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S.O.A.P. June 6, 2017

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June 6, 2017

Read: Genesis 49

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Scripture- Genesis 49:29- Then Jacob instructed them, “Soon I will die and join my ancestors. Bury me with my father and grandfather in the cave in the field of Ephron the Hittite.

Observations- Jacob discerns the end of his life is near, and he chooses to make provision for each of his sons by offering a word of blessing (some don't sound much like "blessings" as we understand that term!) to them. He also instructs them on his desire for burial. Jacob is ready to die, and upon finishing all that he needs to do, he does just that.

Application- Everyone of us will die. We know this, but we still don't always choose to make proper provisions for the moment that will in fact arrive someday. We can try to distract ourselves from the inevitable reality, but it would serve us better to be prepared to meet that moment - both in terms of our earthly planning and our spiritual legacy. We don't know when the day of our death will arrive, but we might as well be as ready as we can be for the inevitable. This isn't morose or morbid; it's reality. What do you need to do to be ready for the day of your death? 

Prayer- Lord, we can live in denial about our own mortality, but it doesn't serve us well in preparing for eternity or in honoring the ones we love the most on this earth. Help us look opening and honestly at what we need to do to be ready. Guide us to the necessary conversations we need to have with the people that mean so much to us, in Jesus' name and for His sake. Amen.

"None of us can hold back our spirit from departing. None of us has the power to prevent the day of our death." (Ecclesiastes 8:8) "I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!" (Philippians 3:10-11),

Pastor Jamie

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S.O.A.P. June 5, 2017

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June 5, 2017

Read: Genesis 45

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Scripture- Genesis 45:5- But don’t be upset, and don’t be angry with yourselves for selling me to this place. It was God who sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives.

Observations- Joseph holds a big reveal party with his brothers to let them in on the truth he's been holding back from them. Not only does he tell them that he is their long lost brother Joseph, but he quickly offers them mercy (not getting what we deserve) and grace (getting what we don't deserve).

Application- How often in life do we have the privilege of receiving mercy and grace, not only from the hand of God, but from other human beings as well? Think back over the course of your own lifetime to examine the mercy and grace you've received? Jesus taught that to whom much was given much was expected (Luke 12:48), so for those of us who have been given so much mercy and grace, even when we have "good reasons" to hold onto our resentments like Joseph, we get to pay mercy and grace forward in our own lives. How will you do that today?

Prayer- Lord, thank You for the story and example of Joseph. Help me learn how to offer mercy and grace to my brothers and sisters in Christ and those who haven't yet said "Yes!" to being Christ followers in a way that makes Jesus, the center of my life, smile. Guide us to be a church where this is lived out in beautiful and rich ways. Amen.

"Hearing this, a man sitting at the table with Jesus exclaimed, 'What a blessing it will be to attend a banquet in the Kingdom of God!'” (Luke 14:15),

Pastor Jamie

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