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Excerpt #3 Pastor Steve Wuori
Up in our area (Northern Alberta, Canada) we have a crop called canola, you don't see very much of it here, it is the tiniest little black speck of a seed you could ever imagine, and yet when you look at the plant that grows up about 3 feet high, roughly speaking, it is so thick you can't walk through it. It's a heavy thatch, it is a miracle that combines can take it at the end of the season. It better not be green either, because that combine would jam in no time, it is a heavy thick crop that is produced from the tiny little canola seed. Jesus speaks of the mustard seed, and we hear of the mustard seed ministry and other things. As we think about what a miracle it is, he says that when you consider what the Kingdom of God is like, he said it is like unto a seed of mustard, that when it is sown, and when it grows, it grows to be so great, that even the fowls of the air can lodge within the shadows of it, that mustard seed plant. Across the river (Mississippi) over here there is a beautiful park, I don't know the name of it exactly, but we walked through there and there are 50-60 foot oak trees. And I was thinking about that, that what a tiny little seed each of those trees started from. But they did not spring up over night, they grew and it took time. And we also have to remember that when the good seed of God's Word is sown, it takes time. Often it's reflected upon, that we can't sow and reap with the same hand, but have you ever tried? Have you ever thought that I will speak with someone, the result will be instantaneous, and I can reap the joy of seeing one that has been converted, been repentant right now. I have tried that and I have been disappointed to see that maybe my hand will never reap, my hand will never see or witness the results and it is important to recognize with your children too, that it takes time. And I guess if there is something that I have learned as a parent it is, do not overreact. Don't overreact! We are quick because we know exactly what is right. We will very quickly tell the child, they are wrong, and talking especially if you have older children now, but remember, the seed takes time to grow. But sow that seed within the hearts of the children.

And remember also that as you sow, as it is written by the Apostle Paul, he says, it is sown in weakness. He speaks there of the resurrection, but I believe it applies to the seed also, it is sown in weakness, but it is raised in power. And though you may feel that you are very weak as a sower to your children remember that it is raised in great power. And what a blessing it is when you see that none of your work is evident in that child's heart, but all the work of the good seed of the Word of God. What a blessing! What a rejoicing! What a time then, when we are able to see the hand of God working, even using those who sow in weakness in order that that seed might grow in great strength and power. "For the Son of man is come to save that which is lost." That is so simple a statement, but yet it defines why Jesus came.

Pastor Steve Wuori
Posted on 07 Oct 2009 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
"Talking Together" 10/05/09
(We will interrupt our next sermon installment of Pastor Steve Wuori's sermon from the 18th chapter of Matthew)

Dear brother/sister in Christ

This weekend it was our privilege to have with us Pastor Dale Niskanen from Negaunee, Michigan as our guest speaker. The Lord answered the many prayers that had come before His throne of grace concerning His blessing upon these services in that we heard the voice of the Good Shepherd speaking unto our souls as our brother preached and taught the Holy Scriptures. We remember the particular texts that he spoke from: Friday night he shared from the 18th chapter of Luke's Gospel, verses 9-14, Saturday morning at the Men's Prayer Breakfast he shared from the 3rd chapter of John's Gospel, verses 1-16, Saturday afternoon he chose a topical approach with the subject being "Integrity,", Saturday night he spoke to the youth from the 6th chapter of Ephesians, verses 1-3 and Sunday morning he used the 10th chapter of Mark's Gospel as the basis of our meditations together, sharing from verses 1-12. Following the services on Sunday morning and the delicious lunch, many of us gathered together again in the sanctuary of our church to share about the morning's message. After that Zach Hendrickson showed a DVD of the conditions in Uganda and spoke of his call to a related mission where there is a great need for children to be rescued from the slavery and bondage of a tyrant, asking us for support and inviting us to be part of that mission.

As I think about the five meetings that we as a congregation enjoyed with our guest and his family, I recall my younger days of seeing the older generation, on Sunday afternoons, discussing that which they had heard in the Sunday morning service. As a youngster I was not too drawn to it at that time, but I do remember that it was something that was important to them. They referred to it as "Kansa bohoos" which means, as I understand it: "Talking together." It allowed them opportunity to share with one another of that which they had heard from the Lord through the mouth of the preacher and through their discussion they were able to share their thoughts with one another, hear thoughts and revelations from others and perhaps they were able to ask questions of the minister concerning things that they did not clearly understand, or things that they needed further clarification on. It seemed to me back then, even as a youngster, that they shared in appreciation for the Word of the Lord for that day and wanted to take it deeper into their hearts so that it would be an assurance, a comfort and a guide in their upcoming days.

May we think on that which we have heard, may we thank the Him for His Word of grace and truth to us, may we meditate further upon the Scriptures that we heard expounded upon and may we speak about that which we have received one from Him with one another. When we do this, we can be assured that the revelation of Jesus Christ will continue to be shown to us in deeper, more meaningful and in ways that we will see more clearly our pathway in this journey of faith. For when we meditate upon His Word, human personalities disappear and it will be as it was after each sermon that was spoken, that we are left gazing in wonder at the graciousness of God as revealed in His Son, Jesus Christ, our Rescuer and Lord.

We thank the Lord for you this day

Gazing upon Jesus Christ with you,

Pastor Orval

Posted on 05 Oct 2009 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala

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- Posted by Pastor Orval Wirkkala

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