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S.O.A.P. September 16, 2017

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September 16, 2017

Read: Psalm 1

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Scripture- Psalm 1:3- They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.

Observations- God's Word declares that all of us sin and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23), so how does one grow in righteousness and sin less? By being firmly rooted in God's Word and connected to the living God in personal connection. Jesus declared, "Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me." (John 15:4)

Application- It's important for us to be planted in good soil for righteousness to advance in our lives. Is your life in God bearing fruit? Is God prospering you, not giving you earthly prosperity, but filling you with His mercy, grace, and love in ways that make it clear you are more in love with Christ than when you first began to follow Him? This is a worthy goal for all of us in Christ

Prayer- Lord, thank You for promising to never forsake us or abandon us. So many people feel tired, overwhelmed, confused, edgy, angry, and stunned by what we've gone through in the past week. We are physically, emotionally, and spiritually exhausted. We want to be like trees planted by the riverbank to bear fruit in every season for You. Comfort Your people and let us turn quickly to You as our Rock, our Redeemer, and Refuge, and our Strength. Help us be there for those who are suffering and need to know of Your great love for them. Amen.

"So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us." (Hebrews 6:18),

Pastor Jamie

P. S. - WE WILL HAVE ALL OF OUR WORSHIP SERVICE THIS SUNDAY AT OUR MAIN CAMPUS AND AT DOVER. 

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S.O.A.P. September 15, 2017

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September 15, 2017

Read: Job 42:1-17

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ScriptureJob 42:2-5 “I know that you can do anything and no one can stop you. You asked, ‘Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorance? It is I—and I was talking about things I knew nothing about, things far too wonderful for me. You said, ‘Listen and I will speak! I have some questions for you and you must answer them. I had only heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes.”

Observations- Job´s story obviously had a happy ending. The just man, who suffered so much without a reasonable cause, finally had healing and retribution. All that had been taken away from him was not only returned but multiplied. His philosophic debates finally came to a conclusion, his friends apologized with him and his faith was more enriched than his wallet.

Application- It´s ok to ask all kinds of questions as we all go through bumpy roads in our journey. It´s even ok to direct those questions to God. One of the most interesting discoveries we make as we go through our trial and tribulations, is that God wants to have a personal and authentic relationship with us so, He will use every good or bad moment to draw us closer to Him. Our problem is that we tend to respond better to the bad ones. On the other side of the story, the attitude of Job´s friends proves that when tragedy hits, people will express their compassion and sympathy in many different ways. Some will come as judges, reminding us about the causes and consequences of our behavior. Some will act like paparazzi, willing to capture the moment just to set the snowball in motion. And others will simply pat our shoulders and move on with their priorities. But as this story comes to an end, it really blows our minds to find out that… 1. Tragedies can strengthen our faith if we decide to stick to God´s unfailing promises. 2. Forgiveness is the fruit of an authentic understanding of God. And 3. The aftermath of it all is healing and retribution. It is then that… “we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” (Romans 8:28)

Prayer- “Open the eyes of my heart Lord, open the eyes of my heart, I want to see you, I want to see you. To see you high and lifted up, shining in the light of your glory. Lord, pour out your power and love, as we sing Holy, Holy, Holy. Holy, Holy, Holy, I want to see you.” (Paul Baloche) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZX7mPbF6J0

Pastor Roberto

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