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June 20, 2019

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Read 2 Chronicles 19

 

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Scripture- 2 Chronicles 19:5-6- He appointed judges throughout the nation in all the fortified towns, and he said to them, “Always think carefully before pronouncing judgment. Remember that you do not judge to please people but to please the Lord. He will be with you when you render the verdict in each case."


Observations- King Jehoshaphat sought to honor God as well as he could. One of the things he did was appoint godly leaders throughout the nation to help bring justice, peace, and build good will. He knew that integrity and faithfulness in such roles would matter greatly- to the individuals involved and to the nation as a whole.

 

Application- Guess what? Leaders still matter- a lot- in Jesus' church. Jesus modeled leadership based on humility, being a servant, taking risks, working through a team of people with whom He shared responsibility, and not demanding His own way. There are many ways for each of us to lead in and through Jesus' church. How can you best love and serve others for Jesus' sake?

 

Prayer- Lord, leadership in Your church matters. We lift our pastoral and lay leadership up to Your throne of grace today. Speak and work through them to strengthen Your church in ways that bring You glory. Guide us to love and serve You and one another in ways that will make Jesus smile and honor the way He led. Amen.

 

"Courageous leaders face unpleasant and even devastating situations with equanimity, then act firmly to bring good from trouble, even if their action is unpopular. Leadership always faces natural human inertia and opposition. But courage follows through with a task until it is done." (J. Oswald Chambers),

 

Pastor Jamie

 

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June 19, 2019

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Read 2 Chronicles 18

 

To read this text go to: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Chronicles+18&version=NLT

 

Scripture- 2 Chronicles 18:12-13- Meanwhile, the messenger who went to get Micaiah said to him, “Look, all the prophets are promising victory for the king. Be sure that you agree with them and promise success.” But Micaiah replied, “As surely as the Lord lives, I will say only what my God says.”


Observations- Genuine prophets in the Old Testament were committed to honor God with whatever words God chose to speak through them. This meant speaking the truth in love, which often times included having to share a harsh word of judgment than leaders like King Ahab didn't want to hear. The fire in the belly and bones of the prophet would not allow them to speak words that itchy ears wanted to hear.

 

Application- Truth without grace is a sledge hammer that wreaks havoc in our lives and the lives of the people we seek to reach and bless; grace without truth is an impossibility that leads us into spiritual chaos. Jesus, as God in the flesh, held these attributes together in His one and only life: "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth." (John 1:14 ESV) When we are in uncomfortable situations, we are still called to speak the words that God places on our lips.

 

Prayer- Lord, thank You for Your Word which is truth. Help me honor Your truth through the power of Your grace. Let my thoughts, words, and deeds help point people to You today and everyday. When I miss the mark, help me turn quickly back to Your best for my life. Lead Your church to gently an joyfully live out the truth we find in Your inexhaustible and powerful Word in Jesus' name and for His sake. Amen.

 

"Grace is the mastery of truth, the teacher of discipline, the light of the heart, the comforter of affliction, the banisher of sorrow, the nurse of devotion." (Thomas a Kempis- 1380-1471),

 

Pastor Jamie

 

​​​​​​​To contact me: reply to this email...it only comes to me.

 

To connect with the New Hope website: www.findnewhope.com

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