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Sunnyside Community Church Ministry Update – May 24, 2020

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Sunnyside Community Church Ministry Update – May 24, 2020

Greetings Sunnyside Community Church,

Here we stand, at the beginning of another week.  I trust that your mind and heart are encouraged in the truth; in God’s unfathomable greatness and goodness to us in Jesus Christ.  I trust that His Word has been a lamp to your feet and a light to your path; that your times of reading and reflecting on the Word have rejoiced your heart and equipped you for faithfulness.

We thank the Lord for His many blessings to us; His unfailing faithfulness and presence to us at all times in all places; His abundant provision for our needs, material and spiritual.  On this Memorial Day weekend, we especially thank the Lord for the liberties that we enjoy in this nation and for those brave service men and women who paid the ultimate price to defend those liberties.  We have much to be thankful for in that regard. 

We thank the Lord for answering our prayers on behalf of many in our congregation. Please continue to pray for the ongoing physical difficulties of many.  Please continue to pray the Lord to encourage our hearts and minds with the Word.

We thank the Lord that we continue to make progress towards getting back to normal; whatever “normal” will be moving forward. 

We are glad that we are able to meet together, live and in person, this Lord’s Day.  Both the 9:00am and 11:00am gathering times are full up; 25 in each.  As we continue on, if the numbers of those desiring to gather continue to increase and the limit to the size of our gatherings remains at 25, we will be looking to add a third service time.  It will either be Saturday or Sunday evening, probably at 6:00pm.  Please be thinking about that and considering being willing to come to that gathering in order to free up a Sunday morning slot for those who really need to attend at that hour.  We’ll keep you posted.

We are looking forward to observing the Lord’s Table in two weeks; the first Sunday in June.  In anticipation of that event we have ordered communion packets that have the cup and wafer packaged together.  We will be using those during our gathering and for those at home who will be watching via ZOOM or online, they will be available to you for pick up or delivery.  If you would like the packets delivered please respond to this email and we will be in touch with you when the packets arrive.  For those who can pick them up at the church we will let you know when they are available; probably next week.

Many of the ladies have sent cards expressing thanks for the flowers delivered for Mother’s Day.  It was a loving gesture of your church family and you are most welcome.

As we pray this week, let’s remember to pray for the leaders of our nation, for those making decisions regarding the re-opening of businesses and activities, and for our first responders, doctors, nurses, public safety officers.  We thank the Lord for those who faithfully serve our communities in these ways; always, but especially now.  Let us pray the Lord for wisdom and strength.

Pray for churches and church leaders as they work through the challenge of meeting the needs of their congregations and charting a path toward re-convening services.  Pray for wisdom and discernment to proceed wisely with confidence.  Pray for patience and forbearance when frustration over the way things are going (or not going) begins to mount.  Pray God to empower His people so that Christ will be honored by their response as we continue forward.

Pray for our missionaries, especially those laboring to meet the needs of the poor; those particularly significantly impacted by the shutdowns in their communities.  Pray the Lord to encourage and equip our missionaries in the Philippines in their labors to care for the poor of the greater Manila area.

May the Lord bless you this day as we worship together.  As we reflect on the question “What is Prayer?” I trust our time in the Word will be an encouragement to you; that you will be refreshed in spirit as we head into a new week.

In the Love of Christ,

Pastor Guy

Sunnyside Community Church Ministry Update – May 17, 2020

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Sunnyside Community Church Ministry Update – May 17, 2020

Greetings Sunnyside Community Church,

I pray that you are encouraged in the Lord as you look forward to this Lord’s day. He who has called us is faithful and will not fail to pursue His purpose in and through His people. We can rest assured that, as we look to Him, He will provide to us everything that we need to walk faithfully before Him, to honor Him as we serve him in the particular station in life in which He has placed us.

As for things to keep in prayer: we want to continue for the relief efforts going on in the Philippines. We received an email from our missionaries this week stating that they are working to provide basic food supplies for 600 pastors and their families. Continue to pray for our missionary partners in the Philippines, as they work hard to help bring these basic supplies to those so hard hit by the shutdowns. Pray the Lord to continuing providing the funds to purchase the food supplies, strength for His laborers and favor with the various governing officials.

Pray the Lord on behalf of our own governing officials that He will give them the wisdom and discernment to lead us well through this challenging situation. Pray the Lord to give strength and wisdom to our first-responders and for all the medical professionals working so hard to care for those in need.

Regarding our own church family, please continue to pray for many with various health difficulties.

The decision is final; the guys will not be going to the Philippines this June-July. Pray the Lord to give wisdom and direction for a trip at some point in the future.

Tina finished up her ZOOM Good News Club this past week. Things went very well and the children really seemed to enjoy it. Pray the Lord to give wisdom for summer ministries and for the GNC ministry next fall. At the present all these things are up in the air.

The Lord bless you on this Lord’s day and throughout this week ahead. May His Word be a daily comfort and encouragement. May the Lord give you wisdom in all of your responsibilities and use you for His glory in your various interactions.

In the love of Christ,

Pastor Guy

Sunnyside Community Church Ministry Update – May 10, 2020

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Sunnyside Community Church Ministry Update – May 10, 2020

Happy Mother’s Day!

Greetings Sunnyside Community Church,

And a Happy Mother’s Day to all our ladies.  We thank the Lord for each and everyone of you.  And we pray God’s blessing on you as you faithfully serve him in the high and holy calling of motherhood.  May this day be a blessing to you.

I trust that the Lord continues to encourage your mind and heart in His truth and to empower you by His Spirit for faithfulness to Christ.  As we continue through these “different” times we are challenged in new ways which serve as new opportunities to grow in faith and in conformity to Christ.  God is faithful and will work His works in us as, by His grace, we yield to the Spirit who instructs us by the word, empowers us and leads us in the way of righteousness.

According the Governor’s statement this past Thursday it looks as though things are going to begin opening up; gradually of course.  With that, it is looking very promising for us to begin having some sort of Sunday gatherings in the near future.  Numbers will be restricted and “social-distancing” measures will be required; be that as it may, we will be able to come together for fellowship and corporate worship.  Stay tuned.

Thank you to those of you who have contributed to the on-going process of Spring cleaning around the church. We appreciate your thoughtfulness and your willingness to take the time to do that.     Almost all the chairs have been cleaned.  There are just a few projects left on our list.

As for prayer concerns: let’s continue to pray the Lord to give wisdom to our governing officials as they guide us through this situation.  Let’s also continue to pray for our missionary partners in the Philippines, as they work hard to help bring basic supplies to those hard hit by the shutdowns in the Metro Manila area, as well as the outlying provinces.  Pray the Lord to continue to provide food resources, strength for His laborers and favor with the various governing officials.  There are opportunities to support this effort financially.  If you are interested, you can contact me.

Pray the Lord to give strength and perseverance to those dealing with the challenges of meeting needs of their churches during this extraordinary time; especially those wrestling with the challenges of making services available online who are not particularly set up to do that.  I was talking with one local pastor this last week who is having to do all of the planning, recording, editing and post on his own.  It is taking him two days a week to make this available to his people.  We can pray the Lord to give patience and to grow his servants through these challenges.   

With respect to the concerns of our church family: please continue to pray for those with health needs.  Continue to pray the Lord’s encouragement for our singles, those living alone throughout this period of staying at home.   

May the Lord continue to be your strength and joy as you serve Him this week. May He nurture your mind and heart by His Spirit through His Word.  May He give you wisdom in your responsibilities and opportunities as you salt and light and leaven the places where He places you with the truth of Christ.

In the love of Christ,

Pastor Guy

Sunnyside Community Church Ministry Update – May 3, 2020

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Sunnyside Community Church Ministry Update – May 3, 2020

“He does not retain his anger forever, because He delights in steadfast love!”— Micah 7:18

Greetings Sunnyside Community Church,

The above quotation is the text for this morning message. What a glorious reality that the God of heaven, the Maker of heaven and earth, the One who is our maker, the God with whom we have to do, is One who delights in steadfast love.  He takes abundant pleasure (we would even say, perfect pleasure) in the exercise of his covenant faithfulness; in expressing His goodness, His kindness, His faithfulness, His willingness and readiness to save, to protect, to provide and to preserve, those who are weak, who are completely dependent, who have nothing, in and of themselves, that they can offer Him in exchange for this steadfast love, so that this exercise in which God delights is, wholly and completely, an exercise of His grace; of His gracious favor.  And, what is more, not only are we weak, but we are, also, rebellious.  God delightedly exercises his gracious steadfast love towards those who only deserve His wrath, which, of course, brings in the cross of Jesus Christ as the provision that God has made to occasion this delighted exercise of His steadfast love without compromising His righteousness.  Jesus Christ is thus, the fullest portrayal of God’s delight in His steadfast love.  With Micah we can only exclaim, “Who is a God like You?!”  I trust that the message this morning will encourage you mind and heart in the glory of God.

We are entering week #8 of the stay-at-home order; the 8th week since we have met as a congregation.  Needless to say, we are all anxious to be able to gather once again.  There are some indications that we may have the opportunity within the month.  Nothing official has come from the Governor’s office, but, a couple of weeks ago, she said that things could begin opening up by the middle of May and she included church gatherings in that.  Now, I’m sure that there will be guidelines/ restrictions on such gatherings, but, once the door is officially open for us to meet, we will be looking to do that in any and every way we can. Stay tuned!

We thank the Lord for His goodness to meet each of us in our particular challenges during this time.  We need to continue remember our singles, those who are home alone, during this time of required isolation.  I’m sure that this time is especially difficult.  Pray the Lord to undergird each of these ones with His gracious comfort so that they will be comforted in heart and not left feeling completely alone.  The Lord is always present to us in the perfection of His being.  We are never out of His sight.  May that truth be particularly comforting at this time.

Pray the Lord to continue to give wisdom to our elected officials and the various health officials that are speaking into this situation and give direction.  Pray the Lord, also, to move upon the minds and hearts of people gripped by uncertainty and fear and direct them to the one place where peace is found; the person and work of Jesus Christ.  Pray the Lord to bless the many efforts of churches seeking to minister to the needs of their congregation and community through creative means such as ZOOM church services and on-line streaming of their Sunday worship services. Pray the Lord, also, to give wisdom to church leaders as they chart a path forward for their congregations in our post-covid19 world.  In listening to some of the other Village Missions pastors they are wrestling with issues such as, how to do communion after Covid 19.  Prayer for wisdom, discretion, and prudence in the steps that are taken.

Please also continue to pray for the on-going needs in our church family. Thank you for your faithfulness in prayer, and if there are any concerns that you would like the church family to be aware of you can pass those on to us and we will see to it that the word gets out.

Thank you for being faithful with your financial contributions.  Thank you, also, to all who have stopped by the church to work on our Spring cleaning projects. 

May the Lord strengthen and encourage you as you serve Him this week.  In whatever your week involves, may your heart be rejoiced in the glorious truth that He delights in His steadfast love toward you and that He has perfected that steadfast love to you in Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ is the fullest portrayal of God’s delight in His steadfast love.

In the love of Christ,

Pastor Guy

Steps For Life 2020

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Steps For Life 2020
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Dear Sunnyside Community Church,

I hope and pray you are all doing well and managing through this difficult time we are in and trusting God through it all. I miss seeing everybody every Sunday, worshipping together, fellowshipping, and being fed the Word as a church body in the presence of one another.  Pastor and family are doing a wonderful job supplementing our routine every week to stay connected, not to mention Brent with his exceptional IT skills to make it possible and Julie’s faithfulness putting all the communication pieces together for us. A big “THANK YOU” for it all and giving us a sense of togetherness in today’s world that is full of isolation.

Fundraising at the best of times can be intimidating. Even more so in the middle of a pandemic! Asking people to give in times like this may feel daunting, or even insensitive. In the midst of uncertainty, our natural response is to pull in and hunker down. And, for the sake of our vulnerable neighbors, we are being asked to do exactly that.

At the same time, we know that generosity is an antidote to anxiety. It unlocks our joy and shifts our attention to the generosity of God in Christ toward a world He loves. We are already seeing this crisis inspire incredible acts of courage and self-giving.

The “why” of giving is never clearer than in a crisis. There is a continued crisis/need every moment of every day, even during this pandemic. We have to remember the unborn lives that are at risk constantly.

“Steps For Life” gives us that opportunity to shift our focus from all the uneasiness we may feel and show our love of Christ to the ongoing need of the unborn through giving to the “Pregnancy Resource Centers” where women get the chance to see their baby on an ultrasound and choose life because of it, where the broken who need to know forgiveness and healing from a past abortion decision go through the biblical recovery group “The Heart”, and for those who have experienced sexual brokenness and need to know Jesus through “The Reality Project”. These three programs through First Image focus to not only encourage women to choose life, but to minister and guide the lost to choose JESUS, then impacting their lives and the lives of the unborn today and the ones God already knows because HE is great!

Even though there will not be a community walk/run event this year as in years past due to our current circumstances, there will be a webcast on May 23rd at 10am followed by your personal walk/run with your family AND the fundraiser is going on now!! I have created a church team titled SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY CHURCH. I think this is the easiest way to let everybody have the opportunity to get involved and/or donate!

To start, simply go to https://fundraise.first-image.org/event/steps-for-life-run-walk-2020/e271178 and choose “register today” or “sponsor a participant”. If you want to register to fundraise and be eligible for prizes, choose “join a team”, choose our church name, choose a walk or run (there is not a charge), follow the prompts and fill out the form. Let the fundraising begin! At this point you call, text, IM, Facebook, Instagram, etc. OR whatever you kids are doing these days to reach out and encourage your friends and families to support you in supporting this great cause!

To simply make a donation after going to the same link, choose “sponsor a participant”, choose our church name, follow the prompts and fill out the form. If you don’t have access to a computer and want to donate, please contact me).  You can also encourage friends and family to support the cause and send them the link to donate, just tell them how! There are no limitations on giving!

I really do encourage you to pray about this and donate as you are led. Thank you for your support in the cause and making it a success! Stay safe and healthy!

                                                                                                Blessings,

                                                                                                Angel Powell

STEPS FOR LIFE 2020

Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me. Matt 25:40

Sunnyside Community Church Ministry Update – April 12, 2020

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Sunnyside Community Church Ministry Update – April 12, 2020

He is Risen!

He is Risen indeed!

Greetings dear ones, on this glorious resurrection morning.

I trust that, in His unfailing faithfulness, the Lord is encouraging your mind and heart with His truth.  We thank Him for His continued goodness.  We thank Him for the wonderful Spring weather.  Who’s not ready for some sunshine and warm temperatures?  The blossoms are beautiful, and I especially enjoy hearing the birds singing and the doves cooing; all signs of God’s wisdom and goodness.

I trust that the Lord is using the services to enrich your hearts and encourage you.  Thank you for your expressions of appreciation.  It does encourage us (it’s kind of like standing at the door after the service, shaking hands and visiting briefly).  May the Lord bless His Word to the edification of your soul.

As far as we know, this is going to continue on into May, so we will all keep on keeping on.  The men’s Monday morning ZOOM prayer meetings and the ladies Thursday evening ZOOM session continue.  I encourage you to jump into that, if you haven’t already.  Just so you all know, the youth group has also been “meeting” each Wednesday, via ZOOM. 

Thank you for all your continued efforts to reach out to one another, to pray, and to support the church’s ministry financially.  May the Lord bless you with joy in your serving.

May the Lord bless you as you live in His presence this week.  May He enrich your mind and heart with His word, empower your faithfulness by His Spirit, and lead you in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

In the love of Christ,

Pastor Guy

Sunnyside Community Church Ministry Update – April 5, 2020

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Sunnyside Community Church Ministry Update – April 5, 2020

“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you;
righteous and having salvation is he,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

—Zechariah 9:9

Dear Sunnyside Community Church,

Blessed Palm Sunday, to one and all.  Today we commemorate our Lord’s celebrated entrance into the City of Jerusalem on the Sunday before His crucifixion; that entrance by which He presented himself, unmistakably, to be the Messiah, the Son of David, the Fulfiller of the Prophets words.  I trust that the Lord will encourage you with the glorious reality of which that entrance speaks, not only of Jesus being the Messiah, but, of God’s redemptive plan and purpose accomplished in and through this Messiah; of the reality that we have hope in the face of all our challenges because the Savior has come, the King has arrived, the Victory is secured.

We thank the Lord for His continued faithfulness and the confidence we have from His word that he will never leave us, nor forsake us, and that He is sufficient for everything that concerns us.  I trust His word continues to be your daily bread and that prayer is a place of encouragement for your own mind and heart and ministry in the lives of others as we uphold one another before God’s gracious throne. 

One thing that we are especially thankful for this morning is that THE NO PARKING SIGNS ARE UP; THE TRUCKS ARE GONE! As everyone knows, this has been an on-going concern for a couple years now.  But this last week, an ODOT crew came through and installed the signs prohibiting the parking of any vehicle 7’ or taller.  We thank the Lord for this answer to prayer.  We thank the officials at the Oregon Department of Transport for responding to our concerns and requests.  And, we thank all of you who took action on this issue, writing letters, sending emails, making phone calls.

Please continue to pray for the general encouragement of our church family, and indeed, for all God’s people, as this situation continues on.  Pray the Lord to uphold our hearts in peace and joy in Christ as we endure this extended time of being separated.  The Lord is teaching us just how precious our comings together are, whether as a congregation or one with another.

Pray the Lord’s blessing on all the efforts that are being made to carry on the work of His church; all the efforts being made by local churches to continue ministering to their members and to their communities.  Pray that the preaching of God’s word, however that is carried out, would be effective for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness.

Pray for the leaders of our nation; for the President and Vice President, for governmental leaders at all levels, for health officials, for one and all charged with the responsibility to give leadership to our nation in this time.  Pray for wisdom and discernment in making the momentous decisions that they are called upon to make; for the encouragement and strength of their hearts and minds to bear up under this protracted situation.  Pray that the Lord would work in their hearts to direct them to acknowledge Him in all their ways.

Thank you, one and all, for your continued, faithful support of one another.  I continue to be encouraged as I hear of people connecting with one another, reaching out to check on one another and help however they can.  I appreciate the cards and texts that you have sent to me and to our family.  They encourage us greatly. 

Also, thank you for your continued faithfulness in sending in your contributions.  The Lord has bountifully supplied this last month.  We thank Him and we thank you.

Thank you to all who have been seeing to the cleaning of the church building.  We appreciate your faithful and conscientious service.

As you are well aware, I’m sure, the restrictions on gathering have been extended, at least, until the end of April.  So, at least for this next month, we will not be gathering, but will continue to be posting our Sunday morning worship service online. 

Some “gatherings” do continue, however.  The men’s Monday morning prayer group has been gathering via ZOOM. We will be meeting again tomorrow.   There was quite a group of ladies that “met” Thursday evening and enjoyed a time of sharing and prayer. It’s great to see these things happening.  If you would like to be a part of these meetings and do not know how, please reach out to Julie or myself.

One thing I want to let you know about.  On Friday we will be posting a “Good Friday Service.” The focus will be on the events surrounding and including our Lord’s Crucifixion.  There will be music and Scripture reading and a short message.  This is an opportunity for you to spend some time reflecting on this most crucial event that is the keystone of the Christian faith. 

Again, I want to express my appreciation for those who have taken on additional work during this time to help facilitate the on-going life of our church family.  Thank you to Julie Urback and to Brent Stapleton for their extra efforts.

May the Lord bless you with peace and joy and hope in the week ahead.  May He grant you wisdom in all your responsibilities and opportunities.  May you know the encouragement of His Word and the empowering of His Spirit to walk faithfully with Him.  May He empower you so that in every respect our Lord may be glorified in and through your life.

In the Love of Christ,

Pastor Guy

Sunnyside Community Church Ministry Update – March 29, 2020

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Sunnyside Community Church Ministry Update – March 29, 2020

Psalm 89:5-8—”Let the heavens praise your wonders, O LORD, your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones! For who in the skies can be compared to the LORD? Who among the heavenly beings is like the LORD, a God greatly to be feared in the council of the holy ones, and awesome above all who are around him? O LORD God of hosts, who is mighty as you are, O LORD, with your faithfulness all around you?

Good morning beloved,

I trust the Lord continues to enrich your minds and hearts with His truth and to rejoice you with His loving-kindness and faithfulness. His goodness is evident all around us in the bursts of new life that we see during these early days of spring.

I’ve mentioned before that there is a grove of cottonwood trees along the route I walk. They give off the sweetest fragrance as the first begin to bud. Well, they began to bud this week and every time I walk by I can’t help but thank the Lord for this little witness to the sweetness of His kindness and goodness. The blossoms are in full array along the street up by Vern Duncan Elementary school and the red-winged black birds are in full throat in the water reserve down behind Rock Creek Middle School. All of these are demonstrations of the goodness of the Creator.

I trust you are bearing up under the restrictions imposed because of the virus. At the present, we continue to honor these, which means, there will be no gatherings at the church or with any of our ministries. It is important that we set the example and, also, demonstrate love for our neighbor by abiding by these limitations.

In the midst of these restrictions, we thank the Lord for technologies that enable us to continue to “meet”. The ladies enjoyed a great time “together” on Thursday via ZOOM, the conferencing app. Another meeting is planned for this coming Thursday evening. So, if there are any others who would like to be a part of that you can check with Julie or Geni. It does require a Smartphone or a computer and access to the internet so not everyone may be able to participate. But, there’s always the good old fashion telephone =).

Thank you to all who have been sending in or dropping off their contributions. That is very much appreciated. You can either mail them to the church’s address or drop them off at the church. Our mailbox is secured so there is no concern about that and I am at the church most mornings so you can also drop it by. If you come and I’m not there, just drop it off at the parsonage. If you would prefer to have it picked up, just let Julie know and we would be happy to do so. Once again, thank you.

Thank you to each and every one for your faithfulness in staying in touch with one another and encouraging one another. I’m encouraged when I see or hear that happening. It’s a sign of spiritual health and maturity in a church body when the members are reaching out to one another in that way. Keep on keeping on!

Please continue to pray for the many in our congregation needing prayer, as well as for our Missionaries.

I trust that the music and message for today encourages you and helps to equip you for the week ahead. Our God is enthroned in the heavens and His dominion rules over all things. He is the Master of every situation, including this one. His steadfast love is sure, never changing. And we can anchor in that truth and share it with those around us, so many of whom are anxious and have no place to really turn.

In the love of Christ,

Pastor Guy

Sunnyside Community Church Ministry Update – March 23, 2020

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Sunnyside Community Church Ministry Update – March 23, 2020

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name!  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits, who forgives all you iniquity, who heals all your deceases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and faithfulness, who satisfies you with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”—Psalm 103:1-3

Here is a call to the innermost depths of our being to speak out in praise to God in view of the glory of His being as manifest in His works; particularly, in His works of redemption.  Out from the very root of our being there erupts blessing to God; an eruption of blessing evoked by the incomprehensible wonder and beauty of who and what He is; the incomprehensible wonder and beauty of perfect goodness—benevolence, patience, forbearance, grace, mercy; perfect wisdom—only, always, ever doing what is wise and good; doing what is best; perfect power—effecting, flawlessly, all his good purposes; acting in kindness toward us so that we find ourselves fully satisfied; our inner being fully provided for, our mind and heart at rest; full peace.  In view of such blessings, bestowed by such a One, the call to bless Him is appropriate.

I pray that the Lord will encourage your heart anew today in the truth of His goodness, His wisdom, His power;

As we look to the week ahead, more changes are coming.  The Governor is expected to issue a state-wide stay-at-home order later today.  This will mean the shutdown of even more business and services.  Obviously it means that we will be continuing with our adjusted approach to the life of our church family.  We will continue to send out regular updates to pass along pertinent information to keep people informed.  Thank you for all that you are continuing to do to stay in touch and to reach out.

Some of us men “met” for prayer this morning via Zoom.  Brent and Travis and I met for about forty minutes and it was a real blessing to see faces and hear voices.  We are looking to set something up for this Thursday at 6:00am.  So men, if you have a smartphone, you can download the basic Zoom app from the app store, register and you’ll be all set to join us for prayer on Thursday.  If you do register, please send your email to Julie so that she can send out a list for the other guys to add to their Zoom contacts.  If you do that in the next day or so, then Brent can send you an email with a link that will take you directly to our 6:00 meeting.  It’s really slick.

Just so the ladies don’t feel left out, Geni is working on putting something together for Thursday evening; she’ll be in touch.

For those who don’t have the ability to link up via Zoom there is still the simple phone call.  Eric and I “met” via telephone last week to read God’s Word together and it great. 

I trust that yesterday’s message was an encouragement to you (linked below).  In these extraordinary times, God is not drawing back from what He has purposed to accomplish in and through His creation; His Kingdom purposes are advancing, both in their breadth and in their depth. God is growing you. The challenges that confront us are His instrument to work that growth and we can count them nothing but joy as we understand that their end is to perfect me in Christ-likeness; the goal of the code by which we live as those who hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Keep on keeping on!

In the love of Christ,

Pastor Guy

How Do You Honor Such A One?

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How Do You Honor Such A One?

Friday, March 20, 2020

How do you honor someone who is completely trustworthy; someone who is perfectly reliable; perfectly faithful; perfectly true?  How do you pay tribute to that truthfulness, that faithfulness, that reliability, that trustworthiness? 

How do you honor someone who is completely capable; who has the capability to deal with the challenge/ challenges of your situation; someone who understands it completely; who has complete understanding and insight; who has perfect wisdom to know what your situation involves, what it requires and how you should respond; someone who has the power, who has the strength to handle your situation and to enable you to deal with it; who can strength you, enabling you to meet the demands of what you are facing? 

How do you honor someone who is not only trustworthy and capable, but who is also perfectly interested and concerned; who is attentive to you in your situation, always; who is always available to you; whose ear is always listening; whose eye is always watching; whose mind is never forgetful; who is always perfectly aware of you?

How do you honor such a One?

You honor them by drawing upon their trustworthiness.  You honor them by ALWAYS entrusting to them with EVERY situation that you face; by PERSISTENTLY relying on their reliability; by CONTINUALLY putting the FULL weight of your dependence and confidence on their capability; on their understanding and insight and wisdom; on their strength.  You honor them by NEVER keeping ANYTHING back; by making EVERY need known to them; by casting EVERY burden upon them;  You honor them by ALWAYS calling upon them; by CONTNIUALLY bringing yourself to their attention; stepping into their line of vision, as it where, so that they see you.  You honor them by ALWAYS availing yourself of their perfect availability. That’s how you honor such a One.

And, Our God IS such a One!  Our God is PERFECTLY trustworthy.  He is the perfection of trustworthiness; of faithfulness and truth.  Our God gives meaning to these virtues; He defines them.  Trustworthiness, faithfulness and truth, are what God is. 

Our God is perfectly capable; the perfection of capability; perfect knowledge; perfect insight; perfect wisdom; perfect power; perfect strength; perfectly able to enable. 

Our God is perfectly reliable; the perfection of reliability; always listening; always watching; always mindful; always perfectly interested and concerned.

Our God is perfectly trustworthy.  And we honor Him in His trustworthiness by trusting in that trustworthiness, completely, continually.

Deuteronomy 32:4—”The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he.

Psalm 34:15-18—“The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous and his ears toward their cry. The face of the LORD is against those who do evil, to cut off the memory of them from the earth. When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.

Joshua 1:5—“No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you.

Psalm 139:1-12—“O LORD, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it. Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,” even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.

Matthew 11:28-30—“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

1 Peter 5:6-7—“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

Psalm 23:1-6—”The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Love in Christ,

Pastor Guy