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Still bearing fruit in old age


Faithful website members,

I got a notice today that the website is up for renewal for another year. I have informed the webmaster, Michael, that I will not be renewing the site, effective Nov. 1.

With that said, there are two things you as site members need to know. 

1.) I will continue to communicate in other ways – Messenger, Facebook “Pastor John’s Senior Moments” page –
e-mail – and continue to build people up. This is what God has called me to do. What I am looking to do next is a series on the book of Colossians. 

2.) I will continue to pray for site members.

You have touched me. I have grown. And the Lord is not through with any of us yet.

Again, this website will be turned off, effective Nov. 1.

Take care and God bless,
Pastor John

jday9773@gmail.com / pastorjohnday@gmail.com 

clean hands

I will start with the update so those following this website can know what is going on in the healing process after surgery. Then I will give my reflections.

First of all, this is just the beginning of the recovery process. Of course, I hope the process goes quickly so I can go move on to better health and less pain. This is where I am, at the beginning of the process. It is not easy, but I am getting lots of good advice in how to manage the pain. It is uncomfortable getting up from anything – a chair, the bed, the car. This is the hard part right now. I have been given some good advice, and I need the Lord’s help to follow it and to remember it. Your prayers will help as well. They have gotten me this far.

I had surgery yesterday, Oct. 22. I checked in at 5:30 a.m., taken to a room where I met with the doctor, the anesthesiologist, and a nurse. I got into the world-famous hospital gown and waited for the next step, which was a nurse finding a good vein for the port for all they were going to put in me – I.V, fluid, knock out drugs, and who knows what else. The actual surgery time was 8:00. When I came out, I was loopy, as could be expected. I learned that I had been admitted, which was not what I had planned or hoped for, but it ended up being the best thing for me. (Special note: Karen was there every step of the way. She came home to grab her some breakfast for today and brought me a snack. That was nice. She was determined to spend the night with me, for which I am very grateful! She is a trooper and a great helpmate and lifelong friend. Wow! We got home at 11;30 this morning. It was so good to be home!

In all of this, I am learning to lean on the Lord, step by step, and to trust that He really is in charge. I am so glad, and I have many more lessons and adventures in faith to come. The prayer support for this process of surgery and recovery has been absolutely overwhelming! I am so blessed.

Well, I.ve got to go take care of my body. Lord, give me wisdom and relief and healing. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

I will be “reporting for duty” tomorrow morning (Oct. 22) at 5:30 a.m. for surgery. That is early! Thank you for your prayers for me (surgery, recovery), for Karen (as she takes care of me,) and for the doctor and others that do the surgery. (Dr. Reddy).

Many people are praying about this surgery, which is minor compared to what some go through. I still need God’s help, strength, and grace, and I know I have all of that. A dose of patience and wisdom will come in handy too after surgery, that I don’t overdo it or get too active, too soon. Thank you for your prayers.

Matthew 15:10-11 NIV
Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand. [11] What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.”
clean hands

   To give these verses some context we might look at what Jesus said further on down the passage.

19For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, and slander. 20These are what defile a man, but eating with unwashed hands does not defile him.”
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What do you think? Are there still traditions that we hang on to? How can we keep these traditions from taking first place in our hearts, over the love and instructions of Jesus? How can we keep our traditions from taking root in our hearts?

 

Matthew 7:3-5 NIV
“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? [4] How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? [5] You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

large lumber being sawed by a chainsaw                                                                                          Large lumber being sawed by a chainsaw

What do you think? What would be an example of a “plank”? Can you think of an example of a “speck” in someone else’s eye? How does grace fit into this?
(I can think of lots of planks I have had in my own eyes at times – bad attitude, wrong thinking about myself and others, minimizing my sin or God’s grace, wanting blessing for me and cursing for them. And, yes, these words are convicting.) Lord, have mercy on us all.

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. [26] Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.”

open bible

open bible – God’s word

Jesus knew the hearts of these Pharisees and teachers of the law. Maybe these religious leaders were focused on the outside appearance, something they and others could see. But that outside appearance didn’t change what was in thier hearts and that is where the real issues lie. 

With that in mind, here are three questions:

1.) How does a person get into this state where they focus only on the outward appearance?

2.) What does it take for God to get our attention and get us to focus on the inner life and our relationship with Jesus? 

3.) How can we keep the inside and the outside of the cup of our heart clean, or is that Jesus’ job?

 

without guile

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Luke 15:3-6 NIV
Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home.

Let me ask you a few questions about the passage above and see what you think. Ready? Go.

(Please “Leave a Reply” below the post and mark which question(s) you are answering.)

  1.  What kinds of trouble might a sheep (or a person) get into if they are separated from the flock and the shepherd? How could they be harmed, or do you think they would be okay?
  2. Does this verse indicate that the shepherd is aware of where each sheep is? What does this tell you about how Jesus looks at you and me?
  3. Have you ever felt like the lost sheep? I know I have. How does this verse help you in your walk with Jesus? What questions or comments does this passage bring up?

One thought: In today’s society the shepherd might be encouraged to think “Oh, the sheep is just exploring his or her options. They have to discover things for themselves before they can really learn it. Maybe the one sheep thinks they can find a new path. After all, we want to encourage their creativity, right?”

What do you think? 

Next time I tune a piano, I will be ready. I learned the hard way about the importance of being prepared or even over-prepared. Well, maybe that’s not such a good idea, but here’s the gist of it – I wasn’t as prepared as I might have thought. 

piano tuning

On Monday, I had a piano tuning job in Jackson, about 20 minutes away. I had directions on my phone and it looked like a pretty easy trip. It wasn’t. For one thing, there were lots of turns. I thought I could just look at my phone every time I needed to know which turn was next. What I didn’t think about was that I would have to pull over, stop, type in the pin number on my phone, pull the app up, and confirm/reconfirm my next steps. Mistake number one.

Because of my confusion over directions, which would have been solved if I had written them out, I was late for my appointment. The homeowner was late too, so that worked out. The tuning itself was pretty straightforward, but it would have made it smoother if I had batteries in my headlamp and sticky notes to mark the tuning pegs. The tuning took a little over two hours, which is about right. The owner was very appreciative and said his neighbor also wanted her piano tuned. I gave him my number to give to her, so that was cool.

The man’s house was in a subdivision – a very big subdivision. With no battery power on my phone, I had no GPS. I ended up making a wrong turn and was late coming home, which made Karen late for a Sunday School get together.

So with all that said, what is the spiritual application? I think it is this: We need to be ready for when Jesus returns. How can we get ready? I can think of three things off the top of my head.

1.) Keep in communication with Jesus, all day long, in every situation. If there is something you need to know, ask Him to show you what it is.

2.) Keep growing in your faith by digging into the Word, spending time with other believers, and taking steps of faith when the opportunity arises.

3.) Look for opportunities to share the love and Word of Jesus.

None of this is required. It is in response to a growing relationship with Christ, just spending time with Him, crying out to Him, just whatever else comes in a growing relationship.

(Note: I apologize for the delay in getting this posted. More posts coming soon.)

Beloved site members,

What is your favorite scripture verse or passage and what does it mean to you? What scripture is most helpful for senior citizens? What scripture would you like to study together? We have the potential to learn and grow from each other. Studying scripture is one way to do that. 

Please go below this post and “leave a reply.”

Blessings,

How Do You Serve The Lord With Gladness?

someone standing in a lake with head down with the words speak, Lord your servant is listening 1 Sam. 3:9

Pastor John

In the download available from http://www.bryanchapell.com, we can find scriptures that help in times of crisis, specifically in times of national disaster, death of a child, suicide, and funerals. These scriptures would be helpful to any of us for our own use or to build up and encourage others in their times of crisis. I am going to give you one scripture from each category to get you started. You can find more helpful resources by following the red link below.

National or community disaster:
Gen. 5:20 – “You intended to harm me, but God meant it for good.”

The loss of a child:
2 Sam. 12:18-23 – David, after the loss of his son: “I will go to him, but he will not return to me.”

Funerals:
Job. 19:23-27 – “I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth.”

Suicide:
Gen. 1:26 – “Let us make mankind in our own image.”

Find all the scriptures at this link:

https://s3.amazonaws.com/kajabi-storefronts-production/sites/34645/downloads/EeEIG6aThWx5zYSJxe1e_Helpful_Texts_for_Ministering_During_Tragedies_Word.pdf

God bless you in your journey of faith, as you continue to rest in Him, to strive to enter the Sabbath rest. (Hebrews 4:11)

Pastor John