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.

Blessed are the Peacemakers – Pastor’s Note

Sometimes my mind is writing this article while I am driving my car. This is a wonderful and creative experience but frustrating because I do not have the tools at hand to capture my thoughts. You may think I could conjure those words again with pen in hand. But this, I find, is not so. When I was a teenager, I would get up out of bed and write down what I was creating so that I wouldn’t lose it in the morning.
biblePastor Mike spoke on “peacemakers” and my thoughts immediately went to God’s Word. Anyone who spends time studying and reading the Bible knows exactly what peace feels like. To completely immerse one’s self into the writings inspired by our Lord and learn to understand by studying the messages there for us is euphoric. I have heard that physical exercise can give you this feeling but for me, nothing brings me peace more than “being in the Word”.
Can we be peacemakers? We certainly can contribute and communicate peace in our family, church and wherever we may be. Please read the words, study their message and feel the peace that waits for all who are in God’s Holy Word.
Rev Gina Tuch