Pastor’s Desk 2020-06-23

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Good Morning to You, Did you know I have a private sanctuary?

I have this place where I go and listen. It is not so much my talking to God “place,” that is usually me walking or riding the motorcycle, my listening place is the garage. Yes, I build motorcycles, knives and break stuff too, in my garage, but my head is listening. My activities slow down enough to just listen. It was like that many years ago when I didn’t even have a garage, I would just work on something on the yard and listen.

The garage then has some special moments. You are welcome to step in with me sometime, but I am not the garage host, but you can come listen with me. I think God has a garage too. The place where he listens to me. We all have a space. Ladies have theirs, guys have theirs. Teenagers, well get them off that phone, and they will find theirs.

But the garage was getting hot. And I was losing a lot of water in that garage. But God knows it is important. Sometimes I think God hears me thinking and I am not praying, just thinking. Then he makes happen what I was thinking about but had not taken to him in prayer. It just didn’t seem that important to pray about. I was just thinking, “This garage is hot. I sure wish it had air conditioning. Maybe next year I’ll get a.c. in the garage. I’ve spent enough already in the last year.”

Then my new neighbour, Ricardo is getting new air conditioners at his house. I didn’t pay attention much. I had other things to think about. Sometimes I am not paying attention! I was driving through the metropolitan of San Carlos and the thought came to me, “I wonder what he is doing with the old a.c. units?” So, when I got out of the heavy traffic and got down the road and home I went over and asked him. He didn’t know what he was going to do. I asked if I could buy a used one for my garage? He said, “No.”  “Oh, ok,” I replied. “You can have one, I cannot sell it to you.” Free! Best price in town. Right away I asked the installers how mush to install that unit in my garage. $1700 pescos. Thumbs up sign and smile. I now have a cool garage! Isn’t God awesome!!

God knows the thoughts of my mind. Oh boy!

Psalm 139:1-6  (NASB) O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
You understand my thought from afar.
You scrutinize my path and my lying down,
And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.
Even before there is a word on my tongue,
Behold, O Lord, You know it all.
You have enclosed me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is too high, I cannot attain to it.   & v. 23  “Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts”

Men’s Breakfast and Study: Come on over to Tequila’s Thursday June 25 @ 8:30am. We will pray together and continue our studies. The management will give us extra seating to keep within the ‘social distancing’ regulations.

Bible Study; The Letter to the Ephesians. How to “live in Christ” in these days. The strength of Paul was that he learned to ‘live in Christ.’ We need to learn this too. Class # 2 “Predestined to a Destiny” Eph. 1:11   You will find us “Live” on the church fb page. The study will be online Wednesday afternoon. https://www.facebook.com/sancarloscommunitychurch/live_videos/

If you email me, I will send you a digital copy of the lesson. chucksheridan@hotmail.com

As we go through the lesson, if you email me questions and comments, we can answer those next week.

Please take advantage of our Prayer Wall – The Prayer Wall on our church website is a great way to keep informed of the needs of our church family and/or to request prayer for a need you have. Ours should be a church of prayer.

Community Food Relief Program: This week our team under Pastor Mayra dispensed groceries to 25 families. SCCC is part of a community team involving Cast Away Kids, Rotary, Rescate, SCCC and private individuals of San Carlos. Such a great way to ministry the love of Jesus to our community.

Sermon Review:  “The Power of a Testimony” Acts 22

Have you ever considered what your story/testimony of your encounter with Jesus can do? I was approached while in my yard, in Winnipeg, by a lady who was going through our neighbourhood for her church. It was a religion that often goes out in pairs and offering you their magazine. It was unusual that she was alone. I could see a couple at my neighbours home.

I invited her to sit down at the picnic table on my deck and talk. Wow she knew her Bible and was talking circles around me. As the conversation continued I asked her if I could tell her how I came to know Jesus and what he had done for me. I shared just a five minute story about how I came to know Jesus.

She was wiping tears from behind her sunglasses with a finger. She was touched in her heart and needed what I had, a relationship with Jesus. She quickly excused herself and left. She had a religion and knew the Bible but she didn’t know Jesus.

Paul had a testimony about meeting Jesus on the Damascus Road. In Acts 22 we raed of his sharing his testimony in a very difficult place. It sure wasn’t Starbucks! He was bruised and beaten. He had just suffered under an attack from a street mob. As we examine his story we can pick up it had three parts. It is an example for us of how to share our testimony. 1/ Sharing the History. Very brief about who you were before you met Jesus. Too many people spent too much time talking about how bad they were. The testimony isn’t about you, it is about Jesus. Paul was brief on this too. 2/ The Event of Encounter is just about how you did meet Jesus. That special day. I remember it so well. For some it was a gradual coming to know Jesus. But still there was a day when you realized your relationship with God was new. 3/ The Sending is about what God has you doing now. For some it is a change of your vocation to full time ministry. For most of us it is just about the changed behavior and how you live for Jesus now. Talk about what you do for the Lord. Whatever it is, share it with passion!

In the telling of your story, modify for your audience. If you read Acts 22 and then Acts 26 you should notice that Paul shares his testimony a little different because his audience is different.

Look for points about them that are similar with you. In 22:3 there are six points of connection that Paul makes with his hearers. What do you have in common so that they can relate to your story? Think about the movies you like best, it is because you can connect with the movie characters and insert yourself into the story. You want your listeners to hear your story and relate to you. That is your job.

Every time you share your testimony the listeners have to decide about if what you are saying is true and what they need to know. Sometimes like the lady I first told you about, they need to think about what they heard. Some people will right away give you a positive response. But many will also come into conflict with your testimony. It really isn’t you they have a problem with, but more about a conflict of your story raising their emotions about their own lives and conflicts within.

Next Sunday, tune into the fb page for SCCC and invite a friend over, sit down, stand up or whatever, and worship together. We are looking at Acts 23, “Chosen Instruments.” You will see how God chose some interesting provisions for the life of Paul, by the people God used around Paul.

God bless your week, Pastor Chuck

Sermon Series: Listen too, at; http://sancarloscommunitychurch.com/streaming_christian_audio_sermons.php

We apologize for the internet problems on Sunday, next Sunday we will stream the Service as “Premier” instead and see how it works, the experience will be the same. As always, the service will begin at 9:00 a.m. and we will be able to interact with each other as we always do. Look forward to seeing you then!” Thank you!, have a great Week!

Click The LINK  If you missed last Sunday’s message, or even if you’re not a facebook user,  you can still watch the full video service at the following links:
   June 21 SCCC Worship Service (English) Click Here 
June 21 SCCC Worship Service (Spanish) Click Here

 

 

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