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  • Honesty 8.12.20

     If I had cherished iniquity in my heart,

    the Lord would not have listened.

    (Psalm 66:18).

    Our Lord desires an honest relationship with us. If we aren't honest about our own sin our relationship is based on deception. We may be able to hide our secret life to others, we cannot do it with the Lord.

    Humility begins when we realize and admit that we are sinful people who seek a grace we do not (and cannot) deserve. We must stop lying to ourselves. We are not the "great" people we want others to think we are. We are sinners in need of grace.

    But here is the amazing news of the gospel: "If we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9). In other words, we can be released from the guilt, the shame, and the bondage of our sin. But, that can only happen when we are willing to be honest with God. Today is a good day to begin.

    1. Stop the Madness 8.11.20

      They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them. (Romans 1:29–32).

      As you watch the news and see the wanton disregard of others acted out in blatant fashion, I am reminded of these words from the book of Romans. It is a reminder that the problems we see all around us will not be solved by science, an election, government aid, benefits, protests, or anything else. The problem is spiritual. Until we turn to the Lord rather than away from Him, things will only get worse.

      Fortunately, God patiently pursues. He has not given up on us . . . yet. Peace in the world must start with our personal peace with God. We must admit our rebellion and ask for His help and forgiveness. The Lord stands ready, but we must be willing to leave the foolishness behind.

      As you watch or read about some of the craziness going on across our country, remember we are seeing the consequences of ignoring God. And may that realization, lead you to pray.
      1. Looking for a Handout 8.10.20

        And Araunah said to the king, “May the LORD your God accept you.” But the king said to Araunah, “No, but I will buy it from you for a price. I will not offer burnt offerings to the LORD my God that cost me nothing.” (2 Samuel 24:23–24).

        David wanted to secure some land to use as a sacrifice to the Lord (and eventually was the land on which the temple was built). The landowner, (Araunah), wanted to give it to the King. David refused. He did not want to make an offering to the Lord on land that cost him nothing. It was not about getting a bargain, it was about honoring the Lord and doing so sacrificially.

        In this world where people increasingly expect things for nothing, we would be wise to follow the approach of David. Rather than give God our leftovers we should be seeking to give Him our best. This isn't just about money. It is about time, attention, service, and sometimes our finances. We should not be looking for a bargain faith (it does not exist). A Christianity without sacrifice is religion rather than a relationship with Jesus.

        This principle is called stewardship. It is being a good caretaker of what God has given to us. Today, instead of looking for ways to get "something for nothing," work hard to faithfully give to God and those around us, our very best.

        1. Loved 8.9.20

          Because your steadfast love is better than life,

          my lips will praise you.

          So I will bless you as long as I live;

          in your name I will lift up my hands.

          (Psalm 63:3–4).

          When you stop and reflect on the love and grace of God you will realize just how blessed you are.

          I hope you have known the privilege and blessing of being truly and fully loved by someone. It motivates and fills your life with joy and you want nothing more than to spend your life honoring and enjoying this person. Knowing the love of God is this good and much more.

          You may believe you are past loving. You are wrong! God knows your failures and flaws and still reaches out to you in love. He calls you to leave the life of hiding and pretending and bring the pieces of your life to Him. He will love you and begin to put life back together. You will begin to know joy. When He has started to do this, worship will no longer be a duty . . . it will be a delight. You will long to spend time with the Lord, not just on Sundays, but every day. Celebrate the love of God!

          1. posted an announcement

            Church Livestream for 8.9.20

            Join us for worship in person or from home. Livestream is available beginning at 7:55 a.m. You can, of course, tune in at any time. Rick's message is filled with practical wisdom.
            1. Hope 8.8.20

              For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence,

              for my hope is from him.

              He only is my rock and my salvation,

              my fortress; I shall not be shaken.

              On God rests my salvation and my glory;

              my mighty rock, my refuge is God.

              Trust in him at all times, O people;

              pour out your heart before him;

              God is a refuge for us. Selah

              (Psalm 62:5–8).

              While others trust the government or "science," I will continue to put my trust in the Lord. Rather than trust our instinct, strength or wisdom, I want to rest in Him. Rather than trust my 5-year plan, I will wait upon the Lord and hopefully move when He moves and stop when He stops.

              It is good in trying times to ask the question: Who do I trust? Where am I looking for strength and guidance? In whom or in what do you place your trust?

              There is only One who is trustworthy. He alone has all the answers. Turn to HIm.

              1. Sep

                Open House/Shower for Rachel Batson

                Saturday, September 19th, 1 pm (CDT)
                Union Church of La Harpe Illinois
                107 N Center St