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Pastor's Points - August 2019

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Dear Church Family,

One of the things I find myself doing on a regular basis in my ministry is encouraging others to trust in the Lord.  So many times, people find themselves in situations that are bigger than they are.  They have the tendency to look at their situations in life and try to figure it out on their own or try to power their way through it in their own strength.  And I am just as susceptible to this as the ones that I encourage not to worry but trust God.  We need to trust God in everything. And I mean everything! You name it, whether in our personal lives, or the corporate life of our church, we should trust God with it. Recently I read this devotional that really encouraged me on this  topic of trusting the Lord. The author writes…

“Trust the Lord! It’s one of those sincere, but often trite-sounding, statements we may say when we are trying to encourage or challenge someone. We may throw it around when someone has a hope deferred. Trust the Lord.

We say it when someone is anxious about provision. We say it to the terrified young mom as she brings her first child home from the hospital. We say it, perhaps in a slightly different way, to the wife who has just lost her beloved husband. I’m praying for you. Lean on the Lord.

And when we are miserable with fear — fear of the future, fear of man, fear of tragedy — we often say, Trust the Lord.

Those little words do indeed pack a lot of truth, but what does it really mean to trust the Lord and how might our encouragement better point us to the One we can trust? In other words, yes, we want to trust the Lord, but why can we?

Learning on the Job
We can learn a lot about why we can trust God from the story of Job. During great trouble, Job had to trust the Lord. I can only imagine the fear he experienced as one horrible event happened after another.

If you remember the story of Job, then you know that he lost everything. And by “everything,” I mean everything that was of any importance to him. Job lost everything. At the end of his story, as he repents and sings great praise to God, Job proclaims, “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted” (Job 42:2).

Job suffered greatly, and, I imagine, he was very confused. His friends didn’t do a good job of comforting him; Job even called them “miserable comforters” (Job 16:2). But Job turned to God and was convinced of the wisdom of God, even in the midst of great pain and confusion.

Sovereign, Wise, and Loving
We get a glimpse of Job’s view of God when he says, “His wisdom is profound, his power is vast. Who has resisted him and come out unscathed?” (Job 9:4 NIV), and, “With God are wisdom and might; he has counsel and understanding” (Job 12:13). Job isn’t thinking about how he feels at the moment or even his current circumstances, though there is no problem with considering those things. Instead, Job realizes that in order to minister to his own heart he must remember the character of God — who God is, and why he can be trusted. Job doesn’t ignore his pain — but he does remember his King.

And what did God do? He restored Job and his fortunes. He gave him twice as much livestock as he had previously possessed and gave him more children: seven sons and three daughters. Job was restored to his family and friends. The Lord worked in       unexpected ways.”

God doesn’t do anything in his sovereign will that isn’t both wise and loving. If God is for you, who can be against you? We don’t trust God simply because someone tells us to. We trust God because he is God. He is holy and awesome and righteous in  every way. We can trust God because we don’t serve a God who is only sovereign and wise. He is also infinitely loving.

I hope the portion of this devotional that I was able to share will encourage you in all situations to trust in our great God  knowing that He is perfect in every way.

I love you and I love being your pastor!

 

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Pastor's Points July 2019

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Dear Church Family,

I am so thankful to be back with my church family!  Thank you church family for allowing me this time to reflect on and rest from the daily responsibilities of ministry.  It was truly a blessing.  But I also experienced another blessing as I listened online to our pastors as they filled the pulpit each week.  Thank you to Pastors Bryan, Nick, and Brian for faithfully filling the pulpit while I was away.  And of course, thank you to Pastor Jared for what he does so faithfully every Sunday that we gather.  Our church is blessed to have these men of God on our church staff.  I thank God for you all!

People have been asking me what I learned while I was away. In general, I learned or was reminded of a few things… the value and necessity of rest, the blessing of a wife who is truly my partner in life, and of my deep and abiding love for my church family.  I also met with five pastors whom God used in magnificent ways.  I was able to ask questions and learn from them on my quest to become a more effective and god honoring pastor here in our church family.

As God would have it I read the book, Leading in Love, by Andrew Strauch while I was away, and God used it in connection with my Bible reading to speak to me on the value and necessity of love in the life of a follower of Jesus.  Out of this time I am going to start a new series of messages on July 7th titled, “The Real Thing”.  In these messages we will deal with the reality that love makes all the difference in the world.  As a part of this series we will look at I Corinthians 13 which is also known as the “love chapter” to many.  Often, we hear this text at weddings, but the content of this truth goes way beyond the marriage ceremony.  These truths are for all of life.  I am very excited for this series of messages.

As I returned from sabbatical, we jumped right into Vacation Bible School, and let me just say that it was a wonderful week of ministry to children.  Thank you to all the volunteers that made it happen!  A special thanks to Pastor Bryan and Kristi for the countless hours they invested to bring VBS to life.  Pastor Bryan you led well and we are   thankful for you!  It was all worth it.  We have several children that we are currently following up with who prayed to receive Jesus as their Savior and Lord!  So thankful for everyone that made this special week a reality.

We also have more ministry to come this summer.  On July 14th two big things are going to begin.  We will have the first worship service of our Hispanic church plant at 6:00 pm in the fellowship hall.  While this service is going on, our summer discipleship classes will meet in other parts of our building.  At the conclusion of our classes and the Hispanic church service, we will all gather in the gym at 7:30 pm for a fellowship to celebrate the beginning of our Hispanic church.  It is going to be a special night and I pray to see you in one of our classes and at the fellowship afterwards.

I am so excited to see all that God has for us in the future!

I love you and I love being your pastor

 

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