Pastor’s Desk 2020-06-30

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Good Morning to You,

In the Gospel of John, after Jesus’ resurrection, the disciples still don’t seem to know what to do next. We can read Peter saying. “I am going fishing.” Thomas, Nathanael, James, John and two others, so Peter was then accompanied by six others. They didn’t catch any fish. And when I consider who was in the boat, I am thinking four of them may not have been professional fishermen like Peter. Kinda like some of the guys I know.

Why did they all go fishing together? I suppose it is because they were together and experienced so much together. They had seen so much with Jesus in the last three years and now maybe felt a little lost without his company and still only one another.  Really it is how we get introduced to many things we do and know is in the company of one another. We are just with others who have an experience and invite us into their experience. It was in their togetherness that they experienced Jesus. Kinda like some of the guys I know.

Then Jesus shows up on the beach and has a shore lunch for them all prepared. There together they all got to share in Peters experience. You remember Peter had denied Jesus three times. And John the gospel writer recorded it. I am thinking the other men knew of it too. In the company of the other six, Peter is restored. In the company of others Peter is commissioned. I can imagine as Jesus is restoring Peter that the men are sharing glances at one another and big smiles. I can imagine a tear or two as they rejoiced that Peter, their friend, was getting this special restoration moment. It was because Peter got to receive forgiveness and restoration that the others learned a lesson. It was a shared experience.

They were sharing the experienced relationship of Jesus together. It is less of an experience to know and experience Jesus alone. We are meant to experience Jesus together. It is together that we know Jesus in a fuller way.

Now please understand me, in these times, please do your best to share and experience Jesus together. Call, phone, email, talk, yell across the field at one another, have a friend over, put the laptop outside and watch a church service together (maybe this church service!) but don’t know Jesus at a far social distancing. But being alone, the other six would not have been witness to the greatness of Jesus and it would have been Peter’s experience alone. Jesus is to be experienced together in community. Find a way to be in community.

Sharing my experience, Chuck

Men’s Breakfast and Study: Come on over to Tequila’s Thursday July 2 @ 8:30am. We will pray together and continue our studies. This week we have a study on “Obey God” The management will give us extra seating to keep within the ‘social distancing’ regulations.

Bible Study; The Letter to the Ephesians. How to “live in Christ” in these days. The strength of Paul was that he learned to ‘live in Christ.’ We need to learn this too. Class # 3 “Our Heavenly Position” Eph 2:6  You will find us “Live” on the church fb page. The study will be online Wednesday afternoon. https://www.facebook.com/sancarloscommunitychurch/live_videos/

If you email me, I will send you a digital copy of the lesson, and answer questions and comments.  chucksheridan@hotmail.com

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. Ours should be a church of prayer. Remember to pray for Pastor Glenn and Jeannine. Good reports that Christina’s daughter Michelle is doing well after her cancer surgery. We also hear good reports of Gary Bradley that he is slowly on the mend.

Community Food Relief Program: This week our team under Pastor Mayra dispensed groceries to 27 families. Many people here are still not allowed back to work and the need is as great. SCCC is part of a community team involving Cast Away Kids, Rotary, Rescate, SCCC and private individuals of San Carlos. Such a great way to ministry the love of Jesus to our community.

Sermon Review:  “Acts 23: Chosen Instruments of God”

Poor Paul is in his second day of being arrested. Interesting how the saint who wrote so much of the letters of our New Testament spent so much time in jails. But, on with the story. It hasn’t gone well for him. By his second night he would be sore and depressed. He is wondering what has happened? James and the elders of the Jerusalem church had not suggested this would happen. He was in between a rock and a hard place. Then we read that in 23:11 the Lord stood by his side and said, “Take courage; for as you have witnessed to my cause at Jerusalem, so you must witness at Rome also.” Paul was encouraged, but no doubt questioning what the plan was. So far, the plans hadn’t gone well for him. And how was he to get to Rome?

Then his nephew shows up at the Fortress Antonia barracks and tells Paul that 40 men have vowed to see Paul murdered and have a plan to see to it tomorrow. Couldn’t the news get better? Then Paul has his nephew taken to Commander Claudius and retell the story about the murder plot. Right away the Commander made arrangements to get Paul out of the city, accompanied by half his forces, under the cover of night. If I was Paul I would be saying, “Some plan this is!”

We can learn from this that God often uses strange ways of providing for us and his purposes. Sometimes the instruments of his choosing are not as we imagined. Using pagan Gentiles to get Paul to Rome, with all travel costs covered, doesn’t seem the best option. But it was evident that Commander Claudius Lysias was the chosen instrument of God.

Another chosen instrument of God is the nephew of Paul. We know nothing of his age and we don’t know his name. He is never mentioned again. But if he had not taken the courage to enter the fort and ask for Paul and tell of the plot, Acts 23 would have been very different story. There he is, the real hero of the chapter, not Claudius.

And very often the heroes, the chosen instruments of God, that make a big difference are to remain nameless to history. Just a few people may know their name, and there is no documentary of the influences they had. Think about the people you know who have been most influential and how if they had not been there, what a different story we would have. Yet God used them! Those unnamed heroes.

My encouragement to you is to present yourself to God, and make yourself available as an instrument for his use. Possibly become one of those unsung heroes! Do it for the love of Jesus and not for recognition. Do this because it is the right thing to do.

Next Sunday, tune into the fb page for SCCC and invite a friend over, sit down, stand up or whatever, and worship together. We are looking at Acts 24; “Don’t be a Felix!”

God bless your week, Pastor Chuck

Sermon Series: Listen too, at; http://sancarloscommunitychurch.com/streaming_christian_audio_sermons.php

Click The LINK  If you missed last Sunday’s message, or even if you’re not a facebook user,  you can still watch the full video service at the following links:
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