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Helpful Resource

Here is the link to watch the video:

https://vimeo.com/391061640

The J-Curve will help you process the suffering of life and see it’s purposes. Click the link to watch.


Morning Meditation

Exodus 3:12

[12] He said, “But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.”

The sign that God has sent Moses will not be revealed until after the people of Israel have been brought out of Egypt. Trust and obey. Trust Me first, then I will affirm with a sign.

The battle to trust and not fear is a common battle to all. I believe God is trustworthy even when I don’t know how it’s going to work out and why He would send such weak people to do such difficult tasks. Oh wait…because it’s for His glory and not man’s.

I often send these out via text message to some of my brothers and sisters in Christ. Below is a response from one of them.

“It’s a strange form of trust. What if you were climbing a mountain and I passed you down a rope and told you to trust your weight to it, but was also clear that by that I did not mean that the rope would certainly not break (it might) but only that even if it did break, as you fell to the depths, you would have the sudden feeling that this was alright, and perhaps better than making it to the top anyhow? God promises that if we trust him all will go well, but by that he does not mean that it will go as we wish. He means it will go as he wishes and that we will come to believe that to be best for us, however it may differ with our own wishes. We know the Israelites wished to stay in Egypt. They said so. But God gave them what they did not want because they trusted him.”


Read Good Old Books

“It is not great talents or great learning or great preachers that God needs, but men and women great in holiness, great in faith, great in love, great in fidelity, great for God. These can mold a generation for God.”

“The church is looking for better methods; God is looking for better men and women.”

E.M. Bounds

Power Through Prayer https://www.amazon.com/dp/1502994429/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_78CT0RRPYWZ14ARJHPEN


Morning Meditations

Genesis 41:51

[51] Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh. “For,” he said, “God has made me forget all my hardship and all my father’s house.”

If we could keep in mind that on that Day, God will make us forget all our hardships then we might live differently in this foreign land. We are just sojourning here.

Let us be fruitful now in the land of affliction: Genesis 41:52

[52] The name of the second he called Ephraim, “For God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction.”

Help me remember because I easily forget.


Sermon Manuscript for Lord’s Day 8/8/2021

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Order of Worship—John 15.1-11

Prelude

Announcements and Welcome

Call to Worship

(Jer. 17:5-8)  5 Thus says the LORD: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the LORD.  6 He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land.  7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD.  8 He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”

Hymn No. 571 “This is the Day”

Pastoral Prayer

Hymn No. 456 “How Firm a Foundation

(Ps. 42:1-2) As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God.  2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.

Hymn No. 554 “As the Deer”

Sermon—John 15:1-11

Hymn No. 559 “More Love to Thee, O Christ”

Benediction

(Col. 1:9-12) 9 And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,  10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;  11 being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy;  12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.