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    Wednesday
    Sep182019

    Word on Wednesday | Engaging the World

    Good Wednesday to you,

     

    Last Sunday we looked at the task of discipleship. While it is vital that we continue to grow in our faith through Bible study, spiritual disciplines, and participation in the life of a community, we are also tasked with “looking for the lost sheep.” When the “sheep” are lost in public places, practically challenging Christians to identify themselves as a person of faith (Drew Brees as an example) more and more disciples quietly pray for the return of Jesus, so we will not have to engage our culture. Yet, engage we must. I suggested three things the faith community could practice that would help us do just that.

     

    First, to love our neighbor, regardless of what they believe, more than we love our theological positions. That doesn’t mean that our beliefs are unimportant. They are extremely important, but loving our neighbors more is a must. If fact, Jesus said it was right up there with loving God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.

     

    Second, we need to temper our selective outrage. When we focus on one particular sin, while ignoring other, blatant sins (unmarried friends living together, gossip, envy, pride) we reveal our hypocrisy. Consistency is important if our witness is to have any impact when engaging the culture.

     

    Third, let us offer a cup of grace to everyone we meet. When we realize the ocean of grace we have been given my God, it would be a “no-brainer” to offer a mere cup of grace to others, especially those with whom we disagree. Dallas Willard says we need to “burn through grace like a jet burns through fuel.” I really appreciate that.

     

    Being a disciple is difficult enough in our current culture without us making it harder. Perhaps, if we strive to share God’s love up front, we can regain respect, leading to a conversation that allows the Holy Spirit to work in everyone’s life!

     

    Next week we will continue talking about discipleship through what is arguably the most difficult parable Jesus told – “The Shrewd Manager,” from Luke 16. I hope to see you on Sunday!

     

    Grace and peace,

    Pastor David

     

    If you missed this Sunday's sermon, click here to listen now.

     

    Wednesday
    Sep112019

    Word on Wednesday | Tariff-fying Times

    Good Wednesday to you,

     

    This past Sunday we started a series in discipleship and looked at some pretty hard sayings of Jesus – “if anyone comes to me and does not hate…does not carry his (or her) cross and follow me cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:25-27). I suggest that Jesus is talking about priorities here, and the fact that suffering is a distinct possibility for those of us who will prioritize Jesus in our lives. A commitment to follow Jesus has often led to estrangement from friends and families, especially if one is coming from a different faith community. There is no chance for a “detached association” with Jesus in that context. One is either all in or not in at all.

     

    I challenged you to identify your top three priorities, then articulate how that priority reflects your commitment to Jesus. If you are willing to share with me some of your priorities and reflections, I’d welcome it.

     

    It is so good to be back with you. I am grateful to all who faithfully ministered to you in my absence, especially Ralph, who took it upon himself to ensure this Wednesday email made it out to you each week.

     

    Next week we will look at the “Task of Discipleship,” focusing on Luke 15:1-10 as the sermon text. I hope to see you in worship on Sunday!

     

    On another subject, many in our community are participating in a “beautification project” for Mar Vista High School in Imperial Beach this coming Saturday. We still need some wheel barrows, shovels and rakes, and a few able bodies to help make this a success. If you are willing to loan us any of these implements (or bodies), please let me know.

     

    May the rest of your day (and week) be filled with blessings!

     

    Grace and peace,

    Pastor David

     

    If you missed this Sunday's sermon, click here to listen now.

    Wednesday
    Sep042019

    Sunday Sermon Recap - September 4

    Good Wednesday to you.

     

    This past Sunday we found the Children of Israel in the desert on their way to the Promised Land (Exodus 17:8-15). Just another day in the desert until……..Well, until the Amalekites showed up. They were not any too pleased that the Children of Israel were on “their” turf. But Amalekite turf was exactly where God wanted the Children of Israel to be. Trouble brewing. The Children of Israel needed help. Moses had a plan. It involved a one-word prayer: “Help!” And an answered prayer miraculously demonstrated the power of our God who is always able and always willing to help. Always.

     

    How able is God, you ask? The Apostle Paul writes in Ephesians 3:20 that God is able to do what we ask. Not just that, but he is able to do all that we ask. Not just that, but he is able to do more than all we ask. Not just that, but he is able to do more than all we ask or imagine. Not just that, but he is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine. How able is God? He is exceedingly able. Always.

     

    And God is willing to help. Not to be rude, but if God doesn’t have a caring heart and a listening ear, what’s it matter? But God is willing. He’s willing to hear, to notice, to love, and willing to act. The writers of Scripture say he's willing enough to count the hairs on your head and keep every one of your tears in a bottle. He is willing to hear the groans of his people, willing to suffer like a lovesick father waiting for his prodigal child to come home, and willing enough to become like one of us. This is the doctrine of incarnation, that in Jesus God became flesh, and part of what that means is God learned firsthand what it is like to need help. And because he learned, he is willing to help us. Always.

     

    The charge? Let’s not overthink this one. Everyone’s going through something. Let’s not be reluctant or slow to come before our God and say, “Help!”

     

    Next Sunday, Pastor David reviews the cost of discipleship as described by Jesus in Luke 14:25-33 and then leads us in the sacrament of Holy Communion.

     

    For Pastor David…and me,

     

    Grace and peace,

     

    Ralph West

    Wednesday
    Aug282019

    Sunday Sermon Recap - August 28

    Good Wednesday to you.

     

    This past Sunday we explored the most prayed prayer in the history of the human race – and nothing else comes close: The Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13). Since our rabbi Jesus taught us this prayer, it has been prayed in more languages, across more continents, in more cultures and civilizations, century after century for 2,000 years.

     

    When we pray “Our Father,” we should be moved to reflect deeply on the person and tender care of God. When we say “Hallowed by your name,” we should be inspired to give him worship, adoration and praise. If we dare to declare, “Your will be done,” we should be propelled into prayers of submission and surrender. As we ask for our “daily bread,” we should find ourselves humbly telling God about our needs we have in our lives and in the lives of those we love. “Lead us not into temptation” is better understood as, “Do not let us fall when we are tested.” Jesus did not give us a prayer to memorize and repeat over and over until our minds go blank. It is a launchpad from which we are lifted to high places of worship, petition, confession and so much more. Every time we pray this prayer, something new and fresh can happen. Do I hear a “Yes! So be it. That’s just the way we want it (an Amen)”?

     

    Here is our charge: Pray the prayer Jesus taught us to pray at least once each day this week. Don't rush through it. Fill each phrase with your own thoughts, your own deep desires, and the honest rumblings of your spirit. Make this week an adventure in prayer; an adventure in praying with power.

     

    Next Sunday, we venture into the Old Testament to explore the verse that says, "God helps those who help themselves." Oh, wait, maybe that’s a line from one of Aesop’s fables. Or is it one of Ben Franklin’s sayings? See you Sunday morning!

     

    For Pastor David…and me,

     

    Grace and peace,

     

    Ralph West

     

    Wednesday
    Aug212019

    Sunday Sermon Recap - August 21

    Good Wednesday to you.

     

    Well, that was a first. Our guest preacher was a man who still holds the record as the heaviest baby born in Coronado (12 lbs. 8 oz.); rode the last ferry from San Diego to Coronado; and, as quarterback of our Islander football team, threw seven interceptions…during just the first half…and that’s not a good thing!

     

    This past Sunday Steve Currey recalled his journey from a no-hands-bicycle-riding local kid to his current responsibility of leading teams and empowering those teams to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus, to make disciples and to plant churches across Europe while under the auspices of Pioneers (For almost 40 years, Pioneers has been using innovative and creative ways to bring the gospel to unreached people groups in every part of the globe).

     

    Steve’s journey began during college when he was asked by an evangelist, “Are you for living for yourself or are you living for God?” His answer was a no brainer – he was enthusiastically living for himself. A summer stint driving a bus for a Vacation Bible School in Philadelphia’s inner city became the first time he lived for other people. The experience convicted him to begin seeing people the way God sees them and to begin serving them in the name of Jesus.

     

    Verses penned by the apostle Paul proved pivotal in Steve’s decision to pursue overseas missions as a full-time vocation: Philippians 3:8 reminded him that the most important thing in life is knowing Jesus as Savior. Philippians 2:3 & 4 challenged Steve to do nothing out of selfishness – to put others first. Those words were written for us, too.

     

    Steve’s charge to us is to come before God and seriously ask, “God, give me your heart for the people around me. May I see each person as you do – loved by you; in need of a word of encouragement; in need of a personal relationship with you. May I know no greater joy than serving you and serving others.”

     

    Next Sunday, Ralph West (that’s me) explores the most prayed prayer in the history of the human race, and nothing else comes close. It has been prayed in more languages, across more continents, in more cultures and civilizations, century after century for 2,000 years. Curious? Read it in Matthew 6:9-12.

     

    For Steve Currey and Pastor David…and me,

     

    Grace and peace,

     

    Ralph West