Pastor Keith's Weekly Update - February 12th, 2019
I was pulling some old cables down from the eaves on the house when I thought I had a good idea. Since I was already up on the ladder I decided to clean out the gutter. There is only one small section and I didn't think it would be that much work to clean it out. I reached up to the gutter and found it full of mud, leaves, and sand from the tile shingles. I knew then it was going to be a messy job. As I scooped a handful out it was as black and gross as you can imagine. Not only that but I had no where to throw the sludge. I decided to try and throw it in the bushes about 3 feet or so from where the gutter starts. The first handful was a mess. I had to use my left hand which isn't very coordinated and when I threw the sludge it missed the planter box and went straight on to the house. I eventually figured out where to aim but not before making the house look like a mud house. It was so messy even the plants looked bad. I finally removed as much as I could but there was still a lot to go. My fingers were already getting raw from scooping the sand when I had another brilliant idea. My idea was to take the hose with a power nozzle and to blast the rest of the mud out of the gutter and to wash out the down spout. I got the hose turned it up full blast and climbed up the ladder. As soon as I put the nozzle inside the gutter mud shot up into the air and all over me. I was now covered in sludge. Since I was already dirty I just decided to finish the job. After climbing down the ladder I spent the next few minutes cleaning the house, driveway, and plants. I felt stupid washing off the driveway right after it rained, but what could I do? There was already a small creek of mud flowing from the house, my head, and planter towards the street. It felt good to have a clean gutter, but not sure it was worth the mess. Unless you have an update to write I guess.
We all have gutter clutter in our lives. Issues which impede the flow of "life" we want to experience. Emotional hurts, relationship problems, trust issues, loneliness, anger, and every other kind of emotional, relational, spiritual, and personal sludge issues in between. Sometimes we know exactly what is bothering us. Other times there are hidden issues which we may not even know about but pop their head up when things don't go our way. So what are you supposed to do with all of the junk in our lives? I am no psychologist, psychiatrist, or counselor, but I do know a good one who can help. God sent his Holy Spirit to help walk us through those hard to reach spaces in our lives. 1 Corinthians 2:10-11 tells us,“But God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.” As God, the Holy Spirit works as the Comforter and Counselor that Jesus promised He would be. As God, the Holy Spirit doesn't care how messy our lives are or how much work it will take He is willing and able to help us clean out our gutter. But it is up to us to take the first step and to let him into our lives to do the work. Living according to the plans and purposes of God always leads to a better life. It is not an easier life, but it is a life which you will not regret.
- Anchor House of Prayer meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at the Anchor. If you need prayer or feel the heart and burden to pray for others please join Pastor Wayne as he leads this time in prayer. Next AHOP 2/25
- Artsy is coming to the Anchor. Join our craft fellowship for the next craft on Saturday, April 13th at 9am. They will be making a Japanese tie dye craft called Shibori. Please contact Lisa Tanita at email@example.com for more info and to sign up.
- All church cleaning day scheduled for Saturday, March 9th at 9am. Come on out and bring your elbow grease to clean, scrub, and mop the Lemonade Stand. Afterwards you will be able to drop your food on the ground without any hesitancy to eat it off of the floor.
- All church picture on Sunday, February 24th between services. Please come with a smile and join the Nichigo and English together for a photo op. The picture will probably be taken around 10:15ish.
- Please make note of our new mailing address: P.O. Box 6770, Torrance, CA 90504
Pastor Keith's Weekly Update - February 4th, 2019
I hate shaving, but it is a necessary evil for me. I need to shave because I can become pretty scruffy if I don't, but I don't have enough face coverage to grow a beard or even a mustache. My face would look more like a pin cushion than a Viking. Now I have tried all kinds of ways to get a clean shave. I have tried the traditional blade and shaving cream thing. That works until the blades get dull and you have to go to the store and get more blades. Instead, I would use the blades until they would scratch my face from applying so much pressure trying to get them to cut through the stubble. I have also used a couple of different kinds of electric shavers. I started out with a shaver which used a foil. A foil is a thin piece of metal with tiny holes in it. That worked ok, but only if I let my stubble grow long enough to be cut. I was never able to get a clean cut with a foil. So I switched to a rotary blade which I currently use. The problem with the rotary blade is it pulls my hair if the blades are dull or the shaver isn't charged enough. Either way it feels like shaving with a tweezer. I also can't get the blades to all the parts of my face and I am left with all kinds of patches here and there. I have tried everything, but it is either inconvenient, time consuming, or it doesn't give me a clean shave. If I try to let it grow out so I don't have to shave my beard it turns out to be patchy, itchy, different colors, and in bunches. For someone who needs all the help they can get in the face department I am not left with any options. I have decided to just work with what I was dealt with and do it as well as I can.
Circumstances, seasons, and life constantly changes. There isn't anything we can do to stop time from moving forward. The Bible tells us "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven" For us to fight time is a losing battle. Instead, the Bible tells us to use the time for a purpose. In other words don't waste it. We can wish all we want for the "good ol' days," but those days will never come back. God wants us to add value to the time he gives us here on earth to make a difference, not to wish for things to be different. That is why time is the greatest currency and most important investment that we can make. It might be time to decide how valuable your investment might be.
- Anchor House of Prayer: 2nd and 4th Monday, 6:30 to 8:30 at the Anchor. Join Pastor Wayne as he leads this time of prayer. Next Ahop, February 11th.
- Artsy is coming. Come join in our on next Artsy Craft on Saturday, April 13 from 9 to 11:30ish for a fun time of crafting and hanging out. To sign up or for more info please contact Lisa Tanita a firstname.lastname@example.org.
- We have changed our mailing address. We will still have our old P.O. Box for a few months but will be changing over slowly over the next couple of months. Please make note of our new address:
P.O. Box 6770
Torrance, CA 90504
Pastor Keith's Weekly Update - January 28th, 2019
I am not following the Marie Kondo thing of organizing and tidying, but I did want to go through my garage and get rid of some of the stuff laying around. Especially in the back of the garage where I store some lumber and other garage stuff. I knew it was dirty but I did not realize how much stuff I had collected. Somethings were years old and for some reason I thought I would someday find some use for it. As I was throwing things away I finally got to the place where I could sweep and clean. I picked up the larger things by hand and then was going to use the broom for the dust. I reached to pick up some old dusty cardboard when I discovered it wasn't a cardboard at all. It was a dust covered mummified rat. I am no CSI but the rat has probably been dead for a long, long time. By the time I got to it the only way you could tell it was a rat was it's tail. Still, I kind of freaked out and my knees sort of wobbled a bit. It still had rat power over me even though it was dead. But after a few minutes of self talk and self assurances I convinced myself that the rat couldn't hurt me. I scooped it up with a dustpan and threw it away in my neighbors trash bin just in case it somehow came back to life and jumped out at me when I was throwing the trash. Just kidding. The bigger of the mystery in this however, is how did the rat die in the first place. It was free to roam around, and it wasn't caught in a trap, so you would think that it would have just left the garage when it got hungry. But then I noticed there was one of those Duraflame logs which was chewed in half. The chemicals in the log must have poisoned the rat and killed it. I will probably not shed any tears from the fallen rat, but it does make me hyper sensitive to all of the little creaks and sounds I hear in the garage. Fortunately, we have a critter specialist who is on our side and equipped to deal with the rodents, but nevertheless it does make you aware that there are animals who live amongst us.
I don't know if this counts as a "skeleton" in the closet, but I do believe there are things in our past which can shake our confidence in moving forward. Hurts, failures, mistakes, and bad experiences can sometimes wobble your knees when those feelings come up. That is the way I imagine Moses felt when God told him he was going to use him to confront Pharaoh to set the captives free. Although God said he would do all of the heavy lifting Moses still didn't have the confidence to do what God had asked him. Moses even tried to make excuses to the God of the universe to get out of this assignment. God showed a little compassion and allowed Moses to share some of the responsibility with a man named Joshua. But God still used Moses even though he wasn't completely confident he could pull this off. And to Moses' credit he didn't bail out and gave it his best effort. Before David fought Goliath there was a whole line of defense which was afraid to go out and fight the giant. Their confidence in their fighting abilities, strength and size made them seize up with fear. It wasn't until a little of a man named David, who relied not on his own abilities, but on the strength of God that there was a movement pass the paralysis of fear. Our lack of confidence should not be a barrier to hold us back on anything God has placed on our heart. In fact our humility and teach-ability is the platform which God uses to do some pretty amazing stuff in our life. What God sees in the lack of confidence in ourselves is an opportunity for Him to use us in a way that He has planned and purposed. The only confidence we need to have is to know God's ability and his faithfulness to us.
- Anchor House of Prayer: 2nd and 4th Monday, 6:30 to 8:30 at the Anchor. Join Pastor Wayne as he leads this time of prayer. Next Ahop tonight.
- Artsy is coming. Come join in our on next Artsy Craft Saturday. Come join the craft team on Saturday, April 13 from 9 to 11:30ish for a fun time of crafting and hanging out. To sign up or for more info please contact Lisa Tanita a email@example.com.