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S.O.A.P. October 3, 2017

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October 3, 2017

Read: Daniel 2:1-24

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Scripture- Daniel 2:24- Then Daniel went in to see Arioch, whom the king had ordered to execute the wise men of Babylon. Daniel said to him, “Don’t kill the wise men. Take me to the king, and I will tell him the meaning of his dream.”

Observations- King Nebuchadnezzar set a ridiculous standard for the wise people in his court, and when they couldn't deliver, he was ready to have them all killed. He had "a bit of an impulse control problem!" Daniel asked for a little more time to discern what the dream was and interpret it for the king, and God came through and revealed the dream and the proper interpretation. 

Application- Have you ever found yourself in an impossible situation and saw no way out of it or even through it, but when you committed the problem to a season of pray, God came through for you? It's good to trust God to surprise and delight us along the way in life. I have found that if I will be open to hearing from from that He will always come up with a better solution than I can come up with on my own.

Prayer- Dear God, the images from the news of the atrocity in Las Vegas is every bit as arbitrary and evil as what Daniel and his friends faced 2500 years ago. We pray for the victims of this awful shooting and their families. Bring physical, emotional, and spiritual healing to those so deeply wounded. We ask the same for so many others affected so deeply by recent natural disasters. We pray for our leaders who need Your guidance. We give thanks for the first responders and their faithful service of running toward danger. We ask You to guide the churches in that community to be conduits of mercy, grace, and love on behalf of the entire Body of Christ. Amen.

"Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me." (Matthew 23:37),

Pastor Jamie

P. S. - October Mission Emphasis:  Fall Festival

The New Hope Fall Festival is our biggest REACH event of the year and we are expecting upwards of 2000 people once again. With a new welcome team and our prayer wall, this is a great opportunity to let people know that we love them and that God loves them. But it takes everyone to make ensure its success. 

How can you help?

  • Decorate your trunk for Trunk N’ Treat.  We need lots of trunks! Contact Shelly Wilson at   to sign up.
  • Donate several bags of candy. Bring them on Sunday or to the office during the week.
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S.O.A.P. October 2, 2017

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October 2, 2017

Read: Daniel 1

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Scripture- Daniel 1:17- God gave these four young men an unusual aptitude for understanding every aspect of literature and wisdom. And God gave Daniel the special ability to interpret the meanings of visions and dreams.

Observations- Jeremiah had proclaimed that many people would go into exile, and he told them to bloom where they were planted, for fighting would prove to be fruitless. As these young men were carried into exile to serve the king of Babylon, they sought to remain faithful to the living God and He blessed them- even in captivity.

Application- The true prophets never attempted to sugar-coat how bad it would be for the Babylonians to rule over them. It's good for us to honest in the face of whatever situations we are facing, too. Hopefully, we will never experience anything like forced exile from our homes, but when we are confronted with tough times (count on them!), we can meet them openly, honestly, and with our faith in Christ to lead and guide us through such a fiery crucible. 

Prayer- O Lord, thank You for Your presence in the best of times and in the worst of times. No matter what we are facing help us to learn the art of trusting in Your goodness and desire for us to thrive. We belong to You. Amen.

"Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33b),

Pastor Jamie

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