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S.O.A.P. December 5, 2017

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December 5, 2017 

Read Luke 10:1-24

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ScriptureLuke 10:23-24-  Then when they were alone, he turned to the disciples and said, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you have seen. I tell you, many prophets and kings longed to see what you see, but they didn’t see it. And they longed to hear what you hear, but they didn’t hear it.”

Observations- Jesus sent His disciples out in team ministry to proclaim the Good News of the presence of the Kingdom of God in their midst as they did signs and wonders for the people open to receiving them. Jesus celebrates their ministry with them and reminds them how many people before them longed to see this day.

Application- Jesus sends us out into the world, not alone, but in teams to accomplish His will and share His message of grace and truth. We have the privilege of seeing what God is doing all around us, because of those who have gone before us. Each new generation gets to nurture the work of the previous generation for God's glory. It is good to have "blessed eyes" to see the work Jesus is still busy doing here and now.

Prayer- Lord, thank You for Your vital presence in our life together. You never call us to "lone rangers" in ministry and mission; rather You call us to work joyfully together in teams. It's what You did in the first century, and it's still how You want us to operate in 2017. "Together" is a beautiful word! Amen.

"Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose." (Philippians 2:1-2),

Pastor Jamie

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S.O.A.P. December 4, 2017

December 4, 2017 

Read John 8:21-59

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ScriptureJohn 8:31-32- Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Observations- Jesus engaged in an extended conversation with a crowd of people- some followers, some checking out His claims, and some who were preparing to violently oppose Him. He began, however, by addressing those who believed in Him already, and He urged them reveal they were His followers by honoring His teachings. As they lived in this manner, more and more truth would be revealed to them.

Application- It always strikes me that Jesus tells us "the truth will set us free." What He doesn't say is that the truth will never be difficult, painful, or wildly inconvenient to live out. As we experience the freedom Christ has in store for us, we come to understand our responsibilities as His disciples more fully: "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)

PrayerGive me Your grace and truth, O Lord, that I might grow in genuine freedom. Strengthen me to respond faithfully to Your call to remain faithful to Your teachings as I do life today. Give me opportunities to share Your amazing love and truth with people I meet this day. Help me be aware of nudges from Your Holy Spirit along the way. Amen.

"For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom."         (2 Corinthians 3:17),

Pastor Jamie

 

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