On our Pastor’s mind (8-24-14)

Name Association

What comes to mind when your name is mentioned? There are several directions I want to go with this question over the next couple weeks.

Last Sunday night, we started looking at the calling of Gideon to deliver the Children of Israel from the Midianites. When the Angel of the Lord came, Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress, so the enemy would not see him. He did not look like a “deliverer,” but the Angel called him a “might man of valor” or “mighty warrior.” God knew who Gideon would be in the future. So, the Angel basically calls him,

Hero!

Later, during the reign of King Saul, Saul was being troubled by a distressing spirit from God. (Saul had not been obedient to God.) After consultation, Saul’s staff recommended that a man skilled in playing the harp should be sought to play for the king when the distressing spirit was upon him. The question is who should be sought.

Well, one servant had the answer; he recommended a young shepherd boy named David. The servant said,

I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, who is skillful in playing, a mighty man of valor, a man of war, prudent in speech, and a handsome person; and the LORD is with him. (1 Samuel 16:18)

He was describing a

Hero!

Of course, we know that David becomes “a might man of valor” and “a man of war,” but this was before David slew Goliath. Up until this point, he had been a shepherd, a good shepherd. He had killed both lion and bear while protecting his flock, but that’s not the same as being a “man of war.”

My point is that I believe God lets others see a glimpse of who we are becoming in Christ. I believe the key is the last description about David: “the Lord is with him.” When God is with us and we are growing in Christ, then our name can be associated with heroic characteristics. God is preparing us for an incredible present and future. But we must trust Him, walk with Him, and serve Him as He leads us.

On our Pastor’s mind (8-17-14)

Every day

If we are watching, we can see new ways God is working. Since early July, we have been talking about “God Moments.” What are they? God does not just happen in a moment. God is at work in and through and around us all the time. He is also working and doing when we do pray and when we do not know how to pray. “God Moments” are those moments when we see God’s ongoing work intersecting with our lives.

Not to belittle our “God Moments” but to enhance them, I want us to experience “God Days” or “God Years.” I want to see God at His work all the time. I want each of us to experience Him every day…all the time. I want us to experience, not just “God Moments” but “God Lives.”

Trust me

I am excited that we are seeing Him at work in our lives even in short bursts. Those bursts or “moments” are thrilling. One way we can see Him is by praying and then watching. Since we know that He is always at work, we may see answers to our prayers or we may see something completely unexpected. I believe God has some unexpected things He wants to do in our midst: in our church, through our church, and in our community.

Imagine for a moment that God stirred a person’s heart for our community 15 years ago and that person, a lady, committed herself to let God prepare her for ministry. Now imagine that God has continued to equip her and develop a vision for such a time as now. Imagining this kind of story seems somewhat like imagining the story of Joseph.

Well, God is doing just that. God is drawing people to our community to do ministry and to partner with us in reaching the people of this community for the sake of the Kingdom. I am excited and will share more details later!

The question for each of us:

What is God putting on your heart? How does He need to prepare you? How do you need to be praying?

The first answer is:

Begin praying and say:

Yes! Send Me!

Special Forum with Light Supper

Changing Times

This forum concerns our changing times. Guest Speaker, Pastor Matt Giles, will share the Biblical view of sexuality and same-sex attraction, helping equip us to engage and minister to struggling people in a Biblical and loving manner. The forum is titled: Parents, Children, and Homosexuality.

Please plan to attend: Sunday, September 14, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Light supper is included!

On our Pastor’s mind (8-10-14)

Why Do We Teach Our Children about God?

Every year we spend a good sum of money to provide material, supplies, and VBS, for children and youth. We provide excellent Bible teaching and training Sunday mornings, Sunday evenings, and Wednesday evenings. Question: But do you know why?

I am sure most of you are thinking the same thing: because the Bible tells us to. Question: Does it though, and if so, then where?

Well you are right. The Bible does tell us to teach our children. Families have the responsibility to teach them at home, and the church has the responsibility to teach as well. Psalm 78:5-8 says:

He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments; and that they should not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation whose heart was not steadfast, whose spirit was not faithful to God.

The psalmist is speaking of God’s command in Deuteronomy 6 for parents to teach their children. We are to diligently teach every generation about God (v. 7) so that they will not

forget the works of God

and so they will

set their hope in God

We teach our children about God so that they might believe and teach their children about God.

So will you pray for the parents in our church as they teach their children and youth? Will you pray for the ministries our church offers for children, youth, and parents? Will you consider serving in Sunday School, TeamKID, Mission Friends, Children in Action, or in our youth ministry? Teaching our children is vital to the Kingdom of God.