As a boy, I asked my father one time why we called Good Friday 'good' since it was
the day that Jesus suffered on the cross. He explained to me that what happened on Good Friday was good for us and bad for
Jesus. Jesus suffered infinite pain and suffering by virtue of his physical death and spiritual separation from the One, the
Father, whose plan it was that Christ should suffer judgment for our sins.
Good for us that we no longer bear the
guilt of our sins.
Bad for Jesus that He should so suffer in order to bear the penalty of those sins.
was the LORD's will to crush him and cause him to suffer - Isaiah 53:10
Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe,
sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow.
. . . by his knowledge my righteous servant will
justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. - - Isaiah 53:11
For the rest of the story - See You
Sunday for our Resurrection Celebration. !!
I had a fun day on Tuesday. But as Deacon Don Petersen put it in an e-mail to me once,
almost "had enough fun for one day". But hey, when you preach on Sunday about getting
the dross and the alloy driven out of you by adversity, with the purpose that we are further sanctified, you've got to expect
that something "fun" is going to happen that week.
But at the same time, I saw God help
me through the details, and guide me to an eventual solution. And on top of that I got to hear about a fun argument
in a bicycle shop between a husband AND a wife who BOTH forgot their wedding anniversary !! That's where this is headed:
DON'T FORGET THE ANNIVERSARY OF RRPC in 2011 - - Please pray that God will sustain and STRENGTHEN her, the bride of Christ,
as she seeks to honor Him in Warren County and beyond - -
It started on Tuesday this way. With gas prices
pushing four dollars a gallon, I was trying to save a little money by using my Honda Helix scooter to travel to Orthopaedic
Associates of Saratoga for my third shot of "euflexa" in my knee to help the pain when I walk. As I
was turning north for the home stretch toward the doctor's office, lo and behold my rear tire suddenly decompresses.
Providentially, there was a bicycle shop parking lot where I could park the scooter, and moments later a dump
truck passed by whose driver stopped when I hailed him down to hitch a ride. That was "fun" - - climbing up
into a dump truck cab with a bad knee, and it really was fun to watch him shift through ten gears to get to 40 MPH !
After my treatment, I walked to a tire repair shop that told me they did not repair motorcyle tires. When I walked back to
the bicyle shop (no dump truck this time), the owner was laughing about how he had called his wife and she was trying to call
him in the middle of the morning because they both had forgotten to mention their wedding anniversary at breakfast.
In my opinion, if you remember that you have forgotten your anniversary by the middle of the morning, that doesn't count as
Please don't forget RRPC's anniversary. This is a landmark that some thought might never be
reached. This is an opportunity to reflect on God's faithfulness, and to prepare for the next chapter of God's providential
undertakings on our behalf. Lord willing, you will hear Elder Jack and Elder Eldrid share some of those undertakings
and reflections this Sunday at our morning service, or if you cannot be there, in recorded form.
If this anniversary
has passed you by thus far, it's still morning. You can get in on the celebration by worshipping with us this Sunday,
or by coming to the dinner on Saturday, August 13th (let us know you'll be there) at 4 p.m. when Pastor Mark Bell will speak,
and when we will show a video of the history of the church being edited by the Burls.
Back to the scooter.
The $160 towing fee from Saratoga to Queensbury convinced me not to flatbed the scooter up the Northway, so dear Johanna drove
down to rescue me. As we were driving into town, I asked her to swing by the Calvary Assembly of God church where some
in our congregation have been blessed by their vegetable and fruit and bread giveaway in the name of Jesus. And
who did I find there, but part of the Anderson and Dykshoorn families. God had me meet just the man, Walter, who gladly
volunteered to drive me back down to Saratoga to pick up my scooter in his little trailer, and then deliver it to the motorcyle
repair shop in Queensbury.
Fun ! And provision from God. We should learn to expect both from life,
and from our Lord. God has given us great opportunities here in Warren County, and we should expect adversaries and
adversity. Whenever God is at work, there will be opposition:
1 Corinthians 16:9 - For a great and effective door
has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.
More excitement before Sunday: Pioneer Girls and Stockade
will both celebrate their last regularly scheduled Friday evening meeting for this ministry year. Thank you to Sharon
Dykshoorn for directing Pioneer Girls, and thank you to the Guides and Helpers who worked with her, Lois Suffern, Chris De
Young, Liz Kelsey, Jo Burl, Sarah Dolan, Melissa Beilstein, Linda Williams and Johanna Suffern! Thank you to the Rangers
who have led Stockade with me, Mark Beilstein, Clint West, Walter Anderson, Junior Ranger, John Suffern, and brothers
like Eric Piesnikowski, Lee Smith and Chuck De Young who come alongside to assist, Eric helping with athletics, Lee bringing
the Story Circle tomorrow and Chuck leading in fly tying. Both of these ministries averaged ten or more children per
meeting since Christmas. Pray for connections with families !
Coming up soon, the launch of our youth group
Hope to see many of you Sunday !
For your information
the following two ministries will have an open house in Glens Falls tomorrow, and I'll be visiting them at the following times.
If anyone would like to join me and others from RRPC who will be there, you can attend at the times indicated.
Open Arms Pregnancy Center 471 Glen Street Glens Falls, 4:30 p.m. (unexpected pregnancy counselling center, helping women
Centrepoint Ministry Center, 10 Warren Street, Glens Falls, 5:00 p.m. (Christian retreat,
conference and gathering place on the circle)