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Pastor's Ponderings - August 15

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“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he well never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. "(Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV)

Brian Kelley Bauknight, in a little book called Devotions to Leave You Smiling, tells the story of two brothers, ages tend and twelve, who were constantly getting into trouble. Finally they were asked to appear in the minister’s office, one at a time. The ten-year-old went in and was confronted with increasing intensity by the minister. ”Where is God?” the man asked the boy. “Where is God?”

The boy was so terrified that he ran home to his brother, grabbed him, and they went into a closet together where they typically contrived they schemes. The younger brother said quietly to his older brother, “We are in big trouble; somebody has stolen God, and they think we did it!”

Whenever we forget God, or go about our lives leaving God out, we end up in trouble. The wonder of it all is that God is closer than we think and God never went anywhere at all. We just need to keep in mind that God is the steadfast one who assures us of all we need.

See you in church,

Pastor Steve Larsen

Things to pray for:

  • Ask God to forgive your mistakes and sins and give you the strength to forgive others.
  • Pray for your pastors and church leaders.
  • Ask God to help Centennial Memorial United Methodist Church to know how best to serve God and this community.


Posted by Rev. Dr. Steve Larsen with
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The Olympics

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The Olympic Games are underway in Rio. Each time the games come around, we have the opportunity to see the athletes from various nations around the world assemble for competition. The highlight of many athlete’s career comes as they step onto the world stage for their moment to show their best.

It is fascinating just how many different sports and athletes there are. Some that can run, swim or cycle long distances. Others do the same things very quickly over short distances. There are Individual events where the athlete stands alone as well as team competitions where athletes have to work together. Jumping, ball handling, rowing, diving, boxing, shooting, the list of events and talents goes on and on. It goes so quickly there isn’t time to take it all in, but in each games there are certain athletes that capture our attention and win our hearts. We watch because we love to see the grace and perfection of the athletes.

The writer of the Book of Hebrews was aware of athletic competition. He uses a race as a metaphor of the life of discipleship.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely,[a] and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:1-1)

No matter how flexible or strong, no matter how old or how young, we can all successfully participate in the life of faith. As we train our hearts and minds and tune our habits, we can see the grace and perfection of Christ evident in our lives as well.

See you in church,

Pastor Steve Larsen


Things to pray for:
• Pray that the Olympic Games go smoothly and safely for all participants, organizers and spectators.
• Ask God to help three other persons who you feel need God’s help today. .
• Ask God to help Calvary United Methodist Church to know how best to serve God and this community.