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S.O.A.P. November 28, 2017

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November 28, 2017 

Read: Matthew 17:24-18:6

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ScriptureMatthew 18:5-6- “And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me. But if you cause one of these little ones who trusts in me to fall into sin, it would be better for you to have a large millstone tied around your neck and be drowned in the depths of the sea."

Observations- Make no mistake- Jesus loves little children. Just in case His disciples might miss out on just how important children are to Him Jesus leaves a significant threat here for them to remember for years to come. Do not mess up the lives of little children I love so much, he declares.  

Application- We like to think of Jesus surrounded by little children protecting and loving them, but the picture that follows is a little bit more difficult for us to receive. It is designed to make us sit up a little straighter, pay attention a lot more, and determine carefully how we will serve the needs of little children. So.. how are we living out what it means to welcome Jesus by welcoming children?

Prayer- Lord, thank You for Your grace and mercy that I need so much. Keep me away from any millstones to tie around my neck by helping me love and serve little children who You are abundantly clear are so important in Your Kingdom. Guide us to get this right as a church that Jesus can smile at and say, "Well done, good and faithful servants." Amen. 

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S.O.A.P. November 26, 2017

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November 26, 2017 

Read: Mark 8:22-9:1

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ScriptureMark 8:24- The man looked around. “Yes,” he said, “I see people, but I can’t see them very clearly. They look like trees walking around.”

Observations- We don't know why the healing of this man's sight by Jesus required a second touch in order for him to see clearly, but while the first attempt improved his sight greatly, things were still pretty fuzzy. Jesus placed His hands on the man's eyes again, and then he see with clarity.

Application- I can relate to this man. I often times feel like I've got such a long way to go, and I need a second, third, and 700th touch from Jesus to see some aspect of my faith and life more clearly. This is called the process of "sanctification," which Methodists consider a lot. John Wesley said, “Every one, though born of God in an instant, yea and sanctified in an instant, yet undoubtedly grows by slow degrees…” Our eyes are opened more and more as we apprentice ourselves to Jesus Christ and learn His ways. "Slow degrees" indeed.

Prayer- (John Wesley's Covenant Prayer) I am no longer my own, but yours. Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will; put me to doing, put me to suffering; let me be employed for you, or laid aside for you, exalted for you, or brought low for you; let me be full, let me be empty, let me have all things, let me have nothing: I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things to your pleasure and disposal. And now, glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, you are mine and I am yours. So be it. And the covenant now made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

John Wesley: “By justification we are saved from the guilt of sin…by sanctification we are saved from the power and root of sin…”

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