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

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November 27, 2017 

Read: Luke 9:28-45

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ScriptureLuke 9:37- The next day, after they had come down the mountain, a large crowd met Jesus.

Observations- Three of Jesus' closest disciples experienced an incredible glory sighting in the transfiguration of Jesus; that is, the reality of who Jesus really was shown through with amazing clarity. Peter suggested they stay there and build a memorial to capture the moment, but Jesus ignored him and soon they were coming down the mountain and back into the deep needs of the people all around them.

Application- We need mountain top experiences where we withdraw to intentionally have high and holy moments with Christ and other believers, but we always come back to love God and serve others in the valley below. We don't make an idol of our mountain top experiences by constantly expecting that we will have awesome and epic personal experiences with God. We worship God, not our feelings about God, and this is an important distinction. Mountain tops prepare us to spend time in the valleys.

Prayer- Lord, thank You for rich times of living experience of Your love and power. I am grateful for the rhythm of needing to withdraw to connect deeply with You and others, so that I have energy and joy to serve in the midst of great need and pain. Help us be a people and a church that gets this rhythm right for Your sake. In Jesus' name. Amen.

"God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another." (1 Peter 4:10),

Pastor Jamie

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S.O.A.P. October 25, 2017

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October 25, 2017

Read: John 4:1-42

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ScriptureJohn 4:42- Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not just because of what you told us, but because we have heard him ourselves. Now we know that he is indeed the Savior of the world.”

Observations- On the basis of the testimony of a woman who longed for connection with God and others in her village people came to consider who Jesus was for themselves. They believed something about Jesus given what the woman at the well shared with them, but when they were in His presence and heard him speak they knew the truth of His proclamation: "I am the Messiah!” (verse 26)

Application- Research shows it takes as few as 9 and as many as 26 unique, individual encounters with Christ followers before someone comes to the point of not only believing some things about Jesus, but putting their faith in Him alone for salvation. Who was our woman at the well who shared Jesus as a generous gift? Who will we now be the woman at the well for, so they can believe based on "hearing Him" for themselves in a living encounter that we can't contain or control?

Prayer- Lord, thank You for the woman a the well, whom You chose to reach out to with Your grace and love without settling for the natural barriers that could have gotten in the way. She heard You and wanted all that You had to offer. She shared You to help others says "Yes!" to all You had to offer. Help us be like the woman at the well- not stuck with our past sins, but able to step into Your new future filled with living water. Amen.

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

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