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S.O.A.P. November 29, 2017

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November 28, 2017 

Read: Mark 9:38-50

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ScriptureMark 9:43- If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It’s better to enter eternal life with only one hand than to go into the unquenchable fires of hell with two hands.

Observations- Whenever someone asks me if I take the Bible literally, I say "I take the Bible literally when that's what is intended, and I always take the Bible seriously." Here is a perfect case in point. Does Jesus Himself expect this to be taken literally by His followers or is He speaking in hyperbole to get people to wake up and pay attention? Given that we have no record of first century followers of Jesus walking around with one hand we are free to presume that Jesus was encouraging people to seriously consider the danger of treating eternity with little regard. 

Application- What is it that leads you to miss the mark of God's full intention in your one and only eternal life that begins here and now and extends beyond any boundaries we can imagine? Jesus says for us to excise it, cut it out, eliminate from our lives. Whatever it is Jesus declares that it isn't worth keeping us from missing out on all that God has in store for us today, tomorrow, and forever.

Prayer- Lord, it's so easy for me to slide through life without taking much of what Your Word says literally or seriously. I repent and turn in a new direction. When Your Word is clear about being taken literally, never let me shy away from such truth, but help me live it out in a way that helps other people see Jesus. Never let me be guilty of not taking Your Word seriously for Your glory. Amen.

"He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed." (1 Peter 2:24),

Pastor Jamie

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S.O.A.P. November 28, 2017

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November 28, 2017 

Read: Matthew 17:24-18:6

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ScriptureMatthew 18:5-6- “And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me. But if you cause one of these little ones who trusts in me to fall into sin, it would be better for you to have a large millstone tied around your neck and be drowned in the depths of the sea."

Observations- Make no mistake- Jesus loves little children. Just in case His disciples might miss out on just how important children are to Him Jesus leaves a significant threat here for them to remember for years to come. Do not mess up the lives of little children I love so much, he declares.  

Application- We like to think of Jesus surrounded by little children protecting and loving them, but the picture that follows is a little bit more difficult for us to receive. It is designed to make us sit up a little straighter, pay attention a lot more, and determine carefully how we will serve the needs of little children. So.. how are we living out what it means to welcome Jesus by welcoming children?

Prayer- Lord, thank You for Your grace and mercy that I need so much. Keep me away from any millstones to tie around my neck by helping me love and serve little children who You are abundantly clear are so important in Your Kingdom. Guide us to get this right as a church that Jesus can smile at and say, "Well done, good and faithful servants." Amen. 

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