Greetings and a Belated Happy Fourth!
I trust you enjoyed a wonderful 4th of July filled with fun, excitement, and even some fireworks. My 4th began with two races (10K at 7:00 and then a 5K at 8:00). I was a bit tired afterwards, as I made my way down to Casa Robles to enjoy the gathering there with the retired missionaries. As for me… it was a quiet 4th. Leslie was asked last year to lead in the music at a Family Camp up north, so she is gone for the week.
Yesterday was quite hot in the valleys… and as I left the area to go up north to El Morro for a meeting, I watched the thermometer in my car change drastically. There was a 44 degrees difference from Santa Clarita at 106˚to Los Osos at 62˚. And this morning when I went out for my early morning run, it was still in the upper 70s. It is summer time!
ENCOURAGEMENT: SUMMER IN THE PSALMS Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart. But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold. For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong. They are free from common human burdens; they are not plagued by human ills. (Psalm 73:1-5) Boy, oh boy, oh boy! Satan really knows how to get one down, doesn’t he? Asaph, when writing this psalm, must have really been down in the pits as he tried to be good… tried to do good… tried to do all that was required… and as he did, he looked around and saw so many others… people who didn’t have a care about anything…except themselves. And it was so easy for him to lose sight of the real purpose in life as he began to focus on others.
The devil knows when… where… and just how to attack. He tried it on Jesus, not once, but multiple times, and in different locations. He is relentless. I am convinced that he knows that all he needs to do is distract us. He’ll look for any reason to get our attention off the Lord so that we can see how “much fun” others are having. And for a moment, Asaph bit it hook… line… and sinker.
Thankfully, by the end of the psalm, Asaph got it all figured out. His eyes returned to the Lord, his refuge and hope.
DISTRICT MATTERS: We will all be together in just a little while… DISTRICT CONVENTIONS & ASSEMBLY begins on Wednesday night, July 12 at 7:00PM. Both Thursday and Friday mornings we’ll start at 8:30AM. The Ordination Service will be at 7:00PM on Thursday, July 13. I hope to see you at PazNaz!
- Elysian Park: Please be in prayer for Pastor Alejandro Castillejos as he is recovering from surgery and recuperating very slowly. I was asked to step in for him last Sunday, and enjoyed my time with our brothers and sisters in the church.
- District Licensed Ministers: Please pass along the word, that I would like all District Licensed Ministers to be present at the Ordination Service on Thursday, July 13, at 7:00PM… and sitting up towards the front. My plan is to recognize you during the service. Thanks!
- District Office: Following some very busy weeks, gearing up for District Assembly, we plan to slow things down a bit in the District Office following the assembly next week. The office staff will be in and out the week of July 17-21. So please call to make sure someone is in the office before you head on over there. (626) 446-7300
- DCPI Training: For all who are interested… there will be training taking place at Casa Robles the week following District Assembly for planting new works. It will all begin on Thursday, July 20 at 8:30AM. Please see the attachment which explains everything. I would love to see you there.
These are great and busy days for us all. I love you and I hope to see you next week as we join together for District Assembly. See you soon…
Los Angeles District Superintendent
Church of the Nazarene