Greg’s Few Thoughts – Friday, August 7, 2015

Good Morning!  As the fog lifts in the SoCal area it will turn out to be another gorgeous day… I love the warm weather… well, I really enjoy the hot weather. Yet, I know that fall and winter are just around the corner.

Leslie and I were able to escape for a few days to one of our favorite get-away places… Cedar Grove in Kings Canyon National Park, just beyond the Giant Sequoias, though there are many sequoias in Kings Canyon.  The South Fork of the King’s River is as low as I have ever seen it.  With the lack of rain and snow in the mountains, all the rivers are extremely low.  The nice thing about the rivers being lower than normal is that the water temperature is not as cold.  Makes for a nicer bathing situation.  After a nice long run in the mountains I always enjoy relaxing in the cold waters of the King’s River.  Leslie’s family has been camping up in Cedar Grove for over 40 years now.   And we’ve been part of the experience for all of our married lives… unfortunately, our girls were unable to join us this year.  As they grow older… have jobs… makes it more difficult for them to get away.  Take a look at some of these photos… and see just why we enjoy Kings Canyon so much.

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ENCOURAGEMENT:  How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers!  But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.  And he will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yield its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither, and in whatever he does, he prospers.  (Psalm 1:1-3)  I believe that every time we make our way to the mountains… this psalm comes to mind.  Every year!  As I stare at the Giant Sequoias or the towering Ponderosa Pines… I dwell on these powerful words from the Bible.  I can’t think of anything I’d rather experience in life than to be “like a tree firmly planted…”  

I went on a few hikes and several runs while there… one thing I noticed was that some of the trees had become sick… diseased.  And the rangers had begun striping the bad ones with a stripe of paint.  They would soon be coming down.  For whatever reason these trees had become unhealthy.  But the Book of Psalms opens with these great words… You want to be healthy?  You want to a fruit producing believer?  You want to NOT wither?  You want to be spiritually prosperous?  He gives us the answer:  Meditate… study… read… memorize… pray… and make it a daily habit.  Sometimes it a good thing to turn off the radio or CD player while in the car… spend those moments with the Lord.  May the Lord bless you as you take time this weekend to devote yourself to the Word of the Lord!  As you do… you will be able to stand the storms of life. 

COMO PLANTAR IGLESIASEstoy tan animado en estos días por saber que tenemos un grupo de pastores y laicos con el deseo de plantar más Iglesias y ministerios en nuestro distrito.  Hay una población por Los Ángeles que necesitan Cristo Jesús.  Nosotros tenemos las llaves para abrir las puertas.  Estuve, por un tiempo corto, con mis hermanos del distrito en la Iglesia de San Fernando el día sábado.  Ellos tomaron su día libre para estudiar… aprender… y orar por nuestras ciudades.  Gracias hermanos! 

Last Saturday I had the privilege of joining several pastors and lay leaders in the San Fernando Church for a time of learning… praying… and studying how to plant churches.  A great group of leaders were present.  And I especially thank the San Fernando Church for hosting the event… thanks to the teachers who received training (Pastora Tere Martinez, Pastores Josue Tiguila, Oto Flores, and Ramiro Juarez) and in return were training us.  These sessions are all in Spanish and they will resume this Saturday and will conclude on August 15.  The church is on the move!

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With summer winding down… school about ready to start… and vacations may be coming to a close… I pray that we all will experience a tremendous month in August filled with God’s blessing.  I love you and I look forward to seeing you around the corner…

Greg Garman
L.A. D.S.
Church of the Nazarene