Pastor’s Desk 2019-10-01

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Good Morning to You, Wow was Sunday a great day? It was good to have Ryan and Ruth back on worship. Many thanks to Becki Burr for taking leadership of worship through the summer. We had lots of guests. One was a return but the other two were because someone from our church made an invitation to a friend to come to church. I don’t know that I should use names. The story for one is that the person asked their friend about “60 times to come to church” and now there that person is, in church. The other was a lady who did the same. Invited a friend to church. Well that person had lots of questions about church. So I got connected and then went for a coffee to answer some of those questions. Yep, I might have given the right answer! There he was in church with the person who invited him! And with a big smile. Just keep asking, “Hey, would you please join me, come to church with me.” You might get a “No.” But it is a simple word and so is asking, again!
As we finished our worship service, we had two baptisms. This couple gave their lives to Jesus during VBS week. We have worked through a five part foundation of the faith with them and had a class on baptism and then it all came together. Mayra interpreted for us at the baptism tank as Alfonso told the church about his new faith in Jesus and gave thanks to the church for the kindness and acceptance they have. Rosa was too shy and didn’t have mush to say. It was great to see this couple take baptism as a sign of their confession of faith in Jesus. Please pray for them.
Many thanks to the men from our breakfast group who got together and spent a day putting used cabinets up in the kitchen of a home on Saturday. It was a job. Bob Burr planned it out, and Jesse N donated the cabinets and we cut and screwed and cleaned and there they are. Oh, we were a sweaty dirty group at the end of the day. And talk about sore, well we are out of shape for that kind of a day. It was a plan for 12 hours of work, but we got it done in about seven hours.
Hey, Lynn and I bought a house! We picked up the keys yesterday and will be moving in. You can expect an open house, or Potluck Supper in November. It will be great to hear the laughter in those walls!
Ladies Mountain Movers: A time when the ladies gather and pray. And wow, can they pray! Some Wednesday mornings at 9 a.m., I can hear them all the way to my office. I am sure mountains are being moved. Look out San Carlos, the ladies are praying.
Men’s Breakfast and Study: This week and will be a study on Perseverance. Something men are good at! Come on over to Tequila’s on Thursday (8:30am)
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.
Sermon Series: Parables. “Sandcastles” Matthew 7:24-27
The parable starts off with a “joiner” word. Most translations will say, “therefore” or “and” or some such word that tells me it is a lesson concluding the previous thoughts. When I notice joiner type word, I want to see what this a conclusion is of. The previous verses are a little disturbing. And I just keeping going back further on the trail. Verse 16 talks about knowing one by the fruit produced. Good trees have good fruit and bad trees have bad fruit. So we will know them by their fruit, verse 20. The next few verses are speaking of people who would call Jesus Lord. They would believe they are his disciples or followers. They will boast of their work for Jesus, by prophesy in his name, casting out demons, and performing miracles. All very good indeed. But Jesus claims he does not know these people who think they are his followers. In fact, he is harsh and calls them ‘lawless.’ It is the same term used in Matthew 23:27-28. A term which he applies to religious leaders who are “whitewashed tombs.” Good looking on the outside but full of evil and hypocrisy on the inside. Jesus is applying the same term to evil religious leaders and those who claim to be his followers! Why?
V.H.Vine describes lawlessness as “the substitution of the will of self.” Really in both 7:23 and 23:28 it is a problem of people who will operate their lives in the will of self. Do I look good? Am I appearing as proper? Is there a good opinion of me? It is all about self. There was nothing in the miracle workers of Matt 7 of Jesus! It was about themselves and their opinion.
“Chuck, what happened to our parable?” I am glad you are still with me. The person who build their house upon the rock, is the person who lives their life not upon right rules and laws for moral righteousness appearance sake, but for rightlessness’ of relationship with God. Their righteousness is based upon relationship.
The person who builds their house or life upon the sand is building a life of self. Looking good on the top side but underneath there is no good foundation. Their foundation is what they have, and how they appear and what is the opinion others have of them. It is all about self.
Be sure of this, storms will come in life. We will all have a story of Job sometime in our life. And when that storm comes, what sort of foundation will be exposed?
For my conclusion of this, you will have to listen to the audio. I know it doesn’t seem fair of me to leave it here for you. I have no defense.
Next Sunday, the message is about the Rich Man and Lazarus. We will look at the lives of these two men and compare. From that we want to know how we are to live in the 21 century. Just think about it.
Your friend, Chuck
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Happenin’ this week @ SCCC
Wed @ 9:00 am – Mountain Mover’s Prayer
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)

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