Reflections… a Scripture verse and inspiration for daily living [6/26/19]

Hear me, my God, as I voice my complaint; protect my life from the threat of the enemy.

But God will shoot them with his arrows; they will suddenly be struck down.  He will turn their own tongues against them and bring them to ruin; all who see them will shake their heads in scorn.   All people will fear; they will proclaim the works of God and ponder what he has done.  The righteous will rejoice in the Lord and take refuge in him; all the upright in heart will glory in him!

Psalm 64:1, 7-10 (NIV)

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Prayer, Praise, & Promises June 25, 2019

Ephesians 4:2 (NIV)

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

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Reflections… a Scripture verse and inspiration for daily living [6/25/19]

But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.  For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.  Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.  In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.  And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

Ephesians 2:13, 17-22

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Prayer, Praise, & Promises June 24, 2019

I am sure that God keeps no one waiting unless he sees that it is good for him to wait. – C. S. Lewis

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Reflections… a Scripture verse and inspiration for daily living [6/24/19]

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.  For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”

Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called.  Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.  But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.  God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.  It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.  Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”

1 Corinthians 1:18-19, 26-31 (NIV)

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Prayer, Praise, & Promises June 23, 2019

Father, had you not the patience with us that you provide, we would suffer your wrath. We praise You for your patience and your mercy. Amen.

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Jesus Crosses Boundaries, Jesus Heals, Jesus Saves – Second Sunday after Pentecost [6/23/19]

Today’s Passage:  Luke 8:26-56

Opening Prayer: Father God, we know You see all, know all, and You have a plan for us.  We often stray to areas where we think there is a point of no return, BUT praise God, You cross all boundaries and barriers to reach us – to heal us, to save us, to restore us, and to unite us with other believers.  May we see we are not beyond redemption and deliverance by You, Lord God.  Ease our suffering and draw us near.  In the name of Jesus, I pray.  Amen.

Opening Song: for KING & COUNTRY – God Only Knows (Official Music Video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5cPQg3oq-o

Message [used with permission from A Sermon for Every Sunday]:  Jesus Crosses Boundaries, Jesus Heals, Jesus Saves by Rolf Jacobson, Professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota.
It’s about the way Jesus crossed boundaries and created community everywhere he went.  “In today’s long reading from Luke 8:26-56, Jesus crosses three different boundaries to save three very different people from three very different crises. In each case, he restored that saved person to his/her community,” begins Dr. Rolf Jacobson, Professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He continues, “The God who draws near to us in Jesus Christ, draws radically near, intruding into this world for the purpose of salvation and deliverance from evil.” From what do you need to be saved or delivered? Listen and find out how Christ can restore you to your community.

Closing Song: Jeremy Camp “Jesus Saves”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRU-wSAk-HE

Closing Prayer: Father God, thank you for sending Your Son.  Jesus delivers us from whatever binds us.  He frees us.  He is our deliverer.  May we remember that He not only delivers us, but He restores us – restores us to a family, to friends, and to a community of believers.  May the power of the Holy Spirit unite us to others, through Jesus Christ.  In His name, I pray.  Amen.

Epilogue:  Deliverance | Live | GATEWAY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwH3fA3D690

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