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Praise the Lord 11/25/15

 

Good morning,

 

1 Hallelujah! Praise God in his holy house of worship, praise him under the open skies;

2 Praise him for his acts of power, praise him for his magnificent greatness;

3 Praise with a blast on the trumpet, praise by strumming soft strings;

4 Praise him with castanets and dance, praise him with banjo and flute;

5 Praise him with cymbals and a big bass drum, praise him with fiddles and mandolin.

6 Let every living, breathing creature praise God! Hallelujah!

Psalm 150 The Message

 

Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Rick

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  Upcoming Activities

 

Today, Wednesday November 25 – No Wednesday evening activities at Angus Church tonight.

 

Thursday November 26 – HAPPY THANKSGIVING

 

Sunday November 29– We are having ONE combined worship service this Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. in the gym.  We invite you to come and enjoy the fellowship, worship and praise of the Body of Christ!  Breakfast will be ready at 8:45 and our adult Sunday school class will meet immediately following the service!  This Sunday morning we begin the Advent Season with the emphasis Our Coming Savior!  We hope you will join us for a very special day!

 

 

 



Do Not Be Afraid 11/18/15

Good morning,

I have spent some time over the last days reflecting on the horrific bombings and shootings in Paris last Friday.  What I have to say to you this morning is not political, it is not militant and probably there will be people who read this email who wish that I would have talked about something else.  I don’t ask you to agree and I most certainly don’t think that I’ve got the final voice in this matter, I’m just trying to look at this like God looks at it.  I believe that everything that happens in life compels me to see it through the lens of Christ in my life.

This comes out of the devotional from yesterday, Tuesday November 17, from My Utmost For His Highest by Oswald Chambers.  The scripture is Genesis 22:16-18 where God says to Abraham, “‘I swear by myself,’ declares the LORD, ‘that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you . . . and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.’”

Now you might have guessed that the story is when God told Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac and Abraham prepared to do so without any hesitation at all!  Now look at what Chambers writes in reference to this story and specifically to the verses that I’ve written for you above.

Abraham, at this point, has reached where he is in touch with the very nature of God. He now understands the reality of God.
My goal is God Himself…  At any cost, dear Lord, by any road.
“At any cost…by any road” means submitting to God’s way of bringing us to the goal.
There is no possibility of questioning God when He speaks, if He speaks to His own nature in me. Prompt obedience is the only result. When Jesus says, “Come,” I simply come; when He says, “Let go,” I let go; when He says, “Trust God in this matter,” I trust. This work of obedience is the evidence that the nature of God is in me.

There is plenty to be scared of in our world today.  Terrorism has become a real possibility in our lives and not some foreign concept that takes place in another part of the world.  What happened in Paris on Friday has happened here in Oklahoma City not too long ago; in New York City; at Fort Hood, and who knows where it’ll happen next.  Are we immune, are we safe from something like this . . . I think you already know the answer to that.  Could it happen here, in the mountains of southern NM in a small mountain tourist community?  Again, I think you already know the answer to that.  So what should our response be?

First, OUR RESPONSE SHOULD NOT BE FEAR!

God spoke to Abraham and told him that he needed to sacrifice his son . . . and Abraham made the preparations, gathered up his son and the supplies, and headed to the mountain to sacrifice his son.  There is NO indication at all that he was afraid; there is NO indication at all that he hesitated; there is NO indication at all that he did anything except obey.  He simply did what God directed him to do.  We don’t know what he was thinking EXCEPT that he was going to obey God.  We can spend from now until eternity speculating about what he “might have” been thinking, but the truth is all we have is the story of God’s command and Abraham’s obedience.  I believe that the reason is that Abraham heard God speaking to God’s own nature within him.  I think that Abraham trusted God and that trust and obedience was the evidence that God’s nature lived in him.  I don’t think Abraham was afraid.

My life cannot be controlled by the “what if’s” of life.  “What if there is a terrorist attack where I am and I’m killed?”  Or worse, in my thinking at least, “What if there is a terrorist attack where my wife or children or grandchildren are and they are killed?”

I am not going to walk around scared of a “what if” in my life IF God’s own nature lives inside of me.  The reason has nothing at all to do with me; it has everything to do with who is in control and if God is in control then I’m going to trust Him and I’m going to obey Him.

If I remember correctly, (and I haven’t taken the time to check this out today but I seem to remember reading this) there are 365 verses in the Bible that tell me in one form or another, “Do not be afraid.”  That is one verse for every day of the year.  Again, this doesn’t have anything to do with me; it has everything to do with the Spirit of God living in me.  I’m not going to rely on “Rick” I HAVE to rely on His Spirit.  (For more on this concept you could check out the sermon from last Sunday, November 15, 2015, at www.anguschurch.org.)

(Now here’s the part of this where some of you are not going to agree with me – just thought I’d warn you.)

We’re hearing ALL OVER THE NEWS about this refugee issue.  At last count there almost two dozen governors of states that have already told the Administration that they will NOT accept any refugees from Syria in their state.  Again, I don’t have the answer that that problem here, but our answer is still the same:  YOU AND I DO NOT NEED TO BE AFRAID.  And if we find ourselves with refugees coming into our area or into our state, I think we need to go back to the Word of God and see what it has to say and what I find over and over and over is that God says we are to treat those who are “refugees” in our land like we would treat our neighbors.  We are to love them as God loves them.  After all, that is the heart of God; that is the character of God; that is the nature of God.  HE LOVES EVERYONE and there isn’t ANYONE that is left out of that!

I can hear (because I have heard) the arguments about the dangers; about the stupidity; about the senselessness; about the ridiculousness of doing this at this time – but my answer is still the same:  YOU AND I DO NOT NEED TO BE AFRAID.  GOD IS IN CONTROL!  Do I think we need to be wise?  Of course I do.  Do I think we should needlessly put ourselves in harm’s way?  Of course not!  HOWEVER, we DO NOT NEED TO BE AFRAID!

So regardless of what happens, please, do not be afraid.

Second, OUR RESPONSE SHOULD BE TO TRUST GOD AND BE OBEDIENT!

Read some more of what Chambers’ writes:

It is through the discipline of obedience that I get to the place where Abraham was and I see who God is. God will never be real to me until I come face to face with Him in Jesus Christ. Then I will know and can boldly proclaim, “In all the world, my God, there is none but Thee, there is none but Thee.”
The promises of God are of no value to us until, through obedience, we come to understand the nature of God. We may read some things in the Bible every day for a year and they may mean nothing to us. Then, because we have been obedient to God in some small detail, we suddenly see what God means and His nature is instantly opened up to us. “All the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen…” (2 Corinthians 1:20). Our “Yes” must be born of obedience; when by obedience we ratify a promise of God by saying, “Amen,” or, “So be it.” That promise becomes ours.

I do not have the answer to what is going to happen.  I don’t know what kinds of issues, problems, crises or situations we are going to have to face.

BUT, I will NOT be afraid and I WILL trust God and be obedient.

I love you . . . really, I do.

Rick

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  Upcoming Activities

 

Today, Wednesday November 18 – We have our regular Wednesday evening activities.  Why not join us for dinner at 5:00 and then at 6:00 all who are not involved with teens or children are going to meet in the Sanctuary and share our needs, read His Word and then pray together. I hope to see you here!

 

Sunday November 22 – We are continuing our study through the book of 1 John on Sunday mornings, and finding out what God has to say to us about discipleship and community.  I hope you will join us as we come together to worship and learn.

 

Wednesday November 25 – We will NOT be having any Wednesday night activities next week because of the celebration of Thanksgiving Day.  We urge you to spend time with your family and your friends and most of all, take the time to be thankful!

 

Sunday November 29 – On Sunday the 29th we will have one combined worship service at 9:00 a.m. in the gym.  This will be a wonderful time to come together as the Body of Christ and love one another!  Breakfast will be served and what an amazing time to fellowship and share together.  The adult Sunday school class that meets each Sunday will meet immediately following the service.

 

 

 



More Than You Can Imagine 11/11/15

Good morning,

Today is Veteran’s Day. A very special thank you to each and every one of your men and women who served our nation in the military. Your sacrifice and willingness to serve stand as a reminder of the difference that one person can make. Again, thank you for your service to us and to our nation.

Writing to the church in Ephesus, Paul wrote these words: “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us . . .” (3:20). Paul was talking to the church there about Christ who would “dwell in your hearts.” And then, just a few verses later, he wrote the words that we know as Ephesians 3:20 that I quoted for you above. I want to encourage you today to take these words to heart.

As Christ dwells in us HE can do “immeasurably more” then we can fathom; either in our imaginations or in the daily world that we live and walk in. What could you imagine Christ doing in your life right now? Come on, think about that problem, the issue that is constantly on your mind; the family struggles; the marriage; the finances; the problem with a friend, a sibling, a co-worker or a neighbor. If you were imagining the very, very best that could happen in that situation, what would it be? Come on now, don’t rush past that – think about that issue . . . . . . . . come on, what is it that would be the absolute BEST THING that could happen?

Well, Christ can do more than that! He can take that situation that you might feel or even think is hopeless and turn it completely around and cause it to be reconciled, or fixed, or turn out for good! He can walk into the problem in your life that is impossible, and make it possible. He can do so much more then you could even imagine!

But don’t stop there; look at the remainder of that verse. He can do that “according to the power that is at work within us!” He can do all of that with the power that is already inside of us! He wants to use you. He wants to work through you. He wants to make His power a part of who you are, what you do and where you go! It is HIS power, but it is available through you. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that He’s asking you to come up with the solution or provide the power or resources to fix the issue; He has given us His power to bring about His answers and they are so much better than you or I could even imagine in our wildest imaginations!

That is the work that Christ wants to do through you today! Think about it!

Rick
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Upcoming Activities

Today, Wednesday November 11 – We have our regular Wednesday evening activities. Why not join us for dinner at 5:00 and then at 6:00 all who are not involved with teens or children are going to meet in the Sanctuary and share our needs, read His Word and then pray together. I hope to see you here!

Saturday November 14 – We will have a meeting of all praise team members of both our first and second services at 5:00 p.m. at the church. We hope to see all of you here!

Sunday November 15 – We are continuing our study through the book of 1 John on Sunday mornings, and finding out what God has to say to us about discipleship and community. I hope you will join us as we come together to worship and learn.