Message From February 11, 2018

Pastor’s Notes

4pastornote11There was a man who put his hand on the hot stove but to compensate for it he put his other hand in a bucket of ice. Is this how we live our life? We are in a mist per reality. People who honestly claim Christianity cannot live lives that reflect such “compensation.”

Our walk with God must be clear. It must be a Damascus Road expression. Saul, late called Paul, saw Jesus in his Road to Damascus experience but had a very clear vision of whom and for what purpose he served the living God. We sometimes pay a price for our past experience or extremes.

Saul witnessed and agreed with the stoning of Stephen. Later in his life he too was stoned and left for dead (Acts 14:19-23). Stephen died (Acts 7:60). In Psalms 139:23, 24 we find King David pleading with God to “search me oh God, and know my ways (interesting comment since in the first few verses of Psalm 139 David confesses that God already knows our every action): try me and know my thoughts). See if there is any wicked way in me.”

David knew his strengths and weaknesses. Those he didn’t know he asked God to “search his every being” and reveal these areas to him. Is it our ignorance or our arrogance that we need to address? Such can only lead us to being double minded (James 1:5-8). Are we the problem or a part of the solution? If not part of the solution then we can only be part of the problem.


Pastor’s Notes

Endurance: Matthew 24:12, 13, 14

Hupomone’: Endurance (also can mean cheerful (or hopeful) endurance, constancy:–enduring, patience, patient continuance (waiting). Hupomone’ is probably one of the most significant functional words found in the entire Bible for a true believer.

Matthew 24 is set in End Time but that includes “the now” also. Pastor noted the gas masks on one of the slides where the military was in training and helping another, but I apologize for not knowing or hearing to what it related? (JS; sorry)endurance

Personal endurance from an earthly point of view is very similar to the life of Saul BEFORE the Damascus road incident that changed him forever. He was extremely consistent in his pursuit of the church of believers; going house to house, city to city, taking these Jews into captivity and bringing them before the Sanhedrin.  He had enthusiastically watched the stoning of Stephen.

After the Damascus Road, Saul’s wood shed incident, he took that same “endurance” he used to eliminate the Christian church, but now he put it into his witnessing for Christ. There is probably some influence left over from watching Stephen’s “endurance to the end.”

Since true Christianity is a way of life, endurance means consistent living, bible study, fellowship with other believers, and being of one mind. Galatians 5:22, 23 lists the fruits of the Spirit; not the gifts of which a believer. There is a significant difference. However, listed in Galatians 5 we also find the word patience/forbearance. These fruits should reflect in a consistent Life in Christ…love, joy, peace, forbearance (i.e. patience or endurance), kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Out of Egypt

(Pastor’s Notes: Matthew 2:13-15 and Hosea 11:1)

The first in a series of three or four messages. We don’t consciously recognize what coming “out of Egypt” really means.  In a very real sense, the Old Testament histories of Israel and Egypt compare to the New Testament where we are told in Romans 12 to “come out of this world” and not be conformed to it.

We are born into this world (analogous to Egypt) and can opt to remain in it, but Jesus wants to offer a way out of it through him. We have three points upon which to build our thoughts…

  1. The Natural Seed of Israel    ___________________________
  2. The Divine Seed ___________________________
  3. The Chosen Seed ___________________________

Joseph was forced as a servant to go into Egypt in order to eventually save the world from a famine that would some time later in his life bring it to its knees. Joseph was in Egypt but not Of Egypt. He provided a way of survival and instructed his brethren to take his bones out of Egypt when the Children of Israel eventually escaped it.

cross-.jpgJesus came into this world but was not a part of it. He did not remain in this world (Egypt) but ascended to heaven. One day he will return as the King of kings in this world but at Calvary provided a way out of Egypt.”

Jesus, God, and the Holy Spirit provide the final solution but not the one we know from WWII. Another wonderful thing that came out of Egypt is the Bible O.T. written or translated to Greek by order of Ptolemy but through the hands of Israeli Scribes/priests.

Without the Old Testament, there would be no New Testament.

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