All posts by Pat Gustafson

Upcoming December Events

Chordbusters Christmas Show (fundraiser for Churches United Food Pantry) —  Friday, 6 December, 7:00 pm, Activity Center.

Cookie Walk (sponsored by UMW) —  Saturday, December 14, 8:00 am – Noon, Activity Center.

Evans’ Open House  —  Sunday, December 15, 3:00-5:00 pm, Activity Center.

GENEROSITY CHANGES EVERYTHING: Think like a Farmer (5 things farmers don’t forget) 2 Corinthians 9:6-10 NASB

Today, I want you to think like a farmer. The first thing you’ll learn about farming is you’ll never see a farmer who refuses to plant seeds, sitting around expecting a harvest. About this farmer: This particular farmer may attend church regularly, be a good family man, have devotions every day and share his faith with others, but he’s not going to get a harvest without first planting. <!–split–>

This thought came to me to challenge you with. “On a day-to-day basis, how do you plant spiritual seed?” First we hear. We have to get desperate and intentional. We get in His presence. We understand God is the only satisfaction. We adore Him.

Second, we do. We go into His Throne Room of Grace and linger and learn. Thirdly, we confess we’re empty without Him; therefore, we let go, and He takes over. We stay silent and listen as He speaks. He fills our seemingly empty shell; He walks up and down the avenues of our heart changing what He may will, and when we feel a release, there will be satisfaction that the world can’t give.” Again, the law of sowing and reaping is built into creation.

Remember Genesis 8:22 NASB.  All the days of the earth, seed-time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease. Once more, seed-time and harvest are universal laws.

In 2 Corinthians 9:6-10, Paul concludes his appeal by pointing to the benefits the Corinthians will reap as a result of generous giving. Consider this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. Moreover, God is able to make every grace abundant for you, so that in all things, always having all you need, you may have abundance for every good work. As it is written: “He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” The one who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed and increase the harvest of your righteousness.

Proverbs 11:24-25 TLB.  It is possible to give away and become richer! It is also possible to hold on too tightly and lose everything. Yes, the liberal man shall be rich! By watering others, he waters himself. Again, I want you to think like a farmer thinks. Just as you’ll never see a farmer refuse to plant seed, you’ll never see a farmer eat the seed he should be planting. If a farmer is going to reap a harvest, he knows he must start with a seed, not his need. Jesus said in Luke 6:38 TMm “Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing.” Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity. Some of us approach God from a need standpoint, “I can’t give to the Lord because I have to pay these bills.” Remember, we’re still thinking like farmers, right? Again, some say, “I got bills to pay.” Farmers don’t say, “I can’t plant this seed even though it’ll yield a good crop, because I’m hungry right now. “A wise farmer saves for a rainy day.”

2 Corinthians 9:7 AMP. Let each one give (thoughtfully and with purpose) just as he has decided in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver (and delights in the one whose heart is in his gift). According to verse 7, this is a well thought-out process. “This is where your faith kicks in. Even though it’s tempting to eat your seed, sow that seed into the ground anyway!” Hebrews 11:6 NASB.  But without faith it is impossible to please him, for anyone who approaches God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. When a farmer plants his seed instead of eating it, it’s an act of faith that his seed will turn into a harvest. Remember, harvest takes time—Let faith kick in! *Time to Pray *Time to Love * Time to wait, watch and reap.

Yes, reap the harvest! (part two in December Chimes)

Pastor Appreciation

October is Pastor Appreciation Month in the United Methodist Church. Please take time to thank Pastor Stan for his service to the church in a note or in person. You may want to share a special memory of when he helped you feel God’s love. You could also share that you are keeping him and his family in your prayers.

Craze

What Is CBD?  It’s short for cannabidiol, and it’s a natural compound found in both marijuana and hemp plants. There’s some evidence that it might help treat pain, seizures, and some other health problems. But much more research is needed for doctors to know for sure what it can do.  <!–split–>

How Do You Take It?   You can take CBD oil by itself by mouth, or use one of many products that has it as an ingredient. These include pills, chewable gels, “tinctures” you drop under your tongue, vape cartridges you breathe in, creams on your skin, and foods like chocolate bars. The amount and quality of CBD in these products can be very different.

Does It Make You High?  CBD doesn’t — another substance in marijuana called THC does that. If you use a CBD product, check the label and make sure that’s the only cannabinoid listed. In states where marijuana is legal, some companies put product information online that lists the amount of each ingredient.

Is It Addictive?  CBD oil by itself is not. But CBD products that also have THC can be. The key again is to know the source and check the ingredients and the amounts so you know exactly what you’re using.

Where Is It Legal?  Forty-seven states now allow some form of CBD. Only Idaho, South Dakota, and Nebraska ban all marijuana use. Legal details are different by state, so do your research to make sure you’re on the right side of the law.

Can CBD Help With Seizures?  The FDA has approved only one CBD-based drug, and it’s used to treat two rare types of epilepsy: Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. It’s called Epidiolex, and it’s approved for adults and kids over age 2.

Can It Ease Pain?  Scientists are working to see if it might help with arthritis, and some people with HIV say it helps relieve nerve pain (also called neuropathy). There’s some evidence that it may help muscle spasms linked to multiple sclerosis, too. More research is needed to know for sure.

Does It Help Blood Pressure?  In normal conditions, CBD doesn’t seem to affect this one way or the other. But researchers are studying whether it might help keep your blood pressure stable when you’re stressed. More work needs to be done before scientists fully understand its effects.

Does It Help Inflammation?  Early studies show that CBD might help with this, especially if it’s related to arthritis, MS, diabetes, or Alzheimer’s. But scientists are still trying to prove that and figure out how it works.

Does CBD Help Cancer?  In studies done on lab mice, CBD oil showed promise at killing breast cancer cells and making chemotherapy drugs work better. But researchers have much more work to do to see if CBD can help people in that way.

Is It Good for Your Skin?  There is evidence that CBD might be a treatment for acne. It seems to help with both the inflammation that can lead to breakouts and the amount of fatty acids in the blood, which can make them worse. It also may protect skin cells from damage.

Does It Help Psychosis?  One study showed it helped ease the symptoms of psychosis in people with schizophrenia, but more research is needed to know just how well it might work. Keep in mind that THC, which is found in a number of CBD products, can have the opposite effect, and product labels aren’t always accurate.

Does It Help Addiction?  Much more study is needed, but early studies show that CBD may help people who want to break their addiction to cigarettes as well as drugs like heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine. This may be in part because it seems to help with anxiety and muscle tension.

Are There Side Effects?  So far, CBD doesn’t seem to cause serious ones. When it’s used to treat epilepsy or psychotic disorders, people reported tiredness, diarrhea, and changes in appetite. But CBD can affect how other medications work, so be sure to tell your doctor about everything you take, including vitamins and supplements.

Buyer BEWARE   The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recognizes the significant public interest in cannabis and cannabis-derived compounds, particularly CBD. However, there are many unanswered questions about the science, safety, and quality of products containing CBD. The Agency is working on answering these questions through ongoing efforts including feedback from a recent FDA hearing and information and data gathering through a public docket.

Other than one prescription drug product to treat rare, severe forms of epilepsy, the FDA has not approved any other CBD products, and there is very limited available information about CBD, including about its effects on the body.

Some CBD Products are Being Marketed with Unproven Medical Claims Unlike drug products approved by the FDA, unapproved CBD drug products have not been subject to FDA review as part of the drug approval process, and there has been no FDA evaluation regarding whether they are safe and effective to treat a particular disease, what the proper dosage is, how they could interact with other drugs or foods, or whether they have dangerous side effects or other safety concerns.

Your Parish Nurse,  Kara Ade