Love

It seems easier to be God than to love God, easier to control people than to love people, easier to own life than to love life. Jesus asks, “Do you love me?” We ask, “Can we sit at your right hand and your left hand in your kingdom?” (Matthew 20: 21). Ever since the snake said, “The day you eat of this tree your eyes will be open and you will be like gods, knowing good from evil” (Genesis 3: 5), we have been tempted to replace love with power. Jesus lived that temptation in the most agonizing way from the desert to the cross. The long painful history of the Church is the history of people ever and again tempted to choose power over love, control over the cross, being a leader over being led. —Henri Nouwen “In The Name Of Jesus”

 

Love is not an easy thing.  It is because of love that Jesus came and lived as a man. Love is the reason he went to the cross. We are called to love God and love others. No, love is not an easy thing. It is no wonder we often settle for a counterfeit of love in our lives. That is, we exchange love, real love, for something else entirely. As the quote said above we often swap love for control, power or even lust.

Love is living with open hands. An open handed, palms up lifestyle that doesn’t grasp at things that were never meant to be held by us. Love is open handed because living with our palms up is to live without fists or the need to defend ourselves. To live without the need to hold tightly to anything. It is a posture of expectancy of receiving from above, a lifestyle of giving away. It’s easy to applaud others accomplishments and sponsor them with open palms.

The counterfeit of this love is to live with clenched fists. To fight for control, position and acknowledgment. A closed fisted life grabs at those things that were never meant to define us. It is to face life with clenched fists ready to defend and react. It pushes others out and looks not up but down. A clenched fisted life seems in control but will never satisfy. Control is a poor substitute for love.

If you stop for a moment and step back from your life. I mean just pause and take a 30,000 foot view for a second what do you see? Are there areas where love has been usurped by something else? Have your fists closed around some things that should be released? Perhaps at this height you can see the love of your Heavenly Father calling you to a fresh place of open handed, palms up, living!

 

 

 

 

 

Light

These June days living in Eastern Oregon are days filled with light. Winter has it’s beauty but when darkness sets in at 4 pm it can get a little dreary. Having light from 4:30 am until almost 10 pm has it’s advantages! More time in the light is a beautiful thing.

Light is used throughout the New Testament as a picture of what it means to walk with the Lord. Contrasted with darkness light is the picture of an open, transparent, faithful and free relationship with Father God. A picture of his presence. More time in the light is most definitely a beautiful thing!

There is a reason why one of the most key and powerful ploys of the enemy is to get us to live in the shadows, where we are not experiencing freedom or joy. Shadow living is not necessarily walking in pitch black darkness. No, it’s just out of the light.  We see the light but are just out of reach of it. This is where fear and sadness reign. It’s a place of self protection and mistrust. We can mistakenly see this gift of light as a revealing, fearful and exposing thing. Please don’t fear the light. Step out of the shadows. Better yet, allow the Lord to lead you today to a new place of shade free living! Where the light of God purges away the shadow and brings healing and freedom to those places where we so desperately need it.

Living in the light is to be fully known and fully loved by God. Don’t settle for anything else today!

 

1 John 1:7 NIV
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”

Pastor David

Faith Center Family Time!

Faith Center Family Time returns this summer with activities and events designed to bring us together as a church family!

June 29th @ The Maridell Center from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Join us for unlimited miniature golf, laser tag, roller-skating, laughter, and fellowship. The cost of admission is covered for all who attend. Invite a neighbor, bring a friend and enjoy an evening getting to know your church family better.

July 22nd @ Pendleton Aquatic Center. We have reserved the park to open early for exclusive use from 10am-12pm when it opens to the public. You will need to provide your own transportation. We will BBQ for lunch at the blue pavilion at 12pm. See ya there!

August 13 @ BBQ Potluck at Fred Beeman Park. Everyone is invited to head on over after 2nd service to Fred Beeman Park in Island City for a BBQ and Potluck! Please bring a side dish or a dessert to share and a lawn chair. There will be games: volleyball, basketball, soccer, horseshoes, and possibly a slip and slide. There’s plenty of shade and time for fellowship. Let’s hang out together as a family!

College Ministry!

Connection College Ministry meets Wednesdays @ 62939 Fruitdale Lane @ 6:30 pm. Come enjoy a home cooked meal and learn more about God’s love and plan for our lives! All adults ages 18-26 are welcome, regardless of college enrollment.connectioncollegeministry

HS Mission Trip to Alaska!

In August, Faith Center is sending 14 High School students and 6 adults up to a remote area of Alaska on a mission trip to assist the community with improvements on a camp that will be used for ministry. On May 20th, this crew will be holding a rummage sale to help raise funds for their trip. They would love any donations you might have of gently used items. You are welcome to drop those off a the church Monday, May 15th – Friday, May 19th. Then come on Saturday and see what treasures you can find!

Chili Feed and Dessert Auction

Join us on April 30th after 2nd service for chili, dessert and a whole lot of fun hosted by Faith Center Youth Ministries and Children’s Ministries. The cost is $3/person or $10/family. We will then auction off some fabulous desserts. All the proceeds go to help send our Elementary, Middle and High School students to summer camp. If you would like to donate a dessert, please bring it to the church that morning and check it in with Pastor Cameron, Pastor Will and crew. There will be a number attached to your dessert. Find the corresponding number on our form and describe the dessert and write your name.Thank you for supporting our students!

Easter Brunch

Food! Family! Fellowship! Let’s get together and eat brunch on Saturday April 15 at 10:00 am! We need your help! Sign up in the office to help bring food or to help serve!

24 Hours of Prayer

Join us on April 14-15 for 24 Hours of Prayer! We would love for you to come down and spend some time with Jesus this Easter! Set aside 1 hour during that 24 hour period and seek after Him! Sign up in the office for your time slot.


Easter Services

Join us for Easter Services on April 15th and April 16th! Saturday service is at 6:00 pm. Sunday services are at 8:30 am and 10:30 am Each of us is invited to a living relationship with Jesus. Come join us on Easter Sunday to hear more about this Jesus who is very much ALIVE!

 

Our Story

“Once upon a time…” This phrase has always carried with it the promise of a story to come. Whether it was a comedy, tragedy or somewhere in between; these words fire our expectation and excitement of what lies before us.

Everyone has a once upon a time. Everyone has a story. Each story is different and filled with events, tragedies and victories. Each story has a beginning and will have an end. However the beauty of the story we are living is that we can look back on earlier chapters and see how each page is being written today.

 

One of the most beautiful and powerful things in our lives is when our story encounters God’s story! A transformation takes place and our story is no longer ours but God’s in us. This is a story worth telling.

One of the best and easiest ways to share Christ in this world is to share our stories with others. Who we were, who we are and who we are becoming. Sharing about when our story became God’s story. We give a lot of life away when we give our stories away.

 

This month we are going to be hearing stories of some from our own family here. They will be sharing/giving us their story. I am so excited to hear what God will show us as we spend this month hearing “Our Stories.”

 

“Once upon a time….”

 

Pastor David