Randy's Reflections
April 20, 2016, 12:17 PM

Afterword "Who's in charge here?"

So this last week I had a conversation with a pastor friend of mine who is from a different country. He said one of the concepts of faith not emphasized in his country is the concept of “The Sovereignty of God.” Being here he has realized that it is God who is control not he. It of course causes some concern when bad things happen, but it brings a sense of peace when there is a bump in the road, knowing God wants to partner with you in life.

    Preparing for my message this week I spent a lot of time reading in Isaiah. The passage I preached on was Isaiah 40: 1-2. This passage scholars think was written as the people are coming back from Babylon to rebuild their capital city, Jerusalem, and their temple, the house of God, as well as securing and working their own land.

    I had often thought that the reason Israel was taken into captivity was to punish them for their sin, specifically idolatry. Idolatry really means when you don’t place God first in your worship life. Yet if we truly think God is sovereign then he has a purpose for sending the Israelites into exile. It was not their destination, but it was only a detour. It was an opportunity to make a u-turn and begin again to worship the one, and only one, who deserves to be worshiped.

    It is true that we have consequences to our actions. If our actions result in bad consequences it is not God’s fault, but God can use those consequences to bring us back to him. The Israelites never lost their chosen status. The Israelites never lost God’s love for them. The Israelites never were abandoned by God, and nor are we.

    When you feel like you have gone down the wrong road, know that God still loves you. Know that God still wants to be your God. Know that God will help you make a u-turn and get you back on the best road you can walk.

    Emerson says it well, “Life is a journey, not a destination.” But I would add, and God wants to companion with you on this journey. Just give him a chance.


    Pastor Randy

April 4, 2016, 9:26 AM


Sometimes I have other thoughts after preaching on Sunday. I think of things I should have said or I am asked questions about what I meant when I said something. So I thought I would share with you a word the day after I spoke.

    Yesterday I mentioned that “Jesus wants us to break his body,” as I was officiating at communion. Does this mean Jesus wants us to beat him or cause his bones to be broken? No, I was trying to say that Jesus, who had longed for the Last Supper with his disciples (Luke 22:15), wanted them to share the symbol of his sacrifice with each other.

    Paul says in 1 Corinthians 10:16b, “And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ?” Jesus longs for us to participate with others in the body of Christ. Our faith is not a solitaire faith. Communion was a new sacrament which offered an opportunity for believers to share their faith with each other.

    Secondly, I think I was trying to convey that Jesus wants us to admit that we are the ones who put him on the cross. It was not just the Jewish leaders, it was not just the Romans, it was not just the governmental authorities, but by our sin we made it necessary for Jesus to be crucified, to be the sacrifice in order for us to be reconciled or at peace with God.

    Jesus longs for us to admit that we need his offer of redemption so we may abide with him as he abides with God. This is an opportunity to be reconnected to God.

    I appreciate those that asked me about this phrase I used yesterday, it helps me clarify my thinking as well as hopefully you can be encouraged to grow in new ways in your faith.

    Hoping to continue the dialogue as we grow into new ways of understanding in our faith through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and the sharing of the body.


    Walking with you,


    Pastor Randy

March 26, 2016, 12:00 AM

Daily Word for Lenten Season - March 26


This is the last word. The last word I will send you a message about. But certainly not the last word for those who are in Christ. When we say this word out loud how does it make us feel? When we say this word out loud what do we think of? I pray for you that this is not the last word.

Prayer: Lord, thank you that this is not the last word for us. Thank you that we can look forward not only to Easter, but new life, transformed life in you, both now and forever. Amen.