Reflections… a Scripture verse and inspiration for daily living [6/19/19]

46 And Mary said:
“My soul glorifies the Lord
47     and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.

Luke 1:46-48 (NIV)

Glory to the Lord our God!

50 His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.”

Luke 1:50-53 (NIV)

Praise Him for all He has done.  Amen.

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Prayer, Praise, & Promises June 18, 2019

Great works are preformed not by strength but by perseverance.  – Samuel Johnson

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Reflections… a Scripture verse and inspiration for daily living [6/18/19]

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 5:15-20

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Prayer, Praise, & Promises June 17, 2019

Father, we ask you for the patience we need to with one another to provide careful instruction and the wisdom to use Your word as our foundation.  Amen.

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Reflections… a Scripture verse and inspiration for daily living [6/17/19]

So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. 

Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.

Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

Ephesians 4:11-16 (NIV)

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Prayer, Praise, & Promises June 16, 2019

2 Timothy 4:2 (NIV)

Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke, and encourage – with great patience and careful instruction.

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“When Religion Makes Things Worse” – Trinity Sunday [6/16/19]

Today’s Passage:  John 3:1-17

Opening Prayer: Today is referred to as Trinity Sunday.  It is a day to recognize and celebrate the Holy Trinity – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Father God, may we be touched in a special way today.  Such a mystery is found in the Trinity.  May the nature of the Trinity be fully revealed to us today.  This I pray, in the name of Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit, and all to the glory to the heavenly Father.  Amen.

Opening Song: Newsboys – We Believe (Official Music Video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjZ01FcK0yk

Message [used with permission from A Sermon for Every Sunday]:  “When Religion Makes Things Worse” by Jim Somerville, pastor of Richmond’s First Baptist Church and co-founder of A Sermon for Every Sunday.
Is your conception of God radically true? Is the [tree] trunk straight, the limbs strong, the branches full of good fruit? It’s a question I’d like every Christian to consider,” begins Jim Somerville.  He continues, “How can we be absolutely, positively, one hundred percent certain that our conception of God is true and not false?…I think that’s the question that got Nicodemus out of bed in the middle of the night.” What can we learn from Nicodemus in John 3: 1-17? Listen as Somerville explains how we can be sure that our conception of God is true.

or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8jWi9rjekM

Closing Song: This I Believe (The Creed) – Hillsong Worship
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtUNQpu2b7Q

Closing Prayer: Father God, may our understanding of You, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit be radically true.  As we draw closer to Jesus, may we grow faithfully in this truth.  May our steps be guided by the Holy Spirit.  May the fruit we bear point directly to You.  May we also work tirelessly to advance Your kingdom.  In the name of Jesus, I pray.  Amen.

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