Welcome to MacArthur Christian!

We are MacArthur Boulevard Christian Church, a group of people who come together each week because we want to follow Jesus. We strive to serve Him, one another, our community and around the world. Please take a moment to browse through our website.

If you have any questions please fill out our contact form, or call us at 360-694-2527.We are located at 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Vancouver, Washington 98685 (on the corner of Morrison & MacArthur). Our office hours are Tuesday - Friday, 9 AM - 4 PM PST.

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Friday, August 1, 2014

This week has run by like a locomotive. So much going on in the life of the church here at MacArthur!

1. We have a guest speaker on Sunday. His name is Tim Shields and he is the Director Elect for a mission group that our church helps support, Hisportic Christian Mission.

2.Vacation Bible Camp begins Monday and runs through Friday, from 9:30 AM-2:15 PM. Of course that means that some of us will be there long before and after the children. (By the way, if you live in Vancouver, WA and have kiddos between the ages of 4 and those going into 8th grade, bring them on Monday and register them for VBC)!

3. The following Sunday, the 10th, begins a new chapter in our church's life; a interim pastor who joins us and helps us transition from one pastor to another. Lots of changes are coming our way. Good ones I'm sure, not that there was bad stuff before, but every person who serves God and the body does things differently.

4. Family stuff happens and a momentous birthday for our youngest grandson happens in August. He'll be turning one. How fast this first year of his life has gone. A newborn who is now eating some regular food, walking, and generally a wonderful little fella to be around.

So you see, life is flying by. I'm trying to savor every moment of every day, but whew, what a great time to be alive! See ya!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A Morning Walk

The early morning dew glistened on the field as the woman and her puppy strolled along the road. Birds twittered. An occasional dove sang to its mate. Peace and harmony reigned supreme. The woman glanced to her left. In the recently mowed field two black cats sat patiently in wait for their prey. Neither looked at the other. Distance and posture allowed them to focus on their specific area. The puppy stopped to sniff the ground. The woman watched the cats, bemused by their intent focus. 

When the puppy decided to move on, the woman was startled to find a white cat sitting on the fence watching her. The woman had been so focused beyond the fence to the cats in the field that she’d missed the cat who only sat a few feet from her.

Sometimes we are like that in our lives. We look to the future so far ahead of where we are, that we don’t see what is going on around us at this very moment. We’re taught from childhood to think about what we will do when we grow up. When we grow up, we must set goals and work towards them. We’re always focused on the next turn in the road, never in the here and now. So often I’ve heard older folks say how they regretted what they had taken for granted and missed out because they were focused on the future.

Do you walk in the moment? Would you like to walk in the moment? Do you allow God to be in each moment? If not, why not? I’d love to chat with you about that or anything else yo
u might have on your mind.

Friday, July 18, 2014

“Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.” ~ Will Rogers

Who was Will Rogers? The following quote was taken from a review of the book, Never Met a Man I Didn't Like: The Life and Writings of Will Rogers.

       Will Rogers was America. Part Cherokee Indian and former cowboy, he captivated audiences around  the world with sparkling gems of wisdom cloaked in gentle and uproarious country wit and astonishing rope tricks.
      A simple, plain-spoken man, he was the voice of a nation during the '20s and '30s. Movie star, vaudeville headliner, radio commentator, his views and observations were syndicated daily and weekly in  over 600 newspapers across the country.

Will Rogers was born in the late 1800’s. He became known as the Cowboy Philosopher as he gained fame traveling the world in different Wild West shows and then to Vaudeville where his homilies became more famous than his rope tricks. People identified with him during the depression where nothing but doom and gloom permeated their lives.

Today, is no different than then. Everywhere we look, there is gloom; and a sense of fear grips the world. But if we take what Mr. Rogers said to heart and look forward and not backwards, life can be enjoyed.

The Bible states in Psalms 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear…”

A truth about God is stated. The word ‘therefore’ is used to tell what our course of action will be. You noticed I didn’t say ‘should be’. ‘Will’ is an act of doing; we’ve made up our mind to do something. In this case; we will not fear.

We can decide to worry about yesterday and the past events. We can worry about what will be coming in the next few days, months, years…or we can put our trust in God for today and keep our eyes, heart and mind on Him.

Who do you put your trust in?

Friday, July 11, 2014

Regaining our Strength

“But those who trust in the Eternal One will regain their strength. They will soar on wings as eagles. They will run—never winded, never weary. They will walk—never tired, never faint.”   Isaiah 40:31   The Voice

This is one of my favorite verses to meditate on when I’m feeling burned out. “The Voice” words this a little different from the NIV or NAS. The meaning isn’t changed but it’s the use of a certain word that help me to understand the verse better. That word is ‘regain’. Those who ‘trust’ God can regain their strength. But how do we do that? We do it by trusting God. The NAS says ‘those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength. Trusting and waiting on God are similar. One must have confidence in order to trust. Waiting means there is an expectation that something will happen.

Trusting and waiting is never easy. However, it’s an important aspect of our journey with God.

The few verses before verse 30 says this about God:

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. He gives strength to the weary and to him who lacks might He increases power.  Isaiah 40: 28-29 NAS

God’s Word gives us the assurance that we need to continue with Him. Do you need reassurance in your life? We all do at times. Search God’s Word and seek out those who can help you in your quest. 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Vacations take us away from our daily routine. This is a good thing. It allows us to recharge our batteries. You may have noticed I have not written a blog for the last few weeks. That’s because I was on vacation. We had a family member graduate from medical school and then marry his fiancĂ©e the next day. This brought family together from all over the United States to Des Moines, IA and was a fantastic time of celebrating both achievement and moving into a new phase of life.

I’m on a mission board which meets once a year and it just so happened that the following weekend my meeting would occur in Ft. Myers, FL, so rather than travel back and forth, we chose to drive from Des Moines, IA to Ft. Myers, FL. This way we were able to see some of the countryside as well. Our first night on the road had us in Hannibal, MO. Now if you are a fan of Mark Twain, you will know that this was his home town and his stories of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn are set in that area. The next night found us in Nashville, TN. We visited the Ryman Auditorium where the Grand Ole Opry began. As a child, our family watched it on our black and white TV. I’m not sure my sister or I were very impressed with the musicians back in the day but now it’s a nostalgia kind of thing. My husband and I spent a lot of time remembering some of the famous people who performed on the stage behind us.

We finally arrived in Ft. Myers where I met up with our board members and had our meeting. Once we were finished there, we traveled to the east side of Florida to visit with another family member for a few more days before flying home.

The sights and sounds of this trip will linger with us for a long time and the memories made will last a lifetime.

Have you gone on a vacation that exceeded your expectations? Are you going on a vacation this summer? I’d love to hear what you experienced.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Growing in God's Garden

Rhododendron, Dutch Iris, and Lupine. What do they have in common? They’re all flowers. They all bloom in the spring. Other than that, there isn’t much to connect them. However, I have each of these in my garden. Each is opening and blooming in magnificent colors. Two of them are starts which came from the home of my youth. The other reminds me of home each spring.

The Rhody came as a small start off one of my parent’s plants. It was crooked and looked gangly for several years, but I was happy with it because it filled a space that blocked children from running into my backyard.
The Dutch Iris start also came from my parent’s home. Their start had come from my grandmother’s yard. The passing on from one family to the next.

The Lupine is a wild flower that grows along the roadside and in pastures. When I was a young girl, one of my chores was to bring the cows in to be milked. My sister and I would pick the pretty blue stalks along with Buttercups and make bouquets for our mother and grandmother each afternoon until the flowers died away.

Each flower has taught me something about God’s love for us.

The Rhody was gangly and not shaped well, but as the years have come and gone, it’s become a large and filled out bush. One that must be trimmed from time to time or else it would become a tree. You can’t see the twisted base. It’s enlarged and become well rounded and able to hold the bush securely in place. We are much like that. We come into this world, misshaped by the fallen world.  But with the help of the Holy Spirit, our roots strengthen and we display God’s beauty.

The Dutch Iris is almost the opposite. When first planted, it flowers after only a season or two. It continues to bloom each year until the bulbs multiply so much that all the energy is left in the bulb and no flowers develop. The bulbs must be pulled apart, given some space and the flowers return. God designed us to gather together where we gain strength by the multiplying of ourselves, but eventually some must go in order for the rest to continue to bloom. Clusters generate fruit (flowers) but too many in one spot stifles growth. New areas must be found for those pulled from the original patch and they too will generate growth and fruit.

The Lupine is untamed. It can be admired from afar but as I’ve discovered, has a hard time surviving in a ‘domesticated’ garden. Propagation of seeds that will grow in a well-tended garden take time. We as God’s children were untamed, left to our own designs. But when someone came along and nurtured us, we developed into plants which can live in a garden too. And one day we will return to the Garden God created for all His children.

Are you growing in God's love? If not, why not?

Thursday, May 8, 2014

A Joy Filled Life

“Don’t be anxious about things; instead, pray. Pray about everything. He longs to hear your requests, so talk to God about your needs and be thankful for what has come. And know that the peace of God (a peace that is beyond any and all of our human understanding) will stand watch over your hearts and minds in Jesus, the Anointed One.”  Philippians 4:6-7  The Voice

Easy words to read. Not so easy to follow. Paul is instructing the church at Philippi how to live a life that brings not only God joy, but also each person. You see when we are in a relationship with God, He is able to meet our needs. Did you notice that he longs to hear your requests? How many people do you know that want to listen to your list of concerns? Not many, I imagine.
We are assured that the peace that only God can give us is available to those who believe in Jesus. We will be protected and cared for.
There’s one more concept in these scriptures. Can you pick it out? Yes, we can go to God with anything but we are supposed to also give Him thanks for what He has already done. Giving thanks for the blessings we’ve received is twofold. It helps us to remember who the giver of all good things is. When we are truly thankful, we can begin to trust God with the current thing. Thus peace that only God can give to us indwells our souls. Anxiousness dissipates. Distractions fall away and we draw even closer to the One who created us.

It’s not easy to give up our concerns. I’m in my 60’s and I still struggle with it at times. But the older I get, the easier it’s becoming. It’s a muscle that needs to be utilized daily. Are you using your muscles?