Pastor’s Desk 2020-08-18

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Good Morning to You,

For the last couple of weeks, I have been messaging back and forth with a lady in Canada. I met her a few times. I can hardly be sure I know her. One of those who you may meet again and say, “I know you from some place.” As we wrote back and forth it became more clear who she is. Now I know how I met her and why and who she is. We have a mutual friend. I met her husband too. May a couple of times at the local “Tim Hortons” Oh you in USA are missing something if you haven’t experienced Tim Hortons Main Street Winnipeg on a Friday evening.

He is a bit older than his wife. What a character! She is younger, tiny and very average. They  lived in the community where my  church was and where  most of my hanging out places were. The places like the Tim Hortons.

Anyhow. H has been writing me as her husband A is at home dying slowly of cancer. They have a hospital bed for him and a nurse comes in each day to see them. This morning she wrote to me that she crawled up into the hospital bed with him last night and he slipped away during the night. Sad and romantic (I guess.)

H will message me back. I’ll send her some Scripture and see if it is ok to call and pray with her. I am sad for her loss.

It reminds me that we can impact people so easily for the Lord, in such little ways. A chance meeting, a few kind words and a little attitude of care can make such a statement. Kindness goes along way. Being friendly with everyone is not that hard. Sometimes we just need to be Jesus with the skin on for that other person on that day.

Sharing my observations, Chuck

Men’s Breakfast and Study: Come on over to Tequila’s Thursday August 20 @ 8:30 a.m. We will pray together and continue our studies. This week we have a study on “God’s Power”  The management will give us extra seating to keep within the ‘social distancing’ regulations.

Community Food Relief Program: I ask that you continue to pray for the program, supplies and volunteers. This week our team under Pastor Mayra dispensed groceries to 32 families from the church door, then in Guaymas she meets 22 families. Over in Santa Clara, Lupita meets 32 at her gate. The people there are so familiar with the white Suburban coming up the road that before we are unloaded, they are lined up waiting at her gate. 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.

Bible Study; Jonah; Satire of a Lost Evangelist.  It is more of a character study. It raises questions about our obedience, when the task seems to hard. 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. https://www.facebook.com/sancarloscommunitychurch/live_videos/

If you email me, I will send you a digital copy of the lesson. 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. Pray for our nations in this trying time.

Sermon Review:  Gideon; “least in my entire family” Judges 6

Gideon is not my favorite Bible story hero. You may disagree. I have my ideas of a picture of a hero. It isn’t like the recent Spiderman movie hero that is given either. That story is similar to Gideon. Both stories display a man who is not much. He doesn’t really ring of being the man kind. Gideon is a farmer threshing grain by hiding in a wine press and when God speaks to him about a task for him, his faith is only as high as a piece of sheep fleece on a barn floor.

Spiderman story is a meek mild geek who gets bitten by a spider and develops super hero abilities and still falls on his face. He even has cereal and milk for breakfast and lives with Grandma.

The story of Gideon is in Judges Six. The villains are the people called Midianites. Each story has a villain. In your own life there are villains. Some are within us, some are down the street, some are circumstantial events that serve as the villain in life. In each and everyone’s story, the villain is oppressive.  The Midianites were oppressing the Israelites to the point of crying out to God.

What Gideon needed was direction. God gave him the directive to tear down altars of his father, to the false gods and burn them. Then God gave Gideon a vision for what he could be doing. Gideon had trouble with that. So out came the fleece on the floor. Finally, when he caught the vision he made the preparation.

His objections were that he was the “least in the family.” It was his perspective of being small or of no status. But my experiences with God is that those are the people God often uses. Those are the people who will be even more dependent upon God and less self-reliant.

I think Gideon’s biggest issue was his perspective of himself. Isn’t that often it! He was too busy looking in the rear view mirror, considering where he was from and who his family was, instead of seeing it was God who was empowering him and directing him.

Gideon becomes a super hero. He rises up from farmer to general-ruler-judge. And because he followed God he became one of the Judges of Israel. Just a few chapters later in the book we find Gideon being the hero and man of faith.

In 1973 a band “Grand Funk” released the song Stop Looking Back. One line is

“Stop lookin’ back at the times I was defeated
I pick myself up, I move straight ahead, I stop lookin’ back”

The Bible says, 2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  ESV

Gideon had to know the call of God for himself, stop looking back, catch the vision and see it was power of God in him, not his own weaknesses. When we stop looking back and at our weaknesses, and start to see who is calling us, we too can be the super heroes for God. It is God who empowers us!

God bless your week, Pastor Chuck

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