Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Comparisons

When we allow life to be defined by people, it seems our connection with our heavenly Father slips. We start to see and hear what people say about who we are and forget God's declaration of who we are becoming. Pride imbalances some, insecurity cripples others...but there is one true measure my friends....the immeasurable Jesus. Let''s spend this season getting to know Jesus (which is the highest privilege)
From the mouth of Jesus, John 5:44 (message trans.) "How do you expect to get anywhere with God when you spend all your time jockeying for position with each other, ranking your rivals and ignoring God?"
Why rank rivals when we've been called into the presence of an unrivaled God? Join us at Pasco Christian Church this weekend as we continue to discover "Life as we know it." And starting November 20, our year ending series, "This Little Light". So excited to be a follower of Jesus!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Getting a handle on Discouragement

I believe that discouragement is the most common strategy that Satan uses to reduce the effectiveness of Christians today.  Here is the deal....as a follower of Jesus you have to remember,  many other followers of Jesus have been discouraged before us.

I was reading Elijah's story in 1 Kings 18 today, he asked God for miracle and God answered Him.  He prayed, fire fell, people were awe struck.  He triumphed over false prophets and was a hero of Israel.  What did he do next?  Read 1 Kings 19:3-5. Discouragement sets in.  Yes...it happened to people in the Bible as well.

Learning to handle discouragement is part of normal spiritual growth.  We shouldn't expect some sort of supernatural deliverance to wipe out all our negative feelings.  God has given us His Word, the Bible; we should be feeding on it and the promises of God.  He has given us His Son, Jesus, and put within us the Holy Spirit.  It's as we learn to draw upon what we already have in Christ,by His Holy Spirit, that we will be able to come through discouragement.

Check out God's strategy for discouragement in the Old Testament story of Elijah.  First, he makes sure that Elijah has had a good sleep.  A lot of discouragement can be boiled down to being physically tired.  Then an angel brings him food, not one time, but two times, so that he is refreshed and strengthened for what is to come.  After all this, then Elijah is ready to continue on in the work of God.

Just trying to get a handle on it is all.........



Thursday, October 27, 2016

A Moment


Don't know who said it, but there is this quote stuck in my head that says something like..."ignorant people are ignorant because they have so much low level information to plow through."

In our life there are important things to know and some not so important things.  I learned from Andrew Zimmer, TV personality, that camel's milk does not curdle.   There is a Superman somewhere in every episode of Seinfeld.  I am told that the word "stewardesses" is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.  There is only 3 words in the English language that start with "dw"....(dwell, dwarf, dwindle).

I like the trivial as much as the next person, but lets be honest...they lack the power to fuel a life and to produce wonder and meaning; truths that blaze with mystery and undefinability.  I am not talking about gleaning more information for some holy information test in the future, but I am talking about building a relationship with God Himself.  This is a journey that does not end, like any spiritual journey, the questions people have like "where are you?" or "how far have you come?" are secondary to the fact that you are on the journey road itself.  Growth, movement and direction of travel are more important than location.

Grow with us this Sunday at Pasco Christian Church, 10am.......He is more than enough




Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Don't Be Serious

A good way to avoid the influence of wisdom is to make light of everything.  I am reminded of Monty Python's "Life of Brian," as the guys hung on their crosses whistling, 'Always look on the bright side of life."

When people begin to thinking seriously, then they begin to think and say things that are significant and, if not careful, then wisdom is right around the corner.  Nothing can be more honoring in the life of a person wanting casual friendships than to never have a serious conversation.  So avoid that look of concentration and dull the pain and depth of reality with not being serious....

I would also add......Do as you feel.....if one is to stay within the confines of foolishness, then base your decisions on the emotion of the moment.  Spend impulsively, divorce quickly, have those one night stands because.....your feelings are all ya got.  How else could we make decisions?  How else could we determine what is best?   (I apologize...I just committed a basic ...my feelings are sin for people wanting to avoid wisdom...asking rhetorical questions...such things can quickly lead to right answers)

The wonder of living by my feelings is i never have to endure anything.  Persistence, commitment, resistance will never have to be experienced.  An example from scripture to avoid is that of Pilate....he gave way to the emotions of the crowd, path of least resistance, now granted, he condemned an innocent man to die and set a murderer free, but....you get the point.  least resistance is always that going downhill feeling wind rushing in your hair feeling headed towards...well...who cares, i don't feel like thinking about that part....the important thing here is the experience...come on....existence precedes essence right?  Who I am is what I feel....my truth is my truth....feelings are my guide and my governor.....

Some scripture to avoid this week before our continued conversation in Romans....seriously avoid Romans 3-6.....and stick to your guns (oops I am getting ahead of myself....we'll talk about that later) but i do have to say....especially after watching social media and our current political climate....how secure, how confident, the ability to believe in one's own opinions regardless of their veracity; strength needs a firm foundation.....and pride.....is not a strength.  King Philip III of Spain,  died of a fever contracted because he sat too long next to a hot brazier, an iron basket filled with burning charcoal.  He knew he was overheating himself, but the servant whose job it was to remove it could not be found, so he died.  I would say only the arrogant survive but......

Again...Avoid Romans 3-6 before coming to PCC this weekend...then you can say, those nincompoops don't know what they are talking about! after all it is action according to wish, we do not want to be deflected by the facts......

Some other thoughts:
I really do hope you come this weekend.  Congrats to Tharen Taylor, who gave his life to Jesus this past weekend  at PCC and the , I believe, 9 men who gave their life to Jesus at the Walla Walla Prison this weekend.   Yeah God!  His Voice is getting Louder!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Thinking about Wisdom

"The wise have more to learn from the fools, than the fools from the wise."  Erasmus

In trying to understand being wise, I have developed a working knowledge of the exact opposite....foolishness....unwise things.  So I thought I would give you my understanding of foolish living, and any of the things I state, if they seem reflective of me, they are purely coincidental.  It is simply years of research....
so without any further lingering.....Over the next few days I will share some principles to live like a fool:
1.  Don't Think - its very important here to cease to be productive mentally.  Starve your mind of solid food so instead...watch a bunch of TV and spend a bunch of time on the internet.  Pay close attention to the shows that call themselves "Reality" as they try to sneak morals in to you.  And don't forget the point of "don't think" is to avoid anything that would lead to thought....so Golf is in....Church...is out...movies are ok...museums...not so much....again...the main thing is to keep from thinking about the main thing.

Some Thoughts to Avoid:  Romans 1:1-3:31........especially since the pastor will be talking about this on Sunday and the greater distance you can create between yourself and these thoughts the better your chances of living out this principle of foolishness 1. Don't Think

On this journey with you.....Chuck


Monday, March 28, 2016

Necessary Action

I love popcorn!  I especially like it when watching a movie or a game.  I even like watching the corn go from a hard seed into a fluffy, tasty treat.  In the microwave, or air popper (for you old enough), the kernel heats up and the moisture inside turns to steam and when that happens the kernel cannot contain the pressure and BAMMM!  Tasty popcorn!
My wife, Ronda,  is in a lot of math classes so here is the formula:  Microwave is to Popcorn what the local church is to a Christian.  The church is the environment that God has created to transform christians in to what we were created and redeemed to be:  followers of Jesus Christ.
These next few months at PCC, on Sunday mornings, we will see how that can take place as we continue through our journey of the New Testament.
We will also have our "Next Step" Class going the next 2 weeks for those new to PCC . 8:45am on Sundays.  There are also other classes for adults, youth and children at 8:45am.  Hope to see you here!
Incredible Resurrection Day Celebration!  Jesus has Risen Indeed!

Chuck!


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Easter Thoughts

a note from Tom Ranier about Easter that was a good one...

It will be one of the highest attended days of the year for your church. It may be the highest.

"There will be some people you don’t know. Some of them are guests. Others are members who attend infrequently.

You have an opportunity to make a gospel impression on these people with a few simple acts. Indeed, you have an opportunity to make an eternal difference. Here are nine servant actions for you to consider.
* Pray as you enter the property.
* Pray for the guests.
* Pray for the services.
* Pray for the pastor and the sermon.
* Park at the most distant spot available. Save the closer parking places for guests.
* Greet people. They may be guests. They may be members. It’s okay to introduce yourself to either.
* Look for people to help. You know the place well. Many others will not. Be a guide. Help someone who looks like he or she needs help.
* Sit as close as possible to the front of the worship center.
* Save the back rows for guests and late entrants, so they don’t have to walk past so many people.
* Sit in the middle. Don’t claim that aisle seat where people have to walk over you or past you.
* Sit closely. Your worship center may be packed. If so, be willing to sit cheek to cheek.
* Volunteer to serve. As the number of attendees increase, so does the need for volunteers. The parking team, kids ministry, and church greeter ministry are a few of the areas that will need more volunteers to help serve and minister to members and guests.
* Pray as you leave. The Holy Spirit is likely working in many persons who attended. Pray for His continual work of conviction and comfort.

These are simple acts. They are acts of service. And if you survive doing these acts of kindness and service on Easter, you just might be able to do them on other days of worship as well.