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May 20, 2018

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Today is Pentecost-

50 days after the resurrection​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

when the Holy Spirit was received by the early church.

 

May 21, 2018 

Read Genesis 13

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Scripture- Genesis 13:4- This was the same place where Abram had built the altar, and there he worshiped the Lord again.

Observations- This is a verse that is easily glossed over with no more than a passing glance on the way to more important details of the chapter, but I think it's important that we see a pattern of worship developing early on for Abram and his family. They built the worship of God into the rhythm of their lives- through the best of times and through the most difficult circumstances.

Application- Breaking away from my regular routine to intentionally bend the knee to the Creator of the universe with other believers and declare that Jesus is Lord and I'm not is a pattern the Bible says is essential for us. I stand in constant need of being renewed through worship and prayer. I can't rest on what I received years or even months ago from the living God, for I require fresh bread and living water.

Prayer- Eternal God, by Your power and in Your love we were created in Your image and by Your grace through Jesus Christ we are redeemed. Guide and strengthen us to be renewed and revived by Your Holy Spirit. I pray for Jesus' church to rooted in Your Word, renewed by Your Spirit in worship and prayer, and always reaching our in love and compassion to our community and around the world- in Jesus' name and for His sake. Amen. 

Pastor Jamie

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May 19, 2018

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May 19, 2018 

Read Genesis 12

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Scripture- Genesis 12:2-3- "I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”

Observations- In the previous chapter we saw people's desire to huddle together and make themselves famous, but here God calls Abram to go to a new land and then He will make Abram famous; that is, God is saying trust me in all things- regardless of how things may appear- and I will go with you. God promises to bless Abram and to use Abram to bless others in a big way.

Application- Trusting God doesn't necessarily mean "moving," but it always does mean stepping forward without knowing exactly what the future holds as we trust the One who holds the future. For instance, I never imagined years ago staying in any one church for 11 years, but God's adventure for me has been to learn to stay put. Without moving anywhere I am challenged by God to shift and change and grow and lead in ways that I never have before and I am blessed, which means God wants me to bless others.

Prayer- Dear God, I am grateful that it's not selfish to ask You to bless me a lot, because You give me blessings not so I can hoard them and keep them to myself, but so I can richly bless others. Help me trust You as the Way when I don't know the way. When I'm not sure what's next- and that happens a lot- help me own my weakness to rely on Your great strength. Amen.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take." (Proverbs 3:5-6),

Pastor Jamie

To contact me:

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

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