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Lectionary Readings for 12-8-19

December 3, 2019

Luke 21:5-19

November 17, 2019

In our lesson for today, Jesus reminds us that all earthly things that we put our trust in will one day be destroyed. Because the kingdom of God is not something we can touch or see. It is the Spirit of God working in human hearts to bring about holiness and justice, righteousness and peace until the day that Jesus comes again. And before the Spirit of God can come alive in your heart, you have to die to yourself.

Hudson Taylor was a British missionary to China and founder of one of the most effective missionary organizations in the world. On the matter of fear and worry for the future, he once said, “Let us give up our work, our plans, ourselves, our lives, our loved ones, our influence, our all, right into God’s hand; and then, when we have given all over to Him, there will be nothing left for us to be troubled about.” (9)

We are deceived if we place our trust in earthly kingdoms and temples built by human hands. So these things have to be destroyed in order for the kingdom of God to come. Jesus told his disciples that the majestic Temple would be torn down. Their fellow Jews, their loved ones, all those people that they trusted would turn against them and persecute them for their faith in him. Every earthly kingdom, every tangible thing in which they put their trust had to be torn away in order for them to know that the kingdom of God is the only sure foundation for their life—for it is eternal and it will never fail.

When we are surrounded by hard times and persecution, when all that’s tangible in our lives is falling apart, how can we keep from giving in to fear and running down dead ends?

Jesus says to see your suffering as an opportunity to witness to God’s truth. How would it change your life if you looked at every setback, failure, loss or heartbreak as an opportunity to witness to God’s goodness and faithfulness? More importantly, how would it change the lives of everyone around you if you turned your suffering into an opportunity to witness for God’s glory?

God bless you and yours,

Pastor Randy

Lectionary Scriptures for 9-15-19

September 10, 2019

September 8, 2019

A word from our Bible Study: The depth of love can be determined by the level of sacrifice! Do you sacrifice your time and resources that God has given you. There is a reason for the term tithe. Left to our own understanding we will tend to give less, much less than the Love He has given us should warrant. Jesus gave 100 per cent and most Christians in churches today will not even give 1 per cent.

The depth of love can be determined by the level of sacrifice!

Reminds me of the song “How deep is your Love!” by the Bee Gees. This is a secular song that could have just a few words changed and it would be a powerful song about loving God.


 

Lectionary Scriptures 9-8-19

September 3, 2019

Lectionary Scriptures for 8-25-19

August 20, 2019

Lectionary Scriptures for 8-18-19

August 13, 2019

Lectionary Scriptures for 8-11-19

August 9, 2019

Our Country Needs God’s Way

August 6, 2019

I have been praying about the shootings in El Paso and Dayton. Asking for God to be with those who have been thrust into a time of grief, healing and perhaps hopelessness. My prayer is that God heal them in every way needed, physically and mentally. My prayers are also for all those who are afflicted with hatred, bigotry and racism, that they too may be healed and come to know the loving grace that God pours out upon all people.

For all of us who know Jesus Christ as our savior I pray that in all we do and all we say we are an example of who Christ wants us to be and not who our flesh sometimes calls us to be. You know that “loving your neighbor is all inclusive and never exclusive!”

I am not making a political statement when I say that it was good to hear President Trump denounce all forms of hatred and bigotry. I do wish however that he had gone a step further in that statement and made sure that those who thrive on hatred, racism and bigotry would know that he is not their friend and wants nothing to do with their movements or way of thinking. I believe that step further would also lead to a kinder more thoughtful way of saying things in the future that would/could not be interpreted by people that are looking for an excuse to cause harm to others through word or deed.

If you need some Biblical support one of many scriptures we should be living by is Colossians 3:1-17. They speak about our world today and about how we are, as Christians, to live our lives.

Got that off my chest but maybe I need to send a letter just like this to the White House. Hmmm! I wonder if He would read it.

Have a blessed day in Jesus Christ…for He is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

Pastor Randy

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Lectionary Scripture 7-7-19

July 1, 2019