Pastor’s Desk 2019-10-08

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Good Morning to You, Another day in paradise is what Phil Collins would say. The weather has been beautiful. The second tropical storm never made it to San Carlos. I don’t remember that we even got any rain.
I am seeing several people return from North America. Already they are escaping the cooler temperatures that are there and coming here! Seems like a good plan to me. I barely got acquainted with them when so many left and now we have all winter to get to know each other. The way I see it, the ones who are here first I get to know the best!
We also had three visitors Sunday at church. It was good to meet them. I do expect to see my new friend at men’s breakfast on Thursday. But I expect real soon as people return, I am going to be really confused, not knowing who a new guest is and which of you are just returning.
Lynn and I are moved into our new home. It is as we expected. And I we got up on the roof and saw the view; yep it is a beautiful scene. Thanks to those who came and helped with unloading the trailer.
Coming up this weekend is Smiles Burn Camp 2019. It is an event for burn victims of the fire 2009 in Hermosillo and others with similar stories. Contact the church if you think you can help and will set you up with that ministry.

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 Courage in Trials. Something men are good at? Come on over to Tequila’s on Thursday (8:30am) and add to the discussion. New to the group, breakfast is free.
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.
Pastor Glenn & Jeannine: We expect their return really soon. Please pray for their safety and that they will be refreshed for another season of ministry.

Sermon Series: Parables. “Rich Man & Lazarus” Luke 16:19-31”
It is a different parable. It is a story about two very different men. One is very rich and lives with the finest. The other is so poor that his best attendants to his misery are the dogs who lick his sores. How sad. The one man lives in paradise. And just beyond the barrier of a gate is the other who lives very much outside paradise. One man is just the “rich man” in our story, but for a different story, Jesus gives the poor beggar a name, “Lazarus.” It is the only parable where a character gets a name.
While we could examine every detail of the story for a message and a lesson, we probably would be so buried we may miss the point of the story. The point of the story seems to be that your righteousness does not come from who you are in your identity, but righteousness is evident in actions. The fruit of a life well lived in the love of others. This will become evident when the ‘rich man’ calls out from Hades to Abraham in verse 24 and asks for Lazarus to assist him with some cool water. The rich man still thinks he should be served. He doesn’t seem to realize his position in life has changed.
The rich man saw his identity and his ‘ticket’ to heaven as his own righteousness based upon his parentage. He was a good Jew. He would be able to trace his family all the way back to Abraham. Perhaps that is why he thought he could speak to Abraham so freely. It is interesting to note that there is a dialog between Abraham and the rich man where he too is recognized as a child of Abraham. But why doesn’t he get to be with Abraham?
Luke 3 is a story of John the Baptist who rebukes some of his audience who claim to be children of Abraham yet do not bear the fruit of being his child.
Luke 3:7-8 (NIV) 7 John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? 8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.
Some of John’s audience identified themselves as righteous based on being offspring of Abraham. But John sees nothing in them of righteousness. Perhaps the rich man of the parable is similar to the men of John’s audience? Perhaps Jesus’ audience saw themselves as righteous based upon Abraham as their father?
We must live our lives in a manner that is in keeping with our claim of who we are. I am a follower of Jesus; therefore, I must produce a life that is in keeping with that claim. My treatment and view of others needs to be similar to the one I claim to be following. As I live my life in paradise how do I treat these others around me?
Now how do I live in the 21 century? What is the lesson here? I will live generously. Life is not about what I can take from life but what I can give in life. After you think about it, ask yourself what do you want to be remembered for? Also, I can live my life in humility. I should see others as similar to me, we just had different opportunities. As I look around me, I see people and I know we are not too different. The opportunities I have may have come from because of where I was born, what my family possessed and what opportunities were available to me. It wasn’t my own doing.
Let me finish this with a word from an Old Testament prophet, Micah 6:8 (NIV) He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
• “just think about it” Phil Collins
Your friend, Chuck

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