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S.O.A.P July 24, 2017

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July 24, 2017

Read: 1 Samuel 1

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Scripture- 1 Samuel 1:27-28-  I asked the Lord to give me this boy, and he has granted my request. Now I am giving him to the Lord, and he will belong to the Lord his whole life.” And they worshiped the Lord there.

Observations- Hannah had been unable to give birth to a child for many years, and so cried out to God for a baby she could dedicate to fully to God. God hears her cry, honored her request, and then she followed through with her commitment as she takes her son to be mentored by the priest, Eli. 

Application- I have a friend who often reminds people that having your children baptized is a dangerous enterprise. After all, your child just might take the commitment you are making on his or her behalf as a parent quite seriously and do something crazy like become a missionary to the people of Zimbabwe. Hannah knew her child ultimately belonged to God. It's good for all of us to remember that we are called to be His children.


Prayer- Lord, thank that You are willing to call me Your child. What an honor to be adopted into the family of God through Jesus Christ! Help me take the commitments that I make to You as seriously as Hannah did. Help us as Your church be ready to have people respond with all they are and all that they have to Your great love. Amen.

"For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus." (Galatians 3:26),

Pastor Jamie

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S.O.A.P July 23, 2017

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July 23, 2017

Read: Ruth 4

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Scripture- Ruth 4:16-17-  Naomi took the baby and cuddled him to her breast. And she cared for him as if he were her own. The neighbor women said, “Now at last Naomi has a son again!” And they named him Obed. He became the father of Jesse and the grandfather of David.

Observations- A story that began with bitterness, deep loss, and an overriding sense of hopelessness ends with great joy, a renewed passion for this life, and new hope for the future. Not only would King David come from this marriage with a foreigner, but so would Jesus (Matthew 1:5, Luke 3:32).

Application- Does every story that starts with no hope automatically lead to new hope? Absolutely not...at least not without the intervention of the living God. Romans 8:28 says, "And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them." It's not that everything that happens will always be good; rather we affirm that when we love God and recognize the ways in which we are called according to His purpose, then we can have eyes that see the long term good that God is up to in us, through us, and for us.


Prayer- (by Beverly Lewis) Come, King of Grace, and fill me with your grace in this life, just as you will fill me in heaven with your eternal glory. Reign over me in the gracious kingdom of your Holy Spirit; yes, prepare your kingdom in me, which is justice, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. Enlighten my heart, rule my life, and sanctify my thoughts so that they all may be reverent and pleasing to you. Surround me with your grace, that I may never be removed from it. Come to me, Holy Trinity! Make me your dwelling and your temple. Spark in me the light of your knowledge, faith, hope, humility, patience, prayer, perseverance, and reverence. Amen.

 

I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance." (Ephesians 1:18),

Pastor Jamie

P. S. - Pray for our youth- for boldness, new friendships, to shine the light of Christ, wisdom, and safety- as they leave this morning on a mission trip to Birmingham. 

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