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A God Like That! 1/27/16

Good morning,

There is a verse in the book of Isaiah that is not one that we quote often, but this morning I want to share it with you.  It is found in Isaiah 64:4 and it says, “Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God beside you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.”  Read it from The Message, “Since before time began no one has ever imagined, no ear heard, no eye seen, a God like you who works for those who wait for him.” 

In every religion of the world except Christianity, life is a series of things that we have to do to get to god.  We are constantly trying to please our god; we have to do different things, sometimes outrageous things not just to please but to appease that god.  There is no religion, except for Christianity, where the god in question is doing everything that he/she/it can do to help its follower.

But then there is our God.  No one has ever “imagined” a God like you!  No ear has ever even come close to “hearing” about a God like you!  No eye has “seen” a God like you who is “working for those who wait for him.”

The good news this morning is that you don’t have to work to please God.  You don’t have to do anything to appease His wrath, His anger or His justice.  God loves you and He is working on your behalf.  HE SACRIFICED HIS OWN SON SO THAT HE COULD HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU!  That thought has become so commonplace that it is sad.  Stop and read that again; think about that again; see the absurdity of that:  GOD sent His own Son to DIE so that you and I could have a relationship with Him.  There wasn’t any other way.  There isn’t anything that we can do to substitute for that.  We are sinners and He is holy.  The ONLY thing that could give us a relationship with Him was for a sinless man to take our place receiving what we deserve; DEATH; eternal separation from God.  And Jesus, God’s Son, did JUST THAT!  And when we receive that gift then we can have THAT relationship with God.

“Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God beside you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.”  “Since before time began no one has ever imagined, no ear heard, no eye seen, a God like you who works for those who wait for him.” 

 Pretty amazing if you ask me!

Rick

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Upcoming Activities

 

Wednesday January 27 – We have our regular Wednesday evening activities tonight beginning with dinner at 5:00!  Hope to see you here!

Sunday January 31 – This coming Sunday we are coming together to celebrate what God wants to do in us.  We are going to be continuing our journey through 1 John in both the 8:45 and 10:30 a.m. services and our Hispanic Congregation will meet at 1:00 p.m.  You don’t want to miss this amazing day!

PRAYER NEEDS – Cheyenne’s mom, Elaine Park, is in Denver CO where they are running tests so that she can receive a liver transplant.  Please be in prayer for Elaine and for the family.

Charlotta Stewart’s niece, Angie Fowler, is back in the hospital and will have to have more of her leg amputated.  This has been going on for awhile and we need to cover her in prayer that God will direct the doctors and be with her and her family.

Joe and Beverly Brazel remain in Houston where Joe is undergoing chemo for a brain tumor.  Please keep them in your prayers and for God’s touch on Joe!

 

 



What Are We Looking At? 1/6/16

 

Good morning,

I want to ask you the question:  “What are you looking at?”

I’m asking you this question because I was looking at the wrong thing yesterday and I feel like I messed up.  I was talking with someone and I allowed my frustrations to control my words and I said things when I should have been listening, I said things in a way I shouldn’t have.  I blew it.  I have asked the person to forgive me and I’ve asked God to forgive me.  I’m coming clean before you because I want you to know how very, very easy it is for anyone of us to miss an opportunity when we are looking at the wrong thing.  Now let me explain just a little more what I’m talking about.

Everywhere I go, physically, online, listening to or watching the news and talking to people, there is an extreme frustration with our nation and our world.  I have read and listened to people who profess Christ as their Savior justify attitudes that say that we need to do everything that we can to kill those who are seeking to kill us, especially and specifically talking about radical Muslims.

There is also an extreme frustration with certain and specific political figures.  It doesn’t matter which side of the political spectrum you are on; there are people who are violently frustrated with the President and his political allies, and there are people who are violently frustrated with the other party’s Presidential candidates or political allies.

I have highlighted, purposefully, extreme frustration and violent frustration.  I am not going to share my political leanings, although if you know me very well you at least have an idea, but the point is NOT what side you or I are on.  THE POINT HERE IS, “What are you and I looking at?”

Jesus said, “But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself” (John 12:32).  Jesus was predicting His death and what kind of death He would suffer, but I believe with everything in my life that He was speaking about SO MUCH MORE than just the type of death He was going to suffer.  I believe this because of the context of the statement.  Just after He made this statement He talked to the people about walking in the light.  He went on to say, “Put your trust in the light while you have it, so that you may become sons of light” (John 12:36).  I’m being brief here but if you take the time, which I strongly encourage you to do, to look at the rest of that chapter and the surrounding chapters and verses, I believe that what you’re going to see is that Jesus was also talking specifically to us about what we’re looking at.

When we are looking at Christ, we are going to point people to Christ.  When we’re looking at Fox News, or CNN, or our frustrations or our rights or our politicians, we’re going to point people to our particular leanings, political or personal.  I believe when we are looking at Christ, we are going to point people to Christ and that is what I believe our world desperately needs right now.

I am asking us, as followers of Jesus Christ, the man who told us “Do not resist an evil person.  If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. . . . Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. . . .  do not worry about your life . . . Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? . . . But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. . . . Do not judge, or you too will be judged. . . . If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”  (Matthew 5:38ff – 7:11)  I know, some of you are thinking or saying, “Yeah, but . . .” BUT I want to tell you, please, look at Christ.

I want to urge you to look at Christ and then yours (and my) own frustrations, the political leaders, the world’s terrorists and every other thing that causes us extreme frustration or violent frustration will be seen for what it is:  A TRICK OF THE ENEMY TO GET OUR EYES OFF OF JESUS AND ONTO OUR PROBLEMS!  Our enemy is not the President; our enemy is not the other political party; our enemy is not ISIS; our enemy is not each other.  Our enemy is satan!

I do love you!

Rick

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  Upcoming Activities

 

Wednesday January 6 – ALL WEDNESDAY EVENING ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN CANCELLED TONIGHT AT ANGUS CHURCH BECAUSE OF THE WEATHER.  PLEASE STAY HOME AND STAY SAFE!

 

Sunday January 10 – This coming Sunday we are coming together to celebrate what God wants to do in us.  Korey Frazier will be speaking in both morning worship services, 8:45 and 10:30 a.m. and our Hispanic Congregation will meet at 1:00 p.m.  You don’t want to miss this amazing day!

 

A PRAISE REPORT – Yesterday, Tuesday January 5, Tom Bulin, Lonnie Moyer’s nephew, underwent another grueling chemotherapy treatment where they flooded his stomach with hot chemo to attack the cancer of the stomach.  A few weeks ago they told him there were new tumors in his stomach.  After the treatment yesterday they told him they saw NO NEW TUMORS and they then did some biopsy’s and told him if there was no cancer they would be able to remove his stomach in a couple of weeks to eradicate the cancer.  Please keep praying for Tom and for God’s continued miraculous touch on his body!

 

 



2016 – 12/30/15

Good morning,

Have you thought about what God would like to happen in your life in 2016?

I am not a big fan of New Year’s Resolutions.  The main reason is that most of the time we make a resolution based on how we’re feeling at the end of the year and statistics tell us that most people break their New Year’s Resolutions before the end of January.  So I’m not talking about a New Year’s Resolution.

I am talking about what God would like to do this year, together with you, that will improve your life.  This isn’t an improvement that involves our determination or our “gutting it out” or even a list of things that we are going to do to make life better.  What I’m speaking about this morning is trusting God for what He wants to do in your life in the days, weeks and even the years ahead.

Very quickly look at Ephesians 3:14-20.  I’m not going to write out all seven verses, but I’d encourage you to stop and read it before you proceed.  I want to simply highlight a few of the things that Paul writes.

He says, “I pray that out of his [Christ’s] glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.”  The he says, “I pray that you . . . may have power . . . to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ . . . that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”  Then the 20th verse says, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more that all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us . . .”

I believe that God wants to do some things in you and me in 2016 that will make 2016 the best year we have ever had.  DISCLAIMER:  I am NOT saying that we won’t have trouble or heartache or difficulties or pain this year, but I STILL believe this can be the best year we have ever had.  Look at what Paul prayed for us.

That we would be “strengthened with power through His Spirit in our inner beings.”  I believe that the inner being is where all of this starts.  You see, this isn’t a place that we can work on or work out and make stronger – this is a place where God has to work and I believe He wants to do it in me and in you.  This isn’t the “power of positive thinking” or an optimist’s outlook I’m talking about – this is what ONLY God can do.  He prayed that we would have “power to grasp the incredible love of Christ SO THAT we could be FILLED to the measure of ALL THE FULLNESS OF GOD.”  I don’t know about you, but I would love to have ALL of the fullness of God in my life.  If you will stop and think about that, that is an amazing thing!  And finally Paul said that God is ABLE to do this – in fact, He is able to do so much more than we could even imagine.  We talked a little bit about this earlier this year, but I want to challenge you to grab onto this for the coming New Year.

I believe this is going to be a year like no other . . . and I want you to know that I don’t think all of that is necessarily good.  Our world is hurting; we are seeing hatred displayed everywhere both in our nation and around the world, in ways that we have never seen before.  I know that we have an enemy, satan, who is taking advantage of the fear, the hurt and the hatred that humankind is living in and multiplying it exponentially.  But IN SPITE of that, I believe that God has something for you and for me that encompasses Ephesians 3:14-20.

I pray that you and I will trust Him, depend upon Him and love Him with more fever and passion than we ever have before.

I love you.  Happy New Year!

Rick

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  Upcoming Activities

 

Sunday January 3 – This coming Sunday we are coming together to celebrate what God wants to do in us.  We are going to enjoy the fruit of the Joy of the Lord on that morning.  It will be a great time for the body of Christ at Angus to come together and worship!  We will have both worship services, 8:45 and 10:30 a.m. and our Hispanic Congregation will meet at 1:00 p.m.

 

Wednesday January 6 – Our teens and adults will come together at 6:30 to worship and then pray together.  This has become a highlight of each month’s Wednesday evening activities.  We encourage you to make a special effort to be here.  It all begins with dinner in the gym at 5:00