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  • Scripture Ephesians 3:16-21
  • Date Sunday, 12 August 2018
I began the study in Ephesians 3 at verse 14 last week (August 5). I suspected time would not allow me to get through the study of verses 14-15 plus the prayers. It did not. I completed the study of vv. 14-15, so this Sunday (August 12) I will continue in Ephesians 3 and focus on vv. 16-21. There are 3 prayers contained within vv. 16-19. I will concentrate on these prayers, looking at each one individually.

Last week, I worked on the theme, the Posture of Prayer. I explained that Jesus taught us how to pray, but God's Word also teaches us the posture we are to take for prayer.

This week, the actual prayers. There is something common in each prayer. I hope everyone will see this common point and understand how critical this element is. See you Sunday!

Oh, yeah, and we come to the Lord's Table and share in His Body & Blood on Sunday, too. A special treat together.
  • Scripture II Corinthians 4:1-7
  • Date Sunday, 29 July 2018
This week, we do a little recapping of our VBS during the past week. The Message is inspired from one of the children's lessons that really resonated with me. So, we are using one of the scripture references from VBS and developing it into the Message.
"Send the Light" is partially about our call to missionary work, but not by much. It is really about being the light and understanding what that light is. God defines the light in our II Corinthians text and in Matthew 5. So, we launch from these two texts and explore sending the Light, especially to our communities around us.

I really hope that many of the children who participated this past week will be able to return Sunday morning to help with the songs and stuff.
  • Scripture Psalm 1
  • Date Sunday, 08 July 2018
Launching from the classic poem "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost, in combination with the first Psalm, I want to discuss choices for this Sunday. Choices exist everyday. For some people, choices are few due to circumstances. For most, choices abound and life is guided by those choices.

In life, we come to the fork in the road as often as choices present themselves. Sometimes these 'forks' are less significant and sometimes, the 'forks' are life changing.
The Psalmist discusses choices and road choices in this first Psalm. These roads chosen are of the life-changing sort. So, I want to spend some time considering this first Psalm carefully. Since we all face these 'forks' this is not a Message to miss.

See you Sunday morning! Wish I could spend the day with you.

  • Scripture II Samuel 24:20-25
  • Date Sunday, 01 July 2018
Independence Day for the U.S. is on this Wednesday – this nation celebrates July 4th every year – would it mean as much to any of us … if no struggle had been involved in winning our independence? If no lives had been lost … if no sacrifice had been included – what would independence mean, then?
Appreciation for something comes to us when we have to work for it … struggle for it … suffer for it … give up something for it.
What is it to have a Sacrifice of Nothing?

We focus on a really lesson-filled story. David has messed up & repented. But, consequences exist and those consequences are going to impact many, not just David. When we sin, others are always hurt.
David is to offer a sacrifice as a part of his repentence. When all the supplied needed for this sacrifice are offered to David for free ... well, read it yourself and reflect on it. We'll talk about this Sunday morning!

Jesus said to him, "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

John 14:6

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