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It is a good Day;  Look what is coming up, Benevolence Sunday. Meaning it is that Sunday each month when we make available for people to ‘top up’ the funds for Benevolence to our community. Recently we helped a student at the school with some of his expenses. He is married and has a family. While studying at the school, Center for Christian Education, the transmission failed in his car. That is a problem when you are in a wheelchair and can’t just go for a stroll with your family. He was very appreciative of the help with the costs. The other story is about one of the many people who had wind damage to their home from the storm two weeks ago. It was bad enough but we continue to get more wind and rain and a simple tarp was not sufficient as a roof covering. The church sent the money for new roofing material for their home. The needs here are very real. And our response to their needs and requests is very much like Jesus with skin on, in showing and extending the love of Jesus to them. Consider your part in supporting this fund.

The church has power but no wifi. It is with regrets we were unable to record or transmit this last Sunday service. We are told it is a problem outside of the building and it is being repaired. Somethings are just not controllable.

Sunday, can religion be a sin? There is a question that we want to be careful with. My answer from my reading of Ecclesiastes is, “Yes.” When what we do as our act of faith is to appease God or gain favour with him, then it is vanity. Meaning it is just a matter for myself. I am trying to gain favour for my purpose. Chapter 5:1 starts out with the words to guard yourself when you approach God. Talk less and listen more. Do we really enter ‘worship’ to see, and hear the heart of God? Or just bring him our requests, which would mean we do a lot of talking. There are eight references to speech and one reference to listen in the first seven verse.

Those first seven verses are about your worship in the places of worship. Then verse eight to seventeen go on about actions in the market place. The everyday living that we do. And what I suggest is that it is the same subject just a different location. We do not have a separate life outside and inside our worship center. But you could read verses 8-17 and see it is about the misjustice of wealth and we miss that we are to carry our faith into all areas of life.

Yet these verses are full of wise proverbs about wealth and money and how to use it.

What I read is that verse one to seven are about our faith before God and our relationship with him, then the following verses are they not about our relationship with one another? We have a false relationship with God through vain useless words. We can have false relationships with our community by selfish acts of acquiring property and wealth and not considering our community. Our motives for religion are for self gain via favour with God. Our motives for being part of the community is to use the neighbour to gain for ourselves. These actions are sin and vanity in its purest form!

So the question to ask is, “What is religion without vanity?” What does God expect of us in worship and in the community? Your mind should respond with the answer from the New Testament, James 1:27. Our purity of religion or our acts of love for God should be worked out in our relationship with one another.

Finally, we see 5:18-20 as a conclusion to the previous chapters. The matter he states here was also said in 2:24 and 3:13. I like the way the Amplified version says verse 20, “For he himself shall not remember (seriously) the days of his life, because God himself answers and corresponds to the joy of his heart, and the tranquility of God is mirrored in him.”

As we remember the days of our life, the happy content person will remember joys and blessings and the good things of life. Life to that person is a journey and adventure. It is an attempt to taste and smell and see the things of God’s creation.

The person who runs through life and takes it all too seriously, who is struggling to make more money and have greater wealth, who thinks he may not take it with him, but will leave a legacy and an empire for his name, will not mirror the presence of God.

Who does your life mirror?

Normally I direct you to; “the rest of the story, you can follow us on the website and hear the audio or watch the entire service or part of it on our facebook page.” But again, I am sorry, we do not have recordings online at this time as we are without wifi at the church. Ah, Mexico.

Blessings, Pastor Chuck.

Next Sunday, I will continue with Ecclesiastes. “Who said life is fair?”

For the rest of the story, you can follow us on the website and hear the audio or watch the entire service or part of it on our facebook page. https://web.facebook.com/pg/sancarloscommunitychurch/videos/

You can also listen to Sunday messages the SCCC website You can listen to these messages @; http://sancarloscommunitychurch.com/streaming_christian_audio_sermons.php

Events

1st Sunday each month, Celebration of the Lord’s Table.

4th Sunday each month, Cookie Sunday

3rd Monday each month @ 6 p.m. Monday Night at the Movies

Every Wednesday @ 9 a.m. – Ladies Mountain Mover’s Prayer.

Every Thursday @ 8:30 a.m. – Men’s Bible study, prayer and breakfast at Tortuga’s. First time is free! Come on gentlemen.

Every Friday @ 5 p.m. – Youth Ministry

Every Sunday @ 9 a.m. – Children’s Church with Pastor Mayra; Bi lingual.

The next Potluck Dinner is Thursday August 10 @ 5:30 p.m.

You can contact the church by email for more information about these events at office@sancarloscommunitychurch.com

Right Now Media. Is ready! SCCC has taken a one year membership with Rightnow Media. We are offering this resource to SCCC. I love using Rightnow Media and am very excited that you will be able to have this material resource too! It contains biblical educational videos that have accompanying study books that compliment the video, these can be used for group study or personal study. The studies available are of books of the Bible and also some that are topical. There are resources for adults, men, women, teens and videos teaching for children. I also found ‘conference’ videos that you can take advantage of. In all there are 20,000 videos available. That is a lot of education and inspiration material. The purpose of SCCC in offering this to you is to give you the resources to explore your faith and grow in Christian maturity.

This membership provides for us material in English and Spanish, so it suits our church community very well. Please take advantage of this material and let us know what you think.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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