Pastor’s Desk 2019-08-20

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Good Day to You,
Do you know we had Cookie Sunday, AGAIN. Oh, I like that Sunday! And again, Lynn and I are having a party. This evening if you can make it. It is our “National Potluck Supper” So what ever dish you think best represents your nationality, that’s what you should bring. Then there is Ladies Prayer meeting Wednesday morning. I like hearing the knees of the demons shake in San Carlos, when the ladies meet to pray. And well, the rest of the week is laid out below in this letter. What a great church! Oh, yes, Mayra Gonzalez won’t like me saying this, but she is preaching here August 25, from the Parables of Jesus. Her last message in July was well crafted. You can still pick it up off the link below.
Ladies Mountain Movers: A time when the ladies gather and pray. Please join them or enter a prayer request on the web site “Prayer Wall.” And then expect to see results!
Men’s Breakfast and Study: This week we will be having a study on “Working for the Lord.” Come on over to Tequila’s on Thursday (8:30am). Call up a brother and ask him to come along.
Daniel Study: Wednesday @ 1:30 pm in the church. A look at the book of Daniel and his prophesy, times, and life. Bring a Bible, pen and paper or equivalent. Chapter 8 & 9. I bet we don’t get through chapter 9 in this class!
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.
Israel Trip. There is still have room for five more couples or ten people to join up for the trip to Israel Nov 4-12. For more information contact Brenda It will impact you for sure!
Sound & Video: This winter Brandon & Bethany will be taking on a new phase in their lives. And with that they will have more responsibilities. With the new opportunities comes for them greater demands, so Brandon will need to phase out of the Sound and Video. Then we will be looking for volunteers who would like to learn about our system and take this position on a rotating schedule. If this interests you now or over the winter months, please let me or Pastor Glenn know

Sermon Review Listen too, at;

A Friend at Midnight Luke 11:5-13
What sort of friend shows up at midnight and asks for groceries? Someone very bold and he had better be a friend who can repay me in a big way! The think the parable makes us question how far we will go with our friends? But that would be another story.
We explored some culture issues that show up within the text. Such as what their home was like? It would be nothing like the home we have. In their modest Jewish home, the family slept in one room on an upper level and sometimes on a raised platform. It wasn’t like everyone had their own room and you were hard done by if you had to share a bedroom and didn’t have your own TV!
The other issue was that hospitality was a huge part of their culture. It was a greater shame to have no food for guests than it was to bang on a friend’s door at midnight. Even today if you visited a home from a Middle East family you would be close to embarrassed over how they fuss over their guests. Good hospitality was very important.
We also looked at how this Scripture is often used is wrong context. People freely pull out a verse and use it to back up their point and of course not in relation to its original use. Pastor Glenn taught a series of sermons on exactly that too.
These verses of this parable actually are two stories and two lessons. And immediately following the Lord’s Prayer. When read in context to the whole of the parable the evidence points to this being a teaching about prayer.
The first story is in verses 5-8, about the knock at the door at midnight for bread. And the lesson is in verse 9-10. It is really about being persistent in prayer. Praying it through until you have an answer. Think of Daniel in 10:12-13, who persisted in prayer, not knowing his answer was on the way via an angel who had struggled for 21 days to bring him the answer. What if Daniel had not continued in prayer?
Keep knocking at the door in prayer. Keep your request before the Lord, the answer may be delayed like Daniel’s! It isn’t a faith issue. It isn’t a prayer formula issue. It is an issue of persistence!
The next story of the parable is in verses 11-12. The illustration of this story is of father and son. The son makes requests and how does the father reply? He gives to the son what is best for him. It is because even us in our less than perfect ways want what is best for our families. It is the father’s heart to bless not to curse.
The lesson is explained in verse 13. It is explained that the father will give what the son asked for. The request is for a fish, a fish is given. An egg is requested, an egg is given. That is what we would expect it to say in verse 13, but it doesn’t. It says, “give good gifts to your children” but then mentions the Holy Spirit, not fish and eggs? The father desires the presence of the son. It is more than needs met it is more about presence. And the best reward of prayer is not just getting what we ask for but getting the presence of God in our lives. Have you ever worshipped God just to be there in his presence? God has a great desire to give us his presence!
The parable is about prayer. Being persistent in our prayer. And praying for his presence. Not just talking to God, but a lot of just being there and waiting on God.
Well that’s the “nutshell” of the message. The best part is in the audio. Here I tend to leave somethings out of the lesson and in the audio, maybe I should have left some of that out!
God bless your day. Pursue Jesus. Pursue His Presence, please.

Happenin’ this week @ SCCC
Wed @ 9:00 am – Mountain Mover’s Prayer
Wed @ 1:30 pm – Bible Study, Daniel
Thur @ 8:30 am – Men’s Breakfast, Devotional & Prayer time at Tequila’s
Fri @ 5:00 pm – Youth Ministry at the Church with Selene
Sun @ 9:00 am – Children’s Ministry with Mayra (ages 2-12)

Christmas Backpack. It might be funny to think of now, but in many places Back to School supplies are on sale. If you are able to purchase some now and then come this December we would have the supplies to fill these 380 backpacks for these children as they prepare for another term at school. That would be great. Such a boast to their family budget. See below.
Items needed: Pens, pencils, erasers, note books, rulers, scissors sharpeners, coloring books, crayons, markers, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, lotion, hair ties, brushes etc.

Help us to fill out
380 backpacks
for Christmas!

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