Getting To Know Pastor Joe
1. Where were you born? I was born in Nassau, Bahamas
2. Describe your family. My family is a pet lover (mainly dogs) and the four boys play soccer.
3. Were you always a Presbyterian? My father was a Baptist preacher, but later in life chose to be a Presbyterian.
4. What is your fondest childhood memory? I remember my dad teaching me how to swim and ride a motorcycle.
5. What did/do you do for a living? My first paying job was picking oranges; it lasted one day. Then I worked for Denny’s restaurant for seven years while I was attending college. Meanwhile, I also tried to sell life insurance and used cars which lasted about four months.
6. What do you like to do with your leisure time? Besides being around my family, I enjoy lifting weights, running, riding a motorcycle, playing soccer, traveling, playing guitar and washing fast car movies.
7. Is there anything left on your bucket list that you wish to do? I would like to eat sea food in every country.
8. Is there something that most people don’t know about you? I am an open-book.
9. What will your tombstone say about you? Well done “HAPPY”, faithful servant.
FIVE MINUTE SERMON
Today’s Scripture comes from Matthew 6:6, now read the Word of the Lord.
“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen.”
Prayer is an important aspect of our belief and our relationship with God. We pray not to show other people our faith or how pious we are. Our relationship with God is a personal issue. The first four Commandments deal with our relationship with God, the other six our relationship with other people.
An interesting film about prayer is 'War Room'; it was shown at one of our movie nights at the church. The main character, a woman, has a room designated as her “War Room” where she goes to pray and be with God. It is a place free of distractions, a place where she can sit down and talk to God, one on one.
We often think prayer is only needed when we are facing a difficult time; sickness, loss, uncertainty or problems. But we should share good things with God also and thank Him for the blessings He bestows on us. If we can thank a stranger for holding a door for us shouldn’t we thank God for the many things He does for us?
A prayer doesn’t need to use special language it is a conversation between you and God. Be thankful, ask for forgiveness, pray for others, pray for guidance or help in any decision you may be facing. How do you talk to a friend? The same principle can be applied to your prayer, God is your unseen friend and He has more authority than any earthly person. Deuteronomy 4:7 says, “What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the Lord our God is near us when we pray to Him?”
Know too that God knows what you are going to pray before you do. Paul wrote in Romans 8:26, “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.”
Find your War Room and enjoy a talk with God, it is so refreshing!
May God Bless You