Don’t Waste Life !

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!

 

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Will the Toothless Scum Bag Rob YOU?

There’s so much promised to you in 2018.  By who?  Jesus Christ. He knew you before you were born. He brought you into this world.  He’s set before you all kinds of blessings just for a believing relationship in Him.  Yet we all have a problem.

His name is the evil one-the devil (Matthew 4) the one I call Mr. scum-bag. This supernatural influence goes prowling around as a lion-with a big roar (I Peter 5:8). He seeks to spiritually rob and devour you. The power is for real and this influence can cause us all kinds of pain. Yet Mr. scum-bag has a problem. Scum-bag has no real teeth. He’s a has been.  He’s a wanna be spiritual gangster. Jesus has defeated Him, by the cross and His Resurrection.   He’s all hype-unless you give in to him. Jesus’ disciple tells us in I John 4:4-that greater is He (meaning Christ) who is in you then He (the devil), who is in the world.”

Don’t let Him spiritually bully or rob you of supernatural blessings this new year!  He’s without teeth to devour you!

Happy New Year in Jesus’ name- Pastor John. Jen Verhey is speaking this Sunday!

 

Think About It-Giver or Gift ???

Merry Christmas!

Think about the presents you receive. Do you place more value on the gift or the giver?  The trouble with Christmas cards and money within is that its easy to slide into being captured by money rather than being thankful that someone would value me with the gift.

So,  Merry Christmas. Put first value on the giver-who in this case is God Himself for “God so loved YOU that he gave his only begotten Son, that who so ever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life ( my paraphrase on John 3:16).” Yes gifts are great-but remember it is because God so loves you that you get the gift in the first place.

So what is it-Gift or Giver that you really value?

See you Christmas Eve morning for 10:30 worship.  Merry-meaningful Christmas! Pastor John-Maureen

Doublespeak-Not So with God!

Language is God given. As a kid, I lived in Germany for five years, yet I was lost when it came to understanding the german language.

Are you lost in language? At times people speak but in hearing their words you aren’t sure what they are saying. Doublespeak is when a person speaks but the message they are giving is what they think others want to hear. They are not really speaking honestly from their heart.

God never doublespeaks. He says what He means and He means what he says! God got it right back then and totally gets it right today when he says from His Heart: “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us (John 1:14). An obvious reference to Jesus Christ in the context.

So when anyone tells you something ask yourself this question: Do they really believe what they are saying?

Don’t double speak. Speak with your heart, as well as your head.

Christmas program and Christmas party this Sunday!  Merry Christmas- Pastor John and Maureen

 

 

Joseph and Mary Weren’t Confused – ARE YOU?

Life is demanding and confusing, even at Christmas.  

Mary-Joe of the Christmas story are to have a child-yet they hadn’t had sex with one another or any others. Like Joe and Mary how do we understand our confusion?  Answer: Certainly not by ourselves, but through the supernatural. The Virgin birth of Jesus is an awesome truth.

Could I ask? Are you confused over your sexual identity? It’s ok if you are?  God has promised that anyone who sincerely seeks Him will find him (Jeremiah 29:13). For questions about how God made you please review Psalm 139 especially verses 13-18.

Mary and Joseph weren’t confused over how God created them. With all the questions we may have about sexuality, like Mary and Joe seek God revealed in Jesus Christ. In seeking God-Mary and Joe came to discover God chose them for a far greater adventure then they had planned; the adventure of bring the Messiah into the world.

Allow God who created you to use YOU For something great that will outlast your earthly days!. God knew what HE was doing in creating you.

We will lift up Holy Marriage this Sunday. A couple will renew their wedding vows and exchange their wedding rings!

See Ya Sunday.  Pastor John and Maureen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See This Movie!

Imagine you are crossing a desert and are thirsty. Then it happens. You find water-it is so rare. So it is with an outstanding movie.

Outstanding movies are hard to describe or find but you know when you find one!

What makes for an outstanding movie? A story that is based on timeless principles like faith, hope, and love. A simple story line that involves good and evil. The ability of a story-to touch your heart and move you to laugh or cry.  You aren’t the same leaving the theater as compared to how you were before the movie.

In a day when bad news, scandal, war, famine, earthquakes, so dominate what people think is newsworthy-this movie is worthwhile. In a time when we aso cynical in how we view people and institutions-thank God for a movie that lifts us up out of the valley to see the beautiful mountain hid by our fog of despair.

As we prepare for the gift of Jesus Christ’s coming-give others and yourself a small gift-go see the movie “Wonder”. Drink up!

See ya Sunday!  Pastor John-Maureen

 

Reduce the Glaze Not Jesus Christ !

    So Happy Thanks-living!

Cooking includes reduction. In cooking, reduction is the process of thickening and intensifying the flavor of a liquid mixture such as a soup, sauce, wine, or juice by simmering or boiling.

Reduction also happens spirituality. Reductionism is taking a certain half truth  and neglecting the larger truth of which this certain truth is only a part. Then the party involved base their whole view of life around this part of the truth. This is how all cults come into being. Oops, ouch and dangerous.

Some reduce the Gospel to social justice neglecting personal salvation. Others reduce faith in Jesus, to personal holiness neglecting social justice. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is both.

While in cooking-reducing intensifies the flavor; it’s just the opposite spiritually.  Spiritual reductionism leaves a puny, watered down Jesus Christ.

Reduce the orange glaze, not Jesus Christ, for the time is coming when“every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father (Phil 2:9-11.)” 

Sunday after worship we begin decorating  the sanctuary for the season of Advent-Christmas. Bring a dish to help share for lunch as we decorate.  See you Sunday.  Pastor John-Maureen.

 

Are You Grounded? Where’s Your Boat?

We’re created for adventure. Adventure is different then excitement. Excitement is temporary, which necessitates always looking for more excitement. Spiritual adventure is a life-style and biblical worldview, which is constant.

If you and I are like boats-where are you? On the shore, or maybe you find yourself grounded or stuck in a rut. Remember Columbus? His boat didn’t stay at home port. Are you making new discoveries called friendships? Are you discovering new lands-like new wisdom from the Holy Spirit? Are you hanging with people who are different then you?

Make a difference. Yes you can help pass out food at the local food bank.  Yet adventure is more than giving stuff, as important as food and stuff can be. Adventure is actually getting involved in someone else’s life.  Listening to his/or her story and humbly telling this new friend the difference Jesus has made in your life!

Jesus sees Peter coming in after a night of catching no fish. He says-“Put out into deep water and let down the nets for a catch (Luke 5:4).”  What are  we waiting for? Reach out to people in Jesus’ name!

See ya Sunday-Pastor John-Maureen

 

 

 

Serpents and Doves Point the Way!

The church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Sunday November 5th, has caused us all to take a “time out.” Having a gunman violateworship by killing and wounding others just doesn’t compute.

I call your attention to Matthew 10:16: “Behold I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.”

To be wise, have street smarts, and be able to size up people without spiritually judging their worth are skills we all need. To realize someone is sizing you up as a prey is an important skill.  Sort of like a snake. On the other hand like a dove the symbol of The Holy Spirit-we all need to be able to convey respect, and peace to anyone we meet.

So between the skills of the snake and dove-develop a spirit smart street balance. Don’t be offensive to people but on the other hand don’t be anyone’s push over!

Continue to pray for the families who lost loved ones in this  bizarre tragedy. Happy Veterans today tomorrow!

See ya Sunday in worship!  Pastor John-Maureen!

 

Hurricane Headed Towards The United Methodist Church!

Our hearts go out to the recent victims of hurricanes in Houston, Florida and Puerto Rico.

Another hurricane, category five is gaining strength.  This is a hurricane within the United Methodist Church and its thirteen million members.

There is a growing disagreement over who Jesus Christ really is, the authority of Holy Scripture and the obeying of The Book of Discipline. Over the last many years Bishops and various Pastors have gone against Holy Scripture and the Book of Discipline. Those in authority have refused to discipline those who mock and openly violate our covenants.

This hurricane will fully hit on February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis.  At this General Conference there will either be reconciliation or a split.  I believe the United Methodist Church will follow in the footsteps of The Episcopalian, Presbyterian Church USA, and The Evangelical Lutheran Church, and split. This will absolutely effect all 33,000 congregations around the world.

So, let us further discuss more in depth what the issues are that are driving The United Methodist Church to split.  I would be very interested in what you perceive the issues to be that are driving this disagreement.  Send your feedback to bipperhunsberger@gmail.com.

See ya Sunday. Pastor John-Maureen