brings Traveling Bible Truck Exhibit to Spokane.”

The article tells of  Pilgrim Slavic Baptist Church and how its people recall  persecution during the Soviet era. The Bible truck is a 53-foot semi truck trailer converted into a mobile exhibition on the Bible, complete with educational posters, stories of persecution and a “clear gospel message that’s embedded into the very core of this project.”

I invite us to carpool sometime between Sept 10-17 to see this important exhibit. Hearing others tell their story of faith in Christ under persecution is what we all need to hear.

Hearing others tell of persecution will give us courage when we face persecution in a much milder way for being followers of Jesus.

A special worship service will be held this Sunday.   Maureen and I are away this coming Sunday visiting family in Texas.  Pastor John


Will Your Cracks Lead to Healing and New Life ???

Cracks are everywhere.  Whether its on asphalt, or between your toes, or face wrinkles, cracks show up anytime.

Over the last couple of weeks trucks have been carrying  harvested wheat to the grain elevators.  I have repeatedly noticed all over town wheat kernels in the cracks of the streets and side walks.

I thought to myself-isn’t this how Our loving heavenly Father works?

When life’s hurts crack you— God’s amazing grace is close. His love kernels are there right around your hurt.  Hear the words: “Come unto me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke unto you and learn of me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls (Matthew 11:28-29).” Out of  that hurt new insights and wisdom should come your way as you realize who Jesus Christ really is!

See ya Sunday- Pastor John and Maureeen

Lessons from Harvest 2017 and Wheaties !

What did the Spirit reveal in my visiting and talking with farmers during harvest 2017 ?

1.) It ought to be a national law that all young people 15 and under live and work on a farm for a full year learning how to work and valuing interdependence. Youngsters need to learn how to be part of a team that depends on each person pulling their own weight toward a common goal like getting a crop in;

2.) Through work we learn the value of money. Why is it that so many are in bad credit card debt? Wow-learning the difference between need and want is crucial. To work on a farm is the best vaccine against developing an entitlement complex-thinking that everybody owes me;

3.   Isn’t it time that the Wheaties  had a wheat farmer on its cereal front cover? Yes football, or baseball players can be role models. Yet I nominate a farmer for the cover. I nominate farmer Andy Schall.

See you Sunday!  Pastor John-Maureen

Is it Co-operation or Competition ???

Talk is cheap. People can talk nice to you to your face but behind your back it’s different. People talk about love-but in reality what at times comes out is a  spirit of competition that is very self centered. People can be so insecure about what they believe that any one who is different is seen as a threat-and ostracized because they  are judged as not being a “team player.”

So what’s it with you?  Your life?  Your present?  Your future?  Are you filled with competition or co-operation? Think of your marriage, your job, or how you relate to others.

If only people could  co-operate instead of be centered on competition.  This is how we see the human body work: -co-operation not competition.

Competition stresses winning over losing.  Yet co-operation emphasizes  that everyone can contribute to the project and that we can do more together than just as lone rangers.

Church picnic in the Ritz Park after worship-this Sunday at 11:30am.

Stay cool- Pastor John and Maureen

No One Can Outlove Jesus’ Believers!

We live in a competitive world. Competition is what business and sports are about. The team that scores the most always wins. People compete against each other in all kinds of ways.

Into this competitive world has come Jesus and His local church. Who is the Church of Jesus Christ?  It’s people like you and me and not some building. People who are unashamed to admit and commit to the way, the truth and the life who is Jesus! People who are broken and imperfect, but beautiful, all because of what?  The love of Jesus Christ.

Think of Ritzville.  No one feeds people more, no one attends to people in jail more, no more loves people in our area hospital or care centers more, no one cares for the hungry-needy who come through town more than the followers of Jesus. No one can out love the people of Jesus Christ.

John, tells us: “Greater is He who is in you, than he that is in the world (I John 4:4).” Its Jesus in you that is the hope of the world. The local church outloves!

See ya Sunday- Pastor John



Preacher? Really?

There’s a  show  called: “Preacher” on the AMC channel Monday nights.

This preacher doesn’t know God. He’s on a journey to find God. Talk about upside down. I thought preachers were those males or females who first came to know God and then became preachers;

This preacher tells people that God has left this world.

This “Preacher” says his power rivals that of God.

We live in a day of make your own religion.  Take a few beatitudes, some horoscope, some Hare Krishna,  a tarot card, some Jesus and mix it all together  and bingo-you have a new religion. I met a woman the other day who told me of the “Jedi Religion” a spinoff from  the Star Wars Movies.

I became a believer in God through Jesus Christ and then became a Pastor-preacher; 2. God is here on earth now in the living Jesus Christ; 3. Christ comforts-instructs through The Holy Spirit.

If you are a fan of this show I would respectfully like to hear from you about what you find in this show. No judgment.

See you in worship- Pastor-Preacher John




Bring Heart, Shot Gun or Fishing Net to Worship!

Life is full of surprises.  Try this on!

For the last week if not longer we have had a quail in the church building. Along with others we have tried all kinds of things to get the quail to realize it belongs out side. Open doors, nice talking, and even praying has been used in order to get the quail out of our building. Paul tells us in Philippians 4:6-7-” Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

So, come to worship with your heart this Sunday.  If you are a bird hunter you might want to either bring a shot gun, or like me I would prefer to catch the bird in my steal head fishing net.  Anybody have a bird dog?

We might want to  consider a church mascot!  I’m considering a name for the bird-besides “Tweetie”!

Grilled burgers after worship- stay cool- Pastor John and Maureen


Keep Drinking in God’s Word!

In this hot weather when we don’t drink enough water our body lets us know. So it is with God’s word.  We get fuzzy headed when we don’t take in God’s refreshing LIVING WORD.   Without it in our hearts, minds and souls, we become disoriented. Jesus says: “Anyone who believes in me may come and drink, For the Scriptures declare “Rivers of living water will flow from his heart (John 7:37-38).”

So drink up by taking in God’s Living Word!

Sunday I will report on Annual Conference.  Come with any questions you have and I will do my best to answer on what I know.    Pastor John and Maureen.


Like Lauren Diagle Ambush Satan with Praise!

It’s important we ambush Satan with a thank you to God Almighty. Satan isn’t counting on you thanking or praising God. Any time you do thank or praise God-we are ambushing Satan.

A new solider in Christ’s army is Lauren Diagle.  If you are open to songs that speak from the heart then check out her music. In fact her songs and voice are so unique its tough picking my favorite because her songs all capture my heart. If pushed I would say the song, “Trust You” is my favorite.  Google Lauren Diagle and check out her music.

Ambush Satan with a praise to God.

Dennis Borgman, a retired Pastor will be speaking this Sunday on the theme entitled: “Give It Your All”.

Stay cool.  Pastor John