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S.O.A.P. October 7, 2017

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October 7, 2017

Read: Daniel 6

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Scripture- Daniel 6:26-27- “I decree that everyone throughout my kingdom should tremble with fear before the God of Daniel. For he is the living God, and he will endure forever. His kingdom will never be destroyed, and his rule will never end. He rescues and saves his people; he performs miraculous signs and wonders in the heavens and on earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.”

Observations- King Darius, having put himself in terrible predicament by signing a law that all people in his kingdom should worship only him for 30 days, was relieved that Daniel's God had saved him from the lions den. While not making an admission of how ridiculous the law was in the first place, the king does declare the glory of the "living God" whose "kingdom will endure forever."

Application- Whether God saves us or not from the lion's dens of life, we are called to affirm time and time again that we have a Lord whose rule will never end. We keep our eyes open and hearts available to receive the signs and wonders God has in store for us, but we won't bend the knee to any other potential god in our lives.

Prayer- (from the Book of Common Prayer) Lord, give your people grace to hear and keep your word that, after the example of your servant William Tyndale (who was killed for his faith and commitment to translate God's Word into English- for more on him go to: http://www.christianity.com/church/church-history/timeline/1501-1600/translator-william-tyndale-strangled-and-burned-11629961.html), we may not only profess your gospel but also be ready to suffer and die for it, to the honor of your name. Amen. 

"We proudly tell God’s other churches about your endurance and faithfulness in all the persecutions and hardships you are suffering. And God will use this persecution to show his justice and to make you worthy of his Kingdom, for which you are suffering."             (2 Thessalonians 1:4-5),

Pastor Jamie

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S.O.A.P. October 6, 2017

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October 6, 2017

Read: Daniel 5:1-30

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Scripture- Daniel 5:22-23 - “22 “You are his successor, O Belshazzar, and you knew all this, yet you have not humbled yourself. 23 For you have proudly defied the Lord of heaven and have had these cups from his Temple brought before you." 

Observations- This is one of those fantastic images in the Bible like something you might read in a Harry Potter book.  King Belshazzar is celebrating with his royal subjects and calls his servants to bring out the gold cups from the temple of God.  As they drink and celebrate they worship their idols.  In the midst of the party a hand appears and writes a message on the wall.  None of the king's magicians or wise-men could read it and so Daniel is summoned to decipher the message.  We find the message in verse 25 and it is not a good message. Basically it says, "King Belshazzar your days are numbered!"  What he didn't know is that this would be his last night among the living.  

Application- This story reminds us of one the things we struggle with so often - pride.  Pride always comes before the fall.  Daniel reminds the king of this in verse 22 as he tells the king, "you have not humbled yourself."  Just as the king before him king Belshazzar continues to allow his pride to reign in his life.  Often times our culture doesn't see pride as being evil but rather as being a virtue to celebrate. Yet if we are to be faithful to God's Word (and we should) we must humble ourselves before God and not pump ourselves up as the prideful do.  Pride was king Belshazzar's weakness and he was not the first nor the last to struggle with pride.  May it not be our weakness too because it never ends well for those filled with pride. 

Prayer- God, I am so grateful for Your Word and how it shows us how to live our lives. Today's passage reminds us of the destructive nature of pride.  May I humble myself before you today and live a life absent of pride.  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? 2 Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. 3 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. 4 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.” (Philippians 2:1-4),

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