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    Wednesday
    May222019

    Sunday Sermon Recap!

    Good Wednesday to you,

     

    This past Sunday we had the privilege of hearing Christian Bland’s first sermon. At age twenty-one, it is clear that God’s hand us upon this young man. He began by reminding us that walls not only keep people out or in, but actually keep people apart. When the “lawful believers” of Jerusalem challenged Peter for eating with unclean Gentiles, Peter related his vision in the house of Simon, the tanner (claiming all foods clean)  and the subsequent command to go with the Gentiles to the home of Cornelius. He related what happened when he shared the Good News with Cornelius and his household – the Holy Spirit fell upon them! All were amazed that God had granted even the Gentiles repentance unto life! (Acts 11:18)

     

    Christian reminded us that differences will always be a part of our world, and that differences are not wrong but divisions are. By “majoring in the minors,” we have built walls based on differences, and those walls need to come down. That does not mean that theology is unimportant, but we must be careful not to turn non-essential preferences into quintessential beliefs. Tearing down walls that are of human construction is an important activity in the life of all believers. Thank you, Christian. (If you would like to send Christian an encouraging note, you can email him at Christian@gmpc.org)

     

    Hope to see you soon!

     

    Pastor David

    Wednesday
    May012019

    Sunday Sermon Recap! April 28th

    Good Wednesday to you,

     

    Doubt is good. If we do not doubt what we know, how do we ever own what we know? Honest doubt leads to honest inquiry, which leads to learning, which leads to living well.

     

    This past Sunday we looked at the most famous doubter of them all, Thomas. He wasn’t there when the rest of the disciples first saw the Resurrected Lord. “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it” (John 21:25b). One week later, Thomas saw, and declared, “My Lord and my God!”

     

    I am glad Thomas wasn’t there that first appearance. I like to think he was not there because we were not there. He doubted as we would have doubted. I mean, really? Risen from the dead? Wishful thinking. Yet the following week Jesus appeared again and directed his invitation to Thomas – “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe” (John 20:27).

     

    Most of what we believe is based on good authority, especially historical events. What I did yesterday, who the mayor of Coronado was during WWII, who wrote the Declaration of Independence, are all based on the testimony of people who witnessed those events. Credible witnesses, including an original doubter, saw Jesus after the resurrection. Any standard you apply to authenticating an event from the past will substantiate the resurrection. Why? Because it actually happened. It’s okay to doubt. It’s good for your soul if you doubt honestly.

     

    I also appreciate that the disciples allowed Thomas to remain even though he questioned what they saw and believed. There is a lesson there for us. Be very welcoming of any question that comes your way regarding faith in Christ. If you don’t know the answer, let’s find it together. There are good answers out there. Not every question will have an answer right away, but there are enough to enable us to trust God for the ones we don’t have.

     

    Next week we will begin a four-part series in Acts, looking at how the Gospel breaks down barriers. We will be looking at Rev. 5:11-14 (Call to worship), Psalm 30 (Old Testament reading first service), and Acts 9:1-20 (sermon text).

     

    I hope to see you soon!

     

    Pastor David

     

    P.S. Jody passed her Ph.D. defense and the dissertation was approved without changes! Congratulations Dr. Jody McElrath!

     

    Thursday
    Apr252019

    Sunday Sermon Recap!

    Good Wednesday to you,

     

    This past Sunday we celebrated the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. I hope you were as blessed as I was! However, our celebrations were certainly dimmed by the tragic attacks on Christians in Sri Lanka, as well as the unfortunate fires that burned Notre Dame. In light of the response (both positive and negative) to the rebuilding of Notre Dame, and the increased persecution of Christians world-wide, one can only wonder what the future holds for Christianity in the US and in Europe. Regardless of our answer, Christianity will not only continue, but thrive as long as the Church remembers to keep Jesus at the center.

     

    Sunday, we looked at Peter’s encounter with a Roman Centurion named Cornelius. A Gentile, he feared God, prayed regularly, and he was generous toward God’s people. He was a good man by all accounts. Yet, he was missing something. In a vision, he was told to send for Peter. Meanwhile, Peter was having his own epiphany with regard to the ceremonial laws that had previously prevented any contact with Gentiles and certain foods. The “wall of separation” between the Jews and the Gentiles was being removed (See Ephesians 2:14-18).

     

    Upon being received into the home of Cornelius, and hearing what happened to Cornelius, Peter has another epiphany – “God does not show favoritism but accepts people from every nation who fear Him and do what it right” (Acts 10:34,35). Peter goes on to explain the good news of “peace through Jesus Christ,” who alone is the judge of the living and the dead. Jesus, who had an anointed ministry among the people was killed, but God raised Him from the dead on the third day. HE IS RISEN! The missing piece (or should I say missing “peace”) for Cornelius is summed up in Peter’s statement, “that everyone who believes in [Jesus] receives forgiveness of sins through His name (Acts 10:43).

     

    The news reports noted that Notre Dame had been neglected for decades. Christianity in France (and throughout Europe) has been neglected for hundreds of years. Could the same be said about the Church in America? If Notre Dame is rebuild, could it be the “embers” of Christianity still burn? Will there be a revival in France? Europe? America? As long as we keep Jesus front and center, there will always be hope!

     

    Next week we will be looking at the role of doubt in our faith. Our Scriptures will be Psalm 150 (Call to Worship), Psalm 118:13-29 (Old Testament verses for first service), and John 20:24-31 (sermon text).

     

    Have a blessed day. I hope to see you (or hear from you) soon!

     

    Grace and peace,

     

    Pastor David

    Wednesday
    Apr172019

    Sunday Sermon Recap!

    Good Wednesday to you.

    I often ask people (young and old), “What do you want to be if you grow up?” Most catch the humor of “if,” but not all. Still, it is an important question. Each of us is in the process of “growing up.” Ideally, we model ourselves after those we respect and admire. How many of us really want to grow up to be like Jesus?

     

    This past week we commemorated Palm Sunday. As Jesus entered that city amidst the accolades of His followers, He knew. He knew those same voices would soon be calling for his crucifixion. He knew his closest friends would abandon Him. He knew one of them would betray Him. He knew He would be arrested, tried convicted and sentences to die a most hideous death on a cross. He knew. He did it anyway, motivated by love which was manifested is sacrifice and service. He gave rather than get. He served rather than be served. He was obedient rather than dominant. He did it for you and me.

     

    Here is a person, Jesus, I respect and admire. Here is someone whose courage, commitment, dedication, service, sacrifice and obedience to a higher call inspires me to be a better person. Can you imagine what our community would look like if we all aspired to such greatness?

     

    What would happen if we sought to live the example Jesus provides, seeing every person as someone created in the image of God? And if we encounter someone that defies our sensibilities, rather than condemn or criticize, what if we hoped that they might see the image of God in us?

     

    Holy Week is a somber week for Christians. The burning of the cathedral of Notre Dame only adds to our lament. As sad as we may be, we have reason to hope. Jesus gives us that hope. He knew, and gave/served/obeyed out of love.  Striving to see others as being made in God’s image is key, but more importantly, praying others see God’s image in us. Let’s be like Jesus in all we do.

     

    Next week we will be celebrating the Resurrection of our Lord! Scriptures will include Isaiah 65:17-25 (Old Testament reading at first service), and Acts 10:34-43 (sermon text).

    Tuesday
    Sep252018

    Sermon Follow-up

    Awhile back, I started sending out emails that recapped the previous Sunday's sermon. I thought I'd post one from time to time here on my blog to see if anyone wanted to be added to the weekly email distribution.

     

    This past week we looked at the importance of “the right hand of God.” I began by asking you to think about what you would do if you had access to unlimited power. When I asked the men’s Bible study the same question, the first answer I got was “Abuse it.” While we know power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely, most people start out benevolently when given power – let’s end hunger, or disease. World peace is always a popular idea along with a return to civility in politics!

     

    There are over one hundred references to “the right hand of God” in scripture. If you studied them all you’d see a portrait emerge of power, authority, blessing, and judgment. In short, you would see a portrait of God’s sovereignty. Jesus is spoken of as being “seated at the right hand of God.” In the book of Acts, we even read of Jesus “standing” at the right hand of God, encouraging Stephen as he is being stoned. I went as far as to suggest that the power, authority, blessing and judgment represented by the phrase “right hand of God,” could easily be a metaphor for Jesus, Himself!

     

    If we take that perspective, then we do, indeed, have access to unlimited power as followers of Jesus! We are given a little bit of God’s power. If we faithfully handle that responsibility, I believe God will give us a little more. While earthly power can, and is routinely abused, even by those who claim to be acting on God’s behalf, God’s genuine power can never be abused – God won’t allow it!

     

    Now that you know you have access to unlimited godly power, what will you do to pursue it? I suggested continuing to cultivate your relationship with Jesus through spiritual exercises. The challenge is to continue to “spiritually exercise” daily.

     

    You may not be able to solve all the world’s problems, but with increased access to the unlimited power of God, you will be able to make a difference as you are transformed by the Holy Spirit because you are spiritually exercising on a daily basis.

     

    If you'd like to be added to the weekly recaps, just send me an email at pastordavid@gmpc.org

     

    Grace and peace,

     

    Pastor David