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8/12/15 Christ’s Ambassadors

Good afternoon,

I want to remind you that as we expand ministry outside of the walls of the facilities where we meet, we become more and more susceptible to criticism, misunderstanding, anger, frustration and attacks on the Body of Christ.

BUT THAT SHOULD HAVE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING AT ALL TO DO WITH WHETHER OR NOT WE CONTINUE TO EXPAND MINISTRY OUTSIDE OF THESE FACILITIES!

All of that to tell you that when (not if) these things happen, if you ever have questions, concerns or complaints that you need to share, I will always make the time to listen to you and do my best to answer whatever questions you might have.

In the meantime, let me remind you of some very important words that we find in the Word of God.  We find these words in 2 Corinthians 5.  Paul writes, “For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.  And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again” (5:14-15). 

Did you get that?  His love “compels us . . .” because we know that He died for us, and that He died for everyone.  And because of that we are not living to please ourselves, but we are living to please Him.  This is the same one who said that He “did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28).  So, we shouldn’t be concerned about what “might” happen . . . what “does” happen . . . or the cost for giving of ourselves.  We are supposed to be like Him.

Paul goes on in 2 Corinthians:  “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us” (5:20).  As I understand an ambassador, at least in our culture, when we speak as a ambassador for someone it is as if the person we represent them self is speaking.  Christ has asked us to be His ambassadors.  That means that, like Him, we’re going to be misunderstood, we’re going to be mocked and in too many cases we are going to be persecuted and we could lose everything because of it.  But we should do it anyway!  Why?  Well, because the Word tells us to!

So, when you find yourself in a position to speak for Him, I challenge you to do so.  You’ll be misunderstood; you’ll be mocked; you might lose everything . . . but do it anyway.  And in the meantime, if you hear something that concerns you about what we’ve been doing, you can always come to me and ask questions.  I’ll do my best to answer anything that I can.

I love you,

Rick

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Upcoming Activities

Sunday August 16 – We continue to look at people who did more than they could do in our morning worship times.  We’d love to have you come and share with us on Sunday.  And don’t forget the Hispanic service that takes place every Sunday afternoon at 4:00.  All are welcome at any of our services.

Sunday August 23 – We are going to hear from Louay Azar about the Church in Syria.  Louay and his family have been here worshiping with us this summer and soon will return to Saudi Arabia. This is a service you won’t want to miss.  Louay will be sharing in both of our morning services.

School has begun around the county.  Please pray for our children and teens who are in school and pray also for the teachers, administrators and staff members in each of the schools.  Continue to pray for God’s protection and blessings in our schools.



Sometimes Baffling 8/6/15

Good morning,

I apologize that this is a day late.  Yesterday was one of those days when I started early and went late and the entire day was full – meetings, conversations, plans, dreams, and much more . . . but I have something that I wanted to share.

Yesterday’s devotional thought from Oswald Chambers in My Utmost For His Highest was and is one of my favorites.  Read the first paragraph with me:

“God called Jesus Christ to what seemed unmitigated disaster.  Jesus Christ called His disciples to see Him put to death.  He led every one of them to the place where their hearts were broken.  Jesus Christ’s life was an absolute failure from every standpoint but God’s.  But what seemed failure from man’s standpoint was a tremendous triumph from God’s, because God’s purpose is never man’s purpose.”

I hope you’ll take a minute and read through that again.  I have a tendency sometimes to read quickly and get through to the end so I can get on to other things.  I know God meant this devotion for me yesterday and perhaps the timing of yesterday is for you today.

Hard things, bad things, things that we don’t “like” happen all the time to every one of us.  No one is exempt.  I’ll say again, no one is exempt.  But God ALWAYS has the last word.

The disciples were NOT rejoicing after the crucifixion – they didn’t stop to give thanks to God for what had just happened.  They were scared; they were terrified; they felt like everything they had given their lives to for the last three years was a waste of time and they were wondering what was going to happen to them.  BUT GOD ALWAYS HAS THE LAST WORD!  Here are a few more words from yesterday’s devotional.

“The things that happen do not happen by chance, they happen entirely in the decree of God.  God is working out His purposes.”

I have to ask you, do you believe that God is working out His purposes in your life?  I believe, if you are doing everything that you know to follow God and if you trust Him, then I believe that God IS working out His purposes in your life.  It isn’t always easy, and in fact sometimes it is just plain HARD!  But God will have the final word!

God’s purpose is never man’s purpose.  You and I would do things differently if we had the choice, but God is working in your life to bring about His very best.

I love you,

Rick

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Upcoming Activities

Sunday August 9 – We are back to our regular schedule of services here at Angus Sunday morning.  It seems like it’s been awhile, but we’re going to have a wonderful day this Sunday.  I really hope to see you here on Sunday.  The plans at this point too call for something special on Sunday as well.  I can’t hardly wait to share with you what God’s been talking to me about this week.  I hope you can make it Sunday!

The end of the summer always seems to be kind of anti-climactic around here.  Summer is so busy and there is so much going on that when we get to the end we might have a tendency to kind of “let down” or to feel a little deflated.  As we leave the summer and head into the fall (wow, is that really happening?) I have to tell you that I am so excited to see what God is about to do.  He has been challenging me and stretching me and I believe He is doing the same with us.  Watch . . . listen . . . God is calling!