The air conditioner problem was both internal and external. How is that like us?

Outdoor air conditioner

                              Air conditioner

Yesterday our air conditioner started making an awful rattling noise. We noticed it in the morning and ignored it. By afternoon it was worse. We knew we needed to call a repairman. It was strange that the air conditioner was cooling good but is still sounded awful and smelled bad.

So what was the problem? The first problem the technician noticed is some insulation that was loose. It was getting sucked into the fan. We all thought this was an easy fix until the repairman noticed that the fan was off-kilter. It was out of balance. As a result, it damaged the bearings of the motor. So now we had a big problem. 

Today, two different repairmen came and put in the new fan and new motor. That new motor was so quiet we could hardly hear it running. The repairmen left and we waited for the new parts to work and to cool our house down. It was around 76 degrees when they left. So we waited, and waited, and waited, and the house kept getting hotter (83 degrees.) I reported the problem and soon found out the last piece of the puzzle. The reason the house was not cooling is that the outside unit was turned off. The repairman yesterday turned it off to keep the unit from coming on while he was doing his investigation.

So here’s how this applies to our lives.

The problem with the air conditioner started when something was loose and got sucked in. This happens to us, too, when we let sin creep into our lives. That may come from our not turning away when someone is not dressed decently or when they use foul language on TV, or even in person, or from other sources of temptation. At some point, we need to resist the evil around us and build a wall or protection around our heart, mind, and spirit. We need to keep the junk from settling into our heart. 

The other problem was that there was power on the inside unit (compare to Jesus in our heart), but no power to the outside unit. Sometimes we don’t apply the power we have in us by way of the Spirit and the power of the Word of God. We don’t do anything with it. We don’t act on the word.

So what do we need to do?

Application points:
1.) Keep junk, including bad attitudes and unforgiveness, from entering into your heart.

2.) Lay all that stuff aside and look to Jesus. We need to let Him in.

3.) Keep seeking the presence, the peace, and the power of God. His power is always there. We need to make ourselves available to it.

Hebrews 12: 1 – Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.

The case of the missing weight – and one we will never have to bear

 

                          This morning in our workout, one of the ladies couldn’t find her weight. She brought if from home, as she does every Wednesday. She knows she brought it with her and set it down with her inhaler. When it came time to use it, she couldn’t find it. She was frustrated. We were frustrated for her. We never did figure out what happened to it, or even if she had brought it. She has had that weight for eight years.

What is even more confusing is why we are looking for our weight of sin and guilt when it has been bought by the blood of Jesus. We make up reasons why God is not pleased with us, why He does not hear our prayers, why He is disappointed in us. For some of us, we feel that way because we forget things. For others, it is the fact that our bodies are slow or broken. Of course, who can forget about the guilt that “we could do a lot more, with a lot better attitude, and a lot less focus on ourselves.” Well, guess what. We could all say that, but that is not what God says about us.

God looks at us and sees one thing – The sinless, perfect, complete sacrifice of His Son. What is Jesus doing? He is covering you. He is praying for you. He is feeling everything you feel. He is declaring you clean, pure, holy, set apart, and bound for Heaven. He is comforting you. He is giving you blessed assurance. He is NOT condemning you or me. We live under the full authority of His grace, mercy, forgiveness, and peace. We belong to Jesus, and He is not ashamed to call us His own. He is not looking for your weight. Why? Because He already took it at the cross.

 

Reflections on worship service this morning –
“Come Just as You Are”

Come Just as You Are

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The invitation this morning at church tied several things from the worship service together. It was a powerful service that emphasized our need for Jesus and His willingness to receive us. The song Karen and I did interpretive movement to was “People Need the Lord” and the sermon was on asking the Lord these questions – “What do you want from me? What do you want me to do, Lord?” For the rich young ruler, it was to give up his property and possessions. For some, it might be to give up our time, our talent, our energy, or our strength to serve Him.

The point of the message was that Jesus deserves our heart-felt commitment to Him since He willingly gave Himself for us at the cross. I will remind us all that He did all this for us out of love. Let’s let our response to Him be done the same way. “We love Him because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19)

Change in the way people register enabled – just to keep you informed

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Due to multiple false (anonymous) registrations for this site, the “Anyone Can Register” has been unchecked. What that means is that anyone wanting to register needs to ask permission or be invited in order to be a site member. 

Note: this does not affect current members. It is a way to keep all site members safe and the site secure. 

If you know someone who would like to join the site, please let me know and I will invite them. All I need is their e-mail address and a little bit of information about them.

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What are your favorite hymns? Would you like a digital recording of them?
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Site members,
I need your input on something. I am looking to record some hymns for you. I will then send you a digital copy. I will record up to three (3) songs for each site member. This offer is good for through Aug. 31.

I am doing this because I need to use my abilities for God’s glory and your benefit. This is something the Lord has laid on my heart.

Please hit “Leave a reply” below and leave me a list your hymn(s) and I will get to work on them. 

Blessings,
Pastor John

Praise the Lord for this answered prayer – the website is back up and going!

praise the lord

This was an answer to prayer for this website to be back up and running, We have been out of commission for several days. Thankfully, Micael and Collin were able to fix the two issues.

The first was the “mail” program, which was not sending out the e-mails it was supposed to. The second problem was with my login. It would not work. Thankfully, now it does. Yeah, God!

Please let me know you got this post by sharing it, using one of the social media buttons on the left, or by leaving a comment. The one I always told my college students was “got it.” You can probably come up with something more creative than that.

I am here for you, so let me know what you need.

Blessings,
Pastor John

where to find strength
Joshua – Be Strong and Courageous Todd Phillips
SESSION 1 FIGHTING ON THEIR KNEES

Where To Find Strength

When in Chaos

This world is so messed up. Many Christians say we are living in end times. But, you look through history that has been said many times by many important leaders in the Christian world. My only concern is to live for Jesus today and to be prepared for when He does come again. For me at least, studying the signs of the end times does not teach me how to live for Him today, to be used by Him to reach others. What I want to know about is how to find His power to be set apart from the world for Him.

Seeing as the last series I wrote from was all about suffering. Where we learned God is in control of the good and the bad I thought it would be good to move on to a series on strength. How do we find power that can only come from the Lord?

We start out with an act of submission. What do you imagine when you see someone on their knees? I can picture a man on their knees with others pointing guns at them. They are being forced into submission, give up their power to these men that have the power to kill them.

Where to find strength

Now, God does have the power to take our lives. But God is not about scaring us into submission like that. He wants us to submit of our own free will. To chose Him and submit to His will for us. I remember when my husband and I separated back in 2007, I was devastated and fell to my knees praying to God. I was angry, hurt and confused. I had no where to turn and finally said, “ok, God I give in! I submit to You, only You can get me through this.” I have to admit that my selfishness, fear, controlling nature took many more years for Him to break but when God did enough in and around me it did finally break.

Where to find strength

That deep submission to God and His ways is where I finally found His power to face anything that comes at me. Now I and my husband were allowed to buy a home that is a fixer upper. We have financial burdens that before my full submission would have me a ball of anxiety. I may not be physically falling to my knees, but I do know who to talk to when my anxiety wants to rear its ugly head. I stop everything I am doing and speak to God, even if it is just a few words sending my fears to Him. Letting Him know I cannot do this alone I need Him to show and do it for me. So, where to find to find might is by giving up our own power to replace it with His might.

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Locked out and unable to succeed is the enemy’s plan, not God’s

unable to succeed

For some reason yesterday I was having strange issues with this website. I was able to view what was on it, but I was not able to add a post or make any other changes to the site. I suspect it is because I changed the theme (the layout) of the website, so that put a wrinkle on being able to log in. I tried logging in with Google and couldn’t remember my password. After three times it locked me out and told me to “try again in a few minutes.” I decided to wait until today, and as you can tell by this post, the problem has been resolved. 

As I reflected on this frustration and just kind of lingered and stewed in it for a little bit (as we all do sometimes) I realized something amazing and cool. God never locks us out. Our sin might, but our access to God through Jesus is not restricted at all. We are granted full access by the King of Kings to the throne room of almighty God. Wow!

Our log in my might be “Lord I need you” and the password is “Jesus”

Praise the Lord and pass the praise. Thank you, Jesus, for granting us access to this throne of grace.

 

Jesus the Great High Priest
15For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who was tempted in every way that we are, yet was without sin. 16Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

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