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2nd Timothy 2:15

"The proper place for a ship to be is in the water, but if the water gets into the ship, the ship will sink. The proper place for the church is in the world,

BUT IF THE 'WORLD' GETS INTO THE CHURCH,

THE CHURCH WILL GO DOWN IN DISGRACE!"

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"Now fear the Lord and serve Him with all faithfulness...But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve...But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."-Joshua 24:14-15

Sunday, April 22, 2012

APRIL 22

“WHO DO YOU SAY THAT I AM?”

“Who do you say that I am?” “Who do others say that I am?” These are questions that Jesus posed to His disciples as He was talking to them just outside Caesarea Philippi, located in Israel’s northern most area.

As we may see, this was a perfect spot to get a good view of the local perceptions of the young preacher, who was far from the bias of much of the Jewish leaders in the city of Jerusalem. Indeed, who do you say that I am!

Questions that should be asked; am I one who leads by public consensus, (taking a congregation) “where they want to go,” or is it by personal conviction that I lead, in (taking a congregation) “where they need to go”.

In far too many cases, the trend of pastors today has shifted from leading people, to following people.

But let’s be honest, bucking the crowd is no picnic!

  • Just ask Aaron about his stint of leadership, while Moses was up on the mountain.  Most of the group wanted to build a golden calf and Aaron complied with their demand.  Aaron’s only defense was “The people made me do it!”  Or, how about Peter when an inquisitive young girl confronted him while Jesus was on trial.  In the upper room it was easy; he was with friends.  But outside, among the everyday people, and unfamiliar faces, it’s not that easy.

Jesus never meant for His bride to just be one of the girls. Scripture underscores this distinction with words like, “peculiar” and “transformed,” and “unblemished.”

To the Savior, the Gospel was not cheap. Yet, the multitudes came from far and wide to hear it. That’s because the multitudes desperately wanted something the world couldn’t offer; as should our churches, and that offer is the truth of God’s Word.

That is why His questions speak specifically to Pastors. “Who do you say that I am?” “Who do others say that I am?”

 

News From Ho Ho Kam

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As we see our Winter visitors leave the park and head north, a sadness rolls through our soul, as we say a prayer that the Lord will keep them safe along the way to their home.

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The streets of HO HO KAM are looking more like a western town of the 1880’s- after the cattle drivers have headed back to Texas.  102_3240

A picture of the flower arrangement that one of our own, Linda Noonan brought to church service for our enjoyment, it was lovely- thanks Linda

The State Treasurer Visits Coolidge

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At this months Chamber meeting, Arizona State Treasurer, the Hon. Doug Ducey gave us a rundown as to the over-all financial condition of our state- It is doing much better.

Muy Sabrosa!  Delicious!

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We enjoyed a surprise visit from our good friends, Chaplain John and Edra Mitchel. John is lead chaplain for Transport for Christ – Denver, CO. John and Edra have been dear friends for more than 10 years. A  TRUE BLESSING! We enjoyed a GREAT meal at Casa Palomino, Si’ Amigo!

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Continue to pray for us as we seek to serve the Lord here in the desert.
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3 comments:

  1. I just want you to know both my wife and I love your sermons. They're just what we want to hear.

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  2. We really enjoyed our visit. Thanks for lunch it was very tasty. Thanks for welcoming us to your home.

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  3. Greetings..... just back from seeing family in Georgia....

    Good Word my Friend Very good and very needed in our times.

    pj and L

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