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June 18, 2019

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Read 2 Chronicles 17

 

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Scripture- 2 Chronicles 17:9- They took copies of the Book of the Law of the Lord and traveled around through all the towns of Judah, teaching the people.


Observations- King Jehoshaphat not only worshiped and served God in his own life, but he encouraged others to join him in honoring God. He understood that setting a good example through his own behavior as their leader was important, but it was also vital to teach the truths to be lived out among the people. 

 

Application- St. Francis of Assisi is often misquoted to have said, "Preach the Gospel at all times. Use words if necessary." The point of the quote is to let your actions do the talking, but the fact is St. Francis was probably one of the greatest preachers of his day. His message did have a lot to do with making sure our deeds and words were in alignment for God's glory. It’s simply impossible to "preach the Gospel" without words. If we are to share Good News with people our words- filled with the grace and truth of Jesus Christ- will be required of us. Our actions matter- so does our proclamation about why we do what we do for the One who saved us!

 

Prayer- (by St. Francis of Assisi- 1182-1226) I beg you, Lord, let the fiery, gentle power of your love take possession of my soul, and snatch it away from everything under heaven,

that I may die for love of your love as you saw fit to die for love of mine. Amen.

"For 'Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.' But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? 

And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, 'How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!'” (Romans 10:13-15),

 

Pastor Jamie

 

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

 

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June 17, 2019

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Read 2 Chronicles 16

 

To read this text go to: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Chronicles+16&version=NLT

 

Scripture- 2 Chronicles 16:12-13- In the thirty-ninth year of his reign, Asa developed a serious foot disease. Yet even with the severity of his disease, he did not seek the Lord’s help but turned only to his physicians. So he died in the forty-first year of his reign. 


Observations- Well, now we get to King Asa's asterisk; that is, so few of the kings, even the one's who mostly did well, finished well. Pastoral researcher, J. Robert Clinton, says 

only 30% of biblical figures who start well also finish well. That means 70%- like Asa- let faith grow cold from neglect, moral failure, tragedy, or arrogance left that left them angry and bitter rather than seeking after God. Asa spent his last years ruling sadly and purely under his own power and authority.

 

Application- Are you on the pathway to finishing well? So many leaders in the Bible didn't keep the fire in their relationship with God. The good news about burning out is that it means we were once on fire, but it's certainly best to be working toward a faith that sustains us through the long haul. Are you on a trajectory today where you are both trying and training to love God and love people more fully tomorrow than you do today? Will that still be true 5 years from now? It won't be true if we aren't clear about being engaged in an ongoing, life-giving process of guarding our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

 

Prayer- Dear God, I want to die well and I want to live on purpose. Help me not be an Asa, who set You aside and sought to do things without You in his own power and strength. I need You! Help me never forget that I need You. Keep me close to my failures and sins, so I recognize how much I've been forgiven and how grateful I must be for Your grace and truth in my life. Thank You, Jesus! Amen.

 

"Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:6-7),

 

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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