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Evidence.  What comes to your mind when I say that word?  Do you think of a crime scene – maybe a suspected murder or arson?  The detectives sift through the evidence and find what’s pertinent and provides clues in their investigation.  Or maybe you think in terms of history and archeology? Researchers examine the evidence of civilizations gone by and are able to determine in what kind of houses they lived, what implements they used for work and what food they ate.

Just this morning at the church office, I saw some evidence.  Our twelve acres of farmland, that will soon be transformed into a church campus, is currently occupied by a number of gophers.  Now I love all of God’s creatures, but these gophers really gotta “GO” … I mean it’s in their name after all: “GO-phers!”  When I look out all around the property I see literally dozens if not hundreds of gopher mounds.  Now, I have never actually SEEN a gopher hopping around the property, but I sure have seen the EVIDENCE of gophers!  I know their marks well.  And I can see that they are alive and well at 24414 S Ellsworth Rd in Queen Creek, AZ!

And that got me thinking about God.  You and I have likely never SEEN God with our eyes, but we see the EVIDENCE of God all around!  The sun, moon and stars are evidence of His handiwork – and wow! do they ever sing His glory!  The birds, grass and flowers likewise give testimony to a powerful and amazing creator.  Likewise, people – humans who are able to love and give and serve … show us evidence of the nature of our loving and gracious creator!

On Sunday, we will begin a 5 week sermon series that will take an even closer look at some of the EVIDENCE of our creator God that is all around us – evidence that has been “co-opted” by an unbelieving scientific community and used either incorrectly or fraudulently to in fact argue AGAINST God.  I hope that you’ll join me as together we use some investigative techniques like you’ve seen on the popular TV series: “CSI -Crime Scene Investigation.”   Here’s what we’ll do:

 5/17 – Secure the Scene

5/24 – Examine the Timeline

5/31 – Interrogate the Witness(es)

6/7 – Analyze the Data

6/14 – Tell What Happened.

You won’t want to miss it!

May you be blessed and may God be glorified!

Pastor Augie

Who’s in the Driver’s Seat?

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Here is the story/poem that was read at church on Sunday.  Isn’t it a marvelous picture of faith?

“At first I saw God as my observer, my judge, keeping track of the things I’d done wrong so as to know whether I merited heaven or hell when I died.  He was out there sort of like a president.  I recognized His picture when I saw it but I didn’t really know Him.  But later on when I met Christ it seemed as though life was rather like a bike ride.  But it was a tandem bike.  I noticed that Christ was in the back helping me to pedal.  I don’t know just when it was that He suggested we change places, but life has not been the same since.  When I was in control, I knew the way.  It was rather boring but it was predictable.  It was the shortest distance between two points.  But when He took the lead He knew delightful long cuts, up the mountains, through rocky places at break neck speed.  All I could do was hang on.  Even though it looked like madness, He said pedal.  I worried. I was anxious.  I asked, “Where are You taking me?”  He laughed and He didn’t answer and I started to learn to trust.  I forgot my boring life and I entered into the adventure.  When I’d say, “I’m scared!” He’d lean back and touch my hand.  I didn’t trust Him at first to control my life.  I thought He’d wreck it.  But He knows bike secrets.  He knows how to make it bend around sharp corners, how to jump to clear high rocks.  He knows how to fly to shorten scary passages.  I’m learning to shut up and pedal in the strangest places.  I’m beginning to enjoy the view and the cool breeze on my face with my delightful constant companion Jesus Christ.  When I’m just sure that I can’t do it any more, He just smiles and says, “Pedal!”
(Author Unknown)

God’s Blessings,

PA