Reflections… a Scripture verse and inspiration for daily living [9/16/19]

Surely God is good to Israel,
to those who are pure in heart.

But as for me, my feet had almost slipped;
I had nearly lost my foothold.
For I envied the arrogant
when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

They have no struggles;
their bodies are healthy and strong.
They are free from common human burdens;
they are not plagued by human ills.

16 When I tried to understand all this,
it troubled me deeply
17 till I entered the sanctuary of God;
then I understood their final destiny.

26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.

27 Those who are far from you will perish;
you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.
28 But as for me, it is good to be near God.
I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge;
I will tell of all your deeds.

Psalm 73:1-5, 16-17, 26-28 (NIV)

Posted in Bible, Christ-Centered, Encouragement, Inspirational, Organic Church, Scripture | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Prayer, Praise, & Promises Sept. 15, 2019

The greater your knowledge of the goodness and grace of God on your life, the more likely you are to praise Him in the storm. –  Matt Chandler

Posted in Encouragement, Praise reports, Prayers, Promises | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Lord Is My Seeking Shepherd and Sweeper: I Shall Not Be Lost [9/15/19]

Today’s Passage:  Luke 15:1-10

Opening Prayer: Father God, thank you for relentlessly seeking after those who love you but have wandered from your side.  We can get distracted and stray from the chosen path to follow you.  May You draw us close.  May You keep us from all harm.  May we sense Your presence and know You are with us.  In Jesus’ name, I pray all these things and more.  Amen.

Opening Song:  Chris Tomlin – Goodness, Love And Mercy (Lyric Video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kg7K0-Cd4i8

Message [used with permission from A Sermon for Every Sunday]: The Lord Is My Seeking Shepherd and Sweeper: I Shall Not Be Lost by Scott Spencer, New Testament professor.
Most of us can recite Psalm 23 from memory…”The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want…” In today’s sermon from Luke 15:1-10, New Testament scholar, author, professor, and preacher, Scott Spencer, gives us a different perspective on the 23rd Psalm.  He says, “The Lord is my seeking shepherd and sweeper, I shall not be lost.” He continues, “Such a composite picture expands our vision of God alongside the familiar shepherd image from Psalm 23 and the father figure from the final lost parable (the Prodigal Son).” Listen as Spencer explains the connection between the three parables and the 23rd Psalm and how it can impact the way we view God as shepherd in our lives.

Closing Song: Lauren Daigle – Rescue (Official Music Video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYR0xP1j4PY

Closing Prayer: Father God, thank You for loving us and for drawing us near.  Where can we go from Your presence, Lord God?  May we know we will never be lost.  May we know that, wherever we go or whenever we wander away from You, You will find us.  You will rescue us.  Praise Your holy name.  Amen.

Epilogue:  Shepherd (Official Lyric Video) – Amanda Cook | Brave New World
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVjedGudN8w

Posted in Bible, Christ-Centered, Organic Church, Scripture, Service | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Reflections… a Scripture verse and inspiration for daily living [9/15/19]

The Parable of the Lost Sheep
Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

The Parable of the Lost Coin
“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ 10 In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

Luke 15:3-10 (NIV)

Posted in Bible, Christ-Centered, Encouragement, Inspirational, Organic Church, Scripture | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Prayer, Praise, & Promises Sept. 14, 2019

Father, you have blessed us with goodness and mercy far greater than we can ever see. Help us to open our hearts and minds to even greater truths about you as we draw nearer to you. Amen.

Posted in Encouragement, Praise reports, Prayers, Promises | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Reflections… a Scripture verse and inspiration for daily living [9/14/19]

Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.

For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me.
Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight;
so you are right in your verdict
and justified when you judge.
Surely I was sinful at birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
you taught me wisdom in that secret place.

Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins
and blot out all my iniquity.

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Psalm 51:1-10 (NIV)

Posted in Bible, Christ-Centered, Encouragement, Inspirational, Organic Church, Scripture | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Prayer, Praise, & Promises Sept. 13, 2019

2 Peter 1:5 (NRSV)

For this very reason, you must make every effort to support your faith with goodness, and goodness with knowledge

Posted in Encouragement, Praise reports, Prayers, Promises | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment