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Aug 21, 2016
That You May Declare!
For the next several weeks, Angus Church will be discussing what it's mission is. This is the first message exploring this topic.
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  • Aug 21, 2016That You May Declare!
    Aug 21, 2016
    That You May Declare!
    For the next several weeks, Angus Church will be discussing what it's mission is. This is the first message exploring this topic.
  • Aug 14, 2016The Impact of a Praying Church
    Aug 14, 2016
    The Impact of a Praying Church
    Series: On Prayer
    The last of our series on Prayer from the Beatitudes and the Lord's Prayer, from Angus Church of the Nazarene by Rick Hutchison. Released: 2016. 
  • Jul 31, 2016The Atmosphere of a Praying Church
    Jul 31, 2016
    The Atmosphere of a Praying Church
    Series: On Prayer
    Join us as we take a look at the second part of a three part series on the Beatitudes and the Lord's Prayer.
  • Jul 24, 2016The Disposition of a Praying Church
    Jul 24, 2016
    The Disposition of a Praying Church
    Series: On Prayer
    Join us this week as we begin to look at the Sermon on the Mount through the lens of prayer
  • Jul 3, 2016A Trinity Community of Unconditional Relationship
    Jul 3, 2016
    A Trinity Community of Unconditional Relationship
    Series: On Prayer
    Today we take a look at the third part of Jesus' high Priestly Prayer. John 17:20-26

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Relentlessly Focused 3/2/16

Good morning,

Wow, we live in a culture that is obsessed with itself.  From selfies to self-promotion, from selfishness that spends its life on “what I want” rather than what is good for me, to thinking that we should elect the person that promises us that he/she will do more for us than the other candidate will do.

I read this morning that only 12% of registered voters in Ruidoso voted in yesterday’s election in which three of the village council positions were up for election – 12%!!!!!  Then I heard that just over 200 voters voted in Capitan where over 900 voters are registered to vote; that is approximately 25%!  Of course yesterday was so-called “Super Tuesday” where 11 states held Presidential primaries or caucuses to vote on nominating the persons who will run as the Republican and Democratic candidates in the November election for President of the United States.  I do not know the percentage of people who voted in those primaries yesterday, but I don’t think I would be stretching too far to say that more than likely, taking the last several years elections into consideration, there were fewer, and probably far fewer than 50% of registered voters who participated in that election.

Then I read an article that describes the online traffic to the pornographic website “Pornhub” and people who “visit that site.”  (No, I do not visit that website; I saw an article on Face Book that referenced this information.)  In January alone the state of California had 187,000 people who searched that website looking for information concerning ONE WORD – please understand, it wasn’t 187,000 people in California visiting that website in January; it was 187,000 people visiting that website looking for information on one pornographic term!

Now the tendency for me is to look at those numbers, shake my head in disbelief, “pass judgment” and leave the subject feeling self-righteous – God forgive me.

I am feeling at least a little less self-righteous this morning because of the Lenten Devotionals that I am reading, especially the one from yesterday.  For those who aren’t following them and also for those of us who are, let me remind you of just one phrase from the devotional thought from yesterday – the writer wrote, “We repent of a heart that is an idol maker instead of making You the sole King of our hearts, repent of stealing Your glory, photo-bombing all of Your fame with this insertion of our selfie-selves, thinking almost incessantly about ourselves instead of being relentlessly focused on You and thinking of ourselves less.”

Now all of that is convicting, but let me ask you for a couple of minutes this morning as you read this not to necessarily focus on how bad that makes you feel (or maybe it is just me), but please focus on the conviction that God is challenging me through this writer to instead be “relentlessly focused on You.”

I have determined that I am going to spend the rest of this Lenten season (and hopefully beyond as well) dwelling on that phrase, copying it and taping it in places where I will see it more than once a day, and then purposefully becoming more relentlessly focused on God!  I am not telling you this to say “look at me,” but I am telling you this to say that I haven’t been doing that enough and I need to make it more of the focus in my life.  I am writing to challenge you to become more relentlessly focused on God!

Rick

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  Upcoming Activities

Wednesday March 2 – 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 to prepare for our Engaged time with the teens.  At 6:30 we’ll all get together in the gym to worship together and then pray with the teens.  I hope to see you here!

Wednesday March 9 – We will have a special Membership Class on that evening at 6:00 p.m.  Sue Hutchison will lead the class and anyone is invited to attend.  If you are interested in membership here at Angus Church or if you just want to know more about what we believe and why, come out and join us at 6:00 p.m. on the 9th.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday March 11-13 – We have the privilege of having Tim Green here with us on that weekend.  Tim is an amazing Old Testament scholar who can make it come alive.  He will be with us on that Friday evening March 11 at 6:30 following the Friday evening Shabbat meal.  Then on Saturday morning March 12th, we’ll meet in the gym at 10:00 – we’ll have some goodies, juice and coffee and Tim will share in this very information setting.  Saturday evening we’ll meet at 6 p.m.  On Sunday morning March 13th we will have ONE COMBINED WORSHIP SERVICE at 10:00 a.m. in the gym.  This will be an incredible weekend and I hope to see you here!

SATURDAY MARCH 12 we set our clocks ahead one hour as we go off of Daylight Savings time that weekend.  Please make special note of that!

PRAYER NEEDS – Pray for our Nation



Hope is On the Horizon 2/23/16

Good morning,

I’m sending this out on Tuesday, a day early, to make sure that you have a little warning.  I want to talk to you about Hope Harbor/Puerto Esperanza.  I’ll begin with a little background.

In 2011, the year before the Little Bear Fire, we began to seek God for His direction for the future concerning a project so big ONLY God could do it.  Out of a lot of discussion and conversation came the concept of Hope Harbor/Puerto Esperanza.  We originally called it Puerto Esperanza, which translates to Hope Harbor, but were given some good advice that if we really wanted to catch people’s attention, Hope Harbor was clearly easier to understand.

Hope Harbor will be a Transitional Home for women coming out of Domestic Violence Shelters and for young men and women transitioning out of Foster Care.  The home will be a place where they can live for 2-3 years while getting an education and job skills to be able to provide for themselves and their family, instead of simply a minimum wage job with no job skills.  A lot of work has gone into this project over the last almost 5 years and while the going has seemed slow we want to be sure and do this the right way.  We still believe that God is directing this project and it is a ministry that is only going to happen if He provides what is needed.

You are going to be hearing a lot more about this in the coming weeks and months and one of the things that you are going to hear about is that we are looking for people who are willing to volunteer and get involved.  There will be numerous opportunities for anyone who has interest to get involved and this can become an amazing way to touch a real need in our world today.

Over the next couple of weeks we will have two opportunities to learn more.  We would love to answer questions, share the dream and talk to as many as we can about Hope Harbor to begin to get the word out.

Along that line we are going to have an informational meeting this Wednesday, tomorrow evening February 24th at 6:00 p.m. at the church in the room next to the nursery.  Lorna Fike who is a part of the Board of Directors will be heading up these meetings.  Come and get something to eat at 5 and then join Lorna and others to learn more.

The second meeting will be on Sunday March 6th immediately following the early worship service, at approximately 10:30 a.m. in the gym.  We’re hoping that those who might be interested from our Sunday services will perhaps find this time convenient.

These meetings are open to everyone and we hope to have you there!  If you have more questions contact the church office and we’ll be happy to answer those questions.

Rick

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  Upcoming Activities

Wednesday February 24 – We have our dinner tonight at 5:00 and then we will have our regular Wednesday evening activities.  Also we will have the informational meeting concerning Hope Harbor at 6:00 p.m. in the Sunday school room located next to the nursery.  Hope to see you here!

Friday February 26 and Saturday February 27 – Feed My Starving Children Mobil Pack at First Baptist Church in Ruidoso.  You can go onto the website www.fmsc.org and sign up for a time to go and pack.  If you can’t find an opening but you still would like to go, we’ve been told you can simply show up and they will find a place for you to be used.  I hope you’ll do that!

Saturday February 27 – First Baptist Church Ruidoso had to cancel the Seder Meal they had planned for this Saturday.

PRAYER NEEDS – Mike Rankin has been in the hospital in Roswell the last couple of days due to a very low oxygen count in his blood.  The doctors have determined that Mike’s heart is strong and that he is most likely dealing with sleep apnea which is treatable.  He is also dealing with some blood sugar issues and we need to continue to pray for him.

Please be in prayer for Hank LaPointe – Hank was placed on hospice yesterday.  Please also be in prayer for his wife Nancy and also for her parents as well.  This is a time for the body of Christ to support and love this family through prayer and words of love.



They Will Know 2/17/16

Good morning,

There was a popular song that we sang in youth groups and churches in the 60’s and 70’s “We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord; we are one in the Spirit we are one in the Lord . . .” and then there were other verses that went with that as well, but it is the last line of each verse that strikes me this morning . . . “and they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love, yes they’ll know we are Christians by our love.”  (Some of you are already humming that tune in your minds . . . some of you are singing it out loud!  J)

The idea of those words is taken from a verse in John 13, verse 35 when Jesus said, “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”  Now when we see a verse we always ought to look at and be aware of the context of the verses around it; what was going on when this was said . . . who is speaking and to whom are they speaking . . . why was this said in this context?  So, what is the context of these words?

First, Jesus is with His disciples.  He has just finished the celebration of Passover, He has washed their feet and talked to them about what it means to be a part of this team and in the middle of all of that Judas slips out to go and betray Jesus.  After that takes place Jesus talks about what is coming and the fact that He is about to not be with them for much longer.  Then He says, “A new command I give you; Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”  CONTEXT!  Then, (please don’t miss this), then He tells Peter that Peter is going to deny that he even knows Him before the night is over!

Ok, Passover, washing feet, being a part of the team, Judas slips out (and Jesus knew why he was slipping out), “I’m going where you can’t . . . and, oh, by the way, you must love each other like I love you.  And be aware that everyone in the world is going to be able to tell that you are on my team because of the way that you love one another.  Oh, and Peter, you’re going to deny that you even know me!”  “And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love, yes they’ll know we are Christian’s by our love!”

Now please get this, they’ll know we are Christians by our love for one another!  I made a statement on Sunday in our combined worship service, “There is no such thing as a selfish Christian.”  Well, here’s another . . . “There’s no such thing as a Christian who can’t stand to be around other Christians – who doesn’t love other Christians.”  Talk about a simple concept, love starts here in the body.  Now it doesn’t end here, but according to Jesus, this is where it starts.  Does that mean we never have any differences of opinion?  No.  Does it mean that we are going to always agree about everything?  No.  Does it mean that we are never going to get frustrated with fellow believers?  No.  Does it mean that we are always going to love one another?  Y.E.S.!!!!!!!  I don’t see any other option here.  Just sayin’ . . .  And for those of you who are inevitably going to say (oh, not out loud, but you’re going to say it in your mind), “Well, you don’t know what they did to me!”  I would say to you, have they slipped out of the worship service to go and take money to betray you to be killed yet?  Judas did that to Jesus and I’m convinced that if Judas would have come back and asked for forgiveness, Jesus would have given it and there would have been absolutely, positively NO hesitation to love him!

Rick

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  Upcoming Activities

Wednesday February 3 – We have our dinner tonight at 5:00 and then we will have our regular Wednesday evening activities.  Hope to see you here!

Friday February 26 and Saturday February 27 – Feed My Starving Children Mobil Pack at First Baptist Church in Ruidoso.  You can go onto the website www.fmsc.org and sign up for a time to go and pack.  If you can’t find an opening but you still would like to go, we’ve been told you can simply show up and they will find a place for you to be used.  I hope you’ll do that!

Saturday February 27 – First Baptist Church Ruidoso is hosting a Seder Meal, led by Jim Fox from Chosen People Ministries.  The Seder begins at 4:00 p.m. and all Christians throughout Lincoln County are invited to be part of this special time.  If you are interested in going we NEED to know TODAY so that we can make reservations with FBC.  Please call the church office TODAY, 575 336-8032, and let us know so we can let them. Know!

PRAYER NEEDS – Mike Magill has liver disease and the medicines he’s been taking have not been working.  The doctors have looked at a new medication/treatment that has just come out but is extremely expensive.  They have contacted the Insurance Company to see if they would cover it and the Insurance Company has denied it.  Please pray for Mike and Laci as they seek God for direction – God HAS the answer that they need, whatever it is, and we need to pray that they find it.