- Read"He loved us not because we were lovable, but because He is love."- C.S. Lewis
Sunday, September 25th
Some years ago, I had a recurring thought/mental vision that kept invading my mind. I believe it was a thought that came from the Lord at the time. The thought was this; “What if you had a different reality than you do? What if you were quite poor, living in an oppressive place with little resources or opportunity to advance yourself? If that was true, would you still be able to love and serve God? Would He be enough for you?”
It made me realize that we often depend on many things, and situations to find our satisfaction rather than find our sufficiency in God. Even if we had very little earthly resources it is possible to love and serve God. In fact, many things in life can be deterrents to our vital relationship with the Lord.
This coming Lord’s Day we will continue to explore what the Holy Spirit does in our lives. He is the resource that makes all the difference. We learned last week that He counsels, He abides, He teaches, testifies, and convicts our hearts so we will turn to God. We will look at five more functions of the Holy Spirit as He dwells with us and in us. What an incredible presence He is for every believer as we walk through this life we are given, wherever we find ourselves.
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Sunday, September 18th
Sometimes I do not read the instructions. Instructions are often long and tedious, hard to follow, and painfully time-consuming. I like quick-start guides and picture-based simple instruction cards. But there are times we absolutely must carefully follow step-by-step instructions if we hope to have a finished product that will be useful.
Jesus laid out a specific plan for what would happen when He left the disciples. They struggled to accept the plan and would have preferred another way to accomplish the goal that Jesus had in mind. Jesus did something really important and unexpected. He did not leave behind a quick-start guide, a pictogram instruction card, or even a YouTube demonstration video. He gave the disciples (and us) a person to come along side us and show us the way. That’s just what we need! A patient, capable, expert that is just like Jesus in every way and He is available to every believer at any time.
His name is the Holy Spirit. As we become introduced more to Him this Sunday, we will learn what He does for us in His role in our lives. We really do need Him!
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Sunday, September 11th
There are sometimes you just really need a friend who is a true friend. You need a person who knows you and will tell you the truth. You need a friend who is wise and caring, trustworthy, who will compassionately guide you. You need someone who has your best interest in mind and understands your values. You need a person who will stick with you through thick and thin, feast or famine, the good times and the worst times.
Every Christian has such a friend! This friend has all the qualities above and many more. This friend is capable and willing to help you in every way that is needed and will always lead you to the best circumstances. This friend is always available at any time, in every need. And this friend loves you through and through.
Beginning this Sunday, we will learn about the friend that sticks closer than a brother. The Holy Spirit is his name. Let’s become better acquainted with the person and work of this friend and counselor that God has given his children. I hope to see you Sunday!
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Sunday, September 4th
When I was a kid, we lived on a farm. I had a place I liked to go to be alone sometimes. It was along a fencerow under large wild shrub that was covered by green foliage, but the underside was hollowed out to form a dome-shaped shelter. It was a great place to get away and be quiet, to think or just sit and not think.
In John chapter one we learn about Nathaniel who was under a fig tree praying. It was a common place for prayer in his day. Private and sheltered, a person could talk to the Lord and share their thoughts in prayer. One day Nathaniel’s friend, Phillip, came to him eager to share the great news that he had just found the Messiah! Nathaniel was skeptical and dismissive, doubting such a claim.
Then Jesus himself sought out Nathaniel and when it appeared Jesus somehow knew Nathaniel, a puzzled young man asked, “How do you know me?”
Jesus said, “I saw you while you were still praying under the fig tree before Phillip called you.”
And then Nathaniel believed. Jesus sees us when no one else can. He knows our prayers and knows us before we are aware of him. This Lord’s Day we will look into “The Call of Jesus.” Let’s be ready to respond as Nathaniel in faithful confession and obedience.