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It is a good Day;  Fresh in my mind is a wedding. I love weddings. People are so hopeful of their future and full of plans. With a hurricane blowing not too far off from our location We prepared for a ceremony on the beach. But just fifteen minutes before we were to begin, the ocean swells got higher and closer. I was envisioning a suit jacket and swim trunks for my part as the minister. In wisdom the ceremony was moved to the resort patio! It all went almost as planned. Life is full of hopes and plans. Oh, as to the hurricane it was down graded to a tropical storm and we didn’t even get rain. Life sure has a lot of changes.

It seems still like last week and you lose track of time here! A year ago my friend, Howard, became ill and then never recovered but passed away. I still wait for Howard to wonder into my office and test my Spanish with a few questions.  His memorial service is held at the church on Thursday, November 2 at 4 pm. I hope you can make it. It will also be available on Facebook. There is a fb page “Updates on Howard” where you can get that information. Please remember the family as they walk through all the changes in their lives by Howards passing. He finished the race very well.

Then again on Saturday Oct 28, at 6 p.m., the youth are sponsoring a movie, “Jesus Revolution” and this copy is in Spanish. We had seen it a couple of months ago, but only in English without Spanish sub titles, but finally our youth pastor found a legal copy in Spanish. Everyone is welcome. And I am sure our Spanish speakers will be inspired. Again, on the veranda, the youth will have a “snack bar” So come join us!

And can I encourage you to pray for the war in the Ukraine and the war in the Middle East to end with peace and more people coming to know the mercy of God and not the horror of war.

Please continue to pray for Randy M and Ethel D for their healing. Pray for Jack F who suffered a stroke this week.

 

Sunday, we continued in the series of “Who is Jesus?” We explored the claims of Jesus trying to put Jesus in context to today’s terms. King is a poorly understood term in our times. In our lands any king we may have is more of a figure head and not with much authority. We think of kings with castles and knights and watch them in movies and TV series as a factious person. Then we hear of Jesus as king, and the question from me is, do we then see Jesus as king as also a factious character?

Kings are born, or perhaps take their position by force or perhaps proclaimed. Did you know Alexander the Great was proclaimed a pharaoh in ancient Egypt? They recognized that Greek as an Egyptian pharaoh made by the gods! As Alexander took over many lands by force and became king, the effect he had changed the known world for centuries.

But Jesus was born a king and proclaimed a king, Matthew 2:1-2, and the effect he had on the world is still on going into millennials later. Yet never did he use force! Other people wanted to proclaim Jesus as king too, but he would not accept that position from them. In the gospel of John 6:13-17 we pick up on a story of Jesus feeding 5000 with only 5 barley loaves and two fish. Because of the miracle of provision from him, the crowds waned to make him a king. I think he saw the heart of the matter. This is how I see it.

They would make him their king as long as he provided for them and kept them happy. They would worship him, as long as he gave them what they wanted and needed. Similar to us! Yes, we too can be like children. We follow, play, love and dance for someone as long as they keep us happy. If they fail to provide us what we want our devotion goes else where very quickly. How guilty are we takes some uncomfortable examination?

Others don’t want Jesus to be king or have any authority on their lives, and do what they care to dismiss Jesus as a fraud and as self proclaimed. That also has an example in the gospel of John. In chapter 19:19-22, the Jews (which in John’s terms meant the religious leaders of the time) were very unhappy with Pilate who identified Jesus with a sign on his crucifixion saying, “Jesus the Nazarene, the king of the Jews.” Those Jews made an argument about that. They didn’t recognize Jesus as king, nor did they want to hear or read that proclamation, nor want that statement available for anyone else either. Remind you of some people today? But hopefully not yourself!

So what position do you find yourself in?

The full service is on our FB page and the audio of this message is on our website, in the icon of “Audio”

Blessings, Chuck. Next Sunday, Jesus as Servant.

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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.

This Thursday @ 8:30 a.m. – Men’s Bible study. 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 November 9 @ 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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