11/22/2020 Sunday’s Sermon by Nick Perez
Against the Grain ~ Dark Days
He said, “Behold, I will make known to you what shall be at the latter end of the indignation, for it refers to the appointed time of the end. Daniel 8:19, ESV
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By Nick Perez
The resiliency of God’s people is seen in the amount of time they waited for God to fulfill His word.
Abraham waited 25 years for a son. Joseph was 22 years in Egypt before his family came to see him. Moses spent 40 years shepherding sheep in the wilderness of Midian. Israel wandered for 40 years in the wilderness following the Exodus. Then Israel spent 70 years of exile in Babylonian Captivity. We talk about the 400 years of “silence” during the intertestamental or second temple period when God’s people were waiting for a word from God. The Jewish people spent millennia waiting for the Messiah – the one who would crush the head of the serpent, who would be a prophet like Moses, who would
suffer for the people.
Then Jesus came. If ever there was a person who exemplified resilience it was Jesus. His enemies repeatedly came against Him, tried to trap Him, tried to trick Him, tried to kill Him, but every time, until it
was His time, He outmaneuvered and outsmarted them. Despite the negativity and hatred, He kept His heart in the will of God and remained compassionate, caring, and loving.
God’s people are resilient. Even though we experience hard times and trying times, we bounce back, we are flexible. Such a quality is needed now especially. One key way we exemplify resiliency is through
adaptation. We change. It is human to resist change, especially when we face adversity and challenges.
However, change is inevitable and it is a key characteristic of resilience. We learn, grow, and thrive. We develop the capacity to deal with stress and adversity. This capacity to stand up under the pressure of difficulty comes from God. He shapes our behaviors, our thoughts, and our actions.
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- We are complying with state and county guidelines
- Sunday morning worship is now open, and still online
- Sunday Bible classes canceled until further notice
- Junior Worship canceled until further notice
- Wednesday Bible classes canceled until further notice
- Potlucks canceled until further notice
- Food Pantry by appointment only
- Travelers Motel – food service only
- Shower Shuttle canceled until further notice
- Recommendations – Those who are over 60 or have underlying health conditions are encouraged to stay home.
- Guidelines – If you are sick, stay home. Wash your hands. Cough and sneeze into a tissue or your elbow.
Contact Info for our Shut-Ins
- Jewel Cherry, 2117 Bridgewood Way, Modesto, CA 95355
- Charles Cook, Valley Comfort, 2809 Lou Ann Dr., Modesto, CA 95350
- Tamara Cook, Neighborhood Manor, 1200 Woodrow Ave., S1 Modesto, CA 95350
- Nadine Greff, Vintage Faire, 3620 Dale Rd, Rm. 25, Modesto, CA 95356
- Betty McGoldrick, 13754 Jasper St., Lathrop, CA 95330
- Russ Ortloff, 511 East D Street, Oakdale, CA 95361
- Evelyn Wood, Bethel Assisted Living, 2345 Scenic Ave., Apt. 323, Modesto 95355
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NOTE: Our Shut-ins are not allowed visitors at this time. Please take the time to send them a card or note of encouragement if you can.
Mourning the loss of loved ones
Ruskamp Family – 17 year-old niece
Arthur (Travelers Motel resident) – wife Laurie
Vern & Rose Mary Cowan – friend Connie Ades
Recovering from Surgery
Carole Long – hip surgery following a fall, home now
Betty Bussey – surgery for a broken femur & knee replacement
John & Patty Ford – daughter Christie is an RN working with COVID patients
Lynn Albro – niece, Katia Lundell
Allegria Rice – friends Ashlee, Renee & Louie
Jacqui Coulter – father, Gene Fisher diagnosed with stage 3 lung cancer
Patton Family – assistant high school basketball coach Leo Griggs
Mason – teenager in Ripon
Sheila Walls – PET scan shows improvement
Pam Vanderford – sister Edith
Grace Whited, a 6 year-old at Murphys Church of Christ
Lynn Albro – pain in right arm
Patrick Acton (friend of Archibeques) – recovering from hit and run accident
Flooding in North Carolina
Lynn Brocco – upcoming tests for spot on lung
Tonya Barnard – friend Shannan’s kidney is a match, insurance has approved, waiting for surgery to be
Kari Laguna – leg not healing correctly
Carolyn Hairston – vision problems
Leadership / Essential Workers / Unemployed
Civil Unrest / Fires / Hurricanes