VotD: July 29, 2013

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Verse

“His wrath, you see, is fleeting, but His grace lasts a lifetime. The deepest pains may linger through the night, but joy greets the soul with the smile of morning.”

— Psalm 30:5

Thoughts

God is the God of all comfort (see 2 Cor. 1). Even when he deals harshly with our sin and rebellion, it is for our good. It will last only a short while and then it gives way to rejoicing. If you are in a time of discipline or facing the cruel consequences of sin, please don’t give up. Morning will come, and on that dawn will come God’s grace. It’s more than worth the wait!

Prayer

Father, please bless your children who are facing hardships and difficulty. Please help them endure through “the night” so that when your dawn comes, they can experience the great rejoicing that lies ahead. Please bless the following people, dear Lord, and help the find your joy…. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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Today’s Sunday Sermon

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Today has been sort of a bummer. I headed off to church with a heavy heart, expecting it to lift my spirits. Our pastor always manages to throw in funny anecdotes that tie into the message…and there was one kind of. But before that, we were informed that a church member’s two year old grandson had sleep walked into the pool last night and he has gone to be with God. This news is just heartbreaking and I ask that you, although you do not know his family, please pray for them during this trying time. And if you do not pray, please keep them in your thoughts.

To add onto this, I have come to the realization that I am not going to be able to keep my horse. I maybe have two or three more years with him and, if he hasn’t passed on by then (he is 19, but in great shape; I wouldn’t be surprised if he lived into his 30’s), then I am going to have to give him up. Mind you, I have had J.R. since I was 13…so that’s 9 years. I went into ownership with the intentions of keeping him for his entire life, but if I want to pursue life as a missionary I just can’t afford him. And it breaks my heart. I do have maybe three more years with him, so you might tell me not to worry about this right now, but I can’t help it. I don’t know anyone [who would want him] that I would trust giving him to. He is my baby. In a perfect world, I would give him to a friend I thoroughly trust who can give him the care and attention he deserves and updates me on him a few times a month and would let me come see him. That’s what I would love for him…but unfortunately I don’t know that person. I have three years to find them though! If you or someone you know fits this description (and wouldn’t mind building a friendship for a few years and would eventually want a horse) please comment below.

Now, onto what this post is supposed to be about:

The Message

“I’m not just talking theory. There is urgency in all this. If you’re apathetic and complacent, you’ll miss the moment of opportunity. You should be wide awake and on your toes like servants who are waiting for their master to return from a big wedding reception. They’ll have their shoes on and their lamps lit so they can open the door for him as soon as he arrives home. How fortunate those servants will be when the master knocks and they open the door immediately! You know what the master will do? He’ll put on an apron, sit them down at the kitchen table, and he’ll serve them a midnight snack. The later he comes home — whether it’s at midnight or even later, just before dawn — the more fortunate the alert servants will be.

In contrast, imagine a complacent, apathetic household manager whose house gets robbed. If he had been aware that thieves were waiting in the bushes and what hour they were coming, [he would have watched and] he never would have left the house! I’m trying to tell you that these are times for alertness, times requiring a sense of urgency and intensity, because like the master in the first story or the thief in the second, the Son of Man shows up by surprise.”

— Luke 13:35-40

The Sermon

The past few sermons have been about service. We must be open and eager to serve and follow God and serve others. When we turn away from God and decide to pave our own paths, we become blind to opportunities to serve others and spread the Word. If we serve Him with all of our heart and if we serve those around us, not only will we play a part in saving souls, we will be greatly rewarded and He will serve us in return. So if you find that you have pulled away from Christ and rejected His path, I call you to just circle back around and follow Him, because in serving Him there will be great eternal reward. Rejecting Him will lead to eternal regret.

Prayer Requests

If you have any prayer requests, please comment with them below. You can be as specific or vague as you want, and I will pray for you and submit your requests to my Lifegroup on Thursday.

VotD: July 28, 2013

Verse

“For the highest God above, who is and always will be, the only One who is holy has this to say: I live in the high and holy place, yet I am with the low, the weak, and the humble. I renew their vitality and revive their strength.”

– Isaiah 57:15

Thoughts

Jesus’ coming to earth is not inconsistent with the God who reveals himself in the Old Testament. God is high and holy. God is righteous and majestic. However, God loves people, especially people who come to him knowing that they need his love and grace. To those who seek him with passion and reverence, God brings revival that touches the spirit and heart.

Prayer

Holy and Righteous Father, thank you for loving me and coming to save me in Jesus. Father, I do come humbly to you asking that you fill me with your Spirit in a more powerful way and revive my heart and stir my spirit to work for your glory in my life today. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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VotD | July 27, 2013

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Verse

“Why is it that you see the dust in your brother’s or sister’s eye, but you can’t see what is in your own eye? Don’t ignore the wooden plank in your eye, while you criticize the speck of dust in your brother’s eyelashes. That type of criticism and judgement is a sham! Remove the plank from your own eye, and then perhaps you will be able to see clearly how to help your brother flush out his sawdust.”
– Matthew 7:3-5

Thoughts

Finding fault in someone else is so easy for most of us. Finding fault in ourselves is much trickier. Jesus reminds us that we must deal with the shortcomings and sins in our own lives before we start telling others how to live. Seems pretty simple, doesn’t it? But we all know it isn’t.

Prayer

Father, please forgive me when I am severe, harsh, and judgmental toward others. I know there are problems in my own life that need the work of your Holy Spirit. I confess that there are routine sins that I find myself excusing more and more. Please, dear LORD, forgive my sin and empower me to move beyond it. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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