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S.O.A.P. November 22, 2017

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November 22, 2017 

Read: John 6:22-40

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ScriptureJohn 6:26-27- Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, you want to be with me because I fed you, not because you understood the miraculous signs. But don’t be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you. For God the Father has given me the seal of his approval.”

Observations- Even though it wasn't His goal, Jesus never had a hard time gathering a crowd. People flocked to Jesus for all kinds of reasons, but one key reason was to get something from Him. Many people in the crowd sought a blessing without caring to receive the ultimate blessing. It wasn't, however, about receiving the benefits of being around Jesus; rather it was Jesus Himself and a life-giving relationship with Him that was the benefit worthy to be received. 

Application- When we struggle to identify what we are grateful for, let's remember that the best thing we will ever have going for us is Jesus Christ, not His benefits, blessings, signs, and wonders, but simply Him. Some Thanksgivings it's hard to "count our blessings," because times are tough, but if like Job we were to "lose everything," we still have God's Son and our Savior walking with us through the valley of the shadow of death where we don't need to fear any evil. 

Prayer- (by Richard Chichester- 1197-1253) Thanks be to thee, my Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits thou hast given me, for all the pains and insults thou hast borne for me. O most merciful redeemer, friend and brother, may I know thee more clearly, love thee more dearly, and follow thee more nearly, day by day. Amen.

Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty." (John 6:35),

Pastor Jamie

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S.O.A.P. November 21, 2017

November 21, 2017 

Read: Matthew 14:13-36

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ScriptureMatthew 14:28-30- Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.” “Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.

Observations- Jesus had just completed a long night alone of communicating with His Father when He meets the disciples out on the Sea of Galilee while walking on the water. Peter, fully on board with Jesus' sign and wonder, asked if he could join Jesus. As Peter joined Jesus as a water walker, he began to sink when he took his eyes off of Jesus and paid far more attention to the storm swirling around him. 

Application- I need to remember to be gentle with Peter. After all, he was the only disciple that had the faith and audacity to climb out of a perfectly good boat in the middle of a terrible storm. Peter walked on the water! I need to be gentle with Peter, too, because I have a habit of taking my eyes off of Jesus and paying attention to the negative situations and storms all around me. When we take our eyes off of Jesus, we can count on sinking, which is why it's also important to know we can shout, "Save me, Lord!" at a moments notice.

Prayer- Dear God, Peter got to do something incredible with You! I want to participate in Your miracles, signs, and wonders. I want to have wide open eyes that clearly see what You are up to in this world You love so much. Help me keep my eyes right where they need to be focused for Your glory and my growth as Your disciple. Let my habit of taking my eyes off of You fade like a distant memory. Amen. 

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne." (Hebrews 12:1-2),

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