Randy's Reflections
August 30, 2017, 11:53 AM

Summer Words


Perhaps this is the heart of our faith. Are we willing to accept that which seems fantastic, from a world’s view, that a being, other than a fellow human, created us? Are we willing to step out in faith to believe that this being provided us a way to have a relationship with him? Are we willing to believe that this being has inspired others to write about their relationship and this writing has traversed the ages intact and continues to be a guide for all who desire a relationship with this being? Are we willing to believe that through this relationship we have help to live life fully both now and forever? When it comes down to it we need to decide if we are willing to take that leap of faith that all the above is true. If we are willing then we will experience something truly glorious.

Lord, help us to be willing to receive your word to us, not only your written word, but your living word Jesus Christ. Help us to embrace the Spirit which hovers over us seeking to inspire, guide and bring us gifts of love, peace and joy. Lord, help us to be willing to recognize we are not the center of the Universe, but that he who is beckons us to enter into his presence and be filled with your grace. Lord, help us to be willing to receive all that you have for us and be willing to share whatever blessings we have with those around us. Lord, help us to be willing. Amen.

August 29, 2017, 11:54 AM

Summer Words


When these words were suggested I felt that both were important. So often we talk about walking with the Lord or our journey of faith, yet sometimes it seems to be more of a hike. I mean my path is not always smooth, nor is it always straight. We are close to the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Many of us have walked or hiked through Yosemite. There have been times on those hikes when they have been a bit precarious or interminably long. To me this is more true of my hike of faith. There are times when it seems like it will never end, but then there is the exhilaration of overcoming the difficulties along the trail or even the joy of reaching our destination. This is the true walk of faith, a hike where we have vistas that are unparalleled and a sense of accomplishment when we make it around each new corner or over each new hill.

Lord, help me to take your hand when the tough times come. Help me to offer my hand to those around me when the hike seems like it will never end. Lord, help me to receive the strength I need to continue on, the hopefulness to make it around one more bend, and the joy of looking back on a journey well traveled. Amen.

August 28, 2017, 10:26 AM

Summer Words


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.