Pastor’s Desk 2021 June 15

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Good Day to You. Well the humidity has come to San Carlos MX. At least it is not as dusty! I don’t mind it so much. It is good for my aging skin, at least that is what I am told. Some people are still heading north. They are trying to escape the humidity and get back to their homes for the summer. I met and said my ‘good byes” to five couples this week. I am just trusting I will see them next fall.

Life is so full of ‘hello’ and ‘good bye’ and you just have to grab and enjoy each person as you can. People are so unique. Each is a special flavour and you can’t be sure which is best. One of my friends just broke off an engagement. He said ‘good bye.’ It seemed like a wise move for him to make. He was realizing he was headed for trouble with the lady and cut off the relationship.

Whenever it is not good for you, you need to cut it off. One time I had a big sliver in my arm. It was awful gross. The doctor took a look at it, and in short time he was cutting my skin open to pull it out. Totally gross. But it was the best thing to do. I still have a scar but it is rather fading in with my wrinkles!

This past Sunday I spoke from Mark 9:43-47. Jesus was talking about cutting off hands and feet and poking out an eye. I am glad my doctor didn’t get that far. The point of his lesson was if something is causing you to sin, then cut it out of your life. Throw it away. Sin is like a festering sliver. My sliver was affecting my ability to work. It was causing me to stumble in my performance.

Like my friend who just broke off the engagement. The relationship was causing him to stumble in his walk with Jesus and he valued that relationship more than the “fleeting pleasures of sin.” (Hebrews 11:25) Sometimes our relationships or behaviour will scandalize us. The Greek word for stumble is where we get our word for scandalize! Do we have to wait for our life to get scandalized before we realize we need to cut that behaviour off?

The full story and how Jesus was using an idiom to teach can be found on the web site audio, the link is below. Or on Facebook at the SCCC under videos. We apologize for the FB live service of our worship service. Sometimes the wifi upload speed is slower. This Sunday we had a “brown out” on power. Meaning the electric power we received was less than normal electric service. Ah, Mexico!

Next Sunday  “Call me Father.” Matt. 23:9

Blessings, Pastor Chuck.

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