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S.O.A.P June 7, 2017

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June 7, 2017

Read: Exodus 1:8-2:10

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Scripture- Exodus 2:7-8- Then the baby’s sister approached the princess. “Should I go and find one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?” she asked. “Yes, do!” the princess replied. So the girl went and called the baby’s mother.

Observations- In the midst of the evil call for the death of Jewish infant boys by the new Pharaoh, who had no memory of Joseph, God still has a subversive way of working out his will through two Egyptian midwives. An unjust order had been given and they maneuvered around it to the best of their abilities and were able to get the child of promise, Moses, back in the care of his mother.  

Application- Jesus told His followers to be "as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves," because there would always be times when we would be required to be among wolves. We need to look with the eyes of God how to counter evil and do battle with forces that would like to devour us. Jesus taught us to repay evil with good, but He also taught us to be wise in all of our ways. 

Prayer- Lord, You told us to turn the other cheek. You asked us to make non-violence the standard way of approaching people in our lives, even in the midst of the evil they want to perpetrate. Help us live that out in a way that honors You and the people You love so much. Help us learn how to be shrewd and gentle; fierce and kind; protective and open. Many situations are deeply complicated, so we need Your guidance. Amen. 

"But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!" (Matthew 5:44),

Pastor Jamie

P. S. - June Mission Emphasis is Welcoming the New Apartments behind our Office! We want to show all the families moving into the apartments how much they are loved at New Hope!  We need cleaning supplies (i.e. Lysol sprays, Clorox Wipes, Windex, sponges) to pack bags with useful items they might need as they move in.  Also, if you would like to be part of a team working on how to partner with our new neighbors, contact Rev. Vicki for more info at  .

 

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

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June 6, 2017

Read: Genesis 49

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Scripture- Genesis 49:29- Then Jacob instructed them, “Soon I will die and join my ancestors. Bury me with my father and grandfather in the cave in the field of Ephron the Hittite.

Observations- Jacob discerns the end of his life is near, and he chooses to make provision for each of his sons by offering a word of blessing (some don't sound much like "blessings" as we understand that term!) to them. He also instructs them on his desire for burial. Jacob is ready to die, and upon finishing all that he needs to do, he does just that.

Application- Everyone of us will die. We know this, but we still don't always choose to make proper provisions for the moment that will in fact arrive someday. We can try to distract ourselves from the inevitable reality, but it would serve us better to be prepared to meet that moment - both in terms of our earthly planning and our spiritual legacy. We don't know when the day of our death will arrive, but we might as well be as ready as we can be for the inevitable. This isn't morose or morbid; it's reality. What do you need to do to be ready for the day of your death? 

Prayer- Lord, we can live in denial about our own mortality, but it doesn't serve us well in preparing for eternity or in honoring the ones we love the most on this earth. Help us look opening and honestly at what we need to do to be ready. Guide us to the necessary conversations we need to have with the people that mean so much to us, in Jesus' name and for His sake. Amen.

"None of us can hold back our spirit from departing. None of us has the power to prevent the day of our death." (Ecclesiastes 8:8) "I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!" (Philippians 3:10-11),

Pastor Jamie

P. S. - Get signed up for Monday Fundays our great family experience for the summer that is a new format for Vacation Bible School that is for everyone on JUNE 19, 26 and JULY 10, 17 and 31. 

 

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