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S.O.A.P. October 20, 2017

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October 20, 2017

Read: Mark 1:1-13

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ScriptureMark 1:1 “This is the Good News about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God.”

Observations- It’s interesting to see the way each Gospel begins. Mathew and Luke took more time for the prelude; John put his explanatory style right up front, while Mark went straight to the point, presenting a pragmatic style that is evident in his entire account. His gospel is basically a collection of the sayings and miracles of Jesus and by the way, scholars say it was used as a blueprint for the other two synoptic gospels (Matthew and Luke). It is pretty obvious that Mark did not take much time or interest in weaving the facts; he just told them.

Application- I believe this is a very sensitive point in Christianity nowadays. Explanations of the “Good News” have become so dense and customized that have obscured its good-ness and new-ness. Dancing to the beat of modern drums, Christian theology has often tried to rationalize God’s supernatural Power and measure His unmeasurable Love. But Mark’s introductory words are both refreshing and foundational. Without any rational pretention, he is simply calling us to EMBRACE and ENJOY the Good News that Jesus, our deliverer, is the Son of God. As we live out this faith in the twenty-first century, let us remember that God counts on us to keep His amazing story fresh and relevant.

Prayer- Lord Jesus, help us not only embrace but also enjoy your kingdom. Give us dynamism and creativity to make you known. In your Name we pray, AMEN!

Pastor Roberto

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S.O.A.P. October 19, 2017

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October 19, 2017

Read: Luke 2:41-52

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ScriptureLuke 2:52- Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people.

Observations- Can you imagine how difficult it must have been for Mary and Joseph to have no idea where Jesus was for three days? Can you imagine finding your child after three days in the Lord's church and he or she saying to you, "Why didn't you look for me here first? Didn't you know I'd be in Father's house?" They knew Jesus to be an obedient son, but this also gives us a glimpse of His early commitment to the Kingdom of Heaven and living out those values here and now. 

Application- Even as the Son of the living God, Jesus had to grow in wisdom and stature. He modeled for us how important it is to stay in an ongoing process of becoming a better disciple through the means of grace. Jesus spent time in God's Word, showed up for worship, and sought to love other people as God loved them. That's pretty good for a 12 year old! How will you continue to grow? How will you encourage the next generation to grow?

Prayer- Lord, we need to grow. We need wisdom. We need Your favor. Help us make good use of all of the tools You give us to stay connected to You and other people- like spending time in the Scriptures, fasting and praying, being sent to serve in mission and ministry, receiving the Lord's Supper, and connecting with one another in deep and genuine fellowship. Amen. 

Pastor Jamie

P. S. - Spread the word. Invite people to join us. The Fall Festival is our biggest outreach event of the year and we need YOUR Help! Register to decorate your trunk. It's a lot of fun. We are also accepting donations of candy, which can be dropped off on Sunday mornings or in the church office during normal business hours. Contact Shelly ASAP ( ) to register to decorate a trunk or for more information.

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