From the Pastor’s Desk
Have you ever thought about some of the heroes of the Bible and what would have happened if they hadn’t followed God’s will? What would have happened to Esther if she hadn’t approached King Xerxes and asked him to spare her people? What would have happened if Noah had decided not to spend all those years building the ark? What would the result have been if David hadn’t stepped up and fought Goliath or Moses had continued to resist God’s call at the burning bush or Elijah and the other prophets had been too afraid to speak God’s messages?
We know, from verses like Proverbs 19:21, that God is in control and that His will ultimately will come to happen no matter who it is through. From that same verse we also see that people have their own plans and that they are often different. We get to choose whether to follow God’s will in our lives. In Esther 4:14 Mordecai tells Esther that the Jews will be saved whether or not she acts, but that her family will suffer if she chooses inaction.
I wonder if there were any other people who got the call first. Was there a soldier in the crowd that God approached first to battle against Goliath but who resisted? Was someone else given messages before Elijah but refused to speak them boldly? What happened to those people if they did exist? Perhaps they didn’t face a huge tragedy, but they, at the very least, missed out on an opportunity to be a part of a special piece of God’s plan. Even if the heroes we know about had turned down the call we know God’s will would have happened another way simply because it is His will.
I know that God has a plan for each of us. He has specific things that He has called us to, and is calling us to, and will call us to do in our lives. He also gives us the option to choose a different path. I don’t know specifics of what will happen to you if you obey or not, but I do know two things: first that God’s will is going to happen, and second that you will have the most fulfilled life possible if you are a part of it! Be encouraged, too, that anything He calls you to He will help you do!
John Tucker’s earliest memories are from growing up in Asheville, North Carolina, even though he was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He recalls all of the natural beauty of the area in which he was raised: blackberry bushes, blue mountains, green hills, and the smell of pine needles most of the year. In addition, he remembers a diverse population of good salt-of-the earth people. Even though they had little education, they were well-mannered and respectful. Living in Oregon reminds John of these fond memories.
John’s parents have a diverse religious background. His mother was raised Catholic and later became Baptist. His father was Lutheran and Methodist. In spite of this, John’s dad only identified as a “Navy man.” John’s family moved around quite a bit as he was growing up. They attended whatever church was nearest to where they were living at the time. Different churches had different views on Baptism. John’s mom wanted to err on the side of caution, so John was baptized as an infant and then again later during elementary school years. At the age of ten, John understood the gospel. The pastor of his church asked him if he believed that Jesus Christ died for his sins. That’s when it all connected for John. After receiving Jesus into his heart, John was able to sit with the adults during Sunday service.
Gloria, John’s sister, brought John to Newport Christian. He likes it here! He feels welcomed and safe. He is enjoying getting to know the members of our church family.
Many various joys fill John’s heart. He loves hanging out and cooking with his family and friends. He likes playing board games and learning new skills. This area is great for John to enjoy hiking, exploring the forest, and walking along the beach. In addition, he enjoys books, movies, video games, music, arts and crafts, and learning about other cultures. Learning about Jesus and the Christian faith makes his life richer and worth living!
John would like to share with us things that he knows are true. God will never desert us. He is with us…always! God will still be here, even when everything else has long passed. The Lord is our source of truth and strength. Jesus not only loves us, He wants us to love each other. John shows us his subtle sense of humor as he shares some good ole’ advice with us: treat others as you want to be treated; work and pay your taxes; be kind to children and animals; vote; call your parents; and every once in a while, go for a walk!
We love you, John!