Pastor’s Desk 2019-09-17

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Good Morning to You, It was Cookie Sunday. I am so waiting for Pastor Glenn and Jeannine to return. Then we have Cookie Sunday twice a month! Life has been exciting this summer at SCCC. Lynn and I have so much enjoyed the events, community, new experiences and how to play cards (Hand and Foot.) It seems to be the local sport!? The people here have been awesome. I think North America must be feeling the drain as people move here. It must be like a deflating balloon each winter when the best of North America come to San Carlos. Is that you? Please be one of those.
We have met many people in the community that do not attend church. Now they do. Some people actual accept our invitation to church. And when I look around, I see people here, who were invited by others of the church and now attend too. It’s a growing thing. The church is alive. We are excited to be here, and look forward to the winter when so many will be joining us.

Pastor Glenn and Jeannine are away on a vacation, travelling back to Canada and even beyond. And they sure are missed here. People have so much respect for them. Please keep them in prayer as they travel and rest too.
Ladies Mountain Movers: A time when the ladies gather and pray. Ladies come Wednesday mornings at 9 a.m.. I am sure mountains are being moved. Look out San Carlos, the ladies are praying.
Men’s Breakfast and Study: Come on over to Tequila’s Thursday September 19 @ 8:30am Pastor Chuck has a study on “Live as a Disciple”
Please take advantage of our Prayer Wall – The Prayer Wall on this 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.
Baptism: Coming up we have a baptism September 29. Speak or email Pastor Chuck or Mayra if you want to be baptized.
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 My wife and I have been to Israel. 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 “Parable: Faith & My Religion” Luke 18:1-14
Within these verses are actually two parables. The first one is about prayer. I know because it says so in verse one. It is a story about a widow who needs an avocat and reprieve from an adversary. She bothers the judge so much he actually does something about it. Jesus teaches us we should be persistent in our prayers. Never give up and have faith. Verse 8 is a little disturbing. It literally asks that when Christ returns will he find “the” faith on the earth. When I read the previous chapter, I get an understanding. The previous chapter is about the end times. It is like a summary of the book of Revelation, and similar to Mark 13 and Matthew 24. Jesus is telling this parable to an audience who have seen persecution. People who are hoping for a divine deliver. Yet the worst times are to come, and Jesus gives the warning to be prepared, “do not lose heart’ and to keep the faith in the times we are in. So, it is not just persistent prayer it is praying with faith and not losing heart.
Then the second parable is also about prayer. But it illustrates two contrast of people in prayer. The one is a religious leader who believes his righteousness is sufficient to have the ear of God. He is comparing himself to others and being judgmental of others. It is interesting how verse 11 is translated. Some translations say the Pharisee “praying thus to himself” others say, “he was praying by himself.” The difficulty is the Greek word that literally says he was praying forward or toward. It is the direction of his prayers. For one he is not praying in community. He separated himself from the other who had come to pray. Secondly, I think he was praying to himself, not to God. His prayer is a reminder to himself of how good he is. Sometimes I think a lot of people pray to themselves! The man is thanking God for what the man has done and not for what God has done. He has cloaked his own accomplishment as God’s accomplishment.
The tax collector or publican is by himself in prayer. It seems because he has stayed back to pray. He does not even look to heaven. I can imagine a person on his knees, with his face down and confessing to God his sin and unworthiness. He is like Peter when Jesus encouraged him to let down his fishing nets for a catch of fish. And Peter was overwhelmed at the catch. It was miraculous. Peter in revelation realized he was in the presence of holiness and begged the Lord to leave him. He recognized his own sinfulness in the presence of divinity.
It is one thing to approach God in prayer because we can as his children and believers. But it is the best thing to approach God in prayer in worship of his being, and holiness.
What can we learn? We can learn to be persistent in prayer and keep faith in all times. It is in the worst times that this will be the challenge. We can remember not to be judgmental of others and their position before God. To recognize our place before God. Never to place credit of who we are, but only on who God is. In all times we need to keep humble. Both before God and before others.
Next Sunday in further study of the parables, we will look at the proper way to build a house. Do I want a house on the sandy beach or on the solid high rocks?
God bless your week, Pastor Chuck

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Happenin’ this week @ SCCC
Wed @ 9:00 am – Mountain Mover’s Prayer.
Thur @ 8:30 am – Men’s Breakfast.
Fri @ 5:00 pm – Youth Ministry
Sun @ 9:00 am – Children’s Ministry with Mayra (ages 2-12)

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