Pastor’s Desk 2020-07-07

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Good Morning to You, Do you often misplace somethings? I never do! But one time I found my cell phone in the fridge. I have no idea why my wife would put it in there!?

Seven years ago, last May, Lynn and I were in Israel. We went to a few places and one was where they said the tomb of Jesus was. Actually, there are about four locations that I have heard of as the claimed tomb of Jesus.  Did you know the first century Christians would lose a cell phone very easily. It started when they lost the tomb of Jesus! How is it that the first church didn’t right away mark out where that tomb was and preserve that place for us all?

Well I think I know the answer. Trust me, I can find a cell phone in a fridge. In John 20 it says Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and Jesus was not there. He was outside in the garden. She got Peter and John and they found Jesus wasn’t there either. All they found was his grave wrappings. Later Jesus revealed himself to them and many many others too. Jesus had no need of a tomb and proved himself to be resurrected, so the tomb becomes irrelevant to the story. Why remember where it is? If Jesus had died and laid in the tomb and there was no resurrection, then the tomb would be historical.

I know where my father’s grave is, and my grandfather and even my great grandfather, I have been to their grave site too. One time we were in Deadwood South Dakota, and there they have all kinds of claims to famous 19 century graves. I have been to the grave site of Wild Bill at Boothill Cemetery! And there is no dispute over these places. Only about Jesus. Because there is no grave for Jesus. Jesus was resurrected. So really the first century church didn’t lose the location. It just wasn’t important to know where it was.

To me this is another proof that Jesus is resurrected. He was laid in a tomb and didn’t stay there. He rose from the grave. So many people saw him alive that the grave became irrelevant to the good news. Jesus was risen!  That is why the Bible says, 1 Corinthians 15:3-8,12

3For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; 7then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; 8and last of all, as to one untimely born  ….   12Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?

Sharing my experience, Chuck

Men’s Breakfast and Study: Come on over to Tequila’s Thursday July 9 @ 8:30am. We will pray together and continue our studies. This week we have a study on “Serving” 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 # 4 “The New Humanity” Ephesians 2:11-16. 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

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: The program here continues as the virus continues to keep places of employment closed. This week our team under Pastor Mayra dispensed groceries to 30 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:  “Acts 24: Don’t be a Felix”

The situation doesn’t seem to be better for Paul It is sort of like house arrest, but he has a real life guard with him. The church is Caesarea can bring him what he needs and visit him, but he isn’t free to wander about town. Of course, the men of the Sanhedrin still want him dead and will go to great lengths to see him dead. Some of them have made a two day journey from Jerusalem to Caesarea to speak to the governor Felix about Paul and that he should be executed. Felix, he walks the line. He really can’t see what Paul has done that is deserving of death. But being a politician, he tries to calm the issue and just keeps Paul under arrest. In fact, Paul is under arrest for two years in Caesarea. He gets to visit with people from the church and write and study.

Felix is married to a Jewish woman, of the Herod family line. Her name is Drusilla. It is her not her first husband and Felix has been married twice already. But being Jewish by birth, and Felix being acquainted with both Judaism and Christianity., this couple know just enough about the local religions, that no one can say they are ignorant. Do you remember the song by the Eagles, “Life in the Fat Lane?” It could be about this couple.

Felix summons Paul to speak to himself and Drusilla. Acts 24:25 says they were “discussing righteousness, self-control and the judgement to come.”  I can imagine the fun Paul had with them in these talks. But the verse says that Felix was frightened by the discussion and sent Paul away with the excuse he would summons him again when he had time. Actually, over the next many months he summoned Paul many times.

I also wonder how many times Paul encouraged Felix to know Jesus as Paul did? To know Jesus as a personal Saviour from sin? My guess from the writings of Paul is that every time Paul spoke to Felix he encouraged Felix to forsake the “Fast Lane”

In the end, Felix got recalled to Rome, lives out his remaining days there and fades into history.  What judgement came upon him, we do not know. Only Felix and God know.

Felix wouldn’t decide about Jesus and what Paul was saying about righteousness, self-control and judgement. Don’t be a Felix and live out your life putting off decisions to do the right things as you should. Felix put off his decision. When you have a decision to make, do that and then follow through.

God bless your week, Pastor Chuck

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