KJV was requested by the host church – It had been a while 🙂
Powerful sequence in Amos 4
“I gave you cleanness of teeth in all your cities,
And lack of bread in all your places,
Yet you did not return to me, declares the Lord.
I also withheld the rain from you
When there were yet three months to the harvest…
…So two or three cities would wander to another city
To drink water, and would not be satisfied;
Yet you did not return to me, declares the Lord.
I struck you with blight and mildew…
Yet you did not return to me, declares the Lord
I sent among you a pestilence after the manner of Egypt;
I killed your young men with the sword…
Yet you did not return to me, declares the Lord
I overthrew some of you,
As when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah…
Yet you did not return to me declares the Lord.
Therefore thus I will do to you, O Israel;
because I will do this to you,
prepare to meet your God, O Israel!
For behold, he who forms the mountains and creates the wind,
And declares to man what is his thought,
Who makes the morning darkness,
And treads on the heights of the earth –
The Lord, The God of Hosts, is his Name!”
Questions and Implications.
1) What degree of sovereignty and involvement does God have over nature?
2) What degree of sovereignty and involvement does God have over the “bad” stuff that happens in our lives?
3) What is God’s ‘commitment level’ to maintaining our personal comforts?
4) What does God desire most for us to have according to this text?
5) How does a God who according to this passage causes hunger and thirst – destroys and kills fit with your definition of a loving God?
6) What is God’s purpose from the text for taking these actions?
7) What does the passage say about man’s stubborn pursuit of the creation over the creator?
8) Why do you think God would be so dramatically committed to this purpose?
All of us can see things we would like to be different in Moses Lake – reduced violence and drugs, better jobs and pay, more restaurants and shopping (Olive Garden and Winco anyone?). As a society, we have become so dependent on government to initiate and determine change that we have forgotten that we live in a country that (for now) recognizes our inalienable rights to be free. However, if we fail to avail ourselves of this freedom – if we fail to invest ourselves with our time and finances to create the community we would like to have, we will not only not have the community we want, but we will also lose the freedom that has long been cherished in this country. I’ll be the first to admit that I have felt powerless to change anything. I’ve had the attitude of “well – I guess that’s how it is.” I care – things seem off – but I don’t know what to do. Maybe you are in the same spot.
I’ve spent a lot of the last few days thinking about our teachers and schools. We all recognize the essential role teachers play in our society and community. They have incredible potential to influence and shape our future. Talk to any teacher and they will share with you their burden for kids. Too often they bear this burden without the support they rightly deserve from families, churches, and other community organizations. When we say “the government pays for that” and “why should I have to help that’s why I pay taxes” we turn over control of Moses Lake’s future to people outside of our community. America was founded as a nation of people who took ownership and created the future they envisioned. To some extent, we have lost that in this country, but the potential to participate in creating something amazing in Moses Lake is our right… No, it is our duty.
So here are five ideas I have to encourage our teachers and make a difference in the lives our children. I welcome your thoughts and ideas. If a few would decide this matters and is worth a measure of sacrifice others would follow and I have no doubt Moses Lake would be the better for it.
1. Give toward teachers’ classroom expenses. I know many if not all teachers pay for things needed in their classrooms out of their own pockets. What if we as a community chipped in to help them make things better for the kids of our community? Let’s not get in a huff about “that’s what my taxes are for.” The reality is that despite our taxes teachers are paying for things in their classrooms to help our kids. Let’s ask our teachers what they are buying and how we can help. Why not make it easier for them to make it better for our children? It would not take much to cover this if even 10% of us chipped in and what a difference it could make in the morale of our teachers.
2. Recognize teachers for what they do. What if we all took the time to notice a great teacher’s efforts and say thank you? Maybe give them a note and a gift card for some coffee. What if churches or other groups of people adopted schools and made an effort to publically recognize and thank our teachers for specific acts of dedication and excellence? Surely it would be meaningful to have the community stand up and say “Great Job – Thank you for what you are doing.” It starts with you and me. Make it happen.
3. Assist in the classrooms. If we want to better engage our kids and understand the challenges of our teachers I can’t think of a better way than by spending a day in a classroom helping. If only 10% of the City of Moses Lake volunteered to help in a classroom once a semester – EVERY teacher in Moses Lake could have a community volunteer in their classroom 10 times a year. I’m sure the teachers would appreciate the help, but more than that we as community members would significantly improve our understanding of the challenges we are facing, develop a passion for our kids, and better equip ourselves to come alongside our teachers.
4. Commit long term. Rome wasn’t built in a day. If we are truly to change the tide in our community it will take long-term sustained effort. We can’t just say thank you one time or volunteer one time or give one time. True change will happen when we as a community say this matters enough for me to dedicate a portion of my time, talent, and money on a regular basis to make our community what we want it to be.
5. Engage our kids for our Community and Culture. All of us know kids in our community. We may be their parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, godmother, godfather or neighbor – but we know them. We cannot turn a blind eye to their needs anymore. Every teacher can speak to the great need families have in raising kids. Can you mentor a child? Can you find a child to whom you can routinely speak an encouraging word? Can you tutor a child in a subject they are struggling with? If we all were to “adopt” a child outside of our family to be a help and encouragement to, how much would we change our future and give hope to our kids? I’m sure the reward would be immeasurable to both the recipient and the giver.
So these are a few ideas of how we can really make a difference in our communities. If this has made you think I encourage you to share this article with your own thoughts. Talk about and dream about how we could make a difference and let’s see what happens. #moseslakeisworthit#makeadifference #payitforward
John 11:14 “Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus has died, 15 and for your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe.
John 11:35 “Jesus Wept”
What is Jesus glad about in verse 14? That “he was not there” Glad that he was not there to prevent Lazarus’ death! Not there to heal him of his sickness! Jesus says he is glad he was not there. Let this verse alone sink into your theology. God has something greater in mind for us than only healing or even preventing us from dying – Something so much greater in his mind that he says something as seemingly calloused as “I am glad I was not there” to heal and prevent death.
So what is this thing Jesus so passionately wants for us?
Let’s look at some texts in the passage.
4 But when Jesus heard it he said, “This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”
Answer number 1 is that somehow the illness that will result in Lazarus dying temporarily has been brought about FOR the glory of God and the FOR the glory of the Son.
And the American church goes “Huh??!!”
It is a non-sequitur.
Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6 So, when he heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.
So Jesus BECAUSE he loves Martha and Mary and Lazarus – does NOT rush to their aid to prevent Lazarus’ death.
What’s up, Jesus? Why aren’t you rushing to save your friend? How can you say you love them if you won’t even deliver Lazarus from death?
What could possibly be more needed than deliverance from death?
Back to the text.
Lazarus has died, 15 and for your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe.
Another clue here – “that you may believe”
So we have the death is “for the glory of God” “So that you may believe.”
These two things Jesus esteems as greater than being healed from an illness so severe that Lazarus dies.
I submit that they remain uppermost in the mind of God in relation to our lives as well. God’s highest purpose for us is that we would delight in Him – in his beauty and majesty and glory. To embrace him is to see him as Sovereign King, Gentle Shepherd, the Glorious one – He is Ruler of All and Infinitely Good. When God reveals himself as glorious and we embrace him for all that he is – that is the essence of what it means to believe. It is the “Seeing and Savoring” of Jesus Christ as our ultimate satisfaction.
Back to the text.
“Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
Too late Jesus – I know what was best for me here and it was to have my brother alive and with me – but you didn’t come in time. You were too late.
23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.
Jesus says Lazarus will rise again but Martha remains focused on her perceived highest need of having Lazarus with her NOW… and misses that the one who stands before her is her highest need and has complete authority over life and death.
Jesus returns to his focus on his people’s highest need.
Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?
Then Mary comes with loudly wailing, likely hired, mourners.
Now Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still in the place where Martha had met him. 31 When the Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary rise quickly and go out, they followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to weep there. 32 Now when Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet, saying to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
The same accusation from Mary – Why didn’t you come Jesus you are too late. Even Jesus closest friends do not believe that God rules even over death. They believe this has happened because he was not fast enough or concerned enough about their situation.
“When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled.”
The greek translated “deeply moved” is embrimáomai (from 1722 /en, “engaged in” and brimaomai, “to snort”) – properly, snort like an angry horse; (literally) “snort (roar) with rage” (BAGD) which expresses strong indignation, i.e. deep feeling that is moved to sternly admonish (A-S).
Strongs defines it: “Definition: I snort (with the notion of coercion springing out of displeasure, anger, indignation, antagonism), express indignant displeasure with some one; I charge sternly.”
Then it says Jesus Wept
“the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” 37 But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man also have kept this man from dying?”
Then Jesus, deeply moved again”
Deeply moved or “snort with anger” again from Jesus when the Jews also doubt Jesus.
Then the entourage heads up to the tomb and Jesus says to take away the stone but Mary says,
“Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for he has been dead four days.” 40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?”
Jesus again pointing what he knows is our ultimate need to see the glory of God and to believe.
And then he prays this prayer in case we still have missed the point.
Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me.”
God does not promise in this life no suffering or no death – nor does he think of these as our primary need. His goal above all other goals is that we would glory in HIM in the midst of hardship because HE alone is deserving of worship.
So why did Jesus weep?
I don’t think that it was merely him joining into the distress of Mary and Martha and the Jews.
I think Jesus is fixed on another issue namely the unbelief of his friends. They are understandably but wrongly focused on Lazarus being alive as their soul-satisfying need and have missed their much higher need and the provision that is Jesus Christ. How often do we too miss that above all else we need Jesus and that he is more than sufficient though all around my soul gives way?
What is the Gospel?
“God is Holy” – God is perfect in all of his attributes – glorious in all that he does. He is set apart – unique – His ways are not our ways, His thoughts are not our thoughts. He dwells in pure radiant unapproachable light. Nothing and no one can stand in His presence.
“We are not Holy” – We are messed up people. We lie. We cheat. We lust. We steal. We are angry. We hold grudges. We are selfish. We are arrogant. We gossip. We do not honor God. We do not love God.
“The Penalty for Sin is Death” – That’s bad news for everyone reading this, because we are all sinners – God doesn’t weigh our “good” and our “bad.” He declares that if we have ever violated his holy law in one place we stand guilty of violating all of His law and are subject to condemnation. We have violated in many places and our just penalty is eternal death in hell. Don’t let yourself deny this reality. Acknowledge your guilt before an infinitely holy God.
“Jesus Died the Death We Deserve” – Jesus is God in human form. He came to the earth, born of the virgin Mary and lived a sinless life. Even though he was God he laid aside the splendors of heaven and became a man and dwelt among us. He humbled himself and died a torturous death on the cross though he himself was innocent. In his death he paid the penalty required for sin – he became our substitute. Though we are the sinful ones, He took our sins on himself. Though we deserve the sentence of death, he died our death in our place.
“God Gives Us Jesus’ Life by Faith and Not by Works” – Not only did Christ’s death pay our penalty, but for all those who receive Him, God gives them the righteousness (perfection) of Jesus. So when we give up trying to prove ourselves good to God and instead acknowledge that we are broken sinners in need of a dramatic rescue – there is hope. God Himself has died for us paying our penalty and by his grace through faith imparts to us his perfection. For all who believe in Jesus stand not condemned not because we are good but because He is and He has given his righteousness by faith.
“Faith is Casting Yourself on the Lord” – As you consider these things – God’s holiness, your sinfulness, sin’s penalty and Jesus’ payment –
you will be tempted to think is that really true? Is it really enough that Christ died for me a sinner? I have to contribute something don’t I? I am still tempted by these thoughts even though I have been a Christian for many years. But the truth declared in Scripture stands that salvation comes not to the one who works or is good, but to sinners who cast themselves fully on the grace and mercy of our Savior Jesus Christ who died to take away the sin of the world!
Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows
yet we esteemed him stricken
smitten by God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions;
He was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace.
and with his stripes we are healed
All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned – every one – to his own way;
And the Lord has laid on him
The iniquity of us all
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Now to the one that works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. And to the one who does not work, but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness.
II Corinthians 5:21
For our sake he (God) made him (Jesus) to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him (Jesus) we might become the righteousness of God.
Introduced to this church via Bob Smith –
Review Series – Beginning to End
Communion with God – is the great end for which we are made – Philippians 3:8-9
Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—
The Solution for Shame in the Satisfaction of God
- God Seeks us in Our Shame – Adam Gen 2:7 – 8,
- The Joy of Communion with God in the Garden
- Conversations in the Garden Gen 2:18-19
- Adam and Eve naked and unashamed Gen 2:25
- The Fall and the Essence of Sin
- What is at the heart of eating the fruit? Gen 3:1-6
- Doubted the goodness of God
- Desired something more than God
- Delighted in what the tree offered over God himself
- This is the essence of all sin
- What is at the heart of eating the fruit? Gen 3:1-6
- The Joy of Communion with God in the Garden
APPLY: When we seek to find ultimate satisfaction in something or someone other than God we are following Adam to our own destruction. Money – Success – Relationships – Addiction
- Sin Results in Shame – Gen 3:7-11
- Discuss living in shame
Words associated with shame: Unclean Dishonored Filthy Shunned Disgusting Defiled Outcast Unlovable Discarded Repulsive Disgraced Worthless Loathed Scorned Vile Loser – Ed Welch
“You feel like an outcast. You don’t belong. You feel naked. While everyone else is walking around with their clothes on, you feel exposed and vulnerable. You are seen, and what others see is not pretty. You feel unclean. Something is wrong with you. You are dirty. Even worse, you are contaminated. There is a difference between being a bit muddy and harboring a deadly, contagious virus.”
― Edward T. Welch, Shame Interrupted: How God Lifts the Pain of Worthlessness and Rejection
WORD TO THE RIGHTEOUS: The church does not always do a great job with great sinners
Pharisee and the tax collector Luke 18: 9-14
11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed[a] thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Bonhoffer: “It may be that Christians, notwithstanding corporate worship, common prayer, and all their fellowship in service, may still be left to their loneliness. The final break-through to fellowship does not occur, because, though they have fellowship with one another as believers and as devout people, they do not have fellowship as the undevout, as sinners. The pious fellowship permits no one to be a sinner. So everybody must conceal his sin from himself and from the fellowship. We dare not be sinners. Many Christians are unthinkably horrified when a real sinner is suddenly discovered among the righteous. So we remain alone with our sin, living in lies and hypocrisy. The fact is that we are sinners!”
Let our testimony be not our own righteousness but the righteousness given us by sheer grace.
- Rather than keeping you from God – let your shame drive you into the arms of God who delights in loving the unlovable. Eph 2:1-9
BUT GOD MOMENTS
“So if you feel unworthy of God’s love, you can turn in one of two directions. You can turn inward, in which case you are looking for a little self-worth to bring to the Lord, and that is pride. Or you can turn to him and discover that he has a heart for the unworthy.”
A Story of Grace
Phil Yancey, in his book “What’s So Amazing About Grace,” tells the story of a rebellious teenage girl from Traverse City, Michigan. I’d like to retell it here.
The girl increasingly felt frustrated with her parent’s rules and restrictions on her life so much so that eventually she decided life would be easier and better somewhere else. So all of 16 years old she ran away to the glamorous big city lights of Detroit to make her own way in the world. Her small stash of money did not last long and she felt grateful when she met a handsome man who promised to take care of her. At first the man was kind to her and provided for her needs. When he offered her drugs she did not resist. Eventually the man introduced her to a few “friends” and when she resisted doing what they wanted the “kind” man beat her. She did not resist again. By this time she was dependent on this man for everything – her daily needs and daily hit. Years went by in a blur, sometimes she felt ok – if she made it through a day without getting beat it was a good day.
But most days were not good. Most days felt like a nightmare, with a line of men and just getting by until she could earn more drugs. On a particularly bad day, lying in a gutter shivering with cold she thought to herself surprisingly for the first time, “Life was better than this at home.” Home began weighing on her mind for the next few days. She couldn’t possibly go – not after how she left. Not after all she’d done. But the thought persisted and she picked up the phone and dialed the foggy, but strangely familiar number to her parent’s house. No one answered so she left a timid message, “Hi – it’s me. I know you probably don’t want anything to do with me after all this time, but… but I’m getting on a bus tomorrow and I am going to come through town. I understand if you don’t want to see me – I’ll just keep on going. But if…..” Her voice trailed off and she hung up.
The next day she took the little bit of money she had and booked a bus ticket to Canadian border with a stop in Traverse City. The bus head lights lit up the road ahead and illuminated a sign – Traverse City 15 miles. “This was a stupid idea” she thought to herself, “I’m not even going to get out at the stop. I’ll just keep going.” As she pulled into the town she sunk down in her seat, ashamed that she had even thought her family would want to see her. The bus pulled into the lights of the depot. Out of the window was a sea of people – friends, relatives, family – jumping up and down with streamers and balloons and a huge sign saying, “Welcome Home.”
I cannot read or tell this story without tears. Grace – undeserved and unearned – has a way of penetrating all our defenses in a way nothing else does. As believers we all know about grace – we have all experienced grace. And yet I find in myself that it is easy to forget that I have a God who throws a party for me and welcomes me as part of His family not because I deserve it but because He has lavished His grace on me despite who I am and what I have done. That recognition of my need and His passionate pursuit of me is not only for the moment we believe but is the power to live the life of faith that we are called to as believers.
This morning is an opportunity to ponder deeply with fresh eyes the beauty of our Savior and our desperate need for His grace. I am confident that as we do the despair we feel at not measuring up or the pride we feel at having arrived will be washed away in the embrace of an almighty, tender Savior who whispers to us, “I love you my child – Welcome Home.”
Invitation to the Unbeliever
The Cross – The Great Exchange –
God made him who knew no sin to be sin for us so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.
Gospel for the Believer
My sin on the bliss of this glorious thought my sin not in part but the whole is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more praise the lord praise the lord oh my soul.
The Cross of Christ turns shame on its head – no longer are you loser – by the cross of Christ you are no longer naked but clothed in his PERFECT righteousness.
Clean (Unclean), Honored friends invited to his Banquet (Dishonored), Washed (Filthy), Accepted (Shunned) Pleasing (Disgusting), Pure (Defiled), Friend (Outcast), Loved (Unlovable), Used for His Glory ( Discarded), given overwhelming Grace (Disgraced), in Jesus Christ you have been given an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled reserved in heaven for you (Loser)
Listen those of you longing for “a better country” – a new world – God is not Ashamed to be called your God
Do not let your sense of shame keep you from trusting His promises – he is able to save – he is able to deliver. Faith is believing his promises are for you.
“I will measure your love for me by the cross and
I will measure your power for me by the resurrection.” JD Greear
1) I was and remain strongly in favor of the school bond passing. It is essential, in my opinion, to the success of our public schools and health of our community.
2) I was relieved that the bond had appeared to pass by the narrowest of margins
3) I was irritated by the challenge to the bond count but figured it would just delay the certification of a passing vote.
4) The attached article indicates the challengers have the following questions. a) Were all ballots with signature issues treated according to the law – that is was an attempt made to notify each uncounted voter that their ballot was not being counted due to signature issues? b) Were voters who had signature issues and voted in favor of the bond contacted by school officials while those who voted against the measure were not contacted? These are valid questions.
5) As much as I am in favor of the bond passing it must be passed legally and without partiality. If any manipulation or favoritism entered the process that should rightfully be exposed.
6) In short, I am in favor of the entire process and vote being exposed to intense scrutiny so that the vote results are unquestioned by the people in Moses Lake. This has the potential to divide us particularly if the process is not brought to light. My hope remains that the investigation will show everything was done with excellence and integrity and the vote stands, but I support the right of voters to inspect and challenge the integrity of the voting process particularly in a vote this close.
7) Finally, if the vote is shown to have been mishandled and the outcome reversed, I would encourage both sides to neither gloat nor demonize the other. It takes all of us to make this community successful. If the outcome ends up not being what we desired let us leave behind vitriolic statements and disparaging words, and with humility continue to invest in our community. Moses Lake is where we all live – let’s not tear it up over this issue. Can we not persuade and even argue passionately for what we believe is best in a way that inspires rather than destroys? I think we can and if we do we will build our town up regardless of vote outcomes because we will be truly demonstrating care for each other as a strong community should. So Moses Lake friends and neighbors lets stand together, even in our differences, for the good of this place we call home.
Thanks again for listening and considering.
If I could just have the passion and wisdom of John Piper, the fortitude and exegetical prowess of John MacArthur, the practical insights of Paul Tripp, the spiritual depth of Larry Crabb, the mind and theological grasp of Michael Horton, the thunder of Paul Washer, the grace of Brennan Manning, the knowledge of Tim Keller and the ministry reach of Billy Graham…Then…Oh then I would truly be satisfied…. And God would Really love me…
God uses ordinary people
Maybe God loves sinners
Maybe my chronic measuring of myself is a detriment to any ministry and hinders my sense of the extraordinary love of God for me.
And maybe the stamp of approval on my life will not be earned either by my actions or results but has been bought for me by His Son on the cross – Jesus who loved me and gave Himself for me..
3 Issues in the new Trump era.
1) Rule via executive order. Republicans and conservatives rightly were incensed over the way president Obama thumbed his nose at the opposition and bypassed congress by executive orders. Trump is doubling down on Obama’s precedent and the right is largely silent about it or excuse it. We do not have a king. We believe in limited government with checks and balances. The law making body of the US is the congress not the president. Whether I am in agreement with the substance of Trump’s changes does not matter – making the change in a way that honors the well designed checks and balances of our founders does.
2) When Obama nominated his cabinet the sneaky democrats found a way to cheat past the 60% requirement to break a filibuster by changing the 60% requirement rule with a 50% vote. Republicans were rightly incensed. But now that power has shifted into their hands they are taking advantage of the same rule they had said was wrong. I agree with their original assessment and believe that they should change the rule back with a provision that it cannot be changed without a 60% vote. I realize this is unfair because the democrats benefited from the rule change and we would likely have some of Trump’s nominees rejected, but I believe it would be the right thing to do.
3) For the last 8 years Republians have hit Obama over the head with his exponential driving up of the debt. He took it from 10 trillion to 20 trillion during his time in office. It is deplorable and the republicans were right to denounce it. But now, with a Republican majority in the house and senate and the white house, the first order of business for the Republicans was to pass a budget which BY THEIR OWN ESTIMATES drives up the debt another 10 trillion to 30 trillion in the next ten years.
Where is the conservative party? I like some of Trump’s direction. I like the Department of Education nominee. I like the SCOTUS nominee, but at what cost? If we drive over the top of our opponents because we presently wield the power it will come back doubly when the power shifts hands again. Let’s return to a conservative, limited form of government as envisioned by the founders, rather than continuing down the well trodden road of power hungry politics.
6 reasons why I am supporting the new high school project.
- Moses Lake High School has the 2nd highest attendance in the state out of 550 high schools. https://k12.niche.com/rankings/public-high-schools/largest-enrollment/s/washington/
- The high school was remodeled 22 years ago to accommodate 1600 students. Enrollment is at 2226. Which means we are more than 600 over the intended capacity from when it was remodeled. http://www.moseslakeschools.org/files/_RVGYt_/157a52c867b7a7c43745a49013852ec4/Frequently_asked_questions_as_of__6.21.16.pdf
- In 2000 the population of Moses Lake was 14,953. Today it is estimated at 22,082 in city limits. That’s about 47% growth. The US growth rate over the same period is a little over 11%. Our “little” town is growing and it is not slowing down. Projected business growth over the next 10 years is 37%. I think that is exciting. WinCo is the a great step in the right direction (imagine if we had an Italian restaurant!) http://www.bestplaces.net/economy/city/washington/moses_lake http://www.bestplaces.net/people/city/washington/moses_lake
- Having an excellent school district matters to everyone not just those with kids or grandkids in the school district. Good school districts attract top professionals to our community. Good school districts improve home valuations. Good school districts make for better employees. We cannot “kick the can down the road” again. Our schools cannot be excellent without this investment in our future. We are simply out of room. I believe that if we are short-sighted on this vote we will be failing our kids and our community.
- The cost: 135 MILLION. Freak out! Go ahead… get it out of your system. I get it. I’m not a big proponent of raising taxes. But most of the time my taxes get sent out to fund who knows what (like 80 million dollars for unused Afghanistan embassies… really). These funds are staying here. They help all of us improve this place we call home. Now how much is it really going to cost you? The median home price in Moses Lake is $145,800 (http://www.zillow.com/moses-lake-wa/home-values/). This bond is for $1.46 per $1000 of assessed value. That means that the average person will be paying 212.86 a year – that’s 17 bucks a month. I don’t want to trivialize 17 bucks – I live on a tight budget too – but it is doable. It does not break me. And 17 bucks a month for a new high school, a remodeled high school and a new elementary school seems like a pretty good deal. Many hands make light work. Let’s do this together! http://www.moseslakeschools.org/files/_XKFov_/035b503c4414a1fe3745a49013852ec4/MLSD_MAILER_12-2016.pdf
- Obviously I’m for this. I think it will make us a better community, improve the educational quality for our kids, and that it allows us to be part of making a community of which we are proud. Still have questions or concerns? There are two remaining bond meetings you can attend TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 7:00-8:00 PM, Board Room 940 E. Yonezawa Blvd and TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 7:00-8:00 PM, Board Room 940 E. Yonezawa Blvd. Please do not just vote “no” without being fully informed. This vote will have a significant impact on the next generation here in Moses Lake. http://www.moseslakeschools.org/files/_XKFov_/035b503c4414a1fe3745a49013852ec4/MLSD_MAILER_12-2016.pdf
Thanks for listening 🙂