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    Wednesday
    Aug142019

    Sunday Sermon Recap - August 14

    Good Wednesday to you.

     

    Jesus’ disciples were confident it was one of them; one of them was certainly the greatest in the kingdom of God. So, each asked (this is not a direct quote), “It’s me, right?” Jesus answered (this is not a direct quote, either), “Not even. Try a little child…like this one right here. A child outranks you. You might as well select a child as your mentor. In my kingdom, children are the greatest.” And then Jesus explained why.

     

    This past Sunday the Reverend Dr. Nate Landis, founder and director of Urban Youth Collaborative, took us to Matthew 18:1-5 to read Jesus’ explanation of why children are the greatest in his kingdom: they understand the riddle of God’s kingdom. They understand they are unable to pay for their sins and, with pure humility, they receive God’s forgiveness (salvation) and then say, “I depend on you, Jesus, completely; I trust you, Jesus, completely; I obey you, Jesus, completely.” And as they mature, they learn that they can never get enough of their heavenly Father and that their heavenly Father will always provide for their needs. But…….

     

    ……but Nate reminded us that Christianity is always one generation away from extinction. It is our responsibility as followers of Jesus to, using a track & field analogy, pass the baton of faith to the next generation. And we pass that baton of faith by living an example that demonstrates to a watching generation that I depend on Jesus completely; I trust Jesus completely; I obey Jesus completely. It is not childish to be childlike.

     

    Next Sunday we hear from Coronado born and reared, Steve Currey. Steve will use Matthew 9:35-38 as the launching point to tell us how God got ahold of his life and sent him into missions – 5,648 miles away, missions.  HIs wife Sara and daughters Annie and Julia will also join us.

     

    For the Reverend Dr. Nate Landis, Steve Currey and Pastor David…

     

    Grace and peace,

     

    Ralph West

    Wednesday
    Aug072019

    Sunday Sermon Recap - August 7

    Good Wednesday to you.

     

    This past Sunday Brady Rentz (Chaplain, USN) took us on a “Tour de Psalm 90” as he made comparisons between the recently completed Tour de France and our own “Tour de Life.” His question to us was, “What should be our response in our times of exhaustion and times of distress?” Chaplain Rentz suggested the following ‘riding’ strategy:

     

    1. Trust God’s perspective because of who he is. God is our help and our refuge. God has rescued us before and will rescue us again.
    2. Express our heart to God. There may be times of emotional exhaustion during which we feel God is angry at us: he’s not. God knows us as we really are – and that should be a comfort for us to know. As we persevere, God provides restoration.
    3. Remember that God is present in difficult times. It’s appropriate to ask God to “turn back” – to take away the difficult situation. We experience a new kind of rejoicing when God changes his mind.

     

    The challenge? Don’t pull over to the side of the road and say, “I’m done.” Instead, remember that we have been created in the image of God (imago Dei). And, therefore, we bear his likeness (will, mind, emotion) and we represent him – in good times and in bad times. His work needs to be our work: to know him and make him known and to help other ‘riders’ when we are able. And, as we do, “May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us” (v. 17).

     

    Next Sunday the Reverend Dr. Nate Landis is our guest preacher. Nate is the president and founder of Urban Youth Collaborative (UYC) and is no stranger to Graham.

     

    For Chaplain Rentz and the Reverend Dr. Nate Landis and Pastor David…

     

    Grace and peace,

     

    Ralph West

    Wednesday
    Aug072019

    Sunday Sermon Recap - July 31

    Good Wednesday to you.

     

    This past Sunday Pastor Keith concluded his “Lost in Translation” series – and his pulpit exchange with us – by introducing us to the Greek word, ekklesia. It has multiple, but similar meanings. It can mean church, assembly, a gathering, or those who are called out. Pastor Keith used 1 Peter 2:1-10 to take us deeper into what it means to be those who are called out: the church. And, spoiler alert, the church is never a physical structure.

     

    Here are the basics of what Jesus has called us to do as his church:

    • We are the people of God. We are to be dedicated disciples.
    • We are the family of God. “When you get Jesus, you get the family.” We journey together, walk together, grow together, cry with each other, laugh with each other – and we stick together even when there are disagreements.
    • We are the body of Christ. We each have a responsibility – and when one “part” of the body is not working, the entire body suffers.
    • We are a holy temple and living stones. God’s presence is with his people; when we meet together, we raise the level of his presence.  We are God’s beautiful workmanship.
    • We are the bride of Christ. Jesus loves his church (those who are called out) even with our flaws. He has pledged himself to us; we, in turn, pledge ourselves to him.

     

    Question number one of the Westminster Shorter Catechism asks, “What is the chief end of man?” The English and Scottish theologians who wrote the 107 questions for that catechism in 1647, also provided the answer: “Man’s chief end is to glorify God forever.” What might that look like? Pastor Keith suggested the following answer: “If all the sleeping folks will wake up, and all the lukewarm folks will fire up, and all the disgruntled folks will sweeten up, and all the discouraged folks will cheer up, and all the depressed folks will look up, and all the estranged folks will make up, and all the gossiping folks will shut up, and all the dry bones will shake up, and all the true soldiers will stand up, and all the church members will pray up, and if the Savior of all will be lifted up . . . then we can have the greatest renewal this world has ever known!”

     

    Next Sunday our own Brady Rentz, Navy chaplain, will guide us through Psalm 90 reminding us about God’s perspective and encouragement for his people (there’s that ekklesia again) as we journey through our seasons of life.

     

    For Pastor Keith and Chaplain Rentz and Pastor David…

     

    Grace and peace,

     

    Ralph West

    Wednesday
    Jul242019

    Sunday Sermon Recap - July 24

    Good Wednesday to you.

     

    This past Sunday Pastor Keith continued his “Lost in Translation” series with the Greek word, mathetes. It means disciple, pupil, student, apprentice, learner. It means exactly what Jesus expects of those who know him as personal Savior.

     

    In a first century Jewish community, the rabbi was highly, highly respected. There was no greater joy to a young man (or his parents) than to hear a rabbi say “Come and follow me.” An enthusiastic blessing from the community followed, “May you be covered in the dust of your rabbi.” It meant may you follow your teacher so closely that you learn all that it takes to become just like him.

     

    In Luke 5:1-11, we read of Rabbi Jesus saying to ordinary men who were about their ordinary daily routine, “Come and follow me.” He was saying, “Despite your flaws, I believe in you. I have faith in you. I choose each of you to be my disciple, my pupil, my student, my apprentice. Learn from me and walk my path for you with me and together we will change the world for the good.”

     

    Pastor Keith told of a missionary who lost his way in a jungle; the trail had vanished. Stumbling on a small hut, he asked the national living there if he could lead him out. Rising to his feet, he walked directly into the bush. The missionary followed on his heels. For more than an hour they hacked their way through a dense wall of vines and grasses. The missionary became worried: “Are you sure this is the way? I don’t see any path.” His guide chuckled and said over his shoulder, “In this place there is no path. I am the path.”

     

    Jesus said he is the path – he is the way (John 14:6). My responsibility? To know that he chose me, believes in me, has faith in me and wants me to follow him on his path. And, in turn? I need to choose him, believe in him and have faith that his path is where I want to be…and be his learner, apprentice, student, pupil, disciple.  May we know no greater joy than to be “covered in the dust” of our Rabbi.

     

    Next Sunday Pastor Keith concludes his series – and his time with us – with the Greek word, ekklesia.  Now, if you’ve been finding your way to Graham Memorial (or any Christ-centered worshipping community), I’m guessing your name could be included in its definition. Make a quick read of 1 Peter 2:1-10 and learn if you agree.

     

    For Pastor Keith and Pastor David…

     

    Grace and peace,

     

    Ralph West

    Tuesday
    Jul232019

    Sunday Sermon Recap - July 17

    Good Wednesday to you.

     

    This past Sunday Pastor Keith continued his “Lost in Translation” series with the Greek word, pistis. It means faith, belief, trust, having confidence. The pistis of which the Apostle John writes in John 3:1-21 is the faith that rests on the resurrection of Jesus, is found only in Jesus, is a gift of the Holy Spirit – and will be tested.

     

    Pastor Keith illustrated what pistis looks like by telling a story about John Paton, a late 1800s Scottish missionary to the New Hebrides (now Vanuatu). While learning the language in order to put it to writing, John discovered this cannibalistic people group had no word for faith…or belief…or trust…or having confidence. Leaning as far back as he dared on the two legs of the chair on which he was sitting, he asked his translator to provide a word for what he saw him doing. The translator said, “You are leaning your whole weight on those two legs." That was it! John now had the word to define what faith, what belief, what trust, what having confidence in Jesus is: leaning one’s entire weight on Jesus.

     

    Faith in Jesus is not just a head belief – not just an intellectual awareness. Faith in Jesus is a confidence that he, as the author and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 11:2), will hold us up when we’re down, will be strong for us when we are weak, will strengthen us when we are tested and will help us change and grow and mature in our faith as we rely completely on him.

     

    The challenge? Lean on Jesus. Trust him with all of your “weight” (Proverbs 3:5, 6). The best is yet to come.

     

    Next Sunday we will be introduced to the Greek word, mathetes. Again, I’m not at liberty to tell you what the word means, however, a quick read of Luke 5:1-11 (Pastor Keith’s text) will provide more than a good clue (Hint: mathetes does not mean “one who catches fish”).

     

    For Pastor Keith and Pastor David…

     

    Grace and peace,

     

    Ralph West

     

    Click this link for “the rest of the story”: You Will Be Eaten by Cannibals! Lessons from the Life of John G. Paton