Wednesday, October 18, 2017

FAMILY LIFE at Desert Springs - a place where we can share the heart of our church family; prayers, praises and important announcements.  Be sure to check-in often to see what is happening. If you have a prayer request or praise, please submit by contacting me, Laura Keener, Frontline Director at Desert Springs....760-568-3646 or

In Memory Of:
Our dear Sister, Placent Delia, who went to heaven Monday, October 16th. It was very unexpected and we will miss her sweet spirit and having her as a powerful prayer warrior. Pray that her dear husband of 40 years, Gino, will feel the peace of God during this great loss. A Celebration of Life Service is scheduled for Tuesday, October 24 at 1 PM in the Worship Center. 

Also, the following Celebration of Life Services have now been confirmed to be held here at Desert Springs:
Lucy Brooks: October 21 @ 1 PM
Glen Smith: November 11 @ 1 PM
Ron Mayle: November 18 @ 11 AM
Laura’s Reflection: Proud to be an American in Jesus
I’m sure, like me, you have “had it up to here” with the unpatriotic display from athletes, actors, authors, singers, politicians and perhaps relatives and neighbors. I am deeply ashamed at how “Americans” living in a land blessed by GOD are insulting HIM, our FLAG and our LEADERS.  God commands us to be respectful, love our enemies and to pray for our country and leaders. 

Romans 13:1
Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.

1 Timothy 2:1-4
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

What has happened to make these “Americans” so terribly unkind? The answer is … they don’t know who JESUS is. 

Scott Sauls, Senior Pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville and author said this:

  • In America, credentials qualify a person to lead. In Jesus, the chief qualification is character.
  • In America, what matters most are the results we produce. In Jesus, what matters most is the kind of people we are becoming.
  • In America, success is measured by material accumulation, power, and the positions that we hold. In Jesus, success is measured by material generosity, humility, and the people whom we serve.
  • In America, it is shameful to come in last and laudable to come in first. In Jesus, the first will be last and the last will be first.
  • In America, leaders make a name for themselves to become famous and sometimes treat Jesus as a means to that end. In Jesus, leaders make His name famous and treat their own positions, abilities, and influence as a means to that end.
  • In America, leaders crave recognition and credit. In Jesus, leaders think less of themselves and give credit to others.
  • In America, leaders compare and compete so they will flourish. In Jesus, leaders sacrifice and serve so others will flourish.
  • In America, leadership often means “My glory and happiness at your expense.” In Jesus, leadership always means “Your growth and wholeness at my expense.”
  • In America, the strong and powerful rise to the top. In Jesus, the meek inherit the earth.

I say to all those who are ungrateful, unthankful, unkind, unjust … hear and understand:

Jeremiah 27:5
“I the LORD have made the earth, the men and the beasts which are on the face of the earth by My great power and by My outstretched arm, and I will give it to the one who is pleasing in My sight.”.

Lamentations 3:38-42
Is it from the mouth of the Most High that both calamities and good things come? Why should any living man complain when punished for his sins? Let us examine our ways ad test them, and let us return to the Lord. Let us lift up our hearts and our hands to God in heaven and say: “We have sinned and rebelled and you have not forgiven.”

Let us do our part; be thankful, pray continually and be BOLD in sharing about our God, the maker of heaven and earth.

A Proud American in Jesus!


Laura Keener
Frontline Director, Desert Springs Church


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