Randy's Reflections
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August 28, 2017, 10:26 AM

Summer Words

Trust

Yesterday I preached about our need to bold in our faith. We need to be willing to step out of our comfort zone and be the disciples God calls us to be. That can’t happen of course unless you trust God to be there for you. I think we all have some trust issues. I think we all have experienced betrayal at some point. But scripture points out that God is there for us. God not only has our destination decided, but God’s presence is with us even now. I am again overwhelmed by all the good things I experience each day given to me by God, that I don’t deserve. So when things don’t go well I need to trust God will see me through and some good will come out of it. I am excited about what is coming next are you?

Lord, help us to trust you. You have held us in your hands in the past and you will hold us in the future as well. But sometimes we need to just trust you in our present. Thank you for being there for us even when we don’t acknowledge you as our God. Lord, we can trust you so help us to do just that. Amen.




August 28, 2017, 10:25 AM

Summer Words

Together

Today we gather together as a Session, the ruling body of our church, to plan, prepare and pursue a new school year in the life of our church. We believe that together we can better discern the direction God has for us as a body of believers. We also believe that as we offer each other insight we can offer encouragement and we can offer to assist each other in our called ministries. As I have said before “Church Matters.” Jesus did not mentor one individual at a time, nor did he pick only one follower to carry on his work. Jesus picked a group of people to follow him and taught them not only how to work together, but how to be a partner with God as well. We are all unique individuals, but how much more we can accomplish when we work together. Let us gather together tomorrow to celebrate our partnership with each other and with God.

Lord, you gave us a family to support, encourage and challenge each other in our calling. Help us to find the best way to work together and to celebrate that which we have been called to do. It is so much more wonderful to share our life with others than to walk this road alone. Help us to continue to respect each person individually as we seek to work together to redeem this world as your partner here on earth. Amen.




August 25, 2017, 6:54 PM

Summer Words

Tired

We just finished driving over 1700 miles from California to Texas. At the beginning of the week it seemed a daunting task, but once done it didn’t seem to take that long. Sure we took our time, four days in fact, and we had a few amazing events; a prayer garden and a take and run out the grocery store (we weren’t the takers), both of these were in LA; a got-a-find-a-bathroom-real-quick while on a barren stretch through New Mexico (which we found); and an amazing series of cloud formations in the sky in Texas. The good part of this tired is the sleep which rejuvenated us each night so we could continue on the road the next morning. There will be times when we will get tired because of all our activity, but God gives us rest and a new day. We are grateful to be here.

Lord, you give us desires which lead us to all corners of the world and yet everywhere we go you are with us at that place. We are so grateful for the freedom to travel and the resources to find new places to settle in your world. Thank you for keeping us safe on our journey and reminding us that wherever we go you are there with us. We can never out pace you nor can we ever run away from you. Help us to never want to shut you out of our lives because wherever we are you make the experience so much richer. Thank you for being our God and calling us to be your global people. Amen.


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