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Nov 12, 2017
Inheritance & Investment
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Joshua 1:6-18
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  • Nov 12, 2017Inheritance & Investment
    Nov 12, 2017
    Inheritance & Investment
    Series: (All)
    Joshua 1:6-18
  • Nov 5, 2017Your Inheritance
    Nov 5, 2017
    Your Inheritance
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    Joshua 1:1-6
  • Oct 29, 2017Wealth, Wisdom, and the World
    Oct 29, 2017
    Wealth, Wisdom, and the World
  • Oct 22, 2017Stewardship of Talent
    Oct 22, 2017
    Stewardship of Talent
    Matthew 25:14-30
  • Oct 15, 2017Our Message
    Oct 15, 2017
    Our Message
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November 1st, 2017

“Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” -Romans 8:39
 
Lately as I see the happenings around us it seems like the world is out of control. It is confusing and perplexing why a God of love lets things happen. You know as I listen to God’s word thru Paul, I’m relieved to know nothing can separate us from the love of God. We still serve a wonderful God, a loving God. In the midst of this dark time we as children of God have a responsibility to share His love.
 
Psalmist says in Ps. 63:3 “Because your living kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise you.”
 
We need to take this lesson from the Psalmist and praise God for his love for us. I remember the story of Dwight L. Moody. Once he was preaching in Chicago, a drunk man walked into the church service and saw a sign above the pulpit that read “God is Love.” It struck him with anger, he slammed the door and muttered to himself, God is not love. If God was love, He wouldn’t love a miserable man like him. It is not true so he walked away, but the statement kept coming back to him. “God is love, God is love” so he decided to go back to the church confused and desperate and sat in the back of the church as Moody continued to preach. When the service ended and all the people were gone, D. L. Moody saw this man setting and crying. So he approached him and asked him if the sermon had touched him. The man replied, “Sir I did not listen to the sermon but the words above your pulpit “God is Love” broke my heart. So Moody sat down and explained the depth of God’s love. The man broke down and gave his life to Jesus for the first time he understood that God really did love him.
There are many people in our world today who see the chaos in the world and wonder if God is love. I often wonder why we, the Christians, who have been given and shown love have not reached out to the lonely and desperate people. Is it because we are so busy taking care of ourselves and we forget the hurting around us?
 
We have a greater responsibility to see through the eyes of Jesus, who has redeemed us and given us hope in spite of our inability to fathom the full scope of God’s love. He has revealed to us in many ways that we can clearly understand. Through the laughter of a year old or the colorful sunset, or through the fall leaves around us and many other ways that HE loves us. Because God is God, He does as He pleases, and it pleases Him to love us without cause. From the beginning of time God does not love us because we love Him. 1 John 4:19 says, “We love Him because He first loved us.”
 
God’s love is unending, so we are the extension of God’s love to the hurting and desperate world. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
 
This fall let us be the bridge to people who are blind for some reason and let them see God is love.
 
Fall colors are in full bloom so enjoy His generous love and share Him with people you come across.
 
God Bless.
Pastor Shaker

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October 1st, 2017

“Or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a
thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he
said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
 – 2 Corinthians 12:7-9
 
Cancer is a devastating and debilitating disease. It brings pain not only to the person but also to the people around them. I have often wondered how does this help in our spiritual growth. Yes, I do go through those moments when I visit the people at home, hospitals and doctors offices. I don’t have an answer but I do know it does in time.
 
Since most of you know, my friend Dan Peterson is going through this ordeal, I’m beginning to see God’s grace is sufficient. As I stood at Dan’s bedside, I was able to see what God has accomplished through his life. He has served people with disabilities over thirty years and has seen suffering and pain every day. Before that in Vietnam, he was a medic with the Marines and saw first hand the pain and suffering of his fellow soldiers. He did not just watch it, but made an effort to ease their pain and also share the love of Jesus Christ through his compassion. Through his servant hood many a young person has been mentored and are in service to God.
 
As Paul’s life underscored this truth, he was given a thorn in his flesh, three times Paul pleaded with the Lord to take it away
from him. But, the answer was “my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
 
Our weakness not only helps develop Christian character it also deepens our worship because in admitting our weakness, we affirm God’s strength. Max Lucado in his book Grace shares: “A thorn in the flesh. Such vivid imagery. The sharp end of a thorn pierces the soft skin of life and lodges beneath the surface. Every step is a reminder of the thorn in the flesh. The cancer in the body. The sorrow in the heart. The child in the rehab center. The red ink on the ledger. The felony on the record. The craving for whiskey in the middle of the day. The tears in the middle of the night. The thorn in the flesh.
 
“Take it away,” you’ve pleaded. Not once, twice, or even three times. You’ve out prayed Paul. He prayed a sprint; you’ve prayed the Boston Marathon. And you are about to hit the wall at mile nineteen. The wound radiated pain, and you see no sign of tweezers coming from heaven. But what you hear is this: “My grace is sufficient for you.”
 
Grace takes on an added dimension here. Paul is referring to sustaining grace. Saving grace saves us from sins. Sustaining grace meets us at our point of need and equips us with courage, wisdom, and strength. It surprises us in the middle of our person transatlantic flights with ample resources of faith. Sustaining grace promises not the absence of struggle but the presence of God.”
 
As I watch Dan leaning toward heaven, I also see the legacy he is leaving behind. I see his unique spiritual depth, his coworkers faith in God’s goodness. I see the indelible impact he has made in my life. He is graciously allowing God to show forth His power to the rest of us. Yes, it is agonizing to see our loved ones suffer. God shows the futility of the sin filled world is only a passing phase for the eternity of glory awaiting us. So let us draw closer to the Lord who loves us and redeems us. Yes, we will all one day meet back together without our pain, heartache and suffering in HIS glorious presence.
 
Our God is an awesome God in spite of our struggles on the earth. Let me close with what Paul says in 2 Corinthians 9:8,
“And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”
 
Enjoy the beautiful fall and rejoice in Him. Have a wonderful Fall.
 
God Bless.
In Christ’s steps,
Pastor Shaker
 

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