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Scripture-based prayers for Pastors:
Lord, by Your Holy Spirit, anoint Pastor Scott to preach, and bring apostolic results (Acts 2:37). As my pastor speaks the Word, let sign and wonders follow confirming it (Mark 16:20). 
Let the sick be healed; let the oppressed be set free. Anoint Pastor Scott with the truth (Matthew 16:17). Let people be cut to the heart and accept Jesus Christ.

Pastor Scott's Weekly Devotionals

 
Any Regrets?

I regret. You regret. We all regret. Let's be honest in admitting that each of us has made decisions we wish we had not made. So we regret, we feel sorrow or remorse about, these decisions.

Even though we also make good decisions, sometimes we dwell on our bad decisions. Like a cow chewing her cud, we chew on these decisions over and over and over again. We chew on our regret so much that our regret starts chewing on us.

On the flip side, sometimes we don't want to deal with our remorse. So instead of dwelling on our bad decisions, we try to distract ourselves from them. Addictions to work, substances, pleasure, etc. are some of our typical choices of distraction.

Dwelling on our regrets and distracting ourselves from them are both poor choices. Is there a healthy alternative? The author of Ecclesiastes offers a challenging thought: Frustration is better than laughter, because a sad face is good for the heart. The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure. (Ecclesiastes 7:3-4)

I don't believe our author is encouraging us to be masochists, to seek pleasure in our pain and regret. I think, rather, that he's encouraging us to be honest and realistic about life. The truth is that we do have regrets, but we can move through them, instead of getting stuck in them or hiding from them. As we move through our regrets, if we keep an open spirit, we can also learn and grow from them. Regret can be redeemed.

So, how do we move through our regrets? Here's a very simple starting point: Let's ask God to walk with us through our regrets, and let's be open to what/whom He brings into our life. God will use a book, a song, a film, an experience, a person, or whatever/whomever He wants to use, to help usher us through our regrets. It's a process, so let's allow this process to unfold, one step at a time. Are you open to this process?

Sharing the journey,

Pastor Scott
          Meet Pastor Scott Hausrath

 Born in San Jose, California in 1961, Pastor Scott was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area.  In 1980, while  attending the University of California at Berkeley, he heard the gospel and became a Christian, thanks to the  ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ.

 Desiring to serve in gospel ministry, Pastor Scott attended Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, where he first met  Seventh Day Baptists. He became a member of the San Gabriel Valley SDB congregation and was blessed  through the ministry of Pastor John and Ruthie Peil. Upon graduating from Fuller, Pastor Scott was given the  opportunity to minister with the Foothill SDB congregation in Montrose, CA.

After pastoring in Montrose for fifteen years, he stepped down and moved to Redmond, Washington, to assist his step-mother in taking care of his father, who was struggling with Parkinson's Disease. While in Washington, Pastor Scott was very blessed to enjoy the fellowship of the Seattle Area SDB Church. He was particularly touched by the ministry of Pastor Ken and Ruth Burdick.

Shortly after his father's death in August of 2011, Pastor Scott was contacted by the North Loup, Nebraska SDB Church, who were seeking a minister. Upon accepting the congregation's call to ministry, he began pastoring in North Loup on February 1, 2012.

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