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MCA Christmas Pastor Appreciation 2018

Sound a trumpet in Alaska!  It’s the MCA Christmas Pastor Appreciation Weekend!  Each year, as Chairman of the MCA Board of Directors, I am blessed to give honor to the MCA Alaska Pastoral Team.

Honoring our Pastors in Australia, Burkina Faso, and other undisclosed locations happens at another time and in other ways.  This weekend is for the Alaska team.

We love the people God has put together for the purposes of “Glorifying God and Growing People to Their Full Potential in Christ.”

These folks are all out, pedal to the metal disciples of Jesus and servants to everyone they meet.

Although they are not on the MCA Pastoral Team, we ALWAYS honor our Bishop and bride, Superintendent Roy William Welch and Dori Welch.  Best leaders on the planet today.  :0)

Huge shouts of love to this group of AMAZING prayer warriors, Bible teachers, soul winners, gifts of the Spirit ministers and all around servants before the Lord and His people.

In all of ten weekend services we are receiving a Christmas offering to be equally divided among these twenty-two team members.  A full-time member is blessed with a full share of the offering and a part-time member receives a half share.

(I couldn’t get WordPress Gallery to work, so what follows is a random spacing of the photos)

Daneé Redfearn Julie Martins Zyla and Alex Esteban Blaine and Robin Schmidt Heather and Marc Toro Kassy and Jonathan Redfearn Howard and Rezia Hansen Moe and Zelda Tali Becky Rose David and Deborah Wilson Edgardo Montano Doug and Celeste Leaf Zion Burgess Staci and Mike Borden Mary Ann Pruitt April Samber Maritza Ruiz Duron Mark and Val Burgess Tracy and Bryan Fick Drew and May Hansen Dori and Bill Welch Miriam Montano
Posted on 16th December 2018 in Christmas, Christmas Photo, Pastors  •  Comments are off for this post
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My Presidential Vote

All three of us are pastors who love God. We have given our lives for His Church. We honestly hold our Bible beliefs.  We love each other dearly.  YET… All three of us will vote for different Presidential candidates.

Before I comment on the who questions it may be helpful to begin with the basic question of why.

When our King, Jesus the Messiah, was born, the Kingdom of God was established on the earth.  King Jesus’ incarnate ministry began following John the Baptist’s proclamation, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand (Matthew 3:2).”  Jesus’ message began with the exact same announcement, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand (Matthew 4:17).”

Our King’s kingdom is beyond earthly borders, elected officials, capital buildings, and politics. King Jesus reigns supreme in the kingdom of heaven.

Those who have placed their trust in Jesus for salvation are citizens of His kingdom.

There are citizens of Jesus’ kingdom (I am guessing) in every government established on earth today.  I am confident that King Jesus has citizens living under the government of North Korea and also in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.  Our King’s kingdom is everywhere.

First and foremost Christians are citizens of the kingdom of heaven and we are subjects of the King of kings.  We are also citizens under the leadership of presidents, prime ministers, kings, ayatollas, dictators, and any number of other titles for national leaders.

When one’s citizenship in the kingdom of heaven conflicts with the citizenship requirements of earthly governments, the Christian must always choose the kingdom of heaven.

I don’t break the speed limit because I am a citizen of the kingdom of heaven but because I am a law abiding citizen of the State of Alaska.  Jesus is my King and Bill Walker is my Governor.

In earthly governments that select leadership by voting (many nations of the world would literally die to have the right to vote) a Christian may ask, “Should I live as a citizen of the kingdom of heaven or as a citizen of my nationality?” Until the time it is impossible, do both.

My vote is my voice.

My ballot is the only legally binding and official voice given to me as a citizen of the United States of America.  I can voice my voice in many ways about various issues, and I should, however, casting my ballot is the only legally binding voice I have in the USA.

My vote is my morality in a simple “Please mark your ballot” form.  I can talk for years about Biblical morality, ethics, philosophy, sociology, economics, and a host of other topics, but this all gets completely integrated into one simple oval marked with a pen by my hand.

I am thankful for an earthly government that (at least for now) welcomes my voice.  Yes, Christians should vote (as long as you are free to vote your Christian conscience).

More important than “Do Christians have a moral obligation to vote?” is the question, “Am I morally responsible for my vote?”

YES! YES!  YES!

The Apostle Paul was morally responsible for the murder of Christianity’s first martyr, Stephen.  To my knowledge Paul never threw a stone and never even touched this Christian hero.  But he was morally responsible.  Why?  In Paul’s own words,

And when the blood of Stephen your witness was being shed, I myself was standing by and approving and watching over the garments of those who killed him. Acts 22:20

In essence, Paul was morally responsible because he “voted” for Stephen’s murder. My conscience does not allow me to vote for a person who clearly and articulately fights for the murder of God’s unborn children or for a candidate who fights for unjust war. You and I are morally responsible for the stated intentions of the candidates for whom we vote.

The Bible reveals that Christians are morally responsible even for things we don’t do!  How can a person be responsible for something they don’t do?

So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin. James 4:17

“I am sick of people saying that I have some culpability for abortion just because I vote for a pro-abortion candidate!” I heard a man exclaim.  “Sorry, sir. Not doing the right thing for the unborn is a personal sin before the Holy God.”

In the USA elections you can vote for a write-in candidate, which I did four years ago.  I expressed my Christian conscience through the voice of my vote.  A Christian can surely find someone on the planet that aligns with their conscience.

After the basic why of voting comes the more complicated who of voting. Every Christian is encouraged to apply their understanding of the Bible to the system for selecting their ballot choice system.

As citizens, first and foremost, of the kingdom of heaven (King Jesus), I should vote for the earthly government candidates, propositions, and judges whom I believe will most advance, enhance, and protect the kingdom of heaven and it’s citizens.

I have no political advice for anyone.  Politics is mostly an unknown to me.  In fact, I don’t approach national and state elections from a political perspective, but rather from a Biblical morality view.  Righteousness is more important to me than most anything else.

When seeking to determine for whom I will vote, I consider Four Foundational Questions regarding Bible truths.

  1. Does the candidate and party platform firmly hold to “The Bible is the infallible, authoritative word of God and the only rule of faith and practice?”
  2. Does the candidate and party platform firmly hold to understanding God as Self-revealed in the Bible?
  3. Does the candidate and party platform firmly hold to understanding Jesus as revealed in the Bible?
  4. Does the candidate and party platform firmly hold to understanding the Holy Spirit as revealed in the Bible?

In the previous national election (and appears to be in the 2016 national election) it was obvious that either the Democratic or Republican ticket would win the election.

I asked my four questions of President Obama and Vice President Biden and candidate Romney and Ryan.

President Obama received a NO on all four questions.  Vice President Biden received a NO on all four questions.

Candidate Romney received a NO on all four questions.  Candidate Ryan received a full YES on three questions and a partial YES on one question.

With eight NO answers on the Democratic candidates and platform, I couldn’t, in clear conscience, vote for this ticket.

With four NO answers and 3.5 YES answers on the Republican candidates and platform, I had to think a bit deeper. Since the four NO answers were from the Presidential nominee and the 3.5 YES answers were from the Vice Presidential nominee, I couldn’t, in clear conscience, vote for this ticket.

Some will ask why the difference between my take on Biden and Ryan since they are both Catholic.  Biden, in my understanding, is not faithful and not in alignment with Catholic Christian teachings and practice (about almost everything) and Ryan is faithful and in alignment with Catholic Christian teachings and practice.

In the 2016 national election the two tickets and platforms most likely to be elected are again the Democratic and Republican candidates.

As I go through my four questions, I place the candidates and platforms as follows:

Hillary Clinton receives a NO on all four questions. Tim Kaine is a bit of a challenge in that what he states he believes and how he has governed are in direct opposition to each other. In governing the slaughter of the unborn and people in sexual sin candidate Kaine has consistently violated his stated Catholic beliefs. In this way he receives a half YES on all four questions for a total of two.

Donald Trump, scuzzy as he has been, receives (like Kaine) a half YES on all four questions, for a total of two. Trump is a bit of a challenge in my system because he is, reportedly, a rather recent convert to Christianity. People that I trust, such as James Dobson, James Robison, and others, have stated that Mr. Trump committed his life to Christ a couple of years ago and has a WHOLE lot of discipleship needs.  In my simple system, Trump receives two YES answers.

Pence, on the other hand, receives four solid YES answers.

Clinton, Kaine, and the Democratic platform receive two YES and six NO answers to my questions.

Trump, Pence, and the Republican platform receive six YES and two NO answers.

The final tally on my Foundational Four Questions is:

  • Clinton, Kaine, and the Democratic platform – Two YES and Six NO
  • Trump, Pence, and the Republican platform – Six YES and Two NO

Last week I cast my ballot for the Trump, Pence, Republican ticket.

One of my dear friends and one of the respected elders in Alaska and beyond said to me four years ago, “We aren’t electing a Pastor and Chief, we are electing a Commander and Chief.”

My only reply is,

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
    and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight. Proverbs 9:10

I would be morally responsible for voicing my vote for a candidate who doesn’t have even the beginning of wisdom or insight.

MCA Church does not support any candidate or political party.  What MCA Church supports is thought through application of Biblical teaching and morality to your voting decisions.

You will stand before God with moral responsibility for your votes. Align your conscience with the Bible and then voice your vote.

Several people have asked, “Pastor Kent, will you help us understand how you are navigating this election so we have more ways to think about our decisions?”

My Foundational Four Questions don’t answer questions like, “Who is better for the economy?  Who is better for keeping America safe? Who will best handle the refugee crisis? Who will be best for my health care needs?”

I can’t advise on these kinds of questions because I don’t know.

My advice is study, pray, vote.

My two pastor friends and I will all three voice our Bible based consciences.

Three different candidates will at least have one vote each.

 

 

 

Posted on 6th November 2016 in Discipleship, Pastors, Politics, Prayer  •  Comments are off for this post
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Are Professing Christians the Problem?

Intensity flows through my veins when God is in anyway connected to evil. It is inconceivable to me that anyone, especially Christians, would place causation of evil upon Him to whom the angels cry, “Holy, Holy, Holy.”

“In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong.” Job 1:22 ESV

The slaughter of God’s children, inside their mother’s wombs, to the god of feminism is the most unconscionable act of Satan and sinful humanity.  Nothing matches the wickedness of this anti image-of-God, anti life-of-God, anti prized-creation-of-God abomination.

Please don’t believe that God wants, wills, or somehow is a more glorious God because of wickedness. By definition, to God nothing can be added and nothing can be subtracted.  If you can improve God, He isn’t God.  If you can reduce God, He isn’t God. God is truly the Self-Existent, Self-Sustaining, I AM.

Every four years (The United States Presidential election cycle) I beg and plead, rebuke and exhort any Christian who will give me a moment of their time, to disavow any allegiance to the works of Satan.

Born in 1960, my life has been lived under ten Presidents of the United States. Each president has claimed, to my knowledge, the name of Christ.

  • President John F. Kennedy  –  Catholic
  • President Lyndon B. Johnson – Baptized in 1923 at the “Christian Church” also called the “Disciples of Christ”
  • President Richard M. Nixon – Quaker also known as the Religious Society of Friends
  • President Gerald Ford – Episcopalian
  • President Jimmy Carter – Baptist
  • President Ronald Reagan – Disciples of Christ
  • President George H. W. Bush – Episcopalian
  • President Bill Clinton – Baptist
  • President George W. Bush – Methodist
  • President Barak Obama – Unspecified protestant

With this presidential history the United States has become as ungodly as any civilization in history.  These men have led our country into possibly the greatest spiritual decline in the history of the world.

This version of “christian leadership” has produced rampant debauchery, unprecedented vileness, and moral depravity beyond measure. Without a doubt these presidents have led the United States to a precipice of Divine judgement.

Who were the folks casting ballots for this type of leadership? What is the fiber of the folks who tirelessly worked these long and difficult campaigns? What is in the soul of the donors who sacrificially contributed for these elections?

The VAST majority are those who claim to be professing Christians. Professing Christians empowered this historic spiritual collapse. Professing Christians cheered the selection of anti-god, anti-Bible supreme court justices (I don’t capitalize because my Supreme Court is in Heaven).  Professing Christians say, “Personally I oppose abortion, but I feel it is every woman’s personal right to chose to kill God’s baby in her womb.” Professing Christians cheer on sexual sin as the freedom of personal choice.

The equation looks like this:

Professing Christians casting ballots + Professing Christians as Presidents = the greatest spiritual decline in the history of the world!

There must be something WRONG with professing Christians.

On September 12, 1960 presidential candidate John F. Kennedy spoke to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association.  Listen to the gigantic spiritual errors in the soon to be president’s speech.

I’m grateful for your generous invitation to speak my views.

While the so-called religious issue is necessarily and properly the chief topic here tonight, I want to emphasize from the outset that we have far more critical issues to face in the 1960 election: the spread of Communist influence, until it now festers 90 miles off the coast of Florida; the humiliating treatment of our president and vice president by those who no longer respect our power; the hungry children I saw in West Virginia; the old people who cannot pay their doctor bills; the families forced to give up their farms; an America with too many slums, with too few schools, and too late to the moon and outer space.

These are the real issues which should decide this campaign. And they are not religious issues — for war and hunger and ignorance and despair know no religious barriers.

Fifty-six years later, amidst this significant spiritual collapse, professing Christians are still saying, “We have far more critical issues to face in this election…than the fear of God, faith in Jesus, and obedience to God’s word. The real issues which should decide this campaign are “too late to the moon and outer space.””

What might be wrong with “professing christians?”

  • Professing Christ without knowing Jesus
  • Professing Christ without obedience to the Holy Bible
  • Professing Christ and believing that God needs darkness to somehow help His light
  • Professing Christ and believing that no amount of sin is a deal breaker
  • Professing Christ but replacing “thus saith the Lord” with, “I think…”

Every day, without exception, in this presidential election cycle, I hear professing christians speak opinions that will only push this nation further to the cliff of God’s judgement.

When I say “The greatest spiritual decline in the history of the world came from the ballots of professing christians and their leadership selections,” I speak against the tide of “tolerance” running rampant in this country.

Jesus’ best friend revealed the intolerance of our Lord.

Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8

Maybe professing christians who make a practice of sinning are of the devil?

Maybe believing that God needs the works of the devil is exactly what the devil hopes one will believe?

My take on Romans 12:9 is that sincere love must hate what is evil and cling to what is good.  Is it possible that professing christians think they have sincere love but do not hate what is evil?

I try to live honestly before God and people.  I don’t recall any one ever saying to me, “Kent, I don’t know where you stand on this issue.” I HATE what is evil (to the degree that I understand evil) and I HATE suggesting that God is the cause of evil and I HATE when good is made evil and evil is made good.

I ask God to help me CLING to the goodness of the image of God in all people, even those who who make evil a practice and those who are, in essence, evil people.

It seems a majority of professing christians must hate what is good and cling to what is evil otherwise 51,923,070 little US citizens would have been welcomed to embrace their first breath.

Don’t welcome evil as something that enhances God but make your vote a “destroying the works of the devil” ballot.

Do more than profess Christ.

“Put on the Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 13:14

 

Posted on 28th October 2016 in Evangelism, Events, It's About Life, Pastors, Politics, Prayer  •  Comments are off for this post
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2016/2017 MCA Church Leadership and Ministry Team

Remember the year when the Green Bay Packers won the Super Bowl with a large number of their starting players unable to play due to injury? As I watched them win, I thought, “Championship teams are flexible and enduring.”

Managing is the skill of placing people where their strengths can be effective for the organization.  As the MCA Church key results, “God is glorified and people are transformed into the image of Jesus Christ,” become further defined, it is prudent to posture our team for maximum impact.

With this in mind, it is a delight to share the following Pastoral Staff realignments.

First, we thank God for the ministry of Michael Roux in leading the MCA Church Worship and the Arts ministry for the past seven years.  Michael and Rachel add life, joy, and energy every where they go. Michael’s tenure as the Pastor of the MCA Worship and the Arts ministry is coming to a close as he moves to God’s next assignment for him.

Recently Michael stated, “It is time to make a change.  God is moving me on.”  If it weren’t for the confidence that God is all wise, we would argue against this decision. However, we are completely supportive of God’s will and plan.

The MCA Interim Youth Pastor, Jonathan Redfearn, will transfer on September 1, 2016, to the role of MCA Worship and the Arts Director.  I look forward to watching all that the Lord intends for our Worship and the Arts ministry, including additional dramatic arts and choral opportunities.

In every venue we have room for the release of your worship and the arts ministry.  Do you do graphic design? Write music?  Poetry? Are you an actress or actor? Your skill set is in high demand at MCA Church!

Kelli Reed, MCA Young Adult Director, is planning a year away from the hustle and hurry of young adult ministry. Not to worry!  She’ll be back highly energized, invigorated, full of new revelation.  We love Kelli and are fired up about God’s plans for her.

I’ll miss Kelli’s quick scientific mind dropping quotes on us in staff meetings, but fully expect her to drop into our meetings from time to time with the latest discovery in string theory (Umbral Moonshine?).  Hurry back to the action, Kelli.

Alejandro (Alex) Esteban has responded to the call of God to serve the students of South Central Alaska and the MCA Church network as the MCA Church Youth Director. EXCITING! Alex (from Guam) and Zyla (from Hawaii) add to the wonderful cultural diversity of our team.

Alex has resigned his supervisor position at NC Machinery to pursue God’s special calling to youth ministry. Prior to NC Machinery Alex worked (over six years) at Denali Family Services with students experiencing autism, ADD and ADHD, depression, severe emotional disturbance, emotional neglect, and physical or sexual abuse.  His co-workers there speak exceptionally highly of Alex’ effectiveness with the students.

Additionally, Alex, knowing the call of God, has prepared for this calling by participating in classes at Far North Bible College and the Alaska School of Ministry. His ministry to students at MCA Island Revival and Revival Assembly has been effective and life changing for the teens.

Sorry, Green Bay Packers, you aren’t the only flexible and enduring championship team.  :0)

 

 

Posted on 21st August 2016 in It's About Life, MCA Family, Pastors  •  Comments are off for this post
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Our Zone 1 Church Web Site is http://eadzone1.webnode.fr/

philippe on stageBig shout out to Pastor Philippe Yameogo for his creativity, diligence, and commitment to giving life through every possible means. Our Zone 1 church web site is http://eadzone1.webnode.fr/. You can can click on this link to direct your web browser to the site.

Zone 1 Church is a life giving church in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, West Africa. A local church with thirty annexes (sites), Zone ! Church, in my view, may be Ouagadougou’s most exciting life giving congregation.

Thank you, Pastor Philippe YAMEOGO, for you effective leadership.

Zone 1 Church presents weekly ministry in Moore and French. Translation is also available in Italian and English.

God is up to glorious things in Zone 1 Church.

Posted on 3rd May 2014 in Burkina Faso, Pastors  •  Comments are off for this post
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2013 Pastor Appreciation Message for Pastor and Mrs. Alan Humphries

alanAlan and Miriam Humphries are being honored for their twenty-six years of pastoral ministry at the Soldotna Church of God and I am delighted to have a part in the honoring.

Alan and Miriam are very close and meaningful friends of mine and I jumped at the opportunity to present the weekend message in their honor. Following are the notes for my message.

As you read these notes, will you consider how much honor you are giving to God’s gift to you (your pastor)? Enjoy!

In Appreciation Of
Pastor Alan and Miriam Humphries

It is my joy to give honor, blessing, and appreciation to Pastor and Mrs. Humphries on the occasion of their twenty-sixth year of pastoring the Soldotna Church of God.

Let’s study, today, Ephesians 4.

In verses four and five Paul emphasizes the “One” part of our Christian reality:

• One body Vs. 4
• One Spirit
• One hope
• One Lord Vs. 5
• One faith
• One baptism
• One God and One Father of All

There is no mistaking it. Our Christian life is ONE! Everything is the same.

HOWEVER, in that “one-ness” Paul sees very different graces in each person. “But grace was given to each one…” Vs. 7

Everything is the same and everything is different too!

The graces, of Ephesians 4:7, are given by Jesus in the measure He choses!

Notice the emphasis in verses 7 and 8 on “gifts.” “He gave gifts to men.”

What are the particular graces and gifts that Paul is speaking about? Ephesians 4:11. “And he gave the Apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers…..”

It is my distinct joy and delight to declare, upon the firm foundation of the Word of God, that Pastor Alan and Miriam Humphries are “graces and gifts from Jesus to you!”

In Proverbs 18:16 we learn that “A man’s gift makes room for him and brings him before the great.”

Paul just taught us that Pastor Alan and Miriam are God’s graces and gifts to you and now we learn that ….

God’s gift to you makes room for Him. In other words, “Alan and Miriam, God’s graces and gifts to you, make room for God’s presence among us.

• God is Head over everything and His gift is Jesus.
• Jesus is Head over the Church and His gift is Alan and Miriam.
• Alan and Miriam are head over Soldotna Church of God and their gift is their whole lives in ministry to you.

God hates grumbling and disputing (Philippians 2:14) and loves blessing, thankfulness, and honor. I Thessalonians 5:12, 13

We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work.

• We are to respect God’s gift, Alan and Miriam.
• We are to esteem them very highly
• We are to do all of this in love.
• Because of their work.

God loves it when you love His gift to you!

When you honor, respect, and esteem highly God’s gift, you are, in fact honoring, respecting, and highly esteeming the Gift Giver, who is God.

When you bless your pastor you bless God who called your pastor, prepared your pastor, sustains your pastor, anoints your pastor, enables your pastor, gives revelation to your pastor, empowers your pastor, and protects your pastor.

I love the truths of Psalm 133 when applied in this context.

The oil of blessing runs down!

2013 Pastor Appreciation Proclamation

Pastor Alan and Miriam are my shepherds; I shall not want.
They make me lie down in green pastures.
They lead me beside still waters.
They restore my soul.
They lead me in paths of righteousness
For God’s name’s sake

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
For they are with me;
Their rod and their staff,
They comfort me.

They prepare a table before me
In the presence of my enemies;
They anoint my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life,
And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
Forever.

Posted on 17th November 2013 in Pastors, Peak Performance, Prayer, Remarkable, Serving  •  Comments are off for this post
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Humbled by The Gift!

Surprised. Speechless. Overwhelmed. Beyond words. Appreciative. Thankful. Amazed.

Pastor Philippe YAMEOGO shocked me with one of the grandest gifts of my life.

Philippe gave me the Word of God.

His gift is inerrant, infalible, authoritative, and ageless. It explains the Alpha and the Omega, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, and the Great I Am. His gift reveals Jesus, God’s Son, as the Savior of all mankind. In it’s pages we learn of Jesus’ power over sin, sickness, and Satan. Written there are the words of life and from it we learn about life eternal. Without this book we would not know of heaven, the New Jerusalem, the Throne Room, and the heavenly Tabernacle. Yes, Philippe gave me a Holy Bible. But not just any Holy Bible.

He gave me HIS Holy Bible.

This is the Bible with which he has learned the ways of God, come to know the love of God, and experienced revelation. From this Bible he has taught school classes, Sunday school, Bible studies, weekend sermons, revival meetings, staff meetings, missionary conventions, prayer meetings, children’s church, youth camps, and taught his children the words and ways of God.

As Philippe began to explain his appreciation to me, I had a growing sense of unworthiness. Not the kind that causes self contempt or feelings of worthlessness but the awareness that love and grace are far beyond my ability to comprehend.

If I was worthy, it wouldn’t have been a gift, but a payment. philippe bible

The only appropriate response to spectacular love is humble acceptance.

Philippe, my dear friend, thank you.

Over 2,000 years ago Someone Else gave us the Word of God and the words of God.

The only appropriate response is humble acceptance.

Posted on 21st October 2013 in Bible Study, Burkina Faso, Joany, MCA Family, MCA Global Network, Missions, Pastors, Remarkable  •  Comments are off for this post
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Treasures in broken clay pots

Really, I try to be on my best behavior on Sundays, especially when I am teaching the Bible in front of hundreds of people and the entire world-wide web.  

Unfortunately, my best intentions don’t always materialize.  For example, in the 9:15 service on April 7th, I struggled with anxiety and it became rather obvious.  My brain had me so wound up that I couldn’t really talk without gagging.   Now that was embarrassing. Yuck!  Run and hide! Get out of Dodge. Punt.

In one of my all time favorite speeches, Sir Winston Churchill stated,  “Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves, that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, This was their finest hour.” Needless to say, Sunday morning wasn’t my finest hour.  

I LOVE to teach the Bible.  I don’t particularly like being exhibit A.  Yep, Jesus helps in the grief process, but I don’t want anyone to see me grieve.  Sure, Jesus is our healing, but I don’t want anyone to see me sick.  It is so much easier to teach the wisdom of God than to genuinely allow folks to see the processes of actually trying to live it out in everyday, real life, situations.

Until the Living Word intersects the living moment the ministry event hasn’t occurred.  I love theology, but theology must always become personal biography to have any lasting impact.

On Sunday some of you saw your pastor doing his best to make the Living Word of God work in his everyday, broken clay pot life.  Maybe it was a bit unsettling for you (it sure was for me), but when we walk through our human weaknesses we can all be delighted that God has placed the treasure of His glory in any of our jars of clay.

With my family, friends, prayer warriors, doctors, and loving MCA Church family, I will be just fine.

I look forward to seeing your jar of clay next Sunday and, I promise, I will try to be on my best behavior and maybe we will have our finest hour!

Posted on 9th April 2013 in Musings, Pastors, Peak Performance, Weekend Talks  •  Comments are off for this post
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The Rev. Dr. Patrick Donadio

Pat Donadio was an impact influencer in my life. I met Pastor and Mrs. Donadio when I was 6 years old. He quickly became a family favorite, a bit like an uncle. Over time, Pat’s influence greatly increased. He was my District Youth Director, my Presbyter, our Far North Bible College President, our Executive Director of Teen Challenge, and personal and family friend.

Since Pat loved humor many folks didn’t know of his theological genius. With his Ph.D written on the subject of the Incarnation of Jesus Christ, he has extensive understanding of the fact that Jesus is fully God and fully Man.

Early Sunday morning, Pat increased his knowledge of Jesus by taking His hand and traveling Home.

Welcome Home, Pat!

Posted on 22nd May 2012 in Funerals, Missions, Pastors  •  Comments are off for this post
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MCA Ministry Team Blogs

Several of our MCA team members are energetic participants in the blogosphere. In hope of pressuring them to keep their blogs current, I will list their URL’s here :0)

1. Pastor Blaine Schmidt writes an encouraging and very pastoral blog. Check it out here.
2. Pastor Pam Hodges keeps you informed of the MCA Children’s Ministry here.
3. MCA Youth Director, Howard Hansen, keeps you up to speed on MCA Youth Ministries here.
4. MCA Worship Pastor, Michael Roux, dials you in on the MCA Worship and Arts ministry here.
5. Dale Baker, MCA Young Adult Ministry Director spreads the Young Adult Ministry news here.

If, perchance, these blogs are a bit outdated, please lovingly pressure your dear friends to keep you informed in a timely manner. :0)

I am glad our team is venturing out into the blog world and learning the skill necessary to keep the world posted. Our team has been given the assignment of dedicating one hour of each work day to their online presence and ministry. Will you help me keep them motivated, fired up, and online? Thanks.

Posted on 11th April 2011 in Blogs, Children's Ministry, MCA Global Network, Pastors, Peak Performance, Student Ministry, Worship and the Arts, Young Adult Ministry  •  Comments are off for this post