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S.O.A.P. September 12, 2017

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September 12, 2017

Read: Job 2

Scripture- Job 2:13b- No one said a word to Job, for they saw his suffering was too great for words.

Observations- Job's friends arrived full of compassion to comfort and care for him in his deep pain and grief. "Sitting shiva" is the Jewish tradition of sitting silently and listening to another's sorrow. What a response to unbearable pain! When Job's friends began to talk with their explanations of God's ways and accusations of his sin and shortcomings, there was no more comfort for Job.

Application- What a timely word for us! When people we love or don't even know go through the whirlwind, we can open our ears, close our mouths, and hear their story. We can't "fix" anyone or take away a person's deep suffering, but we can walk alongside them, sit down with them, and be fully present with and for them as an expression of the way God- the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit- is with and for us. Yes, physical help is vital and important in emergency situations, but some things can't "be made better" through such help alone. When you are tempted to all too quickly dole out advice, remember the tradition of sitting shiva.

Prayer- Lord, there are a lot of hurting people all over the world and next door. We want to be the hands, the feet, the voice, and the ears of Jesus for people in great need. We love You and will seek to live out the values of the Kingdom of heaven today with Your help and guidance. Thank You for Your grace that goes before us in every experience of life. Amen.

"Be happy with those who are happy and weep with those who weep." (Romans 12:15),

Pastor Jamie

P. S. - If you need help or can be of help to others, please let us know. Be safe. Be Jesus with skin on for others. Thanks.

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S.O.A.P. September 10, 2017

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September 10, 2017

Read: Esther 5

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Scripture- Esther 5:13- Then he added, “But this is all worth nothing as long as I see Mordecai the Jew just sitting there at the palace gate.”

Observations- Haman's hatred for the Jews and in particular Mordecai is an infected wound on his soul. Being filled with rage and prejudice had already led him to come up with evil plot of genocide, but with Mordecai it's personal. As we read through the story, we begin to suspect things won't end well for Haman.

Application- When we allow hatred of any kind a home in our hearts, there will always- I repeat, always- be negative consequences that arise in our lives that will affect us physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Jesus talked a lot about our need to learn the art of forgiving others, which is not only beneficial for others, but for ourselves as well. Hatred can never serve us well.

Prayer- Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

“But I say, ‘Love your enemies.’” (Matthew 5:44),

Pastor Jamie

PS - Please let us know if you need help or able to help others. If you'd like to put a flood bucket together for United Methodist Committee on Relief, please bring it to worship this Sunday. for information on how to put one together, go to: http://www.umcor.org/UMCOR/Relief-Supplies/Relief-Supply-Kits/Cleaning. Thanks!

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