This weather has been crazy! Over the last 3 days we have had ice, then snow, now snow with wind. As I look out my office door I see a 4 foot icicle coming off the gutter and a 3 foot drift on the sidewalk! By 5:30 tonight the drift may be touching the icicle.
In the midst of this winter blizzard God gave us an opportunity to gather together at the Fargodome yesterday morning. And, wow, did people come out! As a testimony to God’s mighty hand at work, let me share with you the number of people who attended PHCC the last three Sundays (counting people only once if they were at both services). On Jan 10th, the first week of 2 services, 514 people attended. Last week, week 2, there were 540 people. Yesterday?…….593 people!!! “Then Jesus said, ‘Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?’” Thank you for loving God and loving people. Thank you for loving people enough to take the initiative to welcome others and make PHCC a “guest-friendly” church, to build relationships with those needing to find hope in Christ, and for inviting people to church. Yesterday, God SENT OUT up to 593 people from PHCC to make a lasting difference in their world!
Yesterday we filmed some people sharing what God is doing in their life and how God’s family has made a difference in their life. It is so inspiring and I look forward to showing you clips from these interviews. We will be doing interviews again soon and I would love to have you participate.
Yesterday, our Connections Pastor, Dan Braaten, shared God’s Word in a meaningful way as he looked at one of the basics of healthy relationships, authenticity. We live in a world that teaches us to hide from God and others. Many people think that if they have a problem or a sinful situation in life the last place they should go is to church. Because certainly God doesn’t understand nor will those “church folk”. Well, God’s Word teaches us that God is reaching out to restore and strengthen us. And God’s family should be a place of healing and hope. We all have something we can learn from each other.
Have a great week. I will see you on Sunday, January 31 as we look at the next basic in relationships, trust.
Here are a few verses to think about heading into next Sunday:
In Exodus 18:21 God told Moses to “Select capable men from all the people-men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain.”
Psalm 20:7 says “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”
Jesus taught us that we are managers and God is the owner of all that we have. He then said in Luke 16:10-12 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?”
Jon Hauser, Pastor