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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!



Promises 7/22/15

Good morning,

“This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24).  Have you stopped yet today to rejoice in today?  I just want to remind you this morning of what the Word of God has to say.  Today, Wednesday July 22, 2015, TODAY has been made by the LORD for you and for me.  By the way, when the psalmist used that term, “the LORD,” (all caps) he was using a most intimate name of God, Yahweh, which means “I AM is with you.”  Not only did He make today, but He is with you.  REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT!  Stop complaining, God made today.  For those of us who are blessed enough to live here in the mountains of southern NM, look at the beautiful green that God has blessed us with.  These rains, after the wonderful snow we had this winter, have made this place so beautiful.  REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT!

“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).  Do you know that God is with you today?  He was with you yesterday.  He will be with you tomorrow.  In fact, there’s not a day that you have lived or ever will live where He won’t be with you; He is “with you always . . .”  So everything that you face today, God is there with you.  When someone treats you badly or mistreats you, God is there with you.  When you find out bad news from the doctor or lawyer or accountant or spouse or child or parent, God is there with you.  When you hold that grandchild or child or when you talk to them on the phone or Skype with them on the computer, God is there with you.  It doesn’t matter where you go or what happens to you, God is there with you!

“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:31).  This is one of my favorites, oh, and let me remind you, look at that name again, there it is, “the LORD” is the One who is doing this.  Now stop and think about this for just a few moments:  as we wait upon the LORD, we are going to be able to “soar on wings like eagles,” we are going to “run and not grow weary,” and we’re going to be able to “walk and not faint.”  Those are some pretty amazing promises – YES, they are promises.  Our problem is that we’re running out into the day, into the week without waiting on Him!  So when you’re so tired (and I’m not talking here about physical tired) that you want to quit; when you’re fainting because of the problems or anything else for that matter, maybe, JUST maybe, it’s because you haven’t waited on the LORD.  In fact, I’d just like to encourage you to STOP what you’re doing right now and wait on Him.

“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:3).  Now I REALLY like this one, let me tell you why.  (Before I do, all of these quotations from scripture are from the NIV.)  I think that this one is especially for us today here in the 21st century.  Think about this:  if you want to know ANYTHING today, what do you do?  You Google it!  That wasn’t even a word 20 years ago.  But you can Google just about anything today and find out what you want to know.  I have a radio in my car that I don’t know how to set the time on, but I can Google it and I can get a video of someone showing me how to set the time.  I can Google a recipe, a phone number, an address, a quote, a date . . . and the list goes on and on.  But look at that verse again – God says to you and me that He will tell us some things that are unsearchable.  Yep, believe it or not, there are some things that even Google can’t tell you, BUT GOD CAN!  But we have to call to Him to find out.  (There’s that waiting thing again!)  One more . . .

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness” (Jeremiah 31:3).  Just in case you were wondering if you were loveable, God says to you and me that His love for us is an “everlasting” love – WOW.  I have dealt with so many people in my life and ministry who are so hungry to be loved – I’ve dealt with so many who don’t feel worthy of love – I’ve dealt with so many who have looked for love “in all the wrong places” and they’ve been so disappointed – I’ve dealt with so many people who have been hurt by “love”.  You don’t have to be disappointed in the least – the Perfect One loves YOU with an everlasting love!  He knew you before you were born (Psalm 139:13), He knows everyone of your days (139:16), you are so precious to Him that it doesn’t matter where you go, He is there (139:7-12).  He WON’T hurt you!

He made today for you; He is with you; He’ll strengthen you for what you need to do; He’ll show you what you need to know; He loves you!

I love you,

Rick

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Upcoming Activities

Sunday July 26 – We are having our regular schedule of services here at Angus this 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.  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!

Monday July 27-Sunday August 2 – We have the opportunity be a part of the NM District Family Camp here at Bonita Park all week.  Everything begins with dinner on Monday evening at 5:30 and the service at 7:00.  Services are each day thereafter at 10:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.  Each morning Tuesday – Friday we will have a teaching time which is amazing at 8:00.  We will have a complete schedule for everyone on Sunday.  We hope everyone will take the opportunity to be a part of as much as you can!  Angus Church will have no services on Sunday August 2 as we will combine with the services over in Armstrong Tabernacle.