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S.O.A.P July 22, 2017

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July 22, 2017

Read: Ruth 3

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Scripture- Ruth 3:4- "Be sure to notice where he lies down; then go and uncover his feet and lie down there. He will tell you what to do.”

Observations- Naomi advised Ruth to take on the behavior of a servant before Boaz by laying at his feet. This communicated Ruth was placing herself humbly in his hands. Naomi had a right to demand that men from her family marry Ruth, but instead she chose (and Ruth agreed to) a path of vulnerability and selflessness to pursue the right kinsman redeemer. Naomi wanted to find the best husband for Ruth, a man who would cherish her and delight in honoring his commitments, not one who would grudgingly comply with a family demand.

Application- These traditions make limited sense to us so many years later, but the principle of humility and vulnerability versus demanding our own rights and entitlements can serve us well as followers of Jesus. He had a lot to say about this, too. After Jesus catches His disciples arguing about who among them is the greatest, we get Mark 9:35: "He sat down, called the twelve disciples over to him, and said, 'Whoever wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else.'”

Prayer- Thank You, God, for all those who have modeled for me what it means to have a servant's heart. Help me grow in wisdom and faithfulness to honor You and follow the pathway of Jesus to become the "servant of everyone else." Amen.

"For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love." (Galatians 5:13),

Pastor Jamie


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S.O.A.P July 21, 2017

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July 21, 2017

Read Ruth 2:1-23
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Scripture: Ruth 2:7- “She asked me this morning if she could gather grain behind the harvesters. She has been hard at work ever since, except for a few minutes’ rest in the shelter.”

Observation: Ruth could have spent her days wallowing in self-pity, bemoaning her fate: husband dead; everything familiar left behind; caring for her depressed mother-in-law in an unfamiliar land; no money and no prospects. But rather than dwelling on those aspects of her present situation that she could not control (her husband's dead and she's still in a foreign land – nothing she can do can change that), she decided on a course of action that, even if it didn't change the big picture, could at least make a positive difference in her today. She got dressed, made a plan, and worked the plan. 

Application: Sometimes the blessings God wants to give us require that we put in a fair amount of effort ourselves first. And, with trust in God, we must begin the effort, or even the journey, taking what we believe to be the next right step – without any assurance of what blessing we might receive; not knowing if we're going to receive any blessing at all. We serve cheerfully, we give extravagantly, we share the Good News – in trust & in gratitude... and with hope – and ideally, without any expectation of reward.

Prayer: Dear Lord, we thank you and praise you for this day and the opportunities we'll be presented with to be a reflection of your great love. Give us eyes to see, hearts to feel and the will to act for the benefit of others in ways that honor & glorify you. Amen.

-Dan Palmer
Connect Groups Ministry

PS: There's Still Time to Join the Dover Work Party TOMORROW from 9:00am-noon. Will you be blessed by the experience? I'm confident you will, even though we don't know exactly what form the blessing may take. We’ll meet at our Dover campus, 114076 Methodist Church Rd. (just a few blocks north of MLK Dr. on Moore's Lake Rd.) We'll pressure wash, landscape, clean windows, etc. Food donations for workers are also appreciated! Equipment needs: pressure washers, wheel barrows, rakes, hedge clippers, shovels, brooms, brushes. 

RSVP right now to Becky Jordan,   Afterward, you're invited to share your blessings & God sightings on our facebook page,.

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