Pastor’s Desk 2020-07-28

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Good Morning to You, Life in the summer in San Carlos Mexico can be slow enough. It is a time of visits and long talks. The temperature is usually over 95 f, or if you like, 35 c. The evenings might get down a little bit. Last evening, we went for a motorcycle ride. It wasn’t any cooler. There is always a breeze. Yesterday there was a breeze like a hairdryer!

Many of the Americans have left town or if they are here they are permanent residents. It is a good time to practice Spanish and visit people. Lynn and I are working on new friendships, many friends outside of the church. But the Covid has changed so much. The church talks like everyone else, “When we get back to normal.” As if we will just return to where we were. We won’t. And then there is the “new normal” group who will just accept life as dictated to them by conditions and laws. Can you accept it as is?  Will you just live in the ‘new normal?’

The new normal seems to be “live fb” messages and Zoom conferences, Zoom meetings, Zoom prayer, and all I am longing for is some human touch (I know it is a song.)  I think some people actually enjoy, all the social distancing and technology venue meetings.

It really lacks the element of together and human interaction. Call me old fashion, call me over the hill, call me what you will, I’ll be a culture changer instead of a ‘new normal’ as it is dictated to us. If you had told me back in my training that my ministry as a preacher was in front of a camera, I would have been a Jonah! Drop into my Bible class and you will get the reference.

If you look at history, every war has changed culture. And the world is suffering the same affects as if we were in a war. While our normal will change, I am not satisfied with just accept it, but to find a way via prayer and a lot of thought to be a culture changer. Oh Lord, help us to hear you.

The church needs to look and see the times and not just adjust but look for the opportunity to work the change. As culture changes lets rise to the opportunity and make it work and not just slide along.

My Aunt Ruth sent me this; a story of a visiting pastor who attended a men’s breakfast in the middle of a rural farming area of the country. The group asked an older farmer, decked out in bib overalls, to say grace for the morning breakfast.
“Lord, I hate buttermilk.” the farmer began.
The visiting pastor opened one eye to glance at the farmer & wonder where this was going.
The farmer loudly proclaimed, “Lord, I hate lard.”
Now the pastor was growing concerned.
Without missing a beat, the farmer continued, “Lord, you know I don’t care for raw white flour!”
The pastor once again opened an eye to glance around the room & saw he wasn’t the only one to feel uncomfortable.
Then the farmer added, “But Lord, when you mix them all together & bake them, I do love warm fresh biscuits. So, Lord, when things come up we don’t like, when life gets hard, when we don’t understand what you’re saying to us, help us to just relax & wait until you are done mixing. It will probably be even better than biscuits.  Amen.”

We can learn from history. The greatest revival of the twentieth century was at the same era as the Spanish Flu and WW1. Perhaps people were desperate for a better normal. In that they sought Jesus. It was a time of war and pandemic and Jesus touched so many lives. Most of our churches are what they are today as a result of that revival. It is time to be confident in the Lord that he has us just in the right place at this time for just this. But to be effective, we really need to keep our ears and hearts open to what he is doing and do that with him. Let’s work this new normal for the glory of Jesus.

Esther 4:14   “And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?”

Sharing my observations, Chuck

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

Bible Study; Jonah; Satire of a Lost Evangelist.  It is more of a character study. I hope you don’t see yourself in Jonah? It is a rich story of only 48 verses. We will be 4 to 6 weeks in Jonah. 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. Pray for our nations in this trying time. Pray for Judith and DEnnis’, granddaughter Selah, who has suffered an eye injury.


Sermon Review:  “Acts 27 A First Century Jonah”

It was a voyage of the kind where you wonder, where is God? They started their voyage a bit late in the season. And all along the way it was trouble and the winds where not in their favour. Then it happened, a two week storm and a ship wreck.

In this New Testament story Paul shows himself to be of fine character. He didn’t just hide away in the bottom of the ship like Jonah (1:5) but he got right in there and helped in any way he could. One night an angel visited him and he shared that with the crew, passengers and other prisoner, that they would not lose a hair off their head, and all would survive. There was 276 people on board! He even took the initiative and served food as they had not eaten for a while.

The story shows us a man who followed the direction that God gave him. He went with joy, to tell the people who occupied his country of the message of Jesus. The Romans were the greatest world power of that time. And their army forces and governors collected heavy taxes and occupied the land Paul called home.

Centuries before, another servant of God was given instruction to go to the then world power, the Assyrians, and tell them the message of God and his redemptive ways. But that man, Jonah, boarded a ship and fled in the opposite direction. And likely in the same waters of the Mediterranean, they encountered a storm at sea, and hence Jonah proved his character. It is a short story in the Old Testament that is only 48 verses.

In the end of it all, God had his way and the message was told.

For the full story listen to it on the website. The link is below. Or our Facebook page in the Facebook link below.

The conclusion is that adverse times come in life. Life is like a journey but it has some rough seas too. And even ship wrecks. The question is, in those times what kind of person will you be, like a Jonah or a Paul? It comes down to making that decision now and being prepared, for the days of rough seas.

God bless your week, Pastor Chuck


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