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Jun 19, 2016
The Possibilities are Endless.
Series: On Prayer
We are continuing our look at prayer. This week we look at the first part of Jesus' High Priestly Prayer.
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  • Jun 19, 2016The Possibilities are Endless.
    Jun 19, 2016
    The Possibilities are Endless.
    Series: On Prayer
    We are continuing our look at prayer. This week we look at the first part of Jesus' High Priestly Prayer.
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His Passion 3/23/16

Good morning,
“My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death . . . stay here and keep watch. . . . Abba, Father, everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will” (Mark 14:34, 36).

These are the words of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane where He went to pray with His disciples before His arrest. I want to urge you to stop what you are doing today and read these words through at least 3 times. We have been following that pattern in our Lenten readings and as we have done so there have been some who have commented how impactful it has been to read the passage for each day 3 times. So again, let me urge you to stop and read it again, and then read it again.

The prayer in the Garden and the time that Jesus spent there was not a perfunctory task – there was nothing about it that was a routine, hasty or in any way superficial. Luke, who was a medical doctor, records for us that Jesus was in such anguish that He literally sweats drops of blood. The medical explanation of this is that it is possible, under such extreme stress and anguish.

On Sunday I urged you not to rush past this week. Take the time to read, pray about and listen to what God has to say to you about the passion of Christ. There are theologians who say that the Garden of Gethsemane is where Jesus ultimately surrendered to God’s will. The Cross was the final and ultimate culmination of events, but it was in the Garden that Jesus wrestled with the weight of what was about to happen. Ultimately God would turn His back on His Son because Jesus literally took the sins of the world upon Himself so that His death could be the ultimate and final sacrifice for all of our sins. As God could not and cannot abide sin, He had to turn His back on His Son because of our sin. For the first time in His life Jesus would not know the intimate moment-by-moment communion and relationship with the Father.

It is no wonder that Jesus was “overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.” Jesus was not just “going through the motions” as He surrendered Himself to the Father for you and for me. It is the ultimate act of sacrifice and of love.

And Jesus’ prayer, “Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will” is the example that He sets for us. Suffering is hard; there will be times when we have to endure what we do not wish to endure; I don’t believe it is wrong for us to ask God to change the circumstances or stop them. But we have to come to the point that even if God does not change the circumstances or stop the suffering, we are content to be in His will – regardless.

Stop – listen – trust Him!

Rick

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Upcoming Activities
Wednesday March 23 – Holy Week Service at the J Bar J Country Church at noon – the service will be followed at 12:30 by a dinner for all who wish to join in.

We have our dinner tonight at 5:00 and following the dinner the adults who are not involved in other ministry activities well meet in the Sanctuary for prayer. There are children’s activities and teen activities.

Thursday March 24 and Friday March 25 – Holy Week Services at the J Bar J Country Church an noon both days – the services will be followed at 12:30 by a dinner for all who wish to join in.

Resurrection/Easter Sunday, March 27 – Here is our schedule

6:45 a.m. – Sunrise Service at the Prayer Pond – Pastor’s Marco & Betty Sanchez will be preaching and we will be joined by fellow believers from the Grace Harvest and Christ Community congregations.

7:30 a.m. – Breakfast in the gym – Our teens will be serving breakfast in the gym for everyone. This is a donation fundraiser as the teens are raising money for the youth group activities.

8:15 a.m. – Children’s Activities – We will have some special activities for our children including an egg hunt, a bounce house and a piñata!

10:00 a.m. – Combined Resurrection Celebration – We will have one combined worship service in the gym at 10:00 a.m. on this incredible day. Bring a friend and come celebration Resurrection.



Love First, Ask Questions Later 3/16/16

Good morning,

There is a scripture passage that, if you are following the Lenten readings for this season, you will be reading tomorrow, Thursday March 17. It is found in 1 Peter 4:8.

Before I write it out for you I want to remind you who it is that is speaking; it is Peter, the apostle. This is Peter who is known for his “act first, think later” actions and attitude. This is Peter, who, if we are honest, would probably be more like us then we really want to admit. Peter, who probably would have been quick to judge someone; Peter, who was the one who spoke first and considered what he ought to say later. Peter, who had so many failings in such a public way – at least in scripture because we seem to see all of them, or at least many, many, many of them. Peter, who is a lot like us.

But listen to what he said and hear it in the context that he says it. The context is that he is talking to us about living for God with the attitude that Christ had; who at the very beginning of these thoughts tells us that we shouldn’t live our lives for human desires (which he actually calls “evil”) but that we should rather live our lives for the will of God. And then he says this: “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”

If we’re honest, when someone sins, we are more likely to, at the very least, judge them in our minds if not coming right out verbally telling them what they’ve done wrong, why and what they have to do to earn our trust again. But Peter’s words seem to indicate to me that we should “love first and ask questions later.”

Please remember the context. Instead of living our lives according to our “evil” human desires, we should instead seek the will of God. I think what this means is that we should “love first and ask questions later.” This DOES NOT excuse sin; but it also reminds us that God loved us long before we ever deserved it; He didn’t make us clean up before He loved us; in fact, when we were at the very worst that we’ve ever been, He loved us first.

We are just a matter of days away from celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. As I have been thinking about my sermon for that day the thought came to me this morning that we are quick to celebrate (and we should be) the Resurrection of Jesus, but maybe what we ought to be concentrating on is WHY He actually did what He did. I’m not going to go into any more detail at this time because this is just in the development stage, but I’m pretty sure that’s where we’re going to go on that Resurrection Day celebration of Christ’s sacrifice and victory for us.

But today I want to urge you strongly, “love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” I want to challenge you to “love first and ask questions later.” I want to ask you to consider that our first reaction in life is to live according to our “evil” human desires, when we ought to be consciously putting those desires aside and seeking to live according to “the will of God.”

I love you . . . deeply!

Rick
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Upcoming Activities

Wednesday March 16 – We have our dinner tonight at 5:00 and following the dinner the adults who are not involved in other ministry activities well meet in the Sanctuary for prayer. There are children’s activities and teen activities. In the teen service Mike “Pinball” Magill is going to be sharing his testimony. I REALLY do hope to see you!

Sunday March 20 – This Sunday we will have our regular schedule of services and we are going to be looking at what the week ahead of us holds. I hope to see you on Sunday.

Wednesday March 23-Friday March 25 – Holy Week services next week will take place at 12:00 noon each day Wednesday through Friday at the J Bar J Country Church in Ruidoso. There will be a 30 minute service each day followed by lunch. This is a great opportunity to share with the Body of Christ in Lincoln County as we prepare for the greatest day of celebration in the entire Christian calendar.

Resurrection/Easter Sunday, March 27 – Here is our schedule
6:45 a.m. – Sunrise Service at the Prayer Pond – Pastor’s Marco & Betty Sanchez will be preaching and we will be joined by fellow believers from the Grace Harvest and Christ Community congregations.
7:30 a.m. – Breakfast in the gym – Our teens will be serving breakfast in the gym for everyone. This is a donation fundraiser as the teens are raising money for the youth group activitiesw.
8:15 a.m. – Children’s Activities – We will have some special activities for our children including an egg hunt, a bounce house and a piñata!
10:00 a.m. – Combined Resurrection Celebration – We will have one combined worship service in the gym at 10:00 a.m. on this incredible day. Bring a friend and come celebration Resurrection.



Resurrection People 3/9/16

Good morning,

I want to remind you today to be relentlessly focused on God!  That thought came out of one of our Lenten readings last week and was the subject of my Wednesday email last week.  I just wanted to remind you that this is the way to find what real joy and happiness are!

So with that in mind, I have loved the last two days readings, days 24 and 25, yesterday and today.  Yesterday we were reminded “though we may feel overwhelmed—we will not underestimate what God is doing through us, through the world.  We repent of thinking anything is impossible, because God is ABLE and He makes us the PossABLES.”  God IS able and He is the One who is working in our lives.  When we are relentlessly focused on Him, the impossibilities suddenly don’t look so impossible – the times when we are overwhelmed, all of the sudden aren’t so overwhelming.

Then this morning I read the reading and was reminded, “today we will practice our faith—because we will Practice Joy.  Practice Thankfulness.  Practice smiling, practice Counting Gifts.  We repent of too often forgetting that we are the Resurrection People and joy is our endless refrain.”  So then, when we are relentlessly focused on God, we are reminded that we are the Resurrection people and joy is our endless refrain.  We don’t have to settle for less than joy.  Now don’t “misread” that and think that I’m talking about happiness.  Happiness is a byproduct of joy.  There are times when we are not happy but we are people of joy because we are Resurrection people.  Sadness, loss, pain, they are all a part of life.  Don’t let anyone tell you that you can get rid of all of the problems of life when you follow Christ, because even Jesus told us that we would have “trouble in this world.”  But then He reminded us that HE has “overcome the world.”  The world isn’t going to have the last word, He will!

Don’t underestimate what God is going to do through you.  Be reminded today that God makes us the Possables!  Practice Thankfulness!  Practice Joy!  Today doesn’t depend on you, it depends on GOD and HE IS ABLE!  Please don’t forget that.  (And SMILE!)

I love you!

Rick

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  Upcoming Activities

Wednesday March 9 – We have our dinner tonight at 5:00 and following the dinner the adults who are not involved in other ministry activities well meet in the Sanctuary for prayer.  There are children’s activities, teen activities and there will also be a Membership Class going on tonight AT 6.  I REALLY do hope to see you!

SATURDAY MARCH 12 – Don’t forget that we set our clocks ahead one hour this Saturday night as we go off of Daylight Savings time this weekend.  That just means that I get to see you one hour earlier on Sunday!  I love seeing you!

And finally let me just remind you that Tim Green had to cancel his weekend here with us this week because of his mom’s health.  He is with her and taking care of her and we are working to reschedule him to be with us in the near future.  Sunday we will have our regular service schedule!