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Prayer Request

Pastor Joe Govereau of Grace Church in Concord just called and asked that we pray for his wife Debbie at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday. She is having surgery to repair her trachea or at least replace a portion of it. It is a surgery that is not without risks but the doctors feel it is a very necessary surgery at this time.

His Little Reminders

Can You See Him There?, originally uploaded by CalPastor.

Matthew 6:25-34 "Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. "Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."

Have you ever looked at something and just wondered, "Why did God create this?". The simple answer to that question when looking at the beauty of a flower is that He created it for our pleasure. I'm convinced though that they are simply reminders that God loves us, God cares about us, and God provides for us.

These flowers bloom every year outside my office and quickly fade away. Why would God make them so beautiful if they are so temporary? If God would take such good care of temporary flowers, won't He do much more for you and I? We spend so much time worrying about things and the truth is, He has everything under control.

What reminders has God placed in your path recently? Has he spoken to you or at least tried to get your attention lately? Slow down, look for Him? If you do, you'll find Him.

Need A Laugh?

There are times when we just need to stop and laugh. The scripture teaches that a merry heart is like medicine, it makes us feel better.  Proverbs 17:22 "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones." One of our responses to God's deliverance is laughter. Psalm 126:2 "Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them.". Our church is marked by fun and laughter. I believe the worship service should be a happy, joyous time.

Everyone is looking to laugh these days. It's very important that we are careful what we laugh about though. As usual, Satan takes the good and corrupts it. In our desire to laugh, relax, de-stress, unwind, we find ourselves laughing at things that really aren't that funny. Indeed we sometimes laugh at sin. Things that Jesus died on the cross for should never be something to amuse us and make us laugh. The longer I'm in the ministry and work with people the less funny some things seem to me. If we consider the destructive nature of sin then it's hard to see any humor in it.

It seems that much of the humor the entertainment industry wants to present to us revolves around homosexuality, infidelity, sex outside of marriage, and drugs and alcohol. Nothing new I suppose. The alarming thing is that it seems believers have become numb to these things and now find humor in the very things that once held them captive and threatened to destroy their lives.

Proverbs 14:9 "Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour."

Here's some good clean humor lighten things up...

Environment For Growth

Generations, originally uploaded by CalPastor.

Psalm 133:1 "Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!"

I was amazed at the thick green forests in the Seattle area last week. I don't think I've ever seen as many trees as I saw those few days. I've thought about this particular forest near the Lewis and Clark State Park over and over again. I'm sure that most of the vegetation there would probably grow in different locations but it all seems to flourish there together in that particular environment.

I believe the same is true for us. We might survive anywhere, but we thrive when we are growing alongside others. We need each other and when we are growing together we create a beautiful landscape.

Debbie Govereau ~ Update

Just got an email from Joe Govereau and thought I would pass along the information to those who read The Journey. My heart aches for Joe right now as his faith is being put to the test. Keep this family in your prayers.

The focus of Deb's care has definitely shifted from ENT (trachea) issues to neurological issues. Yesterday the ICU Chief physician and the nuerologist agreed that she has experienced "delayed hypoxic encephalopathy"--I spell this because I know some of you are already typing this into Google to read up on it. (You've beaten me to it.) Basically that means that (according to EEG & MRI results) her brain is functioning "moderately slowly" due to the lack of oxygen received during her last surgery that Tuesday. The neurologist actually used the owrd "coma". HOWEVER, they were very quick to say that there is NO EVIDENCE to support that this condition is not irreversible. They are expecting this to be a matter of "days or weeks". Ironically (to me anyway) she frequently yawns, moves her hands, legs, even turns her head from time to time. Sometimes she opens her eyes, but there is no "lay" evidence that her eyes follow anything or see. (We've began to wonder if her hearing has been effected--the hospital staff tends to agree with us, though no test can really confirm it until she responds to touch, etc.

This morning, her temp was up to 101 degrees and they were cleaning-readjusting her chest tubes. Her oxygen saturation (in the blood) on the ventilator had been turned up from 35 to 70%. However, thoroughout the day, her temp varied between 99 and 100--back and forth, apparently without being treated medicinely for it. Currently the ventilator is down to 55.

Frequently we read to her--the many cards that have been received as well as passages from the Scriptures. Tonight, Sara and I asked her (when her eyes were closed) to try and blink/move her eyes if she knew we were there (and 1-2 other questions). Each time her eyes did flinch. Then it seemed she drifted off. Sara and I both saw it--it is as though she's trying but just can't seem to get all the parts to work just right. Then she seemed to drift off.  Thankfully she's not on any sedation or pain meds (doesn't seem to need them) to which we are grateful.

Prayer Requests: If you could focus on these 3 things
1. That healing would occur and she would wake up
2. That no further infection would occur
3. That her digestive system would begin to absorb food (She is now on nutritional IV)
4. That the ENT surgeon (and I) would exercise great wisdom in knowing how to treat the ever-present injuries in her windpipe. That's scheduled tentatively for Monday or Tuesday, depending.

Here's a part of a passage we shared together tonight. Thank the Lord for His promise.

PSALM 91:1-11  "He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. ..Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler, aAAnd from the perilous disease. He shall cover you with his feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield an dbuckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arow that flies by day, Nor of the pestilence that wak in darkness, Nor of the destruciton that lays waste at noonday....Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, Even the Most High your dwelling place..For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep yo in all your ways...."

Thanks so much for you love, concern, calls, and most of all your prayers. God bless.

Tailgate 2 and Chili Contest ~ September 7th, 2008

Pfibbq202It's that time again! Time for our Harvest Tailgate Party. We'll converge on the parking lot at 9:00 a.m. for coffee and donuts while we set up for lunch. Bring your BBQ or whatever you like for a great time of fellowship and sharing.

This year we're working on a better stage area that will include NFL game coverage, chili tasting and results, and then be the center for our outdoor service at around 11:30 a.m.

Our tailgate party was huge last year and I'm looking forward to an even better time this year. Make plans to be there and bring friends and family.

(Yes, you can get there earlier! Scott Myer started setting up last year around 7:00 a.m. and it payed off with him winning the tailgate competition)

"It's leaf does not wither"

Seattle Fresh, originally uploaded by CalPastor.

Psalm 1:1-3 "Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers."

I'm returning from Seattle today. It was great to see Henry and Barbara and to be able to pray with them over the past couple days. Barbara is filled with faith in God and His plan for her. God has given her grace to meet the challenge ahead. She seems to be more concerned for those she loves than for herself. Keep Henry and Barbara in your prayers in the months to come.

James 5:13-18 "Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit."

Our area pastors are meeting at 8:00 p.m. to pray for Debbie Govereau and anoint her with oil. Debbie has been in the hospital for a few weeks now. Joe and Debbie pastor our Free Will Baptist Church in Concord and are just all around wonderful people. Keep them in your prayers!

God is in control! I trust him far more than the Air Traffic Controllers who are about to launch me into the sky in a southern direction. We all exercise faith everyday. Put your faith in God!