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

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October 15, 2017

Read: Luke 2:1-20

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ScriptureLuke 2:16-17- They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child.

Observations- Shepherds were highly thought of by most people in the ancient world, but that didn't stop these shepherds from telling everyone they came in contact with about meeting Jesus. They received Good News about Jesus from an angel and then they saw a host of angels praising God, but their main message was about a little baby who would change the world and "bring great joy to all people."

Application- What is your experience of being in the presence of Jesus, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the Messiah, who entered into human history and our personal stories? How do you share that Good News designed to "bring great joy to all people" with others like the shepherds did long ago? 

Prayer- Lord, help us be more like the shepherds who couldn't help but tell people all about what they had seen and heard of this new baby, Jesus- fully human and fully God with and for us. This is the Good News and we are grateful to receive it in our lives and share it with others as we Reach, Connect, Grow, and Send. Amen.

"And every day, in the Temple and from house to house, they continued to teach and preach this message: 'Jesus is the Messiah.'" (Acts 5:42),

Pastor Jamie

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S.O.A.P. October 14, 2017

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October 14, 2017

Read: Matthew 1

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ScriptureMatthew 1:24- When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife.

Observations- Joseph didn't want to see harm come to Mary, but without consulting God about the right thing to do, he decided it would be best to quietly go his own way. When the angel challenges him in a dream to go through with the marriage and faithfully raise Jesus as his son, Joseph wakes up to a new reality of faith, hope, and love.

Application- Living into God's dream for our lives is a journey worth taking, but it often means stepping outside our comfort zone and learning how to trust that God is in fact with us. Do note that Joseph still needed to say "Yes!" to the invitation of the angel to marry Mary and raise Jesus. God won't coerce us to follow His pathway; rather we need to be open to "living the dream."

Prayer- Lord, I want to be like Joseph, "a righteous man," but even more I want to someone who longs to hear from You and listens carefully for direction about Your preferred future for my life. Help us be open as Jesus' church to such a process of listening carefully for Your voice in the midst of our dreams. Amen.

"...I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams." (Acts 2:17),

Pastor Jamie

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