Pastor’s Desk 2020-10-20

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Good Morning to You; Labels! I hate those little tags on the back of a shirt that scratch at my neck. I cut them off. I don’t like labels, but I appreciate them. I notice that when is says, “Skippy Peanut Butter” on the jar that is what I will get. That label is important.

But other labels about not manufactured products like us are very deceiving. Someone was talking to me about ‘church people.’ It was the label that was attached. In the conversation it was generally applied in a negative manner. In a moment of brilliant logic, I cut that label off quickly. I just used a label about the other person as who he was and he saw my point. He didn’t like the label I gave him.

We do the same don’t we? We meet someone and make a decision on who they are. We apply the label and figure we have them pegged into the right hole. Then comes the surprise when they squeeze out of the hole our label pegged them into. We label people by their occupation or association or the hobby they have. We call them farmers, bikers, boat people (my favorite tease!) and church people or by their religion.

The woman at the well, John 4, first pegged Jesus with the label ‘Jew’ and addressed him as “sir.” Later she has to relabel him as ‘prophet’, and finally she comes to the place when she recognizes Jesus as ‘Christ’. It was the most important piece of logic she had applied. She kept tearing off one label and searching for the next until she just recognized him for who he is! The Saviour and Christ.

We have to be careful with out labels. How we label people may just limit our understanding and ability to get to know them. Just look at a person as a person and let them be who they are. Label that other person, “Creature of God” and love them as such.  (there I go, feeling condemned by my own words!)

Sharing my observations, Chuck

Welcome Home: to Pastor Glenn and Jeannine. While officially still “off” they have returned home.

School Backpack: This year in early December we hope to stuff at least 300 backpacks for school age children. What is needed is the school supplies of pen’s pencils, notebooks, erasers etc. Also, really great is a small toy or gift for a child to be included in the backpack.  Please bring them to the church to myself or Pastor Mayra.

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

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:
  Oct 18 SCCC Worship Service (English) https://web.facebook.com/sancarloscommunitychurch

Sermon Review:  “The Prophet’s Prayer.”  Jonah Two

I remember Pinocchio from Walt Disney films. Pinocchio gets swallowed by a whale and the story has great parallels to biblical story of Jonah. The story of Jonah has crept into our culture stories and literature. Many Christians have not even read the big book of Jonah and all 48 verses that make up the book, but they know some about the story of a man swallowed by a fish and three days later he is belched out on to a beach.

The story intrigues me. It has so much packed into a short story. As I study the story I find life lessons. Chapter two is ten verses and it is Jonah’s prayer. But I am not impressed. The first few verses are all his blame on God for the situation he finds himself in, there inside a giant fish. He has no confession of his own fault in this place and no confession of sin. If you read chapter one, he does a good job of making confession to the captain and sailors on the ship.

Isn’t that just like us? We talk to others about our sins and faults and may eventually talk to God about it. Jonah had to wait until he was in a fish thinking he was to die and then he talks to God. Around about verse six I start to see Jonah is having a change of thought. He says, “You have brought me up from the pit.” He is recognizing that it is God who saves.

Then verse seven he says, “while I was fainting away, I remembered the Lord.” I think it could be a metaphor. He was finally getting his eyes off himself and his own self image was a fainting image as he looked to God. Sometimes we need to look at God and less at ourselves and our circumstances. With that we talk too much to God about all sorts of things but we miss talking to him about who he is to us. Credit to Jonah as he says, “My prayer came to you in your holy temple.” He recognizes God for who and where he is.

There is so much more to learn from the prayer. I think what I really would want to say is, being swallowed by a fish was the grace of God. Being released onto the shores and living was the grace of God. The fish belly was really the classroom of God’s grace on Jonah. I am just not sure he saw it that way.

Sometimes the place we feel trapped in, is the classroom of learning given by God and we just may not know it, until later. If you are in a similar place, feeling trapped by God in a not comfortable place, perhaps in time you too will see it is God’s classroom for you. Sometimes the place of grace maybe a little uncomfortable or a lot uncomfortable, that is when faith and trust really come to play. Do I trust God is doing what is best? What is he doing with me and what may he be teaching me?

At a time like that we should learn this from a prophet, pray and confess and praise God for who he is.

God bless your week, Pastor Chuck

Happenin’ this week @ SCCC
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Wed @ 9:00 am – Ladies Mountain Mover’s Prayer If you have a prayer request, post it on our Prayer Wall of the web site http://flc.tak.mybluehost.me/pastorsdesk/prayer/

Thur. @ 8:30 am – Men’s Breakfast, Devotional & Prayer time at Tequila’s This week we have a study on “Self-control”

Fri @ 5:00 pm – Youth Ministry at the Church with Pastor Mayra

Community Food Relief Program: The program will continue to help those in poverty in the San Carlos, Guaymas area through a revised program. It is a smaller program able to minister to our greater community.

SCCC is part of a community team involving Cast Away Kids, Rotary, Rescate, SCCC and private individuals of San Carlos.

Bible Study;  Will resume in January. Past lessons are on the SCCC Facebook page in Videos.

https://www.facebook.com/sancarloscommunitychurch/live_videos/

 

 

 

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