May we be Thankful always

thanksgivingTHANKSGIVING is one day a year. Pumpkin pie, turkey and dressing, cranberry sauce and assorted goodies fill our table.  Families get together and catch up with each other. The preparation for the meal can stretch over days, but the actual meal is over in less than 30 minutes. 

I truly believe we are thankful for our many blessings. I even believe we praise and glorify God for all that He has done for the world of sinners; thank you Lord Jesus.  

We cannot deny that our traditions are changing, can we? The younger generations will not recognize the changes unless taught by those who are their elders. Our everyday life is tied up with electronics, cars that drive themselves, instant news everywhere ….mostly tragic news unfortunately. We have a love/hate relationship with cell phones, video games, Social Media. It was fun at first. Then it had a good purpose. Now we are seeing the dark side and it is scary.  

What I want to stress (not a good choice of words) today is, let’s all love family more this Thanksgiving. Let’s love and glorify our Lord and Savior every moment and feel eternally grateful for His death on the cross and resurrection to provide a path to salvation from hell; for His resurrection and the miracles of His Word. Pray and study The Bible. Peace and joy awaits us in those words. 

How do we “love family more?” Easy words but too often it is a task. One way is to think of something positive for each person within our Thanksgiving circle. The best way is to honestly pray for them be it their salvation or walk in life. 

May we all have a meaningful and loving THANKSGIVING.  

Gina Tuch


Blessed are the Merciful

Blessed are the merciful for they shall be shown mercy Matthew 5:7.
So many people in the world today need mercy.  Even without the ravages of weather and rumors of war, sickness, addiction, emotional and mental illness, we still must fight Satan every minute of every day!

Our Lord and Savior was merciful to all.  He was not treated with mercy by the world.  He loved us in spite of our sinful nature.  His love is what we need to Live.  His love is the blood flowing through our veins.  Compassion, gentleness, caring, concern, thy name is Jesus.

I believe we all need to pray for this world right now.  We may think we know all that is going on, but we certainly do not!  We are on thin ice in this life.  Be ready to meet the most merciful God.

Rev Gina Tuch
Cadillac Community Church
and Bible School


Seek Truth – Pastor’s Note

Pastor Mike spoke from Matthew 5:6 last week. It is the fourth beatitude, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.qqqaqqa

Experience versus relationship; hic-ups in the gospel; the door that only swings from the inside hinge and door knob. This and more he brought into perspective regarding the fourth beatitude from Matthew 5. Keep in mind that Matthew was originally written in Hebrew; i.e. Hebrew people; a people who constantly seek but seem to not ever find fulfillment.



This beatitude references people who are actively seeking the truth. S/he has no desire to expend time counter-attacking others who come from an attitude or opinion. These people have no time or desire to waste on verbal rhetoric debating opinions or perspectives. The world to them is incidental. It is where s/he is at this moment but they seek the after-life and can only quench thirst or hunger with something other than a temporary filling of desire, but seek to fulfill their desire with completeness.

Gill’s commentary puts it: ”Those who actively seek spiritual enlightenment.” Jesus puts it in another light; a well of living waters that satisfy for eternity, never to thirst (hunger) again. Pastor likened this to a door with inside hinges and inside doorknob. These people types will open their hearts to truth; not banter. Hunger in the Greek is peinaō; to be famished or better said, to be head-filled but not heart-fulfilled (Wycliffe). “for ye shall be filled” (chortazō) meaning they will be filled with more than needed to be totally satisfied; the seemingly impossible is made possible.

Other good references to this beatitude can be found in Luke 1:53; 1 Corinthians 4:11; Revelation 7:16.

Next week when pastor returns: Blessed are those who weep today, for they shall laugh (then).

Dr. JStark

All We Need Is Jesus – Pastor’s Notes

There have so much going on at our church right now!  Fortunately — as Pastor Mike’s sermon title tells us — All We Need Is Jesus.  Thank you God! 

One big step: our congregation voted unanimously to withdraw from the Covenant and go independent….non-affiliated…..nondenominational. We have God’s Holy Word as our doctrine and guide to follow and we don’t feel we need all the man-made rules and regulations of the various denominations.   follow me

Being a Christian is a way of life.  Jesus said “if anyone serves me, he must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also”   John 12:26. The Lord must be our first love, our best friend and our guide in all we do. With the Lord leading our thoughts and our steps what does it matter what we are called? There is only one church (Ephesians 4:3-6). I want to be called a Christian above all. I am a “member” of THE CHURCH; the only Church, the body of Christ.  1 Corinthians 12:27.  


We are getting ready for “Five Day Club”, formerly called Daily Vacation Bible School. I attended one for many years when a youngster. We are hoping to have kids from the community to teach and nurture. We are giving away a girl’s and boy’s bike to two lucky kids. If we can have the chance to plant seeds of God in even one young heart, it will be worth it all. 

Also we are starting our annual Christmas Shoe boxes early.  Each donor pays $9 per box to cover the shipping. Then fill it with appropriate toys, school supplies, books, etc.  I like to fill girls Christmas Shoe boxes around the age of first and second grade boxes. 

Oh, by -the -way, our new name is 

CCC and Bible school

See you next week. 


Pastor Gina Tuch


Pastor’s Notes

A little birdie told me. From Ecclesiastes 10:20 “for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which has wings shall tell the matter.

from the horse’s mouth” (Balaam’s donkey – Numbers 22:28-30)

for Petes sake” A reference to St Peter

Orange sky at night, to a sailor’s delight; orange sky in morning, a sailor takes warning.” Matthew 16:2-3

I am so thin, my skin hangs loose on my bones..” You are nothing but skin and bones Job 19:20

I wish I had never been born…Job 10:19 “I wish I had never lived.”

One’s knees are knocking – Daniel 5:6, Nebuchadnezzar: “his knees were shaking and knocking together. He could not stand up because his legs were too weak.”

Bite the Dust from Psalms 72:9, “They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; and his enemies shall lick the dust.” (KJV)

The Blind Leading the Blind Matthew 15:13-14, “Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.”

By the Skin of Your Teeth from Job 19:20.  The Geneva Bible translated the Hebrew Literally which read, “I have escaped with the skin of my teeth.”

Broken Heart from Psalms 34:18, ” The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit” (KJV).

Can a Leopard Change his spots? from Jeremiah 13:23 (KJV), “Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.”

Cast the First Stone from John 8:7, “And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”

Drop in a Bucket from Isaiah 40:15 declaring God’s sovereignty and power over the nations, “Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he takes up the isles as fine dust” (ESV).

A labor of love  from Thessalonians 1:2, 1:3 and Hebrews 6:10

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry from Ecclesiastes 8:15, “because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for that shall abide with him of his labor the days of his life, which God giveth him under the sun.”

Eye for Eye, Tooth for tooth from Matthew 5:38, “Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.”

Fall From Grace from Galatians 5:4, “Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.”

Fly in the Ointment from Ecclesiastes 10:1 (KJV), “”Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour.””

For Everything there is a Season from Ecclesiastes 3.  Ecclesiastes 3 is also the motivation for the song “Turn! Turn! Turn!” by the Byrds.

Forbidden Fruit from Genesis 3:3 when Adam and Eve were commanded not to eat from the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.  “But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.”

Go the extra mile from Matthew 5:41 that says, “And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain” (KJV).

Good Samaritan from Luke 10:30-37, the Parable of the Good Samaritan.

He who lives by the sword, dies by the sword from Matthew 26:52, “Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.”

How the Mighty have Fallen from 1 Samuel 1:19, “The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: how are the mighty fallen!”

Let there Be Light from Genesis 1’s creation account.

The Love of Money is the Root of All Evil from 1 Timothy 6:10 and is actually usually misquoted.  Here is the ESV translation, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.”

The Powers that Be from Romans 13:11 (KJV), “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.”

Pride comes before a fall from Proverbs 16:18, “Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” (KJV)

Put words in one’s mouth from 2 Samuel 14:3, “And come to the king, and speak on this manner unto him. So Joab put the words in her mouth.” We can also add Baalam in Numbers 22:1-35. Each time he opened his mouth to curse Israel God put words of blessing in instead.

Rise and shine is from Isaiah 60:1, “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.”

The Root of the Matter from Job 19:28 (KJV), “But ye should say, Why persecute we him, seeing the Root of the matter is found in me?”

Scapegoat from the Old Testament Law (Leviticus 16:9-10 specifically) where a goat is chosen by lot to be sent into the desert to make atonement for sin.

See eye to eye from Isaiah 52:8 (KJV), “Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the LORD shall bring again Zion.”

Sign of the times from Matthew 16:3 (KJV), “And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?”

Straight and Narrow: from Matthew 7:14, “But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”

Twinkling of an Eye from 1 Corinthians 15:52, “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

There’s nothing new under the sun from the book of Ecclesiastes.  Ecclesiastes 1:9 (KJV)  says, “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.”

Wash your hands of the matter from Matthew 27:24 (KJV), “When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.”

Weighed in the balance from Job 31:6, “Let me be weighed in an even balance that God may know mine integrity.”

Wit’s End from Psalm 107:27 (KJV), “They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end.”  Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing from Matthew 7:15 (KJV), “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”

Writings on the Wall from Daniel 5.  “The writing is on the wall” is now a popular idiom for “something bad is about to happen”.

In my mind’s eye from Genesis 32:30. Long before modern doctors knew the existence of the penial gland of the brain, the one from which we see in the mind’s eye, Jacob saw God after wrestling the angel of the Lord. Jacob named the place “Penial”

Christ returns (2nd Advent) putting his feet on the mount of Olives and it splits north and south creating a huge valley (Zechariah 14:4) Prophesied long before seismologists ever existed we now know there is a major fault  line running through center of the Mount of Olives.



Dr. jStark

February 26, 2017


Notes from Guest Pastor