Is Jesus Enough?

Every day we are inundated with “stuff”!  What is that “stuff”?  Well, everything! From the billboards you see on your way to work, signs on the street corners, and every time you turn on the TV, radio, or get online you see ads and commercials. They tell you, “For the person who has everything, we have everything else,” “Obey your thirst,” “I bet you can’t have just one,” and “it’s everywhere you want to be.”   Everywhere you look its about bigger, better, faster, stronger, wider, brighter, more pixels, more memory, more, more, more, more.  

Is there such a thing as having it all in our society today? Do you feel like you have enough “stuff”? If someone asked you, “Is Jesus enough?” what would you say?  

One particular passage that I have been marinating on recently has shown me that Jesus is enough, in fact, he is more than enough and yes with Jesus you WILL have it all! The passage is found in Psalms 1:1-3, specifically verse 3 which tells us that we are like a tree. I love studying nature because there is so much to learn about God in the world around us.  “He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.”

First, the tree is “planted” intentionally, this is found in the root of the word planted in the Hebrew.  Second, it is intentionally placed by the rivers of water.  For a tree to survive it needs three major things; the sun, water, and soil.  The soil has nutrients to give it “food” and so does the water and sun. Jesus says to the Samaritan woman at the well, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” And again Jesus says, “but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”  Jesus is the water!

We all know that the sun is crucial to healthy plant life and for a tree it is no different.  In Psalm 1:3 the tree is planted by the river and no doubt it receives the rays of light from the sun that produce something called photosynthesis, which means combining or making with light (“photo” a derivative of “phos” which is Greek for light).  The sun makes the tree grow by giving of itself to change the properties of the tree into nutrition (photosynthesis changes CO2 and H20 into sugars and starches). The sun feeds the tree, and Jesus, “the Sun of righteousness” (Malachi 4:2) feeds us.

The last of the three major necessities for a tree is the soil.  The Bible says that there is good and bad soil.  What is interesting here in Psalm 1:3 the tree, as mentioned before, is “planted” by the rivers of water.  The soil near water is highly nutritious for plant-life.  He wants to plant YOU by the rivers of water in the “good” soil.  

What will happen if you are planted there?  The tree “brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf does not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.”

Do you want to bear spiritual fruit? Do you want to never be spiritually thirsty or hungry again? As long as you are planted by the living water, soaking in the rays of the Sun of righteousness, all that you will do according to HIS WILL, will prosper!  Jesus is more than enough; Jesus is more than we could ever ask for. Rest assured that all your desires and needs will be met in Christ! 

The tree planted by the rivers of water is abundantly supplied with everything that it needs to succeed and flourish.  Jesus is there and HE is more than enough! If you want to be this tree in verse 3, then take the advice of the Psalmist from verses 1 and 2. Do not walk in the counsel of the ungodly, or stand in the path of sinners, or sit in the seat of the scornful, instead let your delight be in the Law of the Lord and mediate on it day and night and you WILL be that tree!

– Pastor Michael Butler

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CENTRAL HAPPENINGS & NEWS

This Week (May 18 to May 23): 

Tuesday @ 7:00 PM - Prayer Meeting with Buddy Harper – “Beyond the Upper Room – Acts 2”

Wednesday @ 7:00 PM - Spanish Group Prayer Meeting

Various L.I.F.E. groups (in-home small group Bible studies) take place across Sacramento. To locate one near you contact our small groups’ coordinator Richard Anger @ (916) 681-3990

Sabbath @ 9:00 AM - Morning Manna – Elizabeth Rengifo

Sabbath @ 9:30 AM - Central Study Hour with Dr. David DeRose + Children/Youth/Adult Sabbath School Classes

Sabbath @ 10:50 AM - Worship Service with Dr. David DeRose 

Sabbath @ 1:00 PM – Small Group Ministries luncheon

Sabbath @ 2:00PM - Discipleship University with Pastor Chris Buttery & JeAnn Davis

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Register now for Central’s Annual Family Life Retreat, May 29 to 31, 2015 at The Leoni Meadows Christian Retreat Center, 6100 Leoni Road, Grizzly Flats, CA 95636. This year’s theme is “Lord, Send Your Rain” with keynote speaker Pastor Stephen Bohr, who is the Senior Pastor of the Fresno Central Seventh-day Adventist Church. Special guest presenters will include Alice Merrill, NCC Assistant Director of Family Ministry, the ministry Little Light Studios; and Allen Davis, Executive Vice President of Amazing Facts. Presentation topics include: Healthy Communication between Couples, The Impact of the Media in Christian Homes, and more.

There will be a children’s program and something for everyone. For registration forms click here or contact Central Church at (916) 457.6511 / office@saccentral.org, or Family Life Ministry Chair, Tyra Taylor at (916) 230-3938. Deadline to receive applications closes this Sunday, May 24. Don’t wait.

New Prayer Meeting Topic: We have just started going through the book of Acts to study the life and ministry of the early church. Join us each Tuesday evening at 7 PM in the Chapel.

Making Friends For God Seminar - Join Pastor Chris Buttery and JeAnn Davis this Sabbath, May 23 as they teach us how to make relationships that will last forever. You don’t want to miss this event designed to help “each one, reach one” for the soon return of Christ.

Student Financial Aid Forms are now available! These request forms are for parents who would like to send their children to a Seventh-day Adventist school but require some assistance to do so. Pick up your copy in the church lobby.

You're invited to the Dominican Republic: Join Ray and Elizabeth Rengifo for a Maranatha mission trip September 10 to 20, 2015. To learn more pick up a flyer at the hostess desk in the church lobby.

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BULLETIN BOARD - An assortment of happenings, announcements, and resources from around the Seventh-day Adventist Church

News & Announcements

Orangevale Seventh-day Adventist School invites you to their Open House on Thursday, May 28 at 7PM. See the school, meet the teachers and tour the classrooms. All are welcomed at 5810 Pecan Ave, 95662.

The Sacramento Adventist Academy Athletic Department is in need a Girls Varsity volleyball coach. Also needed, is an announcer for home volleyball and basketball games. If you are interested in filling either of those volunteer positions, contact Athletic Director, Matt Cantrell at mcantrell@sacaa.org.

Healthcare IT News has published a list of the safest hospitals in the U.S., according to the nonprofit Leapfrog Group, a patient safety organization. It’s good to know that 20 Adventist hospitals are listed in that group. Click here to read more.

100 Days of Prayer for the 2015 General Conference (GC) Session began March 25 and will continue through to the end of the GC Session on July 11. Pray for the presence and power of the Holy Spirit to be fully experienced by our church members and leaders during the GC Session.

A Karen (Burmese) Adventist Centennial Reunion will be held at Andrews University July 24 to 26, to celebrate a century of Adventist missions among the Karens of Burma. It coincides with the 100th anniversary of Eric B. Hare’s arrival in Burma.

There are 40 groups of 2,000 Adventist Karen refugees in the U.S. and Canada, and an estimated 5,000 more still to be organized into Adventist churches, so help notify any in our area. Call Trudi Starlin (269-449-1175), or Jimmy Shwe (919)537-1544) for more information.

Resources

WomensOrdination.com is a new website put together by Clinton Whalen associate director of the Biblical Research Institute (BRI) at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists to help answer questions related to this currently divisive issue. In fact it is related to the new book he recently wrote entitled “Women’s Ordination: Does it Matter?” It is important to understand this issue as it comes to a vote at this year’s General Conference Session in San Antonio, TX.

Why I’m a Sabbath Keeping Christian by Dan Jarrad takes a non-threatening approach to the subject of the biblical Sabbath. As a “Sunday-keeping” Christian many have asked him why he now goes to church on Saturday. This book is his answer to those questions. To order your copy to share, please click here

The Vanishing Protestant by Charles Lawson examines the political climate fifteen years into the twenty-first century in regard to religious freedom.  To order your copy click here.

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