DHBC Newsletter Sept 2015:

~pastors’ pen

First Peter 2:1-10 is addressed to believers. Peter is using an analogy of a baby that desires its favorite food-milk! When our babies came home from the hospital, they couldn’t stop drinking milk. God designed mom’s milk to have nourishment and nutrients. Nursing moms’ know how healthy their supply is. If Kim wasn’t fast enough they would scream and scream until their need was met. When was the most recent time you screamed for God’s Word? I happened to be at the marketplace one afternoon and noticed a mom with two boys. One was holding on to his potato chip bag and the other was sucking on his milk bottle. The younger boy, with the bottle, was drinking milk. The other boy had to wait until the bag of chips were paid for before he could eat them. My thought at that time was that eating those chips will not be healthy for that older boy and that he could not grow on those chips. What a picture for us. We snack on chips with no nutritional value. Why do we snack on the word of God? Peter states that a baby “longs” for the pure milk of the word. In a world that’s contaminated and polluted, a baby desires the pure solidness of the Word of God. Augustine, the Catholic Theologian and Philosopher, said, “To Fall in love with God is the greatest romance, to see Him the greatest adventure; to find Him the greatest human achievement.” Those who know Christ want the Word, they want the teaching, preaching, and hearing of the Word. The desire is there to fall in love with God and His word! A Christ-Follower never has to ask, “Do I want to hear the Word, today?” “Should I read my bible?” “Maybe I should schedule my doctor’s appointment so I have an excuse not to hear God’s word?” If you’re struggling with desiring God’s Word, perhaps you need to go back to where you thought you first believed? In verse 3 of First Peter Chapter 2 it reminds us of that first belief- “now you have tasted that the Lord is good.” Christ Followers will continue to long for the Word if they have tasted that the Lord is good, which they did at the time of their conversion. Peter could have been meditating on the book of Psalm when he wrote this explanation of the goodness of God. “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him.” Peter is stating that God’s word is vital and God’s Word is good for us. Small groups keeps us accountable because wherever the Word is read and explained, it feeds our hungry souls. The true believer can’t get enough. Once we see our need for God’s Word and begin to find nourishment in Christ, our spiritual appetite will increase and we will start to mature. How strong is your desire for God’s Word this very moment? My spiritual needs are met in Christ and His Word. I like what John Piper said: “Christ is most Glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.” Lives are touched and meaningful relationships are built, when we long for His Word.
Dan Gutierrez

1 thought on “DHBCNewsletterSept2015

  1. Hi Dan! Just wanted to thank you for sending me your CDs while I’ve been in treatment. I must admit that I haven’t listened to all of them yet. But I will! I just listened to the first two CDs on Ephesians that you sent last week. I so appreciate your faithfulness in helping me stay connected to God through your messages. I’m sure Kim has updated you on my situation, but wanted to make sure you knew that I finished treatment at the end of July. I am feeling so much better. I am officially “in remission” and in the follow-up stage now. The anxiety has subsided, praise God, and I am feeling like myself again. There were a few things that God wanted to get my attention about during my illness: walk with Him IN COMPLETE TRUST one day at a time; cast ALL my cares upon Him; He is with me and for me, therefore I can do all things through HIS strength. I have also been training myself into the practice of putting on the full armor of God. The Lord really showed me how much I am loved during my time “in the desert.” So many friends and family spent time and energy nurturing me through this ordeal. You and Kim have surely been part of that demonstration of love. Thank you for being the Lord’s hands and feet in our world. Jim and I love you both very much! Hope to see you both again soon! Blessings, Lark XOXO

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