Pastor's Blog
May 30, 2018, 2:31 PM

June Blog



One of our commandments as Christians is to "Honor our Father."  We honor those who have influenced our lives often, but on June 17 as a nation we also remember the men in our lives who have loved us and helped us to grow.   Below is a brief history of how Father's Day began.  It happened in a church not through a greeting card company!

Sonora Dodd of Washington state was one of the first people who had the idea of a "Father's Day."  She thought of the idea while listening to a Mother's Day sermon in 1909.  Sonora wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart.  He was a Civil War veteran and was widowed when his wife died giving birth to their sixth child.  Smart was left to raise the newborn and his other five children by himself on a rural farm in eastern Washington state.

After Sonora became an adult she realized the courage, selflessness and love her father had shown in raising his children as a single parent.  Sonora began a campaign to celebrate Father's Day in the United States.  The Spokane Ministerial Association and the local Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) supported her cause.  On June 19, 1910 Spokane celebrated its first Father's Day in the month her father was born.  Eventually the idea began to gain popularity all over our country and in 1972 President Richard Nixon established a permanent national observance of Father's Day to be held on the third Sunday of June.

As Christians, when we think of "Father" we think of not only our earthly father figures, but our Heavenly Father as well.  The most common image Jesus used to describe God was that of "Father."  It makes me think that Joseph must have been a very special kind of father.  Most of our attention centers  on Jesus' mother, Mary, but Jospeh must have also combined those qualities of strength and gentleness that we associate with Jesus.  Jesus had a very solid knowlege of the Old Testament .  In the Jewish home it was the father who had the major responsibility for his son's religious instruction.  Of course we know Jesus had a unique relationship with God.  Still, I believe that Joseph, though hardly mentioned in the Gospels, was probably an influential role model for Jesus.  Why else would Jesus have chosen the imagery of "Father" to portray God?

In Matthew 10:29-31 we have one of the most important Scriptural reminders of the love of our Heavenly Father for His children.   "What is the price of two sparrows - one copper coin?  But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it.  And the very hairs on your head are all numbered.  So don't be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a flock of sparrows."  What a moving testimony to the very intimate love that God has for each of us.

Praise God for those men who have impacted our lives with godly love!

Happy Father's Day!

Pastor Becky

 




April 27, 2018, 2:35 PM

May Blog



The day of Pentecost is almost here.  It is one of the most important days in the history of Christianity.  The fulfillment of what Jesus promised about the Holy Spirit coming to dwell within believers came true.  Acts chapter two tells us that one the day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples filling them with the Holy Spirit and they began to speak in other languages.  There were Jews from every nation living in Jerusalem and as they listened they heard their native language being spoken.  Peter addressed the crowd and about 3,000 people accepted the message about Christ and were baptized.  The work of the Holy Spirit is so amazing and life changing!

Celtic Christians chose, not the dove, but the wild goose as a symbol representing the Holy Spirit.  It sounds strange to us, but it has a long tradition in Ireland.  The Roman Church imagined the Holy Spirit in the form of a peaceful, graceful dove, but the ancient Celts understood the Holy Spirit to be like a wild goose.  When you hear of the Spirit descending like a heavenly dove on you, you hear harps and strings softly playing and get a peaceful feeling, of a "Sweet, sweet Spirit."  The Holy Spirit's image as a dove has become so familiar we tend to pay little attention to the significance of this part of the Trinity.

The image of a Wild Goose descending upon you is a different matter altogether.  A wild goose is a noisy, bothersome bird.  This image of the Holy Spirit as a wild goose jars us out of our complacency.  We need such an image to correct our overly safe and sweet image of the Spirit.

When the Spirit comes in the Bible, it never seems to be sweet or safe.  God's Spirit called the prophets to speak to Israel in words that were bold and sometimes dangerous.  Ezekiel saw a vision of God's Spirit blowing through a valley of dry bones and brining them to life.  John the Baptist dressed in camel's hair and eating wild locusts proclaimed, "I baptize you with water but he who comes after me will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire."  Paul's advice to young Timothy, "For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands; for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline."  2 Timothy 1:6-7

The Spirit neither safe nor tame, inspired Paul to say, "There is no longer Jew or Gentile, (a) slave or free, male and female.  For you are all one in Christ Jesus."  Galatians 3:28

It was this Wild Goose that Jesus referred to when he preached his first sermon and quoted Isaiah saying, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord's favor has come."  Luke 4:18

Apart from the Wild Goose there is no life.  In what ways do you see the Wild Goos working in and through you as a disciple of Christ? How is the WIld Goose calling you to serve our Lord?

I look forward to hearing from you.

Pastor Becky

 

 

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