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S.O.A.P. October 30, 2017

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October 30, 2017

Read: Luke 5

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ScriptureLuke 5:15-16- But despite Jesus’ instructions, the report of his power spread even faster, and vast crowds came to hear him preach and to be healed of their diseases. But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer.

Observations- Here we see great crowds pressing in on Jesus clamoring for His attention, for they wanted the benefit of the miracles, signs, and wonders He was able to perform. Jesus also, however, modeled for His disciples the need to withdraw from the crowds to be quiet and still to connect more deeply with His Father. 

Application- The point isn't for us to live a "balanced life" whatever that means; rather the point is for us to live a passionate life of joyful service with and for the Lord as we have a clear understanding of our own limits and needs. The good news about "burning out" is that we at least knew we were once on fire, but the even better news is doing what is necessary to keep the fire in our soul burning brightly for Jesus, which will often require us to "withdraw to the wilderness to pray."

Prayer- Lord, I want to burn brightly for You, but I don't want to burn out. Please help me see my own limits and needs of what I need to do to stay so connected with You in private that I am able to serve You publicly. Let Your joy flow into me and through me for Your glory. Help us become a church that understands the rhythm of engaging and withdrawing for Jesus' sake and our own. Amen.

"O Lord, hear me as I pray; pay attention to my groaning." (Psalm 5:1),

Pastor Jamie

P. S. - Thanks to everyone who helped make the Annual Fall Festival a great success!

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S.O.A.P. October 29, 2017

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October 29, 2017

Read: Mark 1:16-39

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ScriptureMark 1:30-31- Now Simon’s mother-in-law was sick in bed with a high fever. They told Jesus about her right away. So he went to her bedside, took her by the hand, and helped her sit up. Then the fever left her, and she prepared a meal for them.

Observations- Jesus had just called the first disciples to follow Him, and they were hanging out in the family home of of Simon (Peter) and Andrew. Jesus simply healed Peter's mother-in-law with no fanfare, then she promptly got up and served Jesus and His new disciples a meal as if it was the most natural response to an amazing sign and wonder that came as a gift from the Messiah.

Application- Mark's gospel tells the stories of Jesus with "Cliff Note" brevity...here is what happened without a lot description or explanation. It seems odd that there is no discussion related to the miracle they've all just experienced; rather the ill woman is better and she begins serving Jesus. Perhaps the lesson for us is to simply do what we can to serve Jesus well in response to His activity in our lives. 

Prayer- Lord, thank You for reminders to simply serve Jesus with all that we are and all that we have. We are grateful for the ways You enter into our lives to save us and draw us closer to You. Help us joyfully serve You with the gifts You've given us in Jesus' name and for His sake. 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

P. S. - Today from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM please join us at our Annual Fall Festival. This is a great event for all ages with trunks filled with candy plus free hot dogs, inflatables and family fun! Kids should wear their non-scary costume and bring a bag for Trunk-or-Treat! Follow along the maze of decorated trunks for a safe alternative to Trick-or-Treating. 

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