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How Are You Doing Spiritually?

How are you doing spiritually? Has anyone ever asked a question like that? I was reading an article recently about discipling others and entitled "Seven Questions To Use In A Discipling Relationship." One of the questions was simply, "How have you seen God work since we last met?"

That's an interesting question, where have I seen God at work? Offhand I couldn't think of anything. Then as pondered a little more, I began to see God's hand at work around me. The first place was in my daily reading. The Holy Spirit pointed out to me that Solomon knew he was sinning against God when he married Pharaoh's daughter. So much so, that he had to build a house for her outside of Jerusalem because the city was a holy place as it housed the Ark of the Covenant. Apparently, he knew she was not a part of the covenant people, God's people, and she couldn't stay in God's city. A few chapters later we learn that Solomon married many more foreign women and God judged him for his disobedience.

How many times do we sin and know it's a sin and do it anyway? We think we can hide it from God or others, so we go ahead and commit the sin. However, God knows everything we do and no matter how hard we sin where no-one can see, God still does. Our fellowship with God will be broken until we confess and repent.

What has God shown you that is sinful in your life? Is it something that everyone else is doing, so it must be okay? Solomon like other kings married women to form alliances, yet God had strictly forbid that practice. Just because others do it, doesn't mean it's okay.

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We're Back!

We had a great first day back worshipping together. This week, we hope to have all the kinks worked out so everything will run smoothly. We will continue to have our service on Facebook starting at 10:00 AM for those who are not ready to return or live outside our area. Yes, we do have a small group of people from outside the Tacoma area watching our services and we welcome them each Sunday. There may be a time in the near future when we have on online campus.

Sunday I asked if we could make Habakkuk 3:2 our prayer as we return to worship. It says, “LORD, I have heard the report about you; LORD, I stand in awe of your deeds. Revive your work in these years; make it known in these years. In your wrath remember mercy!”

Let's pray and ask God Almighty to revive, renew, refresh His work in our church. To make His name known in Parkland, Lakewood, Tacoma, Graham and all of Pierce county and use us in that endeavor. God, in the past, did some great things in our church. Now, after being in exile so to speak, we are coming back and have a chance to reset, retrench, or rebuild. If we only look to see where God is working and join Him, we'll be successful in rebuilding His church. So make Habakkuk 3:2 our prayer, look for where God is working and then join Him!

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Time For Change

This past week has been a rough one. The protest, which in my opinion are appropriate and needed, took place. For many years systemic racism has been built into our society. Growing up in the 1960s and 1970s in a southern state, racism was just part of life. As an adult, I now realize how wrong that was and still is. We do not need to continue living with the status quo, changes are needed.

What needs to be changed and how? I'm sure I have an answer that can bring about justice for all races in our nation. But, I do know one thing. It can begin with me. This week, I have been confronted with my on ideas, feelings, and prejudices. Though I've come a long way in my life since I was a kid and have overcome my prejudices, I never asked God for forgiveness. As a result, I've confessed my sins to God and asked Him for forgiveness. I've asked Him to give me His heart for all people.

Now, what else can I or we do? First of all, we as a church need to pray for God's wisdom. We need to be open and loving to all people and lead in bringing change to the injustices in our world. In Isaiah 5:7 it says, "He expected justice but saw injustice; he expected righteousness, but heard cries of despair." This was written to Judah, but it is true for us today. God help us! Let the change begin with me, you, and our church.

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