Pastor’s Desk 2021 May 18

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Good Morning to You, while so many are heading north, it was a great surprise to have Mike and Becki walk into church today for a visit. We had new guests too. One couple came to SC for a short term to serve at the school and the other family is from south of here and looking for property here and to move here. So they came to see the church. I am excited to have these families join us. It sooths the wound of those departing from us.

It was a good Sunday to have guests. Pastor Mayra and the youth had a desert sale on the veranda to raise funds to help with hospital costs for one of our church. Such a generous thing to do. And then the guests now have a good opportunity to visit. It was almost like we had cookie Sunday!

Starting May 19, we are beginning a study, “Revisiting Joel.” This time our study in Joel is about the words of prophesy in the book, while last time we looked at Joel as an example of how to study prophesy. So many questions came up about the end times and harbingers, that seem to be in Joel, and yet we just skipped out looking at it as prophesy. This time around we will look more at just “what” the book “says.” If you want to join us on line or want the notes, then just email the church office. After Joel, we are going to study Joshua as an example of victory in living in Christ.

This Sunday we examined a difficult saying of Jesus (that is so often misused) “Many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.” Matthew 19:30. It reoccurs in 20:16 (but in reverse order.) And again in Mark 10:31, Luke 13:30.

Matthew and Mark are almost the same. In both gospels the statement is made in a reply to Peter who questions his reward. As I studied this and even the record of Luke, I see the same issue addressed. What is my reward? For all my great service, shouldn’t I get more? Position and reward seem to be the issue that needs to be addressed.

Matthew 20 is a parable. Read it in context of the previous verses of Matthew 19. You will see that despite a chapter break, it is in context to one another. The parable deals with this position reward issue. And I can see the difficulty of the workers. I would think the same as them. But the teaching is helping me deal with, just what do I deserve?

I don’t deserve the grace and salvation I have. It is such a great reward. So great it cost a life of the giver of life.

Next Sunday “What is Pentecost?” Acts 2

Blessings, Pastor Chuck.

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Thur @ 8:30 am – Men’s Breakfast, & Prayer time at Tortuga’s
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