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S.O.A.P August 28, 2017

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August 28, 2017

Read: 2 Kings 2:1-12

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Scripture- 2 Kings 2:9- When they came to the other side, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me what I can do for you before I am taken away.” And Elisha replied, “Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit and become your successor.”

Observations- Elijah is about to carried off to heaven in death, and Elisha asks his mentor for one more growth opportunity before he goes. Elisha wants to serve God as well as and in even better ways than his teacher, not for personal glory, but because it is good, right, and honorable.

Application- Here is a relationship that worked- as mentor and student, Elijah and Elisha honored God, their best selves, and one another. God told Elijah in his depression one key for moving forward was taking on the responsibility of training Elisha (the next generation) in the ways of being a prophet. Who are your mentors? Who are you mentoring to make sure we honor the "faith once delivered?" (Jude 1:3)

Prayer- Dear Lord, thank You for the people who have poured generously into me to help me grow in my faith, hope, and love. Help me be a good mentor to those coming behind me to honor and proclaim Your truth and grace. Help us be the kind of church that takes this task seriously for Your glory, in Jesus' name. Amen.

"Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong." (1 Corinthians 16:13),

Pastor Jamie

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S.O.A.P August 27, 2017

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August 26, 2017

Read: 1 Kings 21

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Scripture- 1 Kings 21:25- No one else so completely sold himself to what was evil in the Lord’s sight as Ahab did under the influence of his wife Jezebel.

Observations- Ahab operated out of the values of the Kingdom of Hell where selfishness reigns and taking from others what doesn't belong to us seems fine. He had so much, but he wanted even more. Elijah, the prophet, was told by God to confront this evil and lay out the consequences for such behavior.

Application- Most of the time we operate in the Kingdom of this Earth with the values of fair exchange and where hard work is rewarded. It offers far better values than the Kingdom of Hell to be sure, but still doesn't approach the way God invites us to live our lives with the values of the Kingdom of Heaven in mind. God doesn't sanction "evil" nor does He offer "fair exchange;" God offers love, mercy, and grace beyond measure. It's not that we "have to do good works" in order to earn God's love in some sort of fair and equal exchange; rather God doesn't give us what deserve in His mercy and gives us what we don't deserve in His grace. We "get to do good works" that reveal the ways we've been able to receive God's love.  

Prayer- Dear Lord, thank You! Thank You for Your abundant love, undeserved mercy, and overflowing grace. I needed years ago, and I still need it everyday. Keep me open to receiving more and more of Your love, mercy, and grace, so that my relationship with You, myself, and others will bring glory to Your name and guide me to point others to Jesus. Amen.

"Grace, mercy, and peace, which come from God the Father and from Jesus Christ—the Son of the Father—will continue to be with us who live in truth and love." (2 John 1:3),

Pastor Jamie

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