Pastor’s Desk 2020-09-22

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Good Morning to You; Seasons of Change. My North American friends send me pictures of the leaves changing colours. Really very nice. It makes me a bit homesick. Then I read about frost and the motorcycle season winding down etc, and I rejoice I am here. As we drove through San Carlos last evening, my wife commented that it is always summer here. So nice. My feet never get cold, I don’t need to think about putting the bike up for the winter and checking if my snow shovel handle is straight. I don’t even own a snow shovel.

Seasons do change. It is a reminder that nothing stays the same. And while the weather here does not change a great it does a bit. Everything changes. I use to drive city bus for a while and while we had schedule to maintain we had a saying that we “just have to make the adjustments.” And we would, buses would wait or pass one another to adjust for a schedule change.

Seasons change and I think it is God’s way of keeping us in the know; 1/ life has changes, 2/  don’t expect anything to stay the same, 3/ for thousands of years he has been in control of those changing seasons.

So keep sending me those change of the season pictures. In these uncertain changing times, remember who controls the season changes, and it is he who has his hand on you. Life just has changes and we have to adjust. Yet his hand is still upon it all. I am glad in my heart that I have the Lord. And with all I have seen, I know he has all this too.

Sharing my observations, Chuck

Men’s Breakfast and Study: Come on over to Tequila’s Thursday Sept 24 @ 8:30am. We will pray together and continue our studies. This week we have a study on “Kindness” The management will give us extra seating to keep within the ‘social distancing’ regulations.

Community Food Relief Program: Please pray as the Program leadership determines the next steps in the upcoming season.

SCCC is part of a community team involving Cast Away Kids, Rotary, Rescate, SCCC and private individuals of San Carlos. I am so pleased at what I see happening because of this team. Thank you. Such a great way to ministry the love of Jesus to our community. Pray for the community as economic recovery returns.

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. Our study resumes at chapter two. You will find us “Live” on the church fb page. The study will be online 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:  “Surprised Jesus” Matthew 8:5-13

Many of us have heard messages from this text and read it ourselves and we pick up the amazing faith of the centurion who approached Jesus. This time in my own readings I finally noticed what you probably saw before! Jesus was surprised by the centurion.  How did the centurion pull it off that he could surprise Jesus? Who was this man? What did he have that surprised Jesus that I don’t have?

We studied a bit about what we could know about him. Nothing exceptional, except his character qualities. He displayed humility, mercy, and he understood authority. I would not expect a army centurion to have the qualities of humility and mercy. But he does display those. Of course he understood authority. He was a man who rose under authority and now had that position himself. But that he saw Jesus as one of supreme authority was odd. Somehow he saw Jesus different than many citizens of that country. Yes he knew Jesus as a prophet, and healer, but to know Jesus as a man of authority! Perhaps he even came to believe Jesus was the Son of God!

He was also a man of faith in Jesus. He really put his faith in Jesus because he first understood Jesus as that man of authority. A good lesson for us. To know the authority of Jesus in and over our lives. Perhaps another sermon.

But it was that Jesus was surprised. Can you imagine Jesus being surprised? I looked up the Greek to see if I misunderstood something. The word can be translated as “marvel” or “amazed” or even “surprised.” There have been many times I have been surprised by other people. The kindness of them or the evil of them. There are many times I have surprised my wife. I do something and you know how it goes! But how do you surprise God?

Can I do something that would surprise God? I am not sure I have ever surprised God? Yet it is a challenge. Would you join me? Let me see if I can do something so wondrously good that even God is surprised by me. Perhaps a good behaviour or actions that is beyond my usual. How extreme can I go this week? Maybe to be more kind, peaceful, holy in action and language, perhaps, merciful, or giving, or gracious to others. This week my mission is to surprise God.

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God bless your week, Pastor Chuck

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