Pastor’s Desk 2019-09-03

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Good Day to You, on Sunday we were blessed as we celebrated the Lord’s Table together. We also saw the fruit of prayer with the presence of Carol Morton. She was having a good day.
Once again, I think we had more people whose first language was Spanish. And today I think some of them understood my greeting in Spanish. Later in my sermon message I tried a bit of Latin, but it seems I can make a mess of any language!
We still have a good number of children present. And this congregation is certainly full of variety. From the front as I look across the sanctuary, I don’t see a bunch of retired Americans’. There are Mexican’s, children, youth, family’s, Canadians too, and some even older than me! This is the family of God.
As we enter the fall season I look to many exciting changes. Lynn and I move into our new home, the other North American’s return, Pastor Glenn and Jeannine return, and the church life accelerates. Oh and speaking of acceleration, it will be nicer weather for accelerating down the road!
Myself I really do look forward to the return of so many that I barley got to know this spring. Some of you I only know through your email’s. Come on back!

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 “Obey God” Come on over for breakfast. But for this Thursday only we are moved to Maria’s @ 8:30am. Call up a brother and ask him to come along. And if this is your first time with us since May 1, Pastor Chuck is buying you breakfast.
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 11.
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.
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 “The Tenant Farmers” Matthew 21:33-46
The Gospel of Matthew is wonderfully structured. It is as if God had a hand upon its construction. We shouldn’t view chapter 21 as a succession of ideas and teaching but realize that the entire chapter is one teaching.
It begins with Jesus’ Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem upon a donkey. The crowds welcomed him and believed he was the deliverer of Israel. When Jesus arrived at the Temple he was enraged by the market place that was operating there. It had taken away for the central idea of the Temple as a place of prayer. He cleared the Temple and chased many of the merchants away. We see proof of his divinity in the record of verses 14-16 with the healing of the lame and the blind. Yet the Pharisees challenged his authority to teach and to chase merchants off the Temple steps. Jesus leaves for the night to go to Bethany. On his return the next day he stops at a fig tree to gather figs to eat. But upon finding none, he curses the tree. Mark’s gospel makes an additional statement 11:13-14 “it was not the season for figs.” The lesson here is to read the entire section and see that Jesus was showing us (as Israel is shown as a fig tree) that the time had not arrived. Israel should have born fruit but had failed. Its season had been delayed by the failure to recognize that the kingdom of God was at hand in the coming of Jesus the Christ.
There are two verses, 21-22 that seem to be misplaced. But then when you consider what this chapter is about you can see a couple of verses about faith and prayer do fit in. The Temple was for prayer. The visitation of Jesus and the Triumphant Entry were the signal for the ‘Fig Tree’ to bear fruit. But when the Pharisees failed, the fruitfulness is delayed. Perhaps in another season. So, what is a person to do? Pray in faith for the kingdom of God to come. Remember ‘thy kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.”
Later in the chapter Jesus relates two parables. One about two sons, 21:28-32 and one about a landowner who let out his land to tenant farmers, 21:33-46. When Jesus told these two parables, the Pharisees recognize that these were aimed at them. They were like the sons who failed to do as they should. They were like the tenant farmers who mistreated the vineyard owner and failed in their responsibility.
They had missed the visit of God. They had missed his presence. They had their own expectations of what God would do.
Can we do the same? Do we ever miss what God is doing because we have a wrong expectation of what God is going to do and how he will appear in our lives? Sometimes, I suspect we even miss the presence of God because we are looking in the wrong direction. Can God be present and working and we miss his presence? Yes, we do all too often. Or is it just me I can be speaking to?
What could be the solution? First, we need to accept God for who he is and what he does, not some god of our own design. He is our salvation. That is what Jesus was saying in verse 42. A quote from Psalm 118:22. He is the rock of our salvation, but if we fail to see it, we dash ourselves upon the rock. We find ourselves stumbling over the rock of our salvation.
Secondly, we shouldn’t miss the purposes of God for our lives. We are designed uniquely. Each of us is different. Each of us is purpose built. And just how do we find that purpose? We get up each day and do the right thing. Just do what you should each day and suddenly you find yourself doing exactly what you were designed for and knowing it. The purpose of God for your life is a gift; don’t miss it.
Now for the Latin part. Carpe opportunitatem. It means seize the opportunity. If you listen to the audio, you will hear I don’t know Latin. How do I seize the opportunity? When God moves upon you with a responsibility and an opportunity, grab it and do it. Is this the opportunity that God is offering me? The failure to seize the opportunity given by God means he will pass it on to another who will. And they will get the responsibility and the reward.
Take Jesus as your Lord and Saviour and seize the opportunity of living for Him.

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Sight & Faith. 2 Corinthians 5:7 “for we walk by faith, not by sight.”
Harold passed away at his home August 26, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his wife, Irene, son Curtis, four grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. Harold loved hunting and fishing with his son. Harold and Irene wintered for 30 years in San Carlos Mexico and is known by many residents there. He was a great story-teller. Harold and Irene welcomed everyone to their home. He will be missed by many.
Services are pending at a later date.
And now Harold Cherry has the prize. He won his race. But we need to hold up the Cherry family in prayer at this time.

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
Fri @ 5:30 pm – Youth Ministry at the Church with Selene
Sun @ 9:00 am – Children’s Ministry with Mayra (ages 2-12)

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