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S.O.A.P. October 17, 2017

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October 17, 2017

Read: Matthew 2:1-12

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ScriptureMatthew 2:10-11- When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

Observations- The wise men, at great effort and expense to themselves, made a risky journey to simply be in the presence of the only person born into this world who was worthy of our worship. When they finally saw Jesus, they approached with humility on their knees bearing gifts worthy of a king. Gold was a standard gift to a king, frankincense was burned in worship as an offering to God perhaps signifying the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, and myrrh was a spice used in embalming. 

Application- What journey will you take to honor Jesus Christ at great risk to your own ways? What's in your treasure chest to offer the only person ever born who is worthy of your worship? Herod would never bend the knee in life to the One born to save even him, but we get to reflect deeply and often upon the actions of the wise men and the meaning of this: "Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (Philippians 2:9-11)

Prayer- O Father, thank You for sending Jesus to this earth to be our true and perfect Priest, Prophet, and King- the Only One who mediates the fullness of Your presence and bridges the gap between Your holiness and our sin, has a right to lovingly call us to account for our behavior here and now, and reigns not only now, but forever and ever. Guide me to keep bringing my meager gifts to my Savior and the Lord of the universe for Your glory and my growth. Amen. 

On my knees,

Pastor Jamie

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S.O.A.P. October 16, 2017

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October 16, 2017

Read: Luke 2:21-39

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ScriptureLuke 2:34-35- Then Simeon blessed them, and he said to Mary, the baby’s mother, “This child is destined to cause many in Israel to fall, and many others to rise. He has been sent as a sign from God, but many will oppose him. As a result, the deepest thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your very soul.”

Observations- Simeon had waited his entire life to meet Jesus, the One who was come into the world and change everything as the Messiah. He spoke words of blessing and warning. The "sword that would pierce Mary's soul" was the pain of watching her son, God's Son, die a horrible death on the cross. Simeon declared that what one believed about this Jesus would reveal what was genuinely in people's hearts. 

Application- Our response to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus is the most clarifying and revealing thing about anyone. What will we do with His free offer of mercy, grace, and unconditional love? Will we allow this new relationship to change, transform, and remake us in the very image of God? 

Prayer- (by Toyohiko Kagawa- 1888-1960) I want to be ever a child. I want to feel an eternal friendship for the raindrops, the flowers, the insects, the snowflakes. I want to be keenly interested in everything, with mind and muscle ever alert, forgetting my troubles in the next moment. The stars and the sea, the ponds and the trees, the birds and the animals, are my comrades. Though my muscles may stiffen, though my skin may wrinkle, may I never find myself yawning at life. Amen.

"Then Jesus said to his disciples, 'If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me.'" (Matthew 16:24),

Pastor Jamie

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