Thoughts from Pastor Randy…

Gifts From God

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Marriage and Family

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Dewater 4

“Behold, children are a gift of the LORD; the fruit of the womb is a reward.” Psalm 127:3

Spring Break! Yahoo! …Oh, wait! I have a job…

Yes, this week is Washington’s Spring Break (at least in Vancouver). My boys love being out of school. I can’t blame them, I didn’t care for it myself.

Since Rebecca is back in school (last term!) and I am working, my boys are spending time with their Nana and Papa. On Monday as I worked in my office, I looked out the window and saw a young man playing basketball. It put a pit in my stomach, I missed my boys!  So, I texted Nana: “Please tell the boys that I love them and I’m proud of them”.

It’s easy for me to allow myself to take for granted having my boys around. And then when I don’t get to see them for a day or more, I miss having them around. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE having time just me and my wife. There’s just something missing when my boys are gone.

My encouragement for us today: Tell your kids how much you love them and that you are proud of them.

And remember: Your kids “are a gift of the LORD”!

Have a Great Week!

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I Predict…

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Jesus Talk

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“then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles;” 1 Corinthians 15:7

I predict…nah…have you read about what God says about what should happen to a prophet if what he says doesn’t come true? Not pleasant!

Jesus appeared to many people after He rose from the dead.

The implications of Jesus rising from the dead are incredible. Not only did He rise, but he predicted that He would. The events that Jesus predicted came true. Therefore, He must be Who He said He was.

How many people have you told?

My encouragement for us this week: Tell people about the eyewitness testimonies that confirm that Jesus is alive!

Have a Great Week!

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“So he was reasoning in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles, and in the market place every day with those who happened to be present.” Acts 17:17

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I Tend to Be Lazy

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Marriage and Family

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Dewater 4

“A slothful man does not roast his prey, but the precious possession of a man is diligence.” Proverbs 12:27

I’m into week 5 of a new routine for my workouts. I’m getting up 15 minutes earlier so that I have plenty of time for my Bible reading and then I’m off to the gym. I’m pretty sure the elliptical machine that I use knows Jesus by now; I’m spending my time on it in prayer. I have found that I have a tendency to be lazy, therefore I need to work all the more to be diligent.

As much as I am trying to be diligent in my workouts, there is another area in my life that I am trying to be diligent. My family needs me to be diligent to spend time with them. My family needs me to be diligent to spend time with the Lord. My family needs me to be diligent to love on them. My family needs me to be diligent to make right choices. My family needs me to be diligent in life.

Diligence goes hand in hand with righteousness. Slothfulness goes hand in hand with wickedness.

What areas of life do you need to be more diligent?

My encouragement for us this week: Be diligent for your family.

Have a Great Week!

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Say No To Being King

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Jesus Talk

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“And David was prospering in all his ways for the LORD was with him.” 1 Samuel 18:14

I have been reading a book by Eric Metaxas about seven men who made a great impact during their lifetime. The first man that starts off his book is George Washington. It was inspiring to read about the strength and determination that he had. It was especially inspiring to read about when he had the opportunity to become king at the beginning of this great nation, but he refused. What incredible strength to be able to say no to such power.

Power can be really good and it can also be really bad. David, was a boy that knew where true power came from. When he faced Goliath, he recognized that the enemy’s power came from the weapons in their hands, the numbers of men on their side, and the size of their muscles. David also realized that his power came from the Lord. David knew that his God was with him and therefore he beat the enemy with a sling and a stone.

When it comes to talking to people about Jesus, it is so easy to forget that the Lord is with you. And yet, this is the most important thing to remember. He is with you when you are with Him! When you are afraid to talk to someone about Jesus; remember, He is with you! When you feel like you don’t know what to say; remember, He is with you! When you try and get rejected; remember, He is with you!

Knowing that Jesus is with you makes all the difference when you talk to people about Him!

My encouragement for us this week: 1. Say no to being king of your life. 2. Talk to people about King Jesus. 3. Remember, He is with you when you are with Him!

Have a Great Week!

If you are struggling to know whether He is with you, spend some time thinking about these couple scriptures and practice what they say: James 4:8 & 1 John 1:9.

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“So he was reasoning in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles, and in the market place every day with those who happened to be present.” Acts 17:17

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iPhone 0

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Marriage and Family

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Dewater 4

“Therefore, behold, I will hedge up her way with thorns, and I will build a wall against her so that she cannot find her paths.” Hosea 2:6

When I was growing up, we didn’t have those things…

I’m sure you’ve heard that line before. You may have even said those exact words. Well, it’s certainly true in regards to technology. My 7th grade son, Ryan, jokes around about having an iPhone 0. When I was growing up, we didn’t have those things…In fact, I don’t recall ever thinking about having a personal phone. It wasn’t until I was in high school, when I started driving to Roseburg on my own, my parents bought me a flip phone.

Yes, today there are many things available to our kids that we didn’t have when we were their age. That being said, God is still God and people still lose sight of Him by walking away. Although the context of the verse above is about an unfaithful spouse and God is saying that he will place a hedge of thorns around her so that she doesn’t continue going in the wrong direction. I am thinking about our kids.

This morning, I prayed for my boys. I make it a practice to pray for my boys every morning. This morning I prayed that God would put a hedge of thorns around them. I prayed that God would give my boys what they need to follow Him all the days of their life.

Sometimes we need a hedge of thorns around us to keep us close to God!

My encouragement for us today: Pray for your kids! Pray for your spouse! Pray for yourself! And then, help your family make right actions for God today!

Have a Great Week!

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On Mission With Jesus

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Jesus Talk

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“For the Son of Man has come to seek and save that which was lost.” Luke 19:10

I had the privilege over the weekend to help a youth group discover God’s mission for their lives. We looked at Jesus’ mission and Jesus’ commands to help us discover what the mission is supposed to be for the youth group.

There were three main themes that came out of our prayer and discussions together.

Love God

Love Others

Live for Jesus

The mission statement that the group came up with is, “We as a family at EVCC love Jesus while loving others by learning and living His word” (Luke 19:10, John 20:21, Romans 12:9-21).

Each Christian has a mission just as Jesus had a mission. To love God, love others, and live for Jesus; we must talk to others about Him. To be a Christian is to be a follower of Jesus Christ. One does not follow someone that they never talk about.

To Be ‘On Mission with Jesus’ is to talk to others about their need for the Savior!

My encouragement for us this week: Be ‘On Mission with Jesus’!

Have a great week!

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“So he was reasoning in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles, and in the market place every day with those who happened to be present.” Acts 17:17

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Delighting In Your Wife — Part 2

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Dewater 4

“I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine, he who pastures his flock among the lilies.” Song of Songs 6:3

This week, I invited a special guest (my wife!) to share the woman’s side of a husband delighting in his wife…

Thanks for inviting me to share on this weeks blog, Randy! As the wife I’d like to share today about how we can help our husband keep his eyes and his delight for us. I hear you women asking “WAIT…I have responsibility in helping my husband keep his eyes and delight for me?” YOU BET YOU DO!!

  1. As wives, we have the joy of being able to allow our husband’s to be filled with delight by our bodies. Many of you may know that men are visually stimulated and so we can help our husbands by allowing them to see us! Don’t hide yourself from your man!
  2. As wives, we also have the joy of being able to physically satisfy our husbands. 1 Corinthians 7:5 instructs “Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.” It is our responsibility to accept our husband physically and to show our love to him physically. We want to make sure that Satan has NO opportunity to tempt!
  3. As wives, we have the responsibility to show our husband that we appreciate him. YOU need to be his BIGGEST cheerleader. If we do not fulfill this role in his life unfortunately we leave the door open for another woman to move in and begin to distract his mind from us, opening a HUGE door for Satan to tempt.
  4. Another thing that may rub some of you the wrong way…BUT, I see value in this. Have you ever thought about how you make yourself look before you go out the door to see the public vs. how you look when you see your husband? Do you ever think about freshening up before you see your husband? I do! And if you don’t, I’d encourage you to. My husband is important to me and I value what he thinks of me, I want to look good for him and I think he would feel good knowing that I took time to do something to look good for him. Does that mean every day I have to walk around cleaning the house like June Cleaver in my dress and pearls? NO! Sometimes it might mean I decide to get out of my PJ’s or that I took a shower and put on my mascara before he came home. Sometimes it might mean I put on fresh lipstick and his favorite perfume. The point is, I make effort for him not just for going out in public to see other people. How does this help our husbands delight in us? Well, it helps them know we are thinking about them and it encourages them to think about us and look forward to seeing us.

If any of these areas are a struggle for you, I urge you to pray and ask God for the Grace to love your husband in these ways and I can tell you from personal experience that God does respond and help you in these areas. BUT you need to be faithful in coming to him with those requests.

Have a Great Week loving your husbands!

-Rebecca Dewater

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King or No King

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Jesus Talk

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“In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did what was right in his own eyes.” Judges 17:6

This morning, I’m going to cut to the chase. The body of Christ, the church, has a king; His name is Jesus! As much as I would like to do my own thing today, I am compelled to do what He wants me to do because He died on the cross to save me from my sins.

My encouragement for us this week: Submit yourself before Jesus and talk to others about Him before it’s too late.

Have a Great Week!

 

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“So he was reasoning in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles, and in the market place every day with those who happened to be present.” Acts 17:17

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Delighting In Your Wife–Part 1

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Marriage and Family

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Dewater 4

“Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice in the wife of your youth, a lovely deer, a graceful doe. Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight; be intoxicated always in her love.” Proverbs 5:18-19

Sex is a hot topic in marriages today. It’s been a hot topic since the beginning of time. Sex is the one act of love that God gave to a husband and wife that they are supposed to do with each other and no one else. King Solomon was no stranger to sex. In fact, he had more wives than there are days in the year (ref 1 Kings 11:3). King Solomon was also no stranger to temptation and lust. That’s why he wrote so many proverbs on the pitfalls of immorality.

Do you ever catch your eyes wondering where they shouldn’t? I do. Did you know that allowing your eyes to continue wondering and looking freely will eventually ruin your sex life? Your eyes are one of the keys to your delights and passions.

The two verses above follow King Solomon’s strong warnings to stay away from the temptation to go after another woman. These two verses are a reminder to husbands that all our delight and passion needs to be for our wife.

The following list can be used for assessing how you are doing in delighting in your wife, or it can be simple a reminder of safeguards for intimacy in your marriage.

Five Areas to Consider (for delighting in my wife).

  1. My Eyes
    1. Have you ever heard the saying, “you can look at the menu, you just can’t order off of it.” The problem with this statement is, it is utterly false! Eyeing a woman that is not my wife leads to committing adultery in my heart (Matthew 5:28). Your eyes should be only for your wife. Are you protecting your eyes?
  2. My Ears
    1. What I allow myself to listen to also sticks in my mind. Are you protecting your ears?
  3. My Mind
    1. What I allow to stay in my mind is going to eventually sink into my heart. The question that needs to be asked is, “Am I allowing wrong thoughts about someone else stay in my mind?”
  4. My Heart
    1. Once these thoughts reach my heart, they start becoming desires. These desires lead to actions. Are there wrong desires in my heart?
  5. My Actions
    1. Actions can bring joy or pain. As you can see, actions are not the root of a problem but a symptom of a greater problem. Both my public and private actions reveal the delight I am taking in my wife. Are there any actions in my life that would disgust my wife?

Husbands, delight in your wife by starting with the right actions while you are with her and away from her. Rights actions, lead to right thoughts, which leads to a right heart for my wife.

My Encouragement for Husbands this week: Start choosing Right Actions both in your public life and your private life.

When it comes to marriage, there are two sides to consider. Next week, we will discuss her side.

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Fill Someone’s Bucket

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Jesus Talk

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“and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:5

Yesterday, I encouraged my church family to keep their bucket under the flow of God’s love. God poured out His love through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. That love continues to be poured out in an inexhaustible supply on those that will receive it.

Your heart is the bucket and Holy Spirit is pouring out God’s love. Is your bucket under the flow today?

5 Practices to Help Your Bucket Stay Under the Flow:

  1. Read, Think on, and Apply God’s Word (the Bible) to Your Life
  2. Pray – talk to Him today; admit your need for Him today; also, confess anything keeping you from Him. (1 John 1:9)
  3. Talk to others about Jesus – Christians and non-Christians; everyone needs Him.
  4. Sing to Him – Singing helps to get in the mood of pouring our heart out to Him.
  5. Make Right Choices – the details matter.

My Encouragement for Us Today: As we practice these 5 things, go tell someone else how to place their bucket under the flow of God’s love.

Have a Great Week!

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“So he was reasoning in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles, and in the market place every day with those who happened to be present.” Acts 17:17

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