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And now...back to the beginning!

 

May 8, 2018 

Read Genesis 1

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Scripture- Genesis 1:1-2- In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.

Observations- I love this image of God hovering over the chaos and nothingness to bring forth the created universe of which He made a declaration, "Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good!" (verse 31) We are created in the image of God, so while we don't create anything out of nothing, we do give birth to all kinds of fresh expressions of what God is doing in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Application- I had a church coach that I shared my frustration with at feeling stuck and not sure about our next steps as a church in ministry and mission. He got really excited, grinned from ear to ear, and said, "That is awesome! When we get stuck and aren't sure what to do next, God has room to enter into our chaos and bring light and order to create something not only 'good,' but 'very good.'" Are you not sure about what God wants from you next? That's great! Just ask His Spirit to hover over You. Don't ask God to bless what You want to do; rather ask God to help you bless what He wants to do. Listen carefully...discern thoughtfully...seek counsel...then catch the wave on the surface of the waters and see where the Spirit leads next.

Prayer- Lord, thank You for all of the times I have been wildly uncomfortable in ministry and life, because it often meant You were about to do a new thing in me, for me, or through me. Help us as Jesus' church always be ready to trust You, especially when things don't seem to take form quickly enough or seem cloudy and dark. Please bring Your clarity and order in Your perfect timing as we look forward to the new and very good thing You will do next. Amen.

"Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life." (John 3:6),

Pastor Jamie

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S.O.A.P May 7, 2018

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May 7, 2018 

Read Revelation 22:1-21

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Scripture- Revelation 22:17- The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” Let anyone who hears this say, “Come.” Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life.

Observations- The Book of Revelation concludes by urging Christ followers to stand firm in the faith and continue to grow in faith and holiness. There is talk of rewards for those who act righteously and punishments for those who go their own way and seek to miss the mark of God's full intention for their lives. And...the offer remains for anyone willing to come and receive all God has to offer. If you are thirsty, come and get a drink.

Application- The bride here is the church- you and me, all of us together. In the power of the Spirit we get to make this incredible offer known throughout our community and world. God is aware of how many thirsty people there are who aren't yet aware of what it is they are thirsty for and they have no idea how to quench their thirst. Pray for God to lead us to help people drink the water of life.

Prayer- Lord, thank You for surrounding me with people years ago who could point me to the One who could could give me the drink I hadn't even known I needed. Help us be on the lookout for thirsty people and guide us to to speak in ways that are clear, gentle, loving, kind, and challenging to come and receive what they most need from You, in Jesus' name and for His sake. Amen.

"Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.” (John 7:37b-38),

Pastor Jamie

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To connect with the New Hope website: www.findnewhope.com

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