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Location of SACC
As you head north into Sumas on Highway 9 towards the Canadian Border Crossing, the Church is located on your right at the corner of Cherry (Highway 9) and Front St. Turn east onto Front and the parking lot entry is at the east end of the building.
125 Front Street,
Ph # 988-2503
He is waiting for you to accept the forgiveness of sins that he secured by dying on the cross.
He cares about you more than you can imagine!
10 am Worship Service every Sunday morning!
Nursery is available during the service for birth through kindergarten.
The Clothesline, our free clothing bank, is open eight months: mid August through March. The last day of this season is Mar. 25
Paper Products continues all year on the 3rd Wed. of the month, 10 to noon. Recipients must be residents of Sumas on food stamps & no cash benefits.
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There are those who have questions about faith in Jesus Christ. Some folks have a deep respect for those who are Christians, but they have questions for themselves. “I’m glad prayer works for you” one person recently said, but he wasn’t ready/willing to embrace the full message of the Bible. I don't know exactly what makes people hesitate. Perhaps it is background. Maybe other influences that are incompatible with the teaching of Christianity.
I personally have no issues in believing the full message of the gospel, but that does not mean I don't have moments or even seasons of questions. However, there is no doubt in my mind that the promise of Jesus Christ is that he offers the gift of salvation for those that call on His name. That is an amazing teaching and easy to understand why people would want to know more. I'm not even sure I understand the fullness of what it means. The bottom line is that only God knows the heart.
Part of the witness of the Bible is that there are many people asking sincere questions? The Psalms constantly asks, “Where are you God?” One person offers a haunting thought: “There is more faith in honest doubt than in half the creeds” (Alfred Lord Tennyson)
By itself wrestling with God is not bad. If it is a sincere wrestling. Doubting to be obnoxious is not that helpful, but for the person that truly wants God to be real, to try and make sense of life asking sincere questions is good…
Perhaps the most famous doubter of the Bible is Thomas, a student of Jesus. Thomas is well known for his words of doubt after Jesus has risen from the dead. When Thomas is told about the miracle of the resurrection, he says to his fellow disciples, "I won't believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side." This is why Thomas will forever be known as "Doubting Thomas."
Do you blame him? Can you relate? Some of you can. You went out on a limb. You trusted God. You tried to live as a good Christian, when suddenly your life fell apart. Doubt seems to visit even the most faithful people from time to time.
There is another wonderful nickname for Thomas that is the other side of the same coin. Instead of doubting Thomas, some see him as “Honest Thomas.” Thomas was bluntly honest about where he was. He didn't pretend. "Doubting Thomas" makes sense as a name for Thomas, But nobody can deny he was also "honest Thomas.” God can take our genuine questions.
In an amazing scripture, it turns out Thomas may actually be more honest than some of the other disciples. There is no record in the Bible of any of the other disciples doubting the resurrection of Jesus. But if you turn to Matt. 28, you read something startling. This comes after the resurrection, after Thomas initial reaction. Matt. 28:16-17 says: "Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him-but some doubted!" ~~~~ "But some doubted." It turns out Thomas is not so unusual. He is just honest from the start.
God can handle our doubts. It takes genuine faith and ultimate trust to believe in God when your world crumbles. It takes faith to understand grace and to believe there is nothing we can do but believe. Ask your questions honestly, appreciate the people of faith in your life who live with convictions, look to God….. My prayer is that our doubts will be turned to confidence and that you will find a measure of hope having the absolute assurance that Jesus Christ is Lord. Honest questions that leads to deeper understanding is a way to embrace the things of God. To Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
~ Pastor Carl, edited devotional from recent message at funeral for Harold Odegaard
Eagles at the Nooksack River. The northwest is blessed with eagles this time of year. These photos are recent, taken by Carl C. and edited by Sally C.
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