"Tychicus will tell you everything." Ephesians 6:21

July 20th, 2015 by Dennis Fuqua

Special Gift

So, when I present the seminar on Biblical mediation, the format is that I preach in the weekend service(s) and present the seminar in the evening.

A little over a year ago, I preached a message on Biblical meditation at a congregation in Clark County, WA.  Then this past weekend I preached a related message in the same congregation and presented the seminar in the evening.  Mediation Banner

After the morning service a women came up to me and presented me with a very special gift.  Here is a picture.

This sweet woman heard me share on this topic last year.  When she knew I would be back she made this wall hanging.  She even changed her plans to be back in town.

Here is a little explanation.

The Scripture verse across the top is Luke 24:45.  It describes how Jesus did and can open our minds to understand the Scriptures.  The hand represents 5 ways we can interact with Scripture.  We can (from weakest to strongest) hear it, read it, study it, memorize it, and (best of all) meditate upon it.  If you notice the middle of the hand, the scar is there on purpose.  Finally, the three words across the bottom are the three steps to Biblical mediation.  We start by pondering, move to personalizing and finally to praying.

This will reside in my office as a reminder not only of the message, but also that the message was heard and embraced.

Thank you, Tychicus

(See Eph 6:21)

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July 17th, 2015 by Dennis Fuqua

Biblical Mediation Seminar in Clark County

We know interaction with Scripture is essential if we are going to grow in our relationship with Jesus.  But do we know the most important way we can interact with Scripture?  We should listen to people who talk about the Scriptures.  We should read it and study it ourselves.  We should memorize it.  All these are good ways to interact with Scripture, but they are not the best way.  The best way is to meditate upon Scripture.

This SuCover - Front-page-001nday, July 19th, I get to preach at Hockinson Community Church on the topic of Biblical Mediation, and that evening I get to present a seminar on it.

If you are a “foreigner” to Clark County, please pray.

If you are in the Clark County area, join us!

Sunday, July 19th – 5:30-8:00pm.  At Hockinson Community Church – 15918 NE 182nd Ave, Brush Prairie, WA

Just $10 for the evening seminar – and that includes a copy of this book I’ve written on the topic.  It normally sells for $12.99 so it’s a pretty good deal!  We will receive an offering at the conclusion of the evening so you can help “pay it forward” if you’d like.  More information is available here.

Thank you, Tychicus

(See Eph 6:21)

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June 23rd, 2015 by Dennis Fuqua

Growth in Worship

A pastor within the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, A. W. Tozar, has greatly impacted me in the area of worship.  He died a few months before President Kennedy did, but he still speaks.  And hen he speaks of the worship of God, I have, and want to continue to listen well.

Here is a quote from his small book called, Worship: the Missing Jewel of the Evangelical Church.

The purpose of God in sending His Son to die and rise and live and be at the right hand of God the Father was that He might restore to us the missing jewel, the jewel of worship; that we might come back and learn to do again that which we were created to do in the first place – worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness, to spend our time in awesome wonder and adoration of God, feeling and expressing it, and letting it get into our labors and doing nothing except as an act of worship to Almighty God through His Son, Jesus Christ.

When he speaks of worship, it is not simply a meeting we attend or an act we perform.  Worship happens when we become so aware of the reality of God – His greatness, His goodness, His glory – that we are good for nothing else but to stop and gaze longer.  A favorite professor of mine summarized worship as those times when you simply look up at God and say…  “WOW!”

By His grace, I have had many of those wonderful moments.

As I have considered these timesName, Character, Acts recently, I see there are three “platforms” that help me worship God – Father, Son, and Spirit – well.  1) His names, 2) His character, and 3) His acts.

There certainly are overlaps here.  Jesus is called the Savior because He saves.  The Spirit is Holy, therefore referred to as the Holy Spirit.  So I would not advocate that we parse these three and separate them.  But I have found that as I look through these three lenses, I worship well.

As you worship, consider these three areas.  Take time to ponder how we see Him better as we reflect on how Scripture refers to Him  Consider His character, His attributes, His nature – what we know about Him.  And look freshly at what He did years ago, recorded in Scripture, and what He has done in your own life.

As you do, I believe you will have some of those “Wow moments.”

Thank you, Tychicus

(See Eph 6:21)

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June 2nd, 2015 by Dennis Fuqua

Ministry “Back Home”

From June 4th – 8th, I get to minister back in my home town – Gig Harbor, WA.

I loved the years I lived and ministered there, and I am grateful for every opportunity to return.

If you can join us for any of these times, please do so.  If you can’t join us, you can pray.  Thanks.

June 4th – sharing at Thrive in Gig Harbor.  This is a multi-church gathering for those 18-25.  They meet Thursday evenings at 4819 Hunt St. NW.Cover - Front-page-001

June 7th – preaching at Peninsula Christian Fellowship.  This is the church I pastored for many years (until they finally found out!!!).  They meet at 10:00AM at 3114 45th St Ct NW.

That evening from 5:30 – 8:00 we get to dive into one of the most significant topics ever – Biblical Meditation!  It is not for mystics, leftover hippies and old philosophers.  It is for everyone who values God’s Word.  We will hear about it and do it.  You will not only grow during this time, you will grow because of this time.

June 8th – I get to share at another Thrive gathering in Silverdale, WA.  Not sure about the location right now, but it is findable…

When not doing these things I will be hanging out at our little trailer – enjoying Jesus and the peaceful environment.

Thank you, Tychicus

(See Eph 6:21)

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May 24th, 2015 by Dennis Fuqua

We need a Holiday…

Each Christmas we celebrate the wonderful truth of Immanuel or “God with us.”  It is amazing that the God of Heaven wrapped Himself in humanity, left heaven, came to earth, and dwelt among us.  But, there is another truth that is equally stunning – maybe even more stunning.  And it deserves a holiday as well.  In fact, “God with us” was true before the Incarnation.  God was with individuals and with the Israelites on many occasions.  It really is an “Old Testament truth.”

So, what is the New Testament truth that trumps “God with us?”  It is “God in us!”

I don’t fully grasp it (so, what’s new?) but I know that Scriptures teach that the place where the Spirit of God now actually dwells is in those who follow Jesus.  Jesus said it (John 14:17), Paul taught it on several occasions (i.e. Romans 8:11, 1 Corinthians 3:16. 2 Timothy 1:14), and John, using a different word picture, agrees (1 John 2:27, and 2 John 1:2).  It is worth it to spend time reflecting and meditating on these amazing statements.  The logical and theological distance between “God with us” and “God in us” is at least as great as the distance between “God not with us” and “God with us.”

For the last few years at Christmas time when I hear people rejoicing in Immanuel, I have wondered why we don’t have a compatible holiday when we celebrate “God in us.”  It seems the natural day to celebrate this truth is Pentecost Sunday.  It was on Pentecost when the Holy Spirit first came to dwell in all believers.

I know of the other aspects of Pentecost Sunday which some believers rejoice in and others smile and nod at, but it seems that the main thing – that Christ, through His Holy Spirit is now dwelling inside His followers – is rarely mentioned.

So, without diminishing anything of the wonders of Christmas and the other aspects of what happened in Acts 2, I propose we launch a new national holiday!  It should come with all the festivity of Christmas.  We should sing songs, exchange gifts, send cards, gather as families, eat large meals, have special church services, even have extra days off work – perhaps a few people in congress can propose a bill – all in celebration of an amazing truth.  GOD LIVES IN US!  Whoa!  My, goodness!  What???  How can that be?  It’s stunning!

Well, okay, perhaps all of that won’t happen…  But at least we can and should pause for a bit and stand in awe.

Thank you, Tychicus

(See Eph 6:21)

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May 7th, 2015 by Dennis Fuqua

National Day of Prayer

Always the first Thursday of May, the National Day of Prayer is the one day each year when our Federal Government asks those of us who believe in prayer to pray for them.  As one who believes in prayer, I am delieghted they asNDOP 2015 pick and delighted to pray.

In Clark County, the were two breakfasts and there will be four gatherings this evening.

It was great to see about 80 pastors and ministry leaders gather together for prayer at Faith Center.  Pastor Glen and his crew were in their normal mode of excellence.

Curtis Miller shared his heart on how to pray for teenagers.  Good information and good challange.  David Madore shared about how we can pray for businesses in Clark County.  The most effective way to deal with poverty is to provide more good paying jobs.   Jan Stahl directed a time of prayer for our elected officials.  Many of us are now carrying little rocks in our pocket with the name of an elected official on it.  We will pray for them (and others) when we see it.  A letter wa read from our Congresswomen, Jaime Herrera-Butler.  She encouraged us to pray that the level of hope in our country would increase and that the leaders would have godly wisdom.  Finally Glen Johnson led us in a time of praying for one another, but especially for Sr. Pastors.  Good interaction, good fellowship, good worshiop, good prayers.

Thank you, Tychicus

(See Eph 6:21)

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April 16th, 2015 by Dennis Fuqua

Now Available on Kindle!

I love it when people grow in their relationship with Jesus!  Therefore, I have a deep desire to get resources that will help people do that to more and more people.    So, I am excited to announce that my most recent book is now available on Kindle.  Just poke a few buttons and it is yours!

A little background…

  • My life has been significantly shaped by my interaction with God’s Word, the Bible.
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  • The most important and powerful way to interact with Scripture is through meditating upon it.
  • Simply because people are engaged in Eastern Meditation does not mean that we, as followers of Jesus, should shy away from that term.  It is  a good, Biblical term.
  • I have practiced Biblical Meditation for over 40 years.
  • Last year I put some thoughts about meditation together in book form – Experiencing  Life and Power through Biblical Meditation.
  • As of THIS MORNING, it is available on Kindle.  Click on this link to read some reviews of the book and even read portions of it.   Of course you may purchase it there as well – for just $4.99.

If you have any desire to let Scripture impact your life, I encourage you to take time to meditate upon it.  A simple definition of Biblical meditation is “Letting the Spirit of God write the Word of God on the hearts of the people of God.”  For more information about meditation go to my website here.  Whether you purchase this book or not…  please give time and energy to this wonderful process.  And click here to watch a short video with a little more information about the importance of Biblical meditation.

Thank you, Tychicus

(See Eph 6:21)

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April 6th, 2015 by Dennis Fuqua

So, Now What’s Next?

I hope you had a great Easter Celebration.  I did.  It was unique for me.  For the second time in my life, my birthday and Resurrection Day fell on the same day.  [When you combine birthday and Easter do you get “Beaster?”]

Can’t say that I remember the first time all that well.  After all, it happened 62 years ago!  And when your birthday is on a major holiday…  you don’t invite friends over.  Most of them are busy.  🙂  So, this was a wonderful family celebration.

I was wondering when Resurrection Day would fall on April 5th again, so I Googled future dates of Easter.  I found that the next time it falls on my birthday is 11 years from now, when I am 77.  Then, when I am 88.  Then when I am 99.  I promise will invite you to my 99th birthday party!

But now that Easter is behind us, what’s next?  I suggest that the celebration of His Resurrection, gets to become the application of His resurrection.   Now we get to live out the most important Biblical truth for believers.  It is recorded in several places, such as Colossians 3:1, Galatians 2:19-20, and Ephesians 1:19-20.  But it is most clearly seen in Romans 6:1-14.  Of course all those verses are worth deep meditation, but please look at Rom 6:11-14 below.

11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.  12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. 13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. 14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

Here is the message of Rom 6:1-10 in a nutshell…  “When He died, we died.  And when He rose, we rose!”  Wow!  A wonderful truth.  And what’s next (in vv. 11-14)?  Now, we get to live like that is really true!  We get to consider ourselves to be dead to sin and alive to God!  We get to plan like, think like, decide like, dream like, and act like, it is really true!  This command (to “consider ourselves to be dead and alive”) is the very first command in the book of Romans.  And because it comes 5 1/2 chapters in to the book, when we read it, it carries and extra punch!

No other truth is more important for followers of Jesus than to live out the resurrection of Jesus in our daily lives.  In fact, if the application of the resurrection does not follow our celebration of the resurrection, then our celebration has little value.

Thank you, Tychicus

(See Eph 6:21)

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April 2nd, 2015 by Dennis Fuqua

Maundy Thursday – or Happy John 13-17 day!

Happy John 13-17 Day!  Well, that is a rather long and cumbersome greeting, isn’t it?Jesus Washing Feet

Thursday of Holy Week is the day which Jesus spoke what is recorded in John 13-17.  Other chapters describe other parts of this day, but these five chapters are the “Biggies.”  It was His last full day of planet earth.  It was the day He gathered with His disciples and shared in the annual Passover meal.  During this meal, He became their servant and washed their feet.

Later, He instituted the Lord’s Supper.  Toward the end of this time, Jesus gave them a “new commandment.”  This new command was that they would love one another – that part wasn’t new – AS HE loved them!   THAT was the “new” part!  He spoke to them about several themes like, the importance of love, the power of prayer, the importance of remaining (or abiding) in Him, how to experience peace in the middle of a world in upheaval, as well as His departure and the reality and role of the Holy Spirit.  At one point, they left the upper room and moved over to the Garden of Gethsemane.

While in Gethsemane, He prayed.  No, I mean, He PRAYED!  I believe that what we have in John 17 was prayed that night.  It is the capstone of His life and teaching to that point.  In it are incorporated the themes He has already shared with them about.  Love is there.  Peace is there.  Abiding is there.  Dependence upon His Spirit is there.  Perhaps minutes before the guards come to arrest Him, He is praying.

(V. 1 &5) Glorify Your Son!  (V. 11&15) Protect my followers!  (V. 17&19) Sanctify them!  And (V. 21&23) unite them!  Four key requests Jesus prayed and four key requests we can pray today.

The request to unite them deserves special attention for 2 reasons.  First, this is a request Jesus prayed specifically for us, today.  In John 17:20 Jesus says that He is praying “Not for them alone.  (But) I pray also for those who will believe in Me through their message…”  His specific prayer is that we, His followers, would be “one” just as He is one with the Father.  What a high calling!  The second reason it is deserves special attention is because two specific outcomes are stated if (or as) we are united.  In John 20:23 Jesus says that if we are united, lots of other people will know 1) that Jesus was really sent from the Father, and 2) that the Father loves them just like the Father and Son love each other.

In many circles we don’t hear much about this day in Holy Week.  Maudy Thursday doesn’t seem to be too important to us.  But perhaps it would be very helpful if we took special time to recognize the importance of John 13-17.  And while we are at it, we could recognize them importance of John 13:17 as well.

(You will have to look that one up…)

Thank you, Tychicus

(See Eph 6:21)

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March 30th, 2015 by Dennis Fuqua

Palm Sunday and Prayer Monday

Palm Sunday is a reminder of some wonderful events in Jesus’ life.  It was a “pre-enactment” of His second coming.  He was received as King, the whole city was talking about Him, and He received a portion of the praise He will one day receive.  It is wonderful that many in the Church today recognize this day.

But not much is mentioned about what happens next.  Mark 11 tell us that on Monday, Jesus reenters the city, this time without fanfare.  Making His way to the temple, He causes quite a stir by over-throwing the tables and driving out the money-changers.  Jesus leaves not doubt about why He did these things.  He ties two prophetic scriptures together – Is 56:7 and Jer 7:11.

“My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations…  but you have made it a den of robbers.”House of Prayer

It is very good that we remember Palm Sunday.  And it is equally good that we remember what could be called Prayer Monday.  Jesus’ simple statement has much meaning.

  • The desire of the Father is that His house would be known as a house of prayer.  That is, He wants the place where He dwells to be a place where there is lots of good, healthy communication taking place between Him and the others who live there.  New Testament Scriptures are clear that His Temple refers to both individual followers (1 Cor 6:19) and the gathering of His followers (1 Cor 3:16).  Are our lives and are our congregations marked by lots of good, healthy communication with God?
  • There should be equal access for everyone to this place of prayer.  The phrase “for all nations” is not a call for God’s people to pray for all the different nations (though that is an excellent thing to do) so much as it is a warning that all people – people in all ages and stages of life – should be not only invited but encouraged to enter this place of prayer.  Everyone should be included.  No one should be excluded.
  • We, as people, have the capacity to thwart God’s desires.  The words “but… you” should cause us to pause.  “But” is a contrast.  God has a clear desire… but.  His desires are not always fulfilled.  With the next word – “you” – Jesus places the responsibility for God’s unfulfilled desires squarely on the shoulders of the people in front of Him.  They are the ones who redesigned God’s house.  God wanted it to be one thing.  They made it something else.
  • The result of this remake of God’s house is that everyone was robbed.  God was robbed of good fellowship with His people.  Some people lost physical and spiritual opportunity.  And others lost the opportunity to lead people into a better relationship with God.

It is so right that we remember and rejoice in Palm Sunday.  It is right that we let the truth of that day live on.  And it is right that we remember “Prayer Monday.”  May we, our lives personally and our lives together, be a clear demonstration that we are in good, healthy, frequent communication with the Father.

Thank you, Tychicus

(See Eph 6:21)

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