Pastor’s Desk 2020-08-25

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Good Morning to You, I have been rereading John Bunyan’s book Pilgrim’s Progress. It is an allegory of a man’s attempt to find salvation and mature in his faith. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pilgrim%27s_Progress  I read it the first time in 1986. The story of a man so full of conviction of his need for salvation and the struggle to get there. Then the struggle to not lose faith in all his difficulties. It rather reminds me of my own early days. I can relate to the man of the story. He has so many that are opposed to the change he is embracing in order to come to freedom from his ‘burden.’

Getting “saved” wasn’t so hard. I knew when I found Jesus! The life change in me was so radical. Even my friends could see something was different. It was my heart and attitude to others that changed most. I went from hating everyone to not wanting to be offensive. And that is what was challenged. It seemed like the trial was always there. Did people go out of their way to be like they are? It was easier not to be ‘saved’ and loving to others. This new life took more energy.

Staying in that heart attitude can be difficult. The attitude of not wanting to be offensive and loving others, it can be work some days. Yet as we go through life we practice this life change and the work of it is easier. We find it easier to slide into loving others and trying be more accepting. At least that is my experience, but as to the character, Christian, well I haven’t gotten that far in the book yet.

I suppose a test of your “salvation” can be how are we doing at loving others and accepting others who just are not the same as ourselves. In the name of being ‘right’ and more ‘superior of a person’ am I willing to just let things slide and just love people even if they are hard to love. I guess if I really am going to mature as a believer I should continue to love others and be less offensive myself. Loving others is the sign of maturity. It can be demonstrated also as not be so offensive and even defensive. Or as I said just letting somethings slide.

Sharing my observations, Chuck

Men’s Breakfast and Study: Come on over to Tequila’s Thursday August 27 @ 8:30am. We will pray together and continue our studies. This week we have a study on “Love” The management will give us extra seating to keep within the ‘social distancing’ regulations.

Community Food Relief Program: I ask that you continue to pray for the program, supplies and volunteers. 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.

Bible Study; Joel; How to study Biblical Prophesy    The aim of this study is to examine the book as prophesy but also to give some example of how to study scriptural prophesy. You will find us “Live” on the church fb page. The study will be online Sept 2 Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.. 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. http://flc.tak.mybluehost.me/pastorsdesk/prayer/ The Ladies Prayer Group and others check it regularly for requests.

Sermon Review: “Rahab; a Woman of Faith”

The story is found in Joshua chapter two & six. It is a story about a very pagan city, spies, war and a woman. It would make for a good mystery spy movie. Most people have heard the story about the tumbling down walls of Jericho. Most have also heard about Rahab the woman inside the city. The New Testament mentions her a few times. And always with the mention of her faith. What surprises me is she only knew of God by the stories shared by others.

Here is a woman that kept a house in the city walls where her guests were the people that you don’t ask their business, last names, nor where they were from. It was not a house you bragged to your mother about visiting! But it was the home of Rahab. She took in these men to learn that they were spies and Hebrews. Rather than turn them in for a reward. She dropped her prejudice view and listened to their story. She may have questioned them about God too. She certainly knew about their great God. This is her testimony, Joshua 2:11 NIV,   “When we heard of it, our hearts melted in fear and everyone’s courage failed because of you, for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.”

She certainly knew of God. And then rather than try to get a reward, she aids the Hebrew spies. She risked her life for them. In the risking of her own life she saves herself and her entire family. The story continues that when the Hebrews attacked the city and the walls crumbled that the spies went back to the house and rescued her and her family. The family was later received into the Hebrew people.

Such a story. A story of a woman of faith who moved from her past to a better future because she put her faith in God.

You can take in the message on our facebook page, the link is below, or on the audio at the SCCC website, also with a link below. I wonder who will pick up on the wrong word with a “H” that I used in the wrong place when I was speaking?

God bless your week, Pastor Chuck

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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:
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Sermon Series: Listen to the audio, at; http://sancarloscommunitychurch.com/streaming_christian_audio_sermons.php

 

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