Prayer, Praise, & Promises July 23, 2019

Father, the inner peace you give is indeed precious. Help us to tell others of this good news and point them to you. Amen.

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Reflections… a Scripture verse and inspiration for daily living [7/23/19]

So how does Christ make it right for us?  Do you claim Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?  How would someone know?  Read what Scripture has to say about it in 1 John 2:1-6.

My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.
1 John 2:1-6 (NIV)

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Prayer, Praise, & Promises July 22, 2019

Acts 10:36 (NIV)

You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.

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Reflections… a Scripture verse and inspiration for daily living [7/22/19]

So, as Christians, what is the mystery, who is it we proclaim, and what is the goal?  Read below and find out.  This message is for you.

To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ

My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments.

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

Colossians 1:27-28, 2:2-4, 6-7 (NIV)

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Prayer, Praise, & Promises July 21, 2019

When we clear away our regrets, joy replaces resentment and peace replaces conflict. – Chuck Swindoll

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Permission to Say No – The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost [7/21/19]

Today’s Passage:  Luke 10:38-42

Opening Prayer: Father God, You know we have a lot of things to do to get through our daily lives.  Help us not to worry so much about all the details and to rest in You.  Help us to choose to sit at the feet of Jesus – to just be in His presence.  In the name of Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit, I pray.  Amen.

Opening Song: In Your Presence – Official Music Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uecLQ0p08rk

Message [used with permission from A Sermon for Every Sunday]: Permission to Say No – The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost by Rev. Dr. Judy Kincaid, recorded in May 2019 at the Festival of Homiletics in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
What would you do if Jesus Christ came to your house for dinner? Judy Kincaid, winner of our 2020 Pentecost Preaching Contest, preaches a sermon on Luke 10:38-42, the beloved story of Mary and Martha. Kincaid asks, “Is it a badge of honor to have something to do all the time? Does it make us feel important?” Then she quotes Henry David Thoreau. “It’s not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is, ‘What are we busy about?’” Listen as Kincaid explains how to overcome our anxious busyness by choosing, as Mary did, “the better part.”

Closing Song: Terrian – God With Us (Official Music Video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJbtWOSYjBM

Closing Prayer: Father God, thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus, for through Him our relationship with You grows strong.  Thank You for the Spirit of Christ that lives within us.  May we rest in Your love, learn at the feet of Jesus, and be guided by the Holy Spirit.  What more could we ask?  May we be mature, complete, and lacking nothing.  In Jesus’ name, I pray.  Amen.

Epilogue: The Afters – Well Done (Official Lyric Video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X29hPMgKUyM

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Reflections… a Scripture verse and inspiration for daily living [7/21/19]

Want some insight into who Christ is… and what He did for us?  If so, take a read of the passage below.

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.  He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant. Colossians 1:15-23 (NIV)

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