Whenever you are in doubt about what to do next, GO WITH GOD!
Whenever you are wondering what to say next, GO WITH GOD!
Whenever you are wondering how to feel about something, GO WITH GOD!
Whenever you are wondering what to think, GO WITH GOD!
Whenever people press you to go their way, GO WITH GOD!
GO WITH GOD! Sounds simple enough – but I need that reminder everyday! GO WITH GOD!
SIMPLE OBEDIENCE IS NOT NECESSARILY EASY OBEDIENCE! BUT OBEDIENCE ALWAYS PLEASES GOD!
It is no secret around here that it has been a dry summer. I have been cutting our grass about every two weeks. Yesterday before Mosaic, I went out and looked at the grass. Most of it is yellow with patches of green. In fact, the grass crunches under your feet. Our little section of the Southside has not seen any appreciable rain in weeks. We have watched good rain go right around us. There are sections of the county that have had plenty of rain, but not here. I’m watching with interest some significant rain off to our west, but it appears that it might be lifting north. We’ll see if we get any rain today. To say it’s dry here would be an understatement.
I was thinking about how all that applies to our spiritual lives. Sometimes it seems like we are just living right under the showers — everything is going our way. There are times though that we experience long dry spells. I have come through one of those recently. Over the last ten days, Pam and I have been spending extended times in prayer and in God’s Word. We have even sung together over at church (just the two of us!) This morning not only did I pray that God would bring that physical rain to our west here, but I prayed that God would rain on me today. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit today, Lord. Seize the Day!
Tonight was a little different for Mosaic. The summer is always a little different anyway. Once the students arrived I shared some thoughts from Matthew 28:18-20 about the Great Commission and then plugged Vacation Bible School next week. Then we went out and handed out flyers to the community. After about a half hour we came back and had nachos. We had 10 students with 7 staff for a total of 17. We had a great time of fellowship as we ate our nachos.
Our church has been praying for Vacation Bible School that we would be able to make a difference in our community. Would you join us in prayer for this endeavour?
This morning as I was lying in bed trying to get up for prayer meeting, (Dale has decided to have prayer meeting every morning at 7:30 AM for the church which has been hard to do this week) I was listening to the radio. This week on our local Christian radio station, they had hints to help your pastor succeed so the church will succeed too. I was reminded that it is just as easy to pray, as it is to complain. (ouch!) We can get more accomplished by praying than we can by complaining. So this morning as I prayed in prayer meeting, I prayed that God would help remind me in the times that I want to complain, that all I have to do is started praying for God’s will be done.
After Christmas last year, I was at Radio Shack to pick up Dale. As I was walking around, I came across some handheld games that were on clearance. They were under two dollars and so I bought some for church so we could give them to the kids at church for Christmas. One of the ladies in our church is (was) a schoolteacher and she was always looking for prizes to give to the children in her students when they did well. When she found about this deal, she asked us to purchase some for her — which I did. A few months later more clearance merchandise had come in and so we picked up even more games for her.
With school starting soon, find a teacher that you can help out. Or maybe, call a school near to your house and ask what kind of things that you could buy to help out a child. Maybe your church could collect school supplies to donate to a local school.
A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. — Ephesians 6:10-12
This is the word that God gave me for this week. I have never been more prayed up or “worded” up (meaning been in God’s Word) than I have during this past week. This morning Pam and I were up early praying for today’s services. Pam and I have prayed multiple times together for God to do a work today.
Those prayers did not go unanswered. We had a great day in the Lord today. Everything about today was positive. From worship to preaching to the response at the altar. I believe we gave the devil a pretty good black eye today. One of the things I challenged our congregation with was to meet together for prayer. So tomorrow morning at 7:30 AM. The doors will be unlocked and we will pray for our church and our community. Yesterday, we prayed that 5 people would be there that have never been there — while that prayer wasn’t answered exactly, we had five people who hadn’t been to church in a long time.
This afternoon, one of my pastor friends stopped by to check on us. It is great to have a fellowship of pastors like our Southern cluster. Our district is separated into to smaller clusters and we have about 8 churches in our cluster (we used to use the word zones.)
This evening, we sang and then I presented some of Pastor Greg’s State of the Church address from District Conference. Then we started our study on the first beatitude.
It was a great day and I’m thankful for the way God worked today. It was awesome.
July 27, 2008
11th Sunday after Pentecost
Call to Worship – Psalm 105
Song of Worship – The Love of God (Lehman)
Installation of Local Board of Administration
Song of Worship—Find Us Faithful (Mohr)
Worship through Prayer
Worship through Giving
Song of Worship — Sound the Battle Cry (Sherwin)
Responsive Reading—The Armor of God
Worship through God’s Word –
Proper 12 (17)
July 27, 2008
This week’s readings contain perhaps one of my favorite passages of scripture. Again we will look at Romans 8:
38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
I love this description of God’s love. It reminds me of a favorite gospel song “The Love of God.”
Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade,
To write the love of God above,
Would drain the ocean dry.
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.
O love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure
The saints’ and angels’ song.
What a great thought!
God has given me this scripture this week. I believe He is prompting me to preach this scripture on Sunday. Dr. Graham alluded to this scripture during our Power Rally last week. From Ephesians 6″
10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we[c] are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.[d] 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.[e] 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.[f]
19 And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God’s mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike.[g] 20 I am in chains now, still preaching this message as God’s ambassador. So pray that I will keep on speaking boldly for him, as I should.