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Devotional from the Pastor

March 14, 2019

Witnessing Is Hard, Isn’t It? 

I don’t know about you, but witnessing doesn’t come very easy to me. How do you casually bring Jesus into a conversation with someone? How will they react? Will they think you’re odd for believing in something that they may think is only myth and fairy tales? These are all things that I struggle with when it comes to witnessing in everyday life.

But, today I read a story that encouraged me. 

China is a communist country, and this means that it has control over virtually everything that goes on within the country. Their constitution says that their citizens have freedom of religion, but the government still controls aspect of the religions, such as leaders and interactions with international organizations.

Even so, there is one Chinese woman, whose name has been kept confidential, who has planted over 400 Seventh-Day Adventist Churches.

In an article adventistmission.org by Andrew McChesney, she says that she had become disillusioned with her atheist upbringing and its failed ideals. In her search for something more, she attended a 1,000 member church and found Jesus. Her growth went even further when another pastor

gave her a book called “The Desire of Ages.” This book showed her love beyond the atheist ideals she’d grown up with and she fell in love with Jesus as her Savior.

The same pastor who had given her this precious book told her that the true day of worship was Saturday. After looking it up in an encyclopedia and finding that what he said was true, she was convinced.

She worshipped on Sabbath alone for awhile until she read the book “Defender of the Truth” written by Chinese Adventists for Chinese people about the Sabbath. After painstakingly copying the book fives times, she gave the copies to the pastors of the 1,000 member church. Two weeks later they came to her and told her they believed in the Sabbath. The entire church was converted.

This amazing woman not only converted this church, but has planted over 400 more. In another article, she goes on to explain how she witnesses to friends and family through simple conversation.

She witnessed to a cousin who wanted to get a divorce simply by telling her she needed to believe in Jesus. Her cousin was converted and changed her mind about ending her marriage.

Her uncle, a government leader, said that if she was a Christian there must be something good in it, so he converted.

Her brother-in-law was also touched by the Holy Spirit as she shared and decided to get baptized.

So, even in a place where there is opposition against Christians, there are people like this woman who are sharing their beloved Jesus with those around them.

If they can do it, so can we. Right?

--Abby Logan

 

March 6, 2019

Today for devotions I read about how Esau sold his birthright for some food. It really spoke to me because I can be an extremely impulsive person. Esau was hungry and since he was only thinking about his hunger he acted in the moment giving away something extremely valuable for something that, yes he needed, but that wasn't near as important. It stood out to me that it's so easy to be irrational in our decisions when we want something out of selfish desires. Sometimes we end up giving something very special away, a lot of times that special thing is Jesus. We push Him aside for something of this world that we feel we need to appease our desires. Although it may temporarily appease them only God can appease them forever. So as an impulsive person it really showed me how carefully we need to be when we want to do something. It's important to think twice and think of the consequences.

--Afton Logan

 

February 27, 2018

"Encourage One Another" - The kids and I took off last week to go on our annual ski trip to Jackson Hole Wyoming.  My sister lives there and graciously treats the kids to a week of skiing each year.  When we left from home Gideon had a slight cough and small fever.  As we traveled that day both Afton and I developed sore throats and by the time we got to my sister's house we both had a fever and felt like crawling into bed and not getting up for awhile.  And that was how our week went.  Gideon didn't get to ski one single day.  I did force him to go down once to see how he felt but he just didn't feel good enough to do anything else.  Afton was able to ski two days before truly succumbing to her illness.  Abby was able to ski all four days and was healthy the entire time.  Me, I was sick and wanted to just stay in bed but like most moms I couldn't rest but instead spent my days running kids to the ski hill, to the doctor, to the pharmacy, picking them up at the end of the day, etc.  Let's just say it was a very long week and it was pretty disappointing.  

It turns out that Gideon had pneumonia, Afton had the flu, and I had whatever they had.  This all happened right after finding out that my grandmother had passed away and that we'd be traveling to Montana for the funeral.  Things were pretty bleak for us.

There was a bright spot in the week and that was when my husband called and said that he'd shared that we were sick with our church family and everybody had told him that they would be praying for our family and to please keep them updated.  I also got messages on facebook saying that we were in your prayers.  When I got home from the funeral I had a slew of cards letting me know that our family was being prayed for.  Wow, what at blessing to know that we had so many praying for us. 

I believe that encouraging one another is one of our highest callings.  The Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:11, "Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing."  In Hebrews 10:24-25 it says to spur one another on to love and good deeds and to encourage one another."  If you feel impressed during your day to shoot someone an encouraging text, to call someone and let them know you're thinking about them, to send an email with some words to uplift, or to send a card to someone and let them know you're thinking about them, DO IT!!  You may be the right person at the right time in someone's life.  You may be the person who helps them continue on during a struggle or gives them faith that God is still with them. Don't delay.  Heed that still small voice.  You never know how you might be a blessing.

We finally made it back home and we're all feeling much better.  I still hear a cough every now and then from the kids but all and all we're left quite the legacy.  So thank you all for keeping our family uplifted.  You are appreciated!

--Grace (The Pastor's Wife)

 

February 19, 2019

“Take These Things Away” - Early on in Jesus’ ministry He went to Jerusalem for the Passover. When He arrived “...He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers doing business. When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables,” (John 2:14-15). You can’t find anything in the gospels where Jesus is more passionate then the two times that He cleansed the temple. You might say that He’s as passionate about some other things, but definitely not more passionate.

In the next verse (John 2:16) He said to those selling doves, “...Take these things away! Do not make My Father’s house a house of merchandise.” In other words, do not make it about business, trading, or material things, things of a worldly nature. Jesus is very passionate about any place where God is to reside. 

In 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 we’re counseled that we “are the temple of the living God”, and to separate things from ourselves that are not of God. He says that He “will dwell in...” us. So, for that reason we must remove those things that would keep Him from residing within our body (temple). 2 Corinthians 7:1 says, “Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” Knowing His passion for the temple, and that I am His temple, it begs the question; if Jesus were to come and look around in my temple, what would He look at and say to me, “take these things away"?

February 14, 2019

Love, the True Indicator 

There is only one thing that I can think of that Jesus clearly revealed was an indicator that we are one of His followers.  It wasn't Sabbath keeping, dietary restrictions, lifestyle standards, church involvement, or even giving Bible studies.  Not that there is anything wrong with any of these things, but the fact remains Jesus didn't specify any of these or other things that could be added to the list as unmistakable proof that you are His disciple.

No, the only thing He mentioned was love.  In John 13:35 Jesus says, "By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."  In other words, people will know we follow Jesus by how we treat those closest to us, those in our church, and those we come in contact with.  Do we treat our wives and husbands with unselfish loving kindness, putting their needs before our own?  Are we patient and understanding with our children as they learn how to navigate through this confusing world?  Are we willing to sacrifice our time, money, and material things for those of our own church family who are in need?  Do we stop and help somebody who is in need when we're out in our community?  Are we willing to do these things on a continuous basis despite what it might cost us in time, money, or energy?

None of us live out these things perfectly in our lives, but we all have a testimony of what our habitual tendencies reveal in all of these areas concerning how we love others.  It behooves all of us to revisit 1 Corinthians 13 and prayerfully consider whether or not our habitual tendencies are reflecting Christ in such a way as to cause others to look at us and say, "they have been with Jesus".

--Pastor Jason

 

Upcoming Events

March 20, 2019 10:00 AM
Store is open from 10 A.M. in the morning to 2 P.M. in the afternoon.
March 20, 2019 6:30 PM
Pastor Jason leads out in an excellent study series called "Biblical Response Therapy". This study goes into great detail of life changing principles for overcoming character weaknesses, addictions, and unwanted habitual tendencies.
March 23, 2019 11:00 AM
March 25, 2019 9:00 AM
Come and join in a craft and fellowship.
March 25, 2019 6:15 PM
Come learn more of the wonderful stories in the Bible that tell of the LOVE of God!
March 30, 2019 11:00 AM
April 5, 2019 6:30 PM
Come and enjoy fellowship in music - sing, play and instrument, or just enjoy.
April 6, 2019 11:00 AM
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