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  • The Blessing in Others 7.2.22

    The next Sabbath he began teaching in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. They asked, “Where did he get all this wisdom and the power to perform such miracles?” 3 Then they scoffed, “He’s just a carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas, and Simon. And his sisters live right here among us.” (Mark 6:2–3).

    The people of Jesus' hometown could not learn or experience the power of Christ because they were prejudiced by surface things. They saw Jesus as too common to be the Messiah. They knew Him - how could He be the Messiah?

    Do you have people you write off because of surface things? Do you miss their gifts and ministry because: you know some of their past failures, you were classmates, you are related, they don't have a job, they carry a "label" that says they are "damaged," or their appearance does not conform with what you think is appropriate (overweight, tattoos, etc.)?

    Think of all that these people missed because they did not listen to Jesus. They had such opportunities! Don't make that mistake! Remind yourself to look at the heart of the people around you. Don't miss the treasure they bring and will gladly share with you

    1. Faithfulness 7.1.22

      22 “The faithful love of the LORD never ends!*

      His mercies never cease.

      23 Great is his faithfulness;

      his mercies begin afresh each morning.

      24 I say to myself, “The LORD is my inheritance;

      therefore, I will hope in him!” (Lamentations 3:22-24)

      Lamentations is a book written to mourn the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians in 586 BC. It is a tough book to read because of the sorrow it conveys. However, when you get to chapter 3, the tone changes. It is a magnificent chapter filled with faith and positive instruction (go ahead and read that chapter).

      Literally in the midst of the ruins, Jeremiah holds on to the truth that God is faithful. He knows that the wounds from the Lord are designed to draw us back to Him. He also reminds himself that the only thing He needs is His relationship with the Lord. He is the inheritance we should seek.

      As you look around at the world, you may see a lot of conflict and rubble. However, the Lord will bring you out of that rubble. He does not give up on people. If you turn to Him you will find He is right where He has always been, standing before you with open arms.

      1. Learning from the Past. 6.30.22

        “15 The LORD, the God of their ancestors, repeatedly sent his prophets to warn them, for he had compassion on his people and his Temple. 16 But the people mocked these messengers of God and despised their words. They scoffed at the prophets until the LORD’s anger could no longer be restrained and nothing could be done.” (2 Chronicles 36)

        These words should give us pause. Has any nation ever been blessed as America has? Has there ever been a time when the gospel was more freely proclaimed? Yet, people resist and now are becoming hostile toward fervent believers. These words are a sobering warning that God will not put up with the wickedness forever.

        Take heed to the Word of God.

        These words should give us pause. Has any nation ever been blessed as America has? Has there ever been a time when the gospel was more freely proclaimed? Yet, people resist and now are becoming hostile toward fervent believers. These words are a sobering warning that God will not put up with the wickedness forever.

        Take heed to the Word of God.
        1. Your Spiritual Diet 6.29.22

          “Pay close attention to what you hear. The closer you listen, the more understanding you will be given—and you will receive even more. 25 To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them.” (Mark 4:24–25).

          In the Christian life, if you really want to grow, you will grow. It all starts with good teaching. It is not primarily about music, groups, or friends, we must listen to instruction from the Word of God.

          Spend time daily in God's Word. And on Sunday, go to a church where the Word is taught. You hear it all the time: "Diet is everything!" This is also true in the Christian faith. What you feed on, will determine how healthy you are.

          1. The Best Disciples 6.28.22

            Levi invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. (There were many people of this kind among Jesus’ followers.)

            (Mark 2:15).

            There are some church growth strategies that target a certain demographic. That is not the way Jesus worked. The Lord drew people from all ages and classes. His group was made up of broken people. In fact, He said only those who recognize their brokenness can find the life He came to give us. He wasn't about numbers, He was about hearts.

            We can learn from Jesus. Look for hurting people and tell them about the One who identifies with their pain and wants to make them whole again. They make the very best disciples.

            1. Our Lifeline 6.27.22

              35 Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray., (Mark 1:35).

              Think about this: Jesus got up early to talk to His Father in prayer! The strength of our Lord was found in HIs vibrant relationship with the Father! I would have loved to have heard some of those conversations.

              Most of us struggle with prayer. It sometimes feels like we are just talking to the air. Prayer is not about making requests, it is about a relationship with God. We know how important it is to keep the conversation going in a relationship. Our relationship with God is no different. We talk WITH God, not simply TO Him. Prayer is not a duty to perform but a privilege to enjoy. It is not a meaningless exercise but a vital lifeline. If Jesus needed to pray . . . so do we.

              1. In the Gap 6.26.22

                “30“I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land. I searched for someone to stand in the gap in the wall so I wouldn’t have to destroy the land, but I found no one.” (Ezekiel 22:30)

                God looked for just ONE person who would remain loyal to Him

                so He wouldn't have to destroy Jerusalem. He found no one!

                I wonder if everyone thought someone else would stand up in a crooked world thinking, "Let them take the heat."

                In our world of ethical, moral, and even intellectual confusion; in this world of angry people who have turned away from godly practices, He is looking for people who will stand with Him. He is looking for people who will stand with Him against the tide of public opinion.

                The question you can see coming is convicting: "Will you be one who "stands in the gap?"

                1. A Quiet Witness 6.25.22

                  11 Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before. 12 Then people who are not believers will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others.

                  (1 Th 4:11–12).

                  This is such simple and practical counsel from the Lord. We are not to be quiet about our faith, but we are to be steady and continue to focus more on what we can do as followers of Christ rather than spending all our time criticizing others.

                  When others respect the way we live and work, we are on the way to a good witness for the Savior. The world is feeling kind of dark right now. It is time for the people of His Kingdom to shine so those around us may come to saving faith.