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S.O.A.P June 23, 2017

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June 23, 2017

Read: Exodus 32:1-29

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Scripture- Exodus 32:7,8- “The Lord told Moses, “Quick! Go down the mountain! Your people whom you brought from the land of Egypt have corrupted themselves. 8 How quickly they have turned away from the way I commanded them to live! They have melted down gold and made a calf, and they have bowed down and sacrificed to it. They are saying, ‘These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you out of the land of Egypt.’”

Observations- Moses has been hanging with the Lord on the mountainside for awhile and the people of God are getting restless.  They want their leader.  So they call on Aaron to lead them.  Aaron calls on them to give him all their gold and he melts it down and makes a golden calf to worship.  This angers God as the people have forgotten who it was that had led them out of Egypt.  They had forgotten their God. 

Application- So often we are just like the Israelites - we forget who it was that dragged us out of our mess.  We forget that some two thousand years ago Jesus willingly went to the cross in our place so that we might be forgiven and freed from our idols and sin.  I grieves the heart of God when we put other things before Him and forget that He is our God.  We do this so often.  We put our bank accounts, our jobs, our relationships, our bad habits, and so much more before God.  We make idols of them.  Thankfully, Jesus comes to God on our behalf and intercedes for us (Romans 8:34).  Let's take time today and make an intentional effort to put God first in our lives and give thanks to Jesus for being our intercessor.  

Prayer- Almighty God we come to you this morning recognizing that we often put other things before you.  As the Psalmist says, "Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  Point out anything in me that offends you and lead me along the path of everlasting life."  In Your Holy Name.  Amen.


Pastor Ricc

P. S. - Make sure you sign up for MONDAY-FUNDAYS happening this Monday from 6pm to 8:30pm.  This is a fun family experience for the entire family.  If you want more information make sure you email Shelly Wilson at  .

 

 

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S.O.A.P June 22, 2017

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These are some of the Blue Sky Apartments that have been built behind our Church Office (soon to be our Children's Ministry Center) 


June 22, 2017

Read: Exodus 20

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Scripture- Exodus 20:17- “You must not covet your neighbor’s house. You must not covet your neighbor’s wife, male or female servant, ox or donkey, or anything else that belongs to your neighbor.”

Observations- Here the Lord delivers the Ten Commandments to Moses to give to the people of God. In the covenant relationship of faithful love and grace God was setting graceful limits for His people to live out, not because He didn't want them to have any fun or because He made up arbitrary rules, but because the Father knew life would go better for His children in the short and long term if they would honor these commandments.

Application- Jesus' Church is a community of faith that 3500 years later is designed to offer people graceful limits through godly relationships that help us live into God's best for those who "love Him and called according to His purpose." It's not about white-knuckled compliance with rules and regulations; it's about being drawn closer to Jesus Christ and becoming more of a a reflection of God's image. What are the graceful limits found in God's Word that heave helped form you?

Prayer- (by St. Augustine- 354-430) Holy Spirit, powerful Consoler, sacred Bond of the Father and the Son, Hope of the afflicted, descend into my heart and establish in it your loving dominion. Enkindle in my tepid soul the fire of your Love so that I may be wholly subject to you. We believe that when you dwell in us, you also prepare a dwelling for the Father and the Son. Deign, therefore, to come to me, Consoler of abandoned souls, and Protector of the needy. Help the afflicted, strengthen the weak, and support the wavering. Come and purify me. Let no evil desire take possession of me. You love the humble and resist the proud. Come to me, glory of the living, and hope of the dying. Lead me by your grace that I may always be pleasing to you. Amen.


Pastor Jamie

P. S. - Our June Mission Emphasis is Welcoming the families in the New Apartments behind the Church Office. We want to show all the families moving into these apartments how much they are loved at New Hope! We need cleaning supplies (i.e. Lysol sprays, Clorox Wipes, Windex, sponges) to pack bags with useful items they might need as they move in.  Also, if you would like to be part of a team working on how to partner with our new neighbors, contact Rev. Vicki for more info at  .

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