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God’s Dream 5/13/15

Ephesians 6:10 

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.”

The following three paragraphs are from a devotional, Daily Grace Inspirations from Joseph Prince Ministries, April 8, 2015.

When you say, “I can manage this problem by myself, Lord,” God says, “Okay, you do it then.” But when you say, “Help me, Lord! I need You. I cannot do this on my own,” God says, “Good, I have been waiting for you to say that. You cannot, but I can. Now, watch Me!” That is how God is—He loves it when you depend on Him.

You see, when you think that you are strong and don’t need God, He cannot help you. But when you need Him and look to Him, He will not leave you weak and helpless. He comes and becomes the strength of your life. He becomes the breakthrough that you need.

A little later in the devotional he writes:

So when you say, “I can do something about it,” you are still relying on your human strength. But when you say to God, “I cannot, but You can,” you have just tapped into the real source of your strength—Jesus. And as you rest in His strength, you will see His power manifesting in your life!

What are you relying on God for and what are you relying on yourself for?  If we are honest, most of what we do, WE do.  I have spoken with you many times over the last couple of years about God’s question to me, “What are you doing at Angus Church that if I walked away would completely stop?”  I’ve told you, to my shame, that there isn’t very much that we’re doing that if God walked away would completely stop.  We’ve budgeted for our ministries, we’ve recruited workers, some who are stretched almost to the breaking point but they are committed and willing, and we’ve got it on our schedule.

But I believe with all my heart that God is challenging us to “tap into the real source of our strength—Jesus!”  This is what has led us to Puerto Esperanza, the Transitional Housing program that we have been pursuing, praying and dreaming about.  We continue to move ahead and are at a point where we are talking to the owners of Nob Hill Lodge about the possibility of purchasing it as the home of Puerto Esperanza.  We don’t have the money to purchase it.  We don’t have the money for the renovation to make it what it would have to be to use for Puerto Esperanza.  We don’t have the staff or the manpower to do the work, to start the program or to make the dream of Puerto Esperanza a reality.  What we do have is a Board of people who are praying, who are seeking to dream God’s dream about this and we have a God that we believe is directing us in this endeavor.  As pastor and as the “leader” of this dream (by virtue of the fact that I can’t get away from God’s challenge here) I am simply trying to listen to God.  I don’t have the answers, but I KNOW that He does and so I’m trying to listen to Him.

But what about Angus Church specifically?  What about your family, your marriage, YOU personally?  Who or what are you relying on?  Has God just been waiting on you, waiting on me to trust Him?

If you’ve read this far I want to ask you to read this next paragraph slowly and carefully and then stop and think about what I’m about to say.

I know this sounds so “mystical.”  I KNOW that there are times when people use something like this as an excuse NOT to do what they know they ought to do.  I know.  What I am asking you to do is to stop and ASK God what you need to do about that situation or relationship or “thing” that you don’t have the answer for.  I am asking you to pray and then to listen to Him and then when you feel like HE has answered you to DO what He has asked you to do.  I KNOW this sounds so “mystical” but I also know that the words from the devotional above are true:  But when you say to God, “I cannot, but You can,” you have just tapped into the real source of your strength—Jesus. And as you rest in His strength, you will see His power manifesting in your life!

I want to ask you to stop, RIGHT NOW, and pray and then wait for God to answer you and then do what He says.

“Be strong in the Lord and the power of HIS might!”

Rick

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Upcoming Activities

Today, Wednesday May 13 – We have our regular Wednesday evening activities beginning at 5:00 with dinner.  Come and join us!

Sunday May 19 – We have our regular schedule of services on Sunday and we hope to see you here at the 8:45 or 10:30 services or the Hispanic service at 4:00.

Food 4 Kids Backpack Program, which Angus Church helps to sponsor, is having a golf tournament to raise money for this incredible program.  The 4-person scramble will be on Friday June 19th beginning at 1:00 p.m. at Rainmakers Golf Course.  The cost is $125 per person or $450 per 4 person team.  For more information contact Elizabeth Potter at lincolncountybackpacks@gmail.com or the Rainmakers golf pro John Rogers at jrogers@rainmakersuse.com.

PRAYER NEED – Jim Robbins will be moved to Houston TX for rehab.  After a fracture of the vertebrea at T-8, which basically completely crumbled and another fracture of T-7, Jim is paralyzed from the waist down.  He will be airlifted by TIRR where he will undergo intensive neurological rehabilitation for about 3 weeks and then 6 months of further rehab.  Most of their family lives in the Houston area where they will be going.  We are praying for God’s miraculous touch and complete healing for Jim.  As soon as we have contact information we will let you know.  In the meantime you can contact them through Nena’s email at ocho.nueces@hotmail.com



Love, Power & Self-Discipline 5/6/15

Good Morning,

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline” (2 Timothy 1:7 NIV). 

The word that is translated “timidity” here is often translated “fear” as well.  In the Greek the idea is of “cowardice” and the idea could be of a “lack of confidence.”

God has been speaking to me over the last several days specifically about the “fear” that we see in the church today.  We are so afraid of what the government is going to do, is doing, can do, might do, will do, won’t do, that we are becoming paralyzed.  Instead of building bridges to bring people to Christ, we are building walls to keep out those who don’t think like us.  I’m not going to go into this very much this morning but I promise you that you’re going to be hearing more about this in the weeks and months ahead.

I’ve been reading a book that is turning my world upside-down over the last week.  It is entitled “Killing Christians:  Living the Faith Where It’s Not Safe to Believe” by Tom Doyle.  I would encourage you to get this book and read it ASAP!  It is a book written about Christians in places like Syria, Iran and Iraq who are literally giving their lives because of their faith in Jesus Christ.  These are men and women who are choosing to share their faith in places where Islam and ISIS are in control and they know that they are going to be martyrs.  They do so with “a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.”  They don’t want to die.  They don’t want their spouse or their children to be killed, but they know this is the place where God has placed them and called them to and they are living out their faith REGARDLESS!

Our world is not a pretty place these days, especially for Christians.  Here in the United States of America more and more it is unpopular for people to stand for Christ.  AND YET here we are, not living in danger of losing our lives or the lives of our family – we are in danger, in some cases, of losing our livelihoods or perhaps our freedoms, BUT WHY HAVE WE GIVEN INTO A SPIRIT OF FEAR . . . TIMIDITY . . . COWARDICE?

CHURCH, look at the promises that follow the words Paul wrote to Timothy emphasizing qualities for effective service:  “power . . . love . . . self-control.”  “Power” can be understood as authority and boldness that come from strength of character.  “Love” is the agape that reaches out toward others in caring and effective ministry.  The servant of God must be of “sound mind” (“self-discipline”) to be effective.  This is a divinely given self-control.

I want to encourage you today, please do not be fearful.  Our confidence is in GOD and God is STILL in control.  He told us that these things were going to happen.  We shouldn’t be surprised at this.  But we ALSO do NOT need to be fearful or feel like we have to somehow get “control” back – GOD IS IN CONTROL!  Our confidence is in God – not in what the government has done or is going to do – GOD IS IN CONTROL!

I love you

Rick

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Upcoming Activities

Today, Wednesday May 6 – We have our regular Wednesday evening activities beginning at 5:00 with dinner.  The teens will be joining with teens from across Lincoln County for the National Day of Prayer Youth Night Event here at Bonita Park.  Come and join us!

Tomorrow, Thursday May 7 – Thursday is the National Day of Prayer and we have the Lincoln County Prayer Breakfast at the Ruidoso Convention Center beginning at 6:15 a.m.  We have a couple of tickets left here that are at separate tables so if you still need a ticket call the church office, first come, first served.

Sunday May 12 – We have our regular schedule of services on Sunday and we hope to see you here at the 8:45 or 10:30 services or the Hispanic service at 4:00.  ALSO, this Sunday is our Annual Meeting.  Members will be voting on board members and delegates for our Assembly and Missions Convention in ALL services. This is also MOTHER’S DAY SUNDAY!

Bonita Park is in need of some couches to use for our summer staff that will begin coming in this next week.  If you can help, please call Connor at 336-4404.