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June 2012

Recently, I read the first Psalm. While David wrote this song of worship some 3000 years ago, I find it striking how modern the message continues to be. The Psalm opens with the familiar line, “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly.”

It strikes me as to just how willing the ungodly are to
offer counsel. I am amazed at how people who seem to
struggle with every aspect of life are more than happy to give instruction to others. Once in a while (when absolutely alone), I will sit down at a piano and plink around on it for a little while. It is terrible. The poor timing of my key striking is only surpassed by the discords that would bring tears to your eyes. I have no illusions concerning my talent or knowledge with the piano. It should not be a surprise that Lisa Coleman, Lorna Duncan, or Karen Michel (our church pianists) refuse to ask me for pointers on the piano. (Smart girls!) So just how dumb would you consider me if I were to go forward and give counsel to our talented musicians in an area in which I am a big failure? (That’s a rhetorical question. Please, do not answer it out loud.)

Yet, people who do not have a clue about successful living, how to find peace and happiness, or how to deal with life’s difficulties inundate us at every turn. They know what is best for us. They not only offer advice, but they seem highly offended when we question their ideas and directions. Ungodly people have no place giving life pointers to those of us who seek Christ. We may be unable to avoid such advice from time to time, but it is strictly up to us as to how we will respond. Actually, wisdom comes to us when we seek godly counsel. One of the purposes of the Church is to offer a place where Believers, young and old, can go to seek godly wisdom.

One of the areas in which our Church is powerfully blessed, is in our corporate wisdom. If you do not find wisdom on a subject from staff (and you may not), there will be someone sitting around you in church every Sunday who would WOW you with what God has taught them. It has been my experience that we have many wise men and women, who, when given the chance, are willing and able to share what God has taught them. We can learn much from each other. So, here is a source of godly wisdom available to us all.

Another thing you need to keep in mind is that God has taught and is teaching you a few things about godly living that He expects you to share with others. You would be amazed at our many people are struggling in an area where you have already been. You have seen God do what only He can do in a given situation. So, if given the opportunity, you now have become a resource of godly wisdom. How often do you think of yourself that way? Hopefully, not very often, for this would speak of pride and arrogance. These are traits that the ungodly show, not the godly. You see, when God reveals Himself to us in a given situation, we understand that it is His wisdom that we have acquired. This makes us a humble resource for God to reveal Himself to others through our life experiences.

So, when you come to a time in life when you feel the need to seek counsel, remember, seek godly counsel. This is simply wise. Also, praise God that He uses each of His children to provide wise counsel to those who are in need. This is what the Church does.


May 2012

Dear Church Family,

It struck me the other day, that in heaven, there won't be any clocks, watches, or calendars. Time as we know it will be completely irrelevant. That is what the Bible means when it says that, in the Kingdom, a day is as a thousand years. I wonder what that will be like. It has to be part of what makes heaven, heaven. In our fast paced world, we are dominated by our schedules, controlled by the clock. I often joke when referring to my calendar, that I spend more time reviewing my calendar than I do reading the Bible, and it is hard to say which one has more affect on my life at any given time. But, even with calendars, schedules, clocks, and reminders, I still find myself getting behind, forgetting an important appointment, or being late because I lost track of time while doing something else. I find this frustrating, but as I talk to other people, I discover that it is all too normal in our society.

Many years ago, I went with a group of folks to the Rio Grande Valley of Texas to do mission work in Mexican churches. Mostly we did Vacation Bible Schools in small neighborhood churches south of the border. We worked through a Texas based Mexican mission church. One of our well-meaning Anglo ladies noticed that the pastor of the church did not wear a watch. She offered to buy him one in appreciation for all his work. He kindly but firmly declined the offer, because he did not want to become a slave to a watch. In our culture, we struggle with that concept, but in the Mexican culture, it worked very well. I often think of that conversation and lament my own slavery to a clock. No doubt, if I did not follow the clock and calendar, my productivity would fall off dramatically. But, time is a heavy-handed master. Even when I get away during elk season, I find myself the first half of the first day of hunting rushing through everything, as though I have a deadline I must meet. It is not until I realize I am alone in the mountains and I do not have to please anyone's schedule but my own that I can really slow down, relax and enjoy the hunt by observing the beauty of the landscape, the simple joy of walking quietly in the mountains, and who knows, maybe even finding one really dumb elk.

I find this same principle to be true in our day-to-day lives. Sometimes, we rush here and there trying so desperately not to fall behind our schedules, that we fail to enjoy what we are doing and where we are at any given time. We rush to our children's activities, but do we slow down enough to enjoy our kids? We hurry to get home so that we can get our stuff done there, but do we slow down enough to enjoy our spouses and our homes?

When you look at the life of Jesus recorded in the Gospels, you will see that He regularly retreated from His hectic schedule, from the pressures of ministering to an endless stream of needy people, to be alone. These retreats, while frequent, were never very long, but they were times of refreshing and renewing. We need those times of retreat, but we also need to stop once in a while and just breathe deep.

So, as we prepare ourselves to dive into a very busy summer, we would do well to commit ourselves to take a few moments now and again to stop everything, look around and enjoy where we are and what we are doing. Psalm 46: 10 reads: "Be still, and know that I am God." This is done by quietly listening to Him and also by quietly observing where He has placed us at any given moment and taking in all that He has provided.

In Christ,

Pastor Quin

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