Pastor’s Desk 2019-06-05

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Good Morning to You,
Is this sad news, I suppose for us it is? Bee (Debbie) Kyle passed away June 2. She leaves her husband Jeff. They were part of the SCCC family and volunteered often at the Train Station feeding program. On this side of the curtain many will mourn a loss, but now Bee’s faith has become sight and she shares the Lord’s banquet table. Please remember the Kyle family when you pray.

Pastor Glenn: Pastor Glenn and Jeannine are away on a vacation, back to Canada and even beyond. A time to be refreshed and to learn. A time to fill up their vessels on the presence of Jesus. Please keep them in prayer as they travel and rest too.

Ladies Mountain Movers: A time when the ladies gather and pray. And wow, can they pray! Wednesday mornings at 9 a.m. they meet at the church. I am sure they will be praying for the Kyle family. If you have a prayer request, contact me, or post it on the Prayer Wall of the web site http://flc.tak.mybluehost.me/pastorsdesk/prayer/

Men’s Breakfast and Study: Chuck Morton is leading this week and will be facilitating a study on Purity. Come on over to Tequila’s on Thursday (8:30am)
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.

Coming Up: Please consider signing up to volunteer with VBS July 1-5. A great chance to plant the seeds of the Word in children, and for me, I’ll be there! Come, join us!

Sermon Review
This Sunday we looked at Mark 6:45-52 in the message, “Lake of Turbulence.” The story takes up after the feeding of the 5000 at the Sea of Galilee. Jesus sends the disciples on a late night boat trip to start over to Bethsaida. He goes up to a mountain to pray and be alone. The point was that Jesus “sends” us and yet here the sea was rough. So rough the men were in a great struggle against the wind and waves. Does this mean that at times Jesus “sends” us into places where it may be a struggle and life isn’t always pleasant, prosperous and fun filled? Say it isn’t so! But the evidence is there, and we acknowledged that even in our lives we have found this is true.
Then in our story Jesus shows up! Walking on the water! The men fear it is a ghost. Isn’t it just like us, Jesus shows up in a super-natural manner and we are afraid! Jesus is there walking on the water and verse 49 says he was passing them by. He wasn’t even going to stop or give the boat a push!
They call out in fear. Such tough big men calling in fear that they are seeing a ghost. Jesus relies, “Take courage, It is I, do not be afraid.” Sort of like when we are children crying in the dark, afraid of the dark, and daddy walks in and says, “It is all right, I am here. Now go to sleep. There is nothing to be afraid of.” Such words of comfort. The Father is never far away. Now I would expect Jesus to just zoom the men out to the other side of the lake. But no, the wind ceases, and they still have to row. Now with tired muscles and wet to the bone they must continue what the mission was that Jesus sent them to.
Life is like that isn’t it. We don’t get to fly over the valley of the shadows, we must go through it. Jesus often leaves us with the work to do. The wind of the situation may cease but we are still in the situation and still have a “mission” to accomplish. He gave instruction. “Go” and minister, live, work, or whatever we find ourselves doing in the going. But it is for Him.
The Gospel writer says in verse 52, that the men had not gained any insight from the feeding of the 5000 an that their hearts were hardened. I think they didn’t remember the miracle just the day before. We really need to remember the acts of Jesus in our lives. In remembering we can be encouraged. Our faith will be stronger and then we will be less afraid and perhaps more effective. We shouldn’t just remember, we should also tell the stories!
So go. And do as you should in the mission of life. And tell the stories of Jesus in your life.
June Sermon Series: This June we will be looking in the Gospels and enjoy the stories about Jesus in ‘boats.” Now how can we relate to that? It will be easy! With pictures painted with words we will see ourselves in the same places as those who followed Jesus on the seas of life. Come and hear the message and find yourself in the story. Listen too, at; http://sancarloscommunitychurch.com/streaming_christian_audio_sermons_2017.php

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