March 26 - Message Update

Dear San Lo Community, an update for the week of March 26, 2017…

Thank you Pastor Rod, for the message from Exodus 20:1-17, “Best Ten.” There are many lists of things to do, but God gives His best ten things we should do in Exodus 20. We continue in our series, “A Great God for A Great Movement,” by looking at the redemption of God’s people from Egypt’s slavery. It is important to note this redemption is from spiritual slavery– sin, immorality, lack of ethics, ignoring God, not just a physical redemption. Why should we obey God?

For His Deliverance  Then God spoke all these words, saying, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. God spoke all these words – they are from God Himself, not borrowed or based on surrounding nations. There have been an estimated 5 billion Bibles sold in 500 languages throughout the world. We should take note and listen to God’s Word. I am the Lord your God – God declares Himself as the Lord your God who delivered them out of Egypt, out of slavery, and all that it entailed. The Commandments show our sin, our inability to live “right,” and it points out our need for a Savior as we all fall short. The focus is not on the law or not what it is, but Who is behind it. What are we delivered from? From sin – and given hope, given promise, given Jesus.

For His Deity   #1 3 You shall have no other gods before Me.  before Me – meaning in opposition to Me or over and against Me. This is not just monotheism, as there is only one true God. There are no rivals to the true God and we are to have a proper relationship with Him. #2  4 You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. No images or idols – defined as carved wood or stone. 5 You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments. Worship and honor God before anything and everything. Being a jealous God does not mean He is suspicious, distrustful or envious but God is fully and exclusively deserving of our obedience, worship and devotion. He knows what is best for us and what is wrong for us. Visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, children are not punished for the sin of their parents but children feel the impact of sin on the third and the fourth generations. Parents are examples to their children but each are responsible for their own sin.  Showing lovingkindness is the definition of loyal love. Sin impacts three or four generations but God’s mercy extends to thousands of generations and is virtually unending. #3  7You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain. Commonly taken as swearing or profanity but here means to dishonor, disrespect His nature, His being, or His person. In the New Testament it means to bear the name of Christ (Ephesians 4:1, walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called.) #4  8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and made it holy. This does not mean rested in terms of relaxation, but for the cessation from labor. Creation was the historical the precedent: Six 24 hour days and on the seventh day, to remember, to honor, as it was holy.

For His Demands   #5  12 Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you. There are stresses and strains between parents and children in areas of obedience and submissionYour days may be prolonged – is not a promise to live long but refers to the duration as a nation. Israel survives and thrives to this day, under threat and shadow, but also under God. #6  13You shall not murder.   There are seven words used for killing, this one appears 47 times with various uses. It is often interpreted as murder, with  premeditation, intentional.  In the Old Testament, both intentional and unintentional were dealt with as their emphasis was on the sanctity of life.  #7 14You shall not commit adultery. Marriage was established at creation, with the sanctity of the home being the fundamental building block of society. The violation of marriage leads to the destruction of the home. Sexual unfaithfulness is not permitted under any circumstances. #8  15You shall not stealNot just theft, but the dishonest acquiring of another’s assets. We are to have respect of others’ property, but do we over respect, over protect our own? The Lord owns everything, yet we go so far with our alarms and security to protect our property. #9 16 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. Spreading false witness leads to character assassination.  #10 17You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor. To covet is to have an inordinate desire of unpossessed goods. Do not long for, desire earnestly, or lust for what belongs to others. This is an inward commandment which hints at Christ demands. It also indicates that even the previous nine are not just external rules, but causes us to ask ourselves, what drives us, what directs us?  Does the Word of God, does the life of Christ live in you? How about real eternal life with real conversation, sharing, fellowship, joy, peace with God?

Children’s Message: Thank you to Angela Louis for sharing how to use our two hands/ten fingers to remember each of the 10 Commandments. (Sorry you had to be there to see for yourself!)

Missions Moment: Thank you Joey & Jasmine Tell for sharing about their ministry and mission work in Thailand with the Wheelchair Project. Serving the special needs community with wheelchairs and family respite retreats, while Jasmine also offers doula labor support, all as ways to build relationships with people who need to know about Jesus Christ. 

Missions Moment: Thank you Daisuke & Cheryl Ikegami for bringing 7 young people from Chiba, Japan on this year’s Homestay Program and for sharing about all the other work done in and around the Budo University Campus in Katsura. Please pray as their area ministry team is losing another member and they are in need of additional workers.

Calendar Items:

4/1          8:30am           Missions Prayer

4/2        12:45pm            NAOMI planning meeting (room 8-9-10)

4/4          9:30am           55+ Group to Kotobuki, Umenoki and J-sei Homes with music and Easter Gifts.

4/7          7:11pm           B.A.M.

4/8       11am-3pm         Church Picnic at the CV Community Center (Vern Hu)

4/9                                 Palm Sunday

4/14        7:00pm           Good Friday Services (English service & Japanese service)

4/16                               Easter

4/23   both services       Greetings/sharing from David and Sue Verwey (Japan Mission)

4/23      12:45pm            Mission Team meeting (room 8)

4/29     8am – 2pm         Love East Bay – Spring Serve (Pastor Eric)

4/29     9am – 1pm         Special Camp Aide Training (English sanctuary and kitchen use)

4/30      12:45pm            NAOMI team meeting to prepare prayer letters (room 8)

5/14      12:15pm            Mother’s Day Potluck

6/3   10am – 12pm         Special Camp Team Building (English sanctuary)

6/4        12:45pm            NAOMI Team planning meeting 

6/7          9:30pm           Women’s Bible Study Praise Brunch – last meeting before summer.

6/18   both services       Missions Moment – Makoto & Amy

6/18      12:15pm            Father’s Day Potluck

6/24         (t.b.d.)            Fong’s ministry breakfast

6/25      10:45am            JEMS summer camp workers’ commissioning

7/4-7                             Shuyokai

7/2-8                             JEMS Mt. Hermon Summer Camp & Special Camp

7/13-15                         General Assembly at WCCC

7/17-21                         Vacation Bible School

7/21-25                         Brazilian Holy Arts Youth Choir (hosted by LAHC HYC) homebase & concerts at SanLo

7/22-28                         NAOMI House Mission


Have a blessed week in the Lord,

Stan,  for SLZJCC