Pastor’s Desk 2020-07-21

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Good Morning to You, some morning it is just good to go for a walk. So why go for a walk? Is it my health?

It is just a time to pray. I walk and talk to God. I try hard to listen. This morning he wasn’t saying much. But the birds were singing and I could hear the ocean off in the distance. I pray for my family and that they would all know him. I pray for my mother and my children etc.

I spend a lot of walking time asking for direction to serve Him. I pray for this town and that God would be more evident here. How can I do this better in this time. Today it was like walking through a ghost town. (I remembered a song by the Rolling Stones; ) I wondered if the rapture happened. I checked on Facebook, nope it says I am ok. You have to believe FB.

We have to put our faith in action. I am a minister in San Carlos. I have a responsibility here for this town. I will pray for this town, even if there seem to be so few here. The same for you in your town. We all have the responsibility to pray for our communities. It is our responsibility.

I read a wonderful story in the Bible. It is the story of an army coming against Jehoshaphat and Jerusalem. The people came from all over the land to the Temple and prayed, literally crying out to God and he heard them. It is a wonderful story, I won’t tell you the end. But it is good.

2 Chronicles 20

2Some people came and told Jehoshaphat, “A vast army is coming against you from Edom, b from the other side of the Dead Sea. It is already in Hazezon Tamar” (that is, En Gedi). 3Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the Lord, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah. 4The people of Judah came together to seek help from the Lord; indeed, they came from every town in Judah to seek him.

We might have a different army coming against us, but no matter who or the size, my job is to pray for my city! So I walk and pray in a ghost town. Can I encourage you to do the same?

He hears me. It is enough that he hears me. I sense in my heart His nearness. He doesn’t need to speak. It is enough He hears me.

Sharing my experience, Chuck

Men’s Breakfast and Study: Come on over to Tequila’s Thursday July 13 @ 8:30am. We will pray together and continue our studies. This week we have a study on “Resist Temptation.” 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 # 6 “Prisoner of Christ” Eph 3:1. You will find us “Live” on the church fb page. The study will be online Wednesday afternoon.

If you email me, I will send you a digital copy of the lesson.

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.

Community Food Relief Program: The program here continues as the virus continues to keep places of employment closed. The demand seems to be the same, but nevertheless, the program has cut back to every second week. The Guaymas distribution is now taken on by Mayra. She goes to Leys grocery store and people meet her there. And the volunteer person here in San Carlos Ranchitos has backed out, so they now come to the church. Plus, those we had before. It now totals 45 families that Mayra is working with on behalf of SCCC and the partners of the program. As I get to know and work with these people I am amazed at their efforts and commitment.

Sermon Review:  “Acts 26 But Arise & Stand”

Chapter 26 is Paul’s testimony/defense to Festus and King Agrippa and many of the city V.I.P. Most all of them would be Roman citizens and of appointment in the city.

Paul held nothing back and really told the truth. It was very disturbing to Festus. At one point he calls out to Paul, “Paul, you are out of your mind. Your great learning is driving you mad.”  Paul proclaims he is not, but just telling the truth. Then just to put King Agrippa on the spot and squirm, Paul says, “King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do.” What can Agrippa say but yes. He is the appointed king of the Jews. His reply is, “In a short time you will persuade me to become a Christian?” Now does that mean, “I am almost persuaded!” or does it mean, “What do you think you can persuade me?”

It matters not. What is beautiful is that all the people in the room heard the testimony and it must of kept the city buzzing for a while. And these two men of different backgrounds in every way provide for us two examples of the power of a testimony.

To Festus it was crazy to believe what Paul was claiming. It makes me wonder if what we believe in our century and the testimony we make is crazy sounding? Or have we watered it down enough that no one thinks too much about it? Or in other words is our story much like every other story? Does your neighbor think your belief about Jesus, crucified, died and risen for your salvation, is it too crazy?

Then there is Agrippa. Did he put off a decision like Felix? Agrippa reminds me of the religious people of today, who pray occasionally, usually because they are in big trouble and they attend church at Christmas and Easter, but are much like everyone else the other days. Agrippa knew the truth as most Jews would, but made a choice just be a little religious and believed he was ok.

King Agrippa tells Festus that Paul is guilty of nothing that has to do with Roman law. If he had not appealed to Caesar, he could be free. Not guilty is Agrippa’s verdict.  But he as not made a decision about Jesus, only about Paul.

Now what is your verdict about Paul? Even more what is your verdict about Jesus? How would you testify about Jesus?

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God bless your week, Pastor Chuck

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