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S.O.A.P. October 5, 2017

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October 5, 2017

Read: Daniel 2:24-49

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Scripture- Daniel 2:44- “During the reigns of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed or conquered. It will crush all these kingdoms into nothingness, and it will stand forever."

Observations- This dream served as a reminder that all earthly kingdoms- no matter how powerful or great they seemed in any given generation- would come to an end. Only the Kingdom of God could ever have true staying power. This dream anticipates the new heaven and new earth that will be set up and ruled over by Jesus Christ at the end of time and space.

Application- We can get so caught up in thinking the things of this earth hold ultimate value. Jesus promised that His Kingdom would one day fully come on this earth, and in the meantime we live as those who seek to see more of the way God does things in heaven be done on this earth. That means forgiveness, reconciliation, and peace need to become key values for Christ followers here and now as we look forward to what God will do fully there and then. 

Prayer- God, thank You for so many reminders that this world matters so much to You, In fact, it matters so much that You promise to one day be a part of Your new creation where You will fully reign. Help us live today as those who know this is true and anticipate the new day You are bringing into existence. Amen.

"Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth...'Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.'” (Revelation 21),

Pastor Jamie

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S.O.A.P. October 4, 2017

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October 4, 2017

Read: Daniel 3

Scripture- Daniel 3:17-18, 25- If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.” “Look!” Nebuchadnezzar shouted. “I see four men, unbound, walking around in the fire unharmed! And the fourth looks like a god!”

Observations- I love the line "But even if he doesn't," because it both gives God the glory for being able to accomplish an incredible miracle and declares the miracle will not be the reason for loving and serving the One and True God. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego commit to bending the knew to the living God along simply because this is the only right course of action. Looking back on the four people who danced in the flames the early church saw Jesus Christ as the One helping them and bringing them through the fiery furnace. 

Application- Sometimes God does an amazing, even unexpected miracle that proves itself to quite the sign and wonder, and for this we should rejoice and count our blessings. Jesus dances in the fire with us and brings us through the trial! "But even if He doesn't," we can make plans here and now to love and serve Him no matter what the future holds for us.

Prayer- You are the everlasting God, who can do all things and for this we are abundantly grateful. Send Jesus to dance with me in my pain and suffering as I follow You in spirit and in truth. If it is Your will, bring me through all of the fires I face unscathed, but give me the privilege of serving You always and all ways. Amen.

"I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20- The Message),

Pastor Jamie

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