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

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I messed up the order a few days ago. This is a text I missed on Oct. 25.

 

October 28, 2017

Read: John 3:22-36

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ScriptureJohn 3:34- For he is sent by God. He speaks God’s words, for God gives him the Spirit without limit.

Observations- John the Baptist continued to testify that he wasn't the Messiah; rather he had the privilege of paving the way for the One who was to come, Jesus. So in Jesus we have the Son of God, who has the authority to speak on God's behalf and as God Himself in the flesh. The Father loves Him and the Spirit is perfectly at work in and through the Son on our behalf. 

Application- Jesus matters. Who Jesus is really matters. It's vital for each one of us to discover a clearer understanding of who Jesus truly is- in all of His fullness. Paul affirmed in Colossians 1:15, "Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation." When we know and trust who Jesus really is, we are freer to respond with joyful obedience and love.

Prayer- (by Frederick Hawkes) Give me a restful mind, One that in calm repose Safe in your love though tempests rage, Peace and refreshment knows. Give me a trustful mind When doubts and fears assail; Help me confide in you, assured Your grace can never fail. Give me an earnest mind, Set all my zeal aflame, So that with willing service here I may extol your name. Give me a steadfast mind, Firm as a rock, and sure; Unswerving, loyal, I would stand And to the end endure. Give me a thankful mind, So that in full accord, Mind, heart, and voice shall ever sing Glad praise to Christ, my Lord. Amen.

God is with you today,

Pastor Jamie

P. S. - This Sunday, October 29, 2017, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM please join us at our Annual Fall Festival. This is a great event for all ages with trunks filled with candy plus free hot dogs, inflatables and family fun! Kids should wear their non-scary costume and bring a bag for Trunk-or-Treat! Follow along the maze of decorated trunks for a safe alternative to Trick-or-Treating. For more information or to register to decorate a trunk contact Shelly Wilson,  .

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S.O.A.P. October 27, 2017

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October 27, 2017

Read: Luke 4:28-29

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Scripture- "When they heard this, the people in the synagogue were furious. Jumping up, they mobbed him and forced him to the edge of the hill on which the town was built. They intended to push him over the cliff,"

Observations- Jesus let's it all out in his hometown synagogue by telling them that he is the one, and the proof is on the scroll from the profit Isaiah. He also tells them not to expect benefits just because their from Nazareth. His ministry and mission is to benefit the outsiders, the scorned and powerless. He informs them that their hearts had hardened. This did not sit well with the people. But to be fair, Jesus did warn them that it wouldn't and they were probably going to act this way.

Application- The crowd was filled with rage, anger and wrath just because they didn't like what they heard. And then the "people in the synagogue" wanted to toss him over a cliff?!?! Nothing like a good murder after church. Seriously! These people were looking holy and pious, listening to the word of God and praying, and then they set out to throw Jesus over a cliff. But think about this, how many of us come home from church and "murder"? How many of us start criticizing  people when we leave or get home. How many of us find ourselves judging others when we go to a restaurant for lunch or the grocery store. What if we sound hateful with our comments and thoughts. In 1 John 3:15 it says, Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him.

Society puts Christians under the microscope for one big reason. Hypocrisy. We can always do better with the way we talk and think about people. If we believe in Jesus, we believe in the man who said that he would rather help the outsiders and powerless. Let's try to be of good heart when we get ready to say something critical or cruel. Let's ask God to change the way our thoughts are approaching judgment. It will not only help the way we  live our lives, but it will deepen our relationship with God.

Prayer- God, guide us to live a life that is intended to praise not only you but others as well. We often look down on people and circumstances and we do it with a certain cruelty and soreness. Take our "hardened" hearts and soften them. Amen

The Youth Dude

P. S. - This Sunday, October 29, 2017, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM please join us at our Annual Fall Festival. This is a great event for all ages with trunks filled with candy plus free hot dogs, inflatables and family fun! Kids should wear their non-scary costume and bring a bag for Trunk-or-Treat! Follow along the maze of decorated trunks for a safe alternative to Trick-or-Treating. For more information or to register to decorate a trunk contact Shelly Wilson,  .

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