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CHANGE IS GOOD! RIGHT?

Rick McPherson June Newsletter, 2024

The expression “Change is good” is a common saying that generally conveys the idea that change can bring about positive outcomes, personal growth and new opportunities. A friend of mine often says, “Change is good. You go first!”

All of us are creatures of habit. We have a sense of security, even safety, when we think about our daily routines. The thought of changing something, anything, often brings us to question it and even resist it. Why change?

Our habits are the results of our actions, which are the results of our decisions, which are the results of our thoughts. Our thoughts are the origins of our habits. Ultimately our habits form our character and then our destiny. So, to do something differently we have to think differently. And that brings me to the change of habit that has affected us in a positive way, with a couple of minor glitches. That’s right, we moved.

For the last ten years we have maintained the office for our Mission and ministry in beautiful downtown Gresham, Oregon. We were located upstairs in an historic building with access to Main Street, First Avenue and diagonally across from Jazzy Bagels on Powell Boulevard. However, times change. (There’s that word again.) A growing homeless population, criminal activity, including drug sales, burglaries, assaults and general neighborhood decline caused our Board of Directors to choose another location. In January of this year we officially relocated to our current address. The change required a lot of logistical challenges including forwarding our mail, which is vitally important to us because of the financial donations that are needed to fund this ministry. We contacted the Gresham Post Office and filled out all the necessary paperwork to forward our mail. However….call it Murphy’s Law or the aforementioned vandalism and theft issues that were rampant, the mail forward program was disastrous. Reply envelopes that should have been forwarded were returned. Some were stolen. Some were lost. For all the inconveniences that you experienced, we apologize! So sorry for the hassle. Now, we have printed our new address on the reply envelopes (included with this newsletter) and the problem should be solved.

For all your future correspondence, please note the NEW ADDRESS:

Pacific NW Outreach, Inc.
14801 NE 183rd Court
Brush Prairie, WA 98606

P (503)492-0904
pacificnwoutreach.org
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On another note…HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CHARLOTE!
What a joy to extend birthday blessings to my dear wife. She is such a significant part of this ministry and is the lovely lady that you talk to or email or text when you have questions or comments. This month we celebrated her special day with a wonderful lunch at Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood. Our daughter, Dayna, joined us along with our yellow Labrador, “Chevy” who played in the snow for the first time, then slept in the Suburban while we ate in the iconic lodge. Happy Birthday, Char! “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Proverbs 31:29

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L4 Injection!

Rick McPherson May Newsletter, 2024

After several painful weeks of waiting for the appointment, we were on our way down the Interstate to the specialists’ office. Typical to the late winter, early spring, the weather mimicked our moods, grey and ominous. But, following the Sunday afternoon visit to the ER, several weeks before, and the diagnosis of a pinched nerve in the L 4 vertebrae of Charlote’s back, we were determined to conclude the narcotic pain medicine that had brought a semblance of relief every few hours. The promised injection of an anti-inflammatory steroid into her spinal cord was offered with the possibility of relief in a couple of weeks.

After an agonizing SUV ride and wheel-chair experience through the building and up the elevator, we arrived. I was dismissed and was half-way through a bran muffin and medium latte in the lobby when my name was called and the procedure was done. “The doctor had trouble with the first attempt,” the nurse explained. “She struck some sort of mass, possibly arthritic, and had to use a secondary site to reach the L 4 location. But she was successful!”

We have since learned the L 4 – L 5 spinal motion segment, which also includes the intervertebral disc, joints, nerves and soft tissues, is located at the belt line. This segment is responsible for many functions, including, supporting the upper body, allowing the trunk motion in multiple directions, providing flexibility to the low back and is responsible for 95% of bending and twisting motions involving the waist. And, when it’s pinched, in lay terms, “It hurts, like crazy!”

Now, several months after the incident and medical procedure, Charlote is on the mend and doing much better. No more pain killers. No more narcotics. No more tears. Thank God! In a real sense we’ve experienced a RESTORATION in her body.

She’s not younger, but she is getting stronger and better and of course, more beautiful, every day!

In light of the fact that we launched this new ministry of RESTORATION as a sub-set of Pacific NW Outreach, Inc., it comes as no surprise that it would be challenged by the Adversary. We are committed to improving lives with the truth of God’s love, acceptance and forgiveness, the very opposite of the Enemy’s determination to kill, steal and destroy, you and your kids. Therefore the opposition to the new ministry is expected and true to His nature He fights dirty and attacks us and the people closest to us. Interestingly, since the launch of the Podcast, available weekly on Spotify, the program has been picked up by iHeart radio and we are very encouraged. Additionally, the Facebook videos, also a weekly feature, continue to draw responses, literally from around the world!

You know the, “push”, in my heart to start this ministry came from the narrative that instructed the original disciples, “…you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and in Samaria and, even to the remotest part of the earth.” Acts 1:8

Your support of this outreach, with prayers and finances, is vitally important. Thank you for standing with us and joining me in this ministry. It’s my voice that is heard on evert Podcast and Facebook video, but you help make it possible and as long as I have breath, and He enables me with the power of His Holy Spirit, I will be His witness … confidently, contentedly and invitationally!

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have half a bran muffin to finish.

 

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The comeback kid

Rick McPherson April Newsletter, 2024

All of us have known some great people in our lives. They’re honest. They’re
faithful. They’re solid. Perhaps they were neighbors, or co-workers, class-mates
or team-mates; just plain good folks. And, then out of nowhere, trouble strikes
and they get fired or get sick or go broke. Why? Why do bad things happen to
good people?

Well, let me tell you a story about a man who lived a long time ago, in a land, far,
far away. His name was Job and was described as; “blameless and upright, and
one who feared God and shunned evil.” He had seven sons and three daughters
and in addition to vast agricultural holdings and livestock was; “the greatest of all
the people of the East.” (Job 1:1-3) Substantial, don’t you think?

However, tough times came and Job lost everything. His health was gone. His
children were killed. His wife told him to; “Curse God and die!” His three best
friends came to comfort him but when they saw him they didn’t recognize him,
they wept, they tore their clothes, they sprinkled dust on his head…then they sat
on the ground for seven days and nights and didn’t say a word to him. Tough
times, indeed!

But there was something in Job that kept him. His faith! He said; “Naked I came
from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there. The Lord gave and the
Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” “In all this Job did not sin
nor charge God with wrong.” (Job 1:21-22)

The rest of the story tells of Job and his friends’ discussions, who were intent on
discrediting God for His dealings with Job. At the end they take animals to
sacrifice and ask Job to pray for them, which he does. And, guess what happens?

“The Lord restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the Lord
gave Job twice as much as he had before…they ate food with him…they consoled
him and comforted him…each one gave him a piece of silver and each a ring of
gold. Now the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning.” (Job
42:10-17)

This is a comeback story. Job is the comeback kid! Job is restored. Remarkably,
Job has a double blessing of possessions, livestock and even ten more children. In
fact, his daughters were described as; “the most beautiful in all the land.” What a
tremendous account of God dealing generously and bountifully. The restoration
exceeded the original and extended to his children and grandchildren for four
generations. Wow, what a comeback!

For me it underlines the purposes of our Heavenly Father for each of us. He not
only wants to restore us to His original design, He wants to make us better.
I return to the Apostle Paul’s directive: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a
new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.”
(II Corinthians 5:17)

Whatever your circumstances are today, remember, God loves you, accepts you
and forgives you. His provisions for you are greater than you will ever know. As it
is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of
man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
(I Corinthians 2:9)

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Special Note:
For the past ten years, our computer printer has served us faithfully. But, it has
bit the dust! We have been scrambling and have purchased a refurbished unit.
Because of this technical issue we are behind in sending our monthly receipt
letters. Thank you for your patience and we apologize for any inconvenience.
Again, thanks for praying for us and supporting this ministry. God bless you!

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RESTORATION!

Rick McPherson March Newsletter, 2024

Restoration:  a restoration is when you bring something back to what it was.  A crumbling house that is lovingly-rebuilt in its original style, a king who was kicked off his throne only to get it back, an automobile that was rusted; abandoned and badly neglected that is rebuilt, refurbished and renewed to original or better condition.  All of these are examples of restoration.

When you think about it, the theme of restoration is found throughout the entire Bible, from Genesis to Revelation.  The dictionary further defines restoration as:

“A bringing back to a former position or condition.”  The promise of restoration offers hope when all else seems to oppose it.  The point is that God loves to restore!  Consider Job…remember him? He was ruined financially, sick enough to scrape his boils with pieces of broken glass, and ultimately abandoned by his friends!  Someone suggested that he just, “curse God and die!”  But God had plans for Job and the restoration began!  Oh my!  The end of Job’s life was remarkable.  It was inspiring.  It was beautiful.  Read about it and you’ll be amazed.

All this brings me to my love of restoration, which I’ve enjoyed since my youth.  Cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats and other stuff have all received the “Rick Mac Touch.”  Some of the first attempts were pretty rough around the edges.  But eventually we achieved trophy-winning awards status and made friends throughout the automotive world.  I found myself talking to people who never dreamed of entering a church building or reading the Bible.  Never!  Yet, here I was talking to them at the drag strip, car show, motocross event or machine shop about life, values, meaning and … wait for it…a personal relationship with God who very much wanted to see them, yep, restored.  Then, I remembered that verse in Corinthians, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, old things have passed away…all things have become new.” (IICor.5:17)

These worlds merged together one night when the Lord reminded me of His promise to the original Disciples.  He told them to wait in Jerusalem. He said,

“You will receive POWER when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be WITNESSES… even to the remotest part of the earth.”  (Acts 1:8) 

The merger continued with me and my personal involvement. I wanted to say “NO!”  My age.  My health.  My ability.  My limitations.  All these came to mind as I wrestled with God.  Who starts an expanded ministry at 75?  Who starts making FaceBook videos and Podcasts and soliciting financial support when others are fishing, golfing and relaxing?  Who?  Well, you’re looking at him, now.  And, reading this newsletter.

The last phrase of the verse riveted the agreement for me…”even to the remotest part of the earth.”  How is that possible?  Technology!  From my desk in my basement with Podcast equipment already purchased and delivered by  loving generous friends in Texas, I can record and then send the Gospel message of God’s love, acceptance and forgiveness…around the world…to the remotest part of the earth.  I know in my heart and as God is my witness, “…the gifts and callings of God are without repentance… (irrevocable)”. (Romans 11:29)  He has enabled me as a writer and communicator and will honor His Word as I faithfully communicate it; now behind a Podcast microphone and a computer keyboard.

Will you help me?  I need friends like you to pray for me and support this ministry financially.  And, you’ll never know how hard it is for me to write that last sentence.  But, “you have not, because you ask not.” (James 4:2)

Thanks friends … and welcome to the ministry world of:

Rick McPherson RESTORATION

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LOVE, ACCEPTANCE & FORGIVENESS

Rick McPherson February Newsletter, 2024

“Love is always patient and kind.

It is never jealous.

Love is never boastful or conceited.

It is never rude or selfish.

It does not take offense and is not resentful.

Love takes no pleasure in other people’s sins, but delights in the truth.

It is always ready to excuse, to trust, to hope, and to endure whatever comes.”

I Corinthians 13:4-8

We are always accepted by God.

We are received.

We are welcomed.

We are adopted.

We are approved of and we are loved.

Understanding this amazing love of God gives us confidence, peace and joy.

God never looks at the outward appearance of man; He always looks at the heart.

Jesus receives us, and embraces us with open arms.

“All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me,

I will by no means cast out.”

Jesus, John 6:37

Thank you…PROVIDENT Ministries

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“Forgiveness is setting the prisoner free,

Only to find out that the prisoner was me.”

Corrie Ten Boom

“And forgive us our trespasses…as we forgive those who trespass against us.”

Jesus’ Prayer, Matthew 6:12-14

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MOST IMPORTANTLY…

Your prayers and financial help are really appreciated!  Thank you, sincerely, and God bless you for remembering this ministry.  Whether you write a check and mail it, use the PayPal feature or prefer a monthly donation on your credit card, every dollar helps us reach people and improve their lives with the truth of God’s love, acceptance and forgiveness. 

 Don’t forget to tune in to Spotify and catch the weekly Podcast.  Find us at,      Rick McPherson RESTORATION, and be sure to tell your friends and family.  Other addresses and links for the Facebook videos are at the bottom of the page.

Be mindful that the Lord Himself told the Disciples to wait in Jerusalem until the Holy Spirit empowered them to be witnesses, “…to the ends of the earth.”  Acts 1:8

With modern technology we are able to fulfill this mandate, as never before. 

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“HEY BUDDY, ‘YA GOT THE TIME?”

Rick McPherson January Newsletter, 2024

Time flies when you’re having fun!” “We had the time of our life!”

Time is running out!” “You can’t make up for lost time!” “Time waits for no one!”

The wisest man who ever lived said, “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.”  (Ecclesiastes 3:1)   And, no, he wasn’t talking about football, baseball or hockey.  He was talking about life.  He went on to note:  birth, death, killing, healing, weeping, laughing, mourning, dancing, losing, keeping, discarding, loving, hating and even war and peace.  There is, “a time for every purpose under heaven.”

We would like to challenge that and use our 1,440 minutes each day as we want to and be the master of our own destiny.  Average people spend 28 years  sleeping, 15 years working, 13 years relaxing, 7 years doing housework, 6 years caring for children, 5 years socializing, 4 years eating and drinking and a single year traveling.  So, how do you spend your time? 

It does get confusing trying to determine whether our time investment makes any eternal difference, or is it all just temporary?   It was Helen Lemmel in 1922 who wrote the classic, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face.   And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.”  Perhaps, she was influenced by Albert Brumley when he wrote, “This world is not my home, I’m just a-passing through.  My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue.  The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door, and I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.”  Me thinks that Helen and Albert had, “Set your mind (affection) on things above, not on things on the earth.”  (Colossians 3:2), as their inspiration.  Perhaps, it was Romans 12:2 “…do not be conformed to this world…but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…”  Regardless, they wrote profound theology in colloquialisms to help us delineate the temporary from the eternal.   The dilemma we have is determining the difference between the two and then choosing how we invest our time.  After all, no one has ever seen a hearse pulling a U-Haul trailer. 

We know that there are only two things that will endure and are eternal…God’s Word and the souls of people.   Peter said, “…the grass withers and its flower falls away but the word of the Lord endures forever.”  (I Peter 1:24)  Solomon wrote, “Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.”  (Ecclesiastes 12:7) Therefore, reading, memorizing, meditating and obeying God’s Word has eternal value, as do people.   All lives matter.    Human life is sacred.  Investing our time in God’s Word and people has eternal significance.  Therefore, how do we invest our time?  As Francis Schaeffer wrote,   “How Shall We Then Live?”

Jesus answered these questions in the Sermon on the Mount, saying:

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)

“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.  But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell.  And great was its fall.”  (Matthew 7:24-27)

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Happy New Year 2024!

Happy New Year 2024!

“The LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”   – Numbers 6:24-26  

You are invited! Join us!
Rick is speaking at LIBERTY BIBLE CHURCH
Sunday, January 14, 2024, 9 & 11 am
12401 NE Salmon Creek Avenue
Vancouver WA 98686

And don’t forget our address has changed!
Pacific NW Outreach, Inc. with Rick McPherson Restoration
14801 NE 183rd Court
Brush Prairie WA 98606
503.492.0904

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THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Rick McPherson November Newsletter, 2023

My wife has helped me with research and information for over fifty years.  She forwarded the following from Dr. Henry Cloud, @ boundaries.me; and asked what I thought.  I thought they were great and would be perfect for this Newsletter entering … THIS HOLIDAY SEASON.

1.    NURTURE your relationships.

2.   SAVOR your blessings.

3.   PRACTICE gratitude.

4.   FORGIVE.

5.   AND GIVE UP THE STUFF you are holding on to.

I know that none of us need yet another list at this busy time of year.  But, take a moment, fix yourself a hot cocoa, find a comfy chair and think about a couple (or all) of the items on the list.  I want to make sure that I don’t just think about them, I want to do them.  All of the items require some action; otherwise, what’s the point?

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CHRISTMAS TOYS & GIFTS

We are continuing our traditions of delivering toys and gifts to Native American Reservations at Christmas.  This year we are receiving items from two television stations and a local tire distribution center.  These are brand new and we deliver them to the Quinault Reservation at Lake Quinault, WA, and Celilo Indian Village at the Yakama Reservation, The Dalles, OR.  I wish I could take each of you with me and let you see the joy and happiness that these toys and gifts bring to children and adults.   Let me just say, “thank you,” for your kindness and generosity as you give to make this a reality. 

AND…

Did you know the verse, “it’s easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than a rich man to enter heaven,” (Matthew 19:24) does not mean a sewing needle?  In ancient times the gates had two large leaves and a smaller door called the eye of the needle intended only for the passage of pedestrians.  When the large gates were closed, getting a camel through the eye of the needle, it required the camel to shed its load and bend its legs and neck.    It was a difficult task that often left scratches.  Jesus teaching was not that it was impossible for a rich man to get into heaven but a reminder that whether you are rich or poor you must shed your burdens, bend your neck in obedience, kneel before God and acknowledge Him that He is the only way to salvation.  And on this journey you will get scratches along the way.

By Elise Wood

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Sound The Alarm

Rick McPherson October Newsletter, 2023

It was a brisk fall day and I was Northbound on the Amtrak 8:40 a.m. to Tacoma.  A friend had asked me to drive a new Kenworth T880 back to Vancouver.  The sight of a 200 thousand dollar truck was slightly daunting knowing it would be in my care and control for the next several hours.  The interior was computer-like with widgets and gadgets everywhere.  Within minutes of leaving and finding the Southbound Interstate an alarm sounded over my left shoulder.  “What is that?” I said, out loud.  I checked all my systems …electrical, fuel, air, brakes and all my gauges and icons.  Nothing! But the alarm sounded, again.  And, again.  “What is wrong with this truck?”  I said, again, out loud.  Then, the alarm sounded from the passenger side.  “Ah, got it.  Seat belt is undone and my travel bag is weighing on the seat.  Truck thinks it’s a passenger.  No seat belt.  Alarm sounds.  Move the bag to the floor.  Perfect.” Now, I’m talking to myself. 

When the alarm sounded again, I yelled, “Stop!”  So, I did and walked around the truck checking tires, wheels, lights and everything else to find the cause.  Nothing.  Out of options, I decided to pray and ask God for some insight.  Remember James 1:5, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”  Right!

To my surprise I realized the alarm was intermittent and irregular.  Hmmm?  As I counted seconds between the alarm and thought about it sounding from both the driver’s side and passenger’s, it hit me.  The alarm sounds whenever you leave the lane and drive over the marker lines on the road on each side of the truck.    Ah, so that’s it…!

The alarm is a safety feature that keeps you in your lane.

Now, wouldn’t it be great if an alarm sounded every time we got outside our spiritual lane?  Temptation, jealousy, revenge, dishonesty, lust, sloth and the like would all be met with an alarm sounding above our head and in our heart.  Well…there is.  God’s Word is described by King David in Psalm 19:9-11; “The ordinances, (codes, commands, directions, orders, statues), of the Lord are sure and altogether righteous.  They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.

Next time you’re on the highway of your life, look for the painted markers and thank Him for helping you stay in your lane. 

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Special Prayers for Israel.

Pray for Healing. Pray for Restoration. Pray for Justice. Pray for Bravery.

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: ‘May those who love you be secure.  May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.’  For the sake of my brothers and friends, I will say, ‘Peace is within you.’  For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your prosperity.”  Psalm 122:6-9

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