August 27 - Message Update

Dear San Lo Community, an update for the week of August 27, 2017

Thank you Pastor Scott for the message from Job 1, “Deep Roots.” Sometimes we feel like we cannot see God in our lives.  We can’t see the sun, or see the Son, but He is there. Just like the sun was only temporarily blocked by the moon during the recent eclipse. There are times when we feel like everything is going wrong. Let’s take a look at the life of a man who pretty much lost it all. His name was Job. This man had a solid relationship with God. He also had a lot of worldly possessions.  Then in the blink of an eye, it was all gone. What do you do when you feel like you lost it all?

1) We fear God. (vv.1-5) Having a solid relationship with God is important. It says that Job was blameless, upright and feared God and that he turned away from evil. Fear, is having a respect, a reverence for God. Because of this, Job was able to see the big picture and know that God was in charge of his life. He was not consumed with the things of this world even though he had a lot of possessions. God was first in his life, not all the wealth he had. So even when things were going well for him and he was prospering, he lived for God. Job shows us that being committed to God is important whether things are going good or bad. That helped him because we will see what happens next. (vv.6-12) Job doesn’t know about this conversation between God and Satan. For all he knows, everything is great one day and then it starts to go away. We live in a fallen world and good behavior isn’t always rewarded. Bad behavior isn’t always punished. It doesn’t seem fair, but it is important to note some important things about Satan: He can only be in one place at a time (only God is omnipresent). He cannot predict future (Satan thought Job would curse God). He is accountable to God (Satan had to get God’s permission). We can all overcome any attacks of the enemy with God’s power. Satan is limited by God (“against him do not stretch your hand”). He is real and active, and we should be closer to the One who is greater than Satan. A lot of bad things happen between verses 13 and 19 and just because none of the 3 points of this message are in those verses, it doesn’t mean we can’t find lessons from bad times. It is quite the opposite. We often learn more during difficult times. These verses explain just how difficult it was for Job as his oxen and donkeys were stolen and servants were killed. His sheep and servants were killed in a fire. Camels were stolen and more servants were killed. His sons and daughters were all killed. This all happened one after another while one person was finishing up one bad news, another would start!  What do you do when you feel like you lost it all? 

2) We worship God. (vv.20, 21) First, Job’s actions do not show a lack of faith. Emotions are God given. It shows that he cared about his family and everything and everyone he lost. Job knew that nothing on this earth will last. Everything he had was given by God and that allowed him to worship God. Worship is not just on Sunday mornings. Not just with instruments and not just with singing. It’s with our hearts and you can worship anywhere. Also, when you know everything is God’s, it’s easier to share. “Naked I came into this world, naked I shall leave.” Everything we have is God’s.  We have nothing that He didn’t provide for us. We live in a society where we keep things.  We hoard things and don’t share. It’s okay to make money but make sure you don’t think that God gave it to you so you can just use it on yourself. Use it to expand God’s Kingdom, for those things that will make an eternal impact. Support missionaries. Support ministries. Find ways to bless others and you will find out that you are the one being blessed. Job knew it was all God’s when he felt like he lost it all so he was able to worship Him.

3) We trust God. (vv.22)  “In all this, Job did not sin or charge God with wrong.”  Job didn’t blame God. He was able to trust Him because He knew God had a bigger plan. It’s easy to blame others when things go wrong. These days especially, it seems like people are blaming God for a lot of things. But God still has a plan. What about you and your life? How many times did you go through trials only to see later that God helped you get through it? And maybe even bless you because of it? For Job, even when he was in the midst of the storm, he was able to see that God had a plan. I know it’s hard to fear God, worship God and trust God when life seems to be falling apart.  So how do we do that?

If your foundation is in Christ and when you meet adversity, your roots will strengthen as does a tree’s when it is subjected to winds and the elements and will make you stronger. Real followers of Jesus will dig their roots deeper into God and be able to stand under any kind of pressure. How deep is your faith? Simply believing is not enough. Going to church is not enough. You need to really give your life to Jesus. Allow Him to have the steering wheel of your life. Allow Him to penetrate any walls that you may have up and let Him love you. Now is your chance to make a decision to commit to the only One who can really help you.  The only One who can give you real peace.  Commit to the One who is in charge of everything, the only One who can show you that when you think you’ve lost it all, you really still have all you need.


Children’s Message: Thank you to Eddie Brock for breaking down Job 1 for the children, explaining sometimes painful things may happen to us, but we can be assured that God is always with us and He will help us through those times.

Prayer for the Children: Pastor Scott led us in prayer to ask God to bless each of the students returning back to the new school year so that they might be a light and witness of Christ to their friends and fellow students and teachers.

40 Days of Prayer Campaign: September 4 through October 13, all are invited and encouraged to join in prayer as we continue to grow together through the GROW SANLO campaign. Prayer guides are available at the church and you will be able to go to our church’s website to sign up and get more information.

 

Calendar Items:

8/30        9:30am           Women’s Bible Study resumes                                                     

9/2          8:30am           Missions Prayer 

9/2          9:00am           ALL-CHURCH Cleanup

9/3        10:45am           Children’s SS resumes from Summer break

9/8          5:00pm           VBS Reunion (Potluck)

9/10        9:00am           Deacon’s meeting in room 8

9/10    both services       Missions Moment – Andy Jeung Short Term mission to Japan in November

9/10      12:30pm            NAOMI Team Debrief in rooms 8-9-10

9/15        6:00pm            Sixth Grade Welcome Party (Potluck)                          

9/16        8:00am            3 on 3 Hoops Classic   www.greenhouseyouth.net/hoops-...

9/17    both services       Missions Moment – Pastor John Katagi and Holly Yamagata about Brazil

9/17      12:30pm            Craft Day planning meeting

9/21      10:00am            Lamb’s Club first class (Japanese/English joint ministry) for 0-5 years old

9/22        7:00pm            Missions Gathering for Ken Kong (Nick Wong)

9/23    10am-12pm          Potluck Brunch for supporters of Andy Jeung / ERRC

9/29      12:00pm            55+ Potluck Lunch and showing of movie – Dorothy Toy Story (by Rick Quan)

10/8        5:00pm            Evening Service featuring Junko

10/14      5:00pm             88th Anniversary (10/13/29) Fall Banquet and Pastor’s Appreciation Month

10/31      5:30pm             Harvest Festival

11/11                              CRAFT DAY!

 

Have a blessed week in the Lord,

Stan , for SLZJCC