Magic Town

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It is a good Day; I don’t know if you have smelled that weird smell in the church this last week It was the smell of paint. Take a walk down to the fellowship hall and look in the door. It has been repainted, and some new finishing décor items are to go in. A bit of a facelift to a 30-year-old hall. Thank you to the many people who donated their time to the work.

This Sunday we had Denver and Katie share about the upcoming year, which started already on Monday! They may have 14 students enrolled. I have not checked what the final number is for today. They shared their vision and some stories of past students. It is good to see the school moving ahead into another year.

San Carlos is declared to be a “Magic Town” status by the Mexican government to recognize it as a good place for tourists to visit. It is recognized for the many wonders to be seen here and there is a large increase of tourists here, most of them are Mexican! For us who live here, it is business as usual and we see the attractions as a normal part of being here. But I have another vision.

What about if the town was known for a different feature? What about if it was known as the town where people encounter the presence of God? I know some of you just rolled your eyes! But I have a hope that people will come to visit here and then encounter God and go back to their hometown infected by God in their lives. It is not far-fetched. It does happen and we have seen God move his presence onto a town and it changes the town. And here being a tourist location people can be infected by more than just viruses!

So, I am praying. Usually, I walk the golf course in the morning and pray. But it is cold. The other morning it was 8c! I thought I would freeze! Now, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday I am at the church at 7:30 a.m. to spend an hour praying for our church and our town. And praying only for that, in that hour. Join me if you wish. And grab this vision for our church and town.

Sunday, we explored Joshua chapter three. It is the crossing of the Jordan River and has many similarities to the crossing of the Red Sea in the days of Moses. Joshua leads the people across the river into the Promised Land. The crossing should have been an obstacle for the millions of people but it was not.

The point is that when God wants his purposes fulfilled there are no obstacles.  I suggest that as the people camped on the east side of the river they questioned how so many were to get across to the west side and take Jericho. They only had their view and not God’s view.

This story has many applications to our own life. They were to move from the wilderness to the Promised Land. Like us, we must be ready to move from that old life to a life God has for us. Not a life of the world but a life that God has ordained for us.

They had to prepare for this move, v. 5 says they were to consecrate themselves. A great move of God was going to take place before them and they should be prepared. Set themselves apart from the ordinary for the extraordinary work of God. To know how to cross the barrier, they first had to set themselves aside for God. When they had done that, then the move of God happened. God does not move, then you set yourself aside.

The question then becomes, have you set yourself apart from those attractions of the world and prepared yourself for God and the purposes of God? You would like to but you see a barrier before you. Will you choose to let a barrier stop you from moving ahead to what God has for you? What are those barriers in your life?

What barriers can stop you from the actions of God in your life? Joshua and the people had to move to the banks of the river in faith that the crossing would be like a walk on the beach! It takes that big step of faith. They did and well the rest of that story is history.

So, the challenge this week is, that when I see a barrier, I will set myself to the purposes that God has for me, and trust he will remove barriers. Will I this week choose to move ahead?

Without writing the whole of the Sunday script for you here, you can hear the full service on our FB page under the icon “Videos” and the audio of this message is on our website, in the icon of “Audio” We are also on YouTube, just search under San Carlos Community Church. Please share and like us on FB and YouTube.

Blessings, Chuck. Next Sunday, “The 12 Stone Memorial”

Coming Up.

Newcomers Potluck. January 22 at 5:30. If you consider yourself a newcomer to SCCC then bring a dish to share and join us as we share the story of SCCC and who we are. It is a presentation with a question-and-answer time for you to get to know SCCC.

Ladies; How to Read Your Bible starts today, Wednesday, January 17 at 10:30. I hope you signed up!

This winter we will have various missions and missionaries share about their work, and at the end of January is Missionfest. A chance to meet them all and hear about their ministry. Missionfest is like an expo if that word helps. Put Sunday, January 28 on your calendar.

Then on February Saturday 3, there is the Benevolence Bazars at the church. It is high-end home-crafted products with all funds going to support the Benevolence Fund. It is amazing to see the talents our people have and their expressions, donated to help our local community.

Events

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

2nd & 4th Sunday each month, Cookie Sunday

3rd each month, Monday Night at the Movies at 6 pm,

Every Monday @ 1:11 pm – Griefshare

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

Thursday @ 8:30 a.m. – Men’s Bible study. The 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; Bilingual.

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

Also, our worship services are now available “live” on YouTube. We now have enough subscribers for this program to be live. We encourage you to subscribe and “Like” our channel, as it pushes the visibility of our channel up. Here is the link.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ft9yXcPYmvQ

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 complement 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, and 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 educational and inspirational 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 us with 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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