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His Will Be Done

Abraham and his wife, Sarah grew impatient while waiting for the promise that God would give them a son, thereby bringing shame and regret to his family when he slept with Sarah’s handmaiden. When the children of Israel wanted a sign from God at the base of Mt. Sinai and never received it for forty days, they built a golden calf and worshiped it, bringing judgement onto themselves. Saul lost his kingship whenever he deliberately disobeyed the Word of the Lord through the Prophet Samuel in a futile attempt to maintain control over the war against Israel’s enemies. Even as children of God who have been saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, we constantly find ourselves in situations where we become impatient with God and try to gain control over our lives. Why is it so hard to wait? Why can’t we have the actual patience without having to undergo the situation that teaches us to have patience?

I think it’s safe to assume that none of us are patient people. It is ingrained into our very beings to be impatient people who are driven by our own pride and selfishness, all the while deceiving ourselves into thinking that we somehow know better than God, the all-powerful, sovereign ruler over our lives. As soon as we see that things are not going our way, we then try to take matters into our own hands, which usually ends badly for everyone involved. We are are most apt to avoid hardships when we fail to see things from God’s eternal perspective, and we are prone to disappointment with God when we fail to trust His point of view. Since God is the master Craftsman over our lives, then we must honor Him and demonstrate faith in Him by exercising patience in the midst of our seasons of waiting and pain.  True followers of Christ will not only rejoice in times of suffering, but they will know how to surrender to God the burdens that cause them to be impatient, making it a regular practice of casting their cares upon their Heavenly Father. They know they can release the issues of life into the hands of God because they believe that it always yields a better result when they declare, “God, Your will be done.”

7/30 Set List:

God Is Here, by Darlene Zschech – D

Glorious Day, by Kristian Stanfill – D

God Is Able, by Hillsong – B

Here In The Presence, by Elevation Worship – A

Can’t Stop Your Love, by Worship Central – A

From Blessed to Being a Blessing

One of the defining qualities about a person is how they spend their time and their money. If you take a look at the overall sequence of your calendar and your bank account, then it will become obvious where your priorities lie and what matters most to you. Christ Himself exhorts, “do not lay up for ourselves treasures on earth, where moths and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal (Matt 6:19-20).” In the following verse, He makes the famous statement, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” So we must then ask ourselves: where is my treasure? The things we treasure can easily turn into idols in our lives, which can then steal our attention and affection away from the true object of our worship — Jesus Christ.

Treasures can include much more than material possessions, and they range from our careers to our own self-images and everything in-between. Moths may not eat away at those things, but there are definitely thieves who can come into our lives and steal our careers, self-images, and a million other non-material idols that we erect for our own glories. We must therefore make Christ our treasure, for He is everlasting. No thief can steal Him from us, and nothing can destroy Him. He is our ultimate reward that never fades away, and it is not vain to set aside everything we have in order to pursue Him and expand His kingdom.

Whenever we make Christ our treasure, we can then become a blessing to those around us, whether we give generously to the local church or we share our time and money to help the less fortunate. When we surrender everything we are and everything we have to the glory of God alone, then people will begin to take notice of how different we live compared to the pattern of this world, and this can open up all kinds of opportunities for us to share the gospel with others. The key to living our lives as generous givers is to realize that our time and money really don’t belong to us. Those things have been graciously given to us by God, and we must therefore give those things back to Him through the way we manage our time and resources.

Concerning the musical elements of the worship service last weekend, we compiled songs that not only assert the goodness and faithfulness of God, but we also made an effort to incorporate songs that encourage believers with the fact that Christ is truly our reward and our ultimate treasure, and that He is worthy of all our time and resources.

Weekend set list:

You Are Good (Israel Houghton & Lincoln Brewster) –

Christ Is Enough (Reuben Morgan & Jonas Myrin) –

In Christ Alone (Kristian Stanfill) –

Worthy of Your Name (Brenton Brown, Brett Younker, and Sean Curran) –

Devotionals: Journey after Ten – A New Season

Part 1 – Its leaf does not wither

Week: 2 of 3

Day: 1 of 7

Scripture Reading: Ecclesiastes 3:1 – 8; Psalm 1:3

Seasons come and go, just as God promised Noah when Noah built an altar to God after safely disembarking from the ark following the flood God used to destroy the effects and remnants of the evil that had permeated and contaminated the earth (Genesis 8:22). Like clockwork, God promised, the seasons would continue their stable recurring cycle, ending only when the earth itself ceased to be. Seasons are a constant in the life of our unique planet, and God uses them for definitive purposes – in nature, in our lives, and by extension, even in the ‘life’ of an organization or group of people.

Throughout our lives we associate things by season, don’t we? We even anticipate the next season because of the hope it brings to what can be. I’m sure we can all name the four seasons, right? Baseball, football, basketball, and hockey. God designed it that way, you know, baseball fits spring and summer like a glove; football is best played with a fresh pigskin in late summer evenings and the cooler days of fall; late fall’s weather starts pushing us indoors for basketball on into the winter, and as winter’s temperatures freeze the small bodies of water, it’s time to break out the skates and hockey sticks. Then it starts all over again.

The sports analogies are probably not exactly what God had in mind, but you get the point emphasized by King Solomon in our Scripture reading:

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”

As in nature, our lives have seasons. We come out of a cold, almost black and white winter of a trying time of long nights and short days, into the renewal of spring with its buds, blossoms and sounds of the first songbirds. The sights and sounds of spring give promise of new life, growth and productivity. God uses the long nights and cold of winter in nature to rest the trees and other plants, readying them for the next year’s growth and fruit bearing.

Churches also experience seasons, the spring seasons of birth, renewal and growth, the summer of strengthening and fruit bearing, the fall of harvest and the winter of reflection and rest in preparation for another growing season. Our verse from Psalm One, reminds us that even during the winter of reflection, our countenance, the face of our group of followers of Jesus, like the majestic conifers of the forest, should always reflect life and remain prosperous when all else around appears lifeless. This lively appearance is fueled in us by our delight in reading and meditating on God’s Word.

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Devotionals: The Hour of Darkness

Part 2

Week: 27 of 32

Day: 2 of 7

Scripture Reading: The Story (Chapter 26, page 367 (last two paragraphs) through page 368 (section break)) John 13:1 – 20; (Matthew 26:20; Mark 14:17; Luke 22:14)

The disciples just sat staring at their feet. Not only had the Master just taken on the role of a common household servant and washed their feet, but His words of explanation struck a raw nerve. They knew He’d heard them argue about the positions they would hold in the kingdom. It was embarrassing, yes, but He did it with such love and grace. He wasn’t angry with them, but wanted them to know meeting others’ needs was definitely a higher goal than whether or not you were in the inner circle of power.

Washing the feet of guests was an expected practice in Jesus day, and a host would have been criticized for not providing the anticipated courtesy. But there’s no indication any ‘master’ of any house would have performed this service himself, it would have been one of the servants, or the youngest child. The disciples could argue this was a ‘no host’ event, and perhaps, as the disciples were gathering before they sat down for the meal, this was a topic of conversation. Maybe they chided each other over who should ‘do the honors,’ or drew straws to see who was servant for a day. Regardless, no one volunteered, and as they sat down with dirty dusty feet for the meal, Jesus took the opportunity for a great physical illustration of a spiritual truth He’d been teach them through His life.

For us, maybe it would be like our boss walking into the office as the office staff was standing around arguing over who was going to take out the trash piled up next to the front door, and rather than say anything, he just rolled up his sleeves, picked up the bags and took them to the dumpster. Anyone could have, but no one did.

Serving others without compulsion, not because it’s expected, not because we’re forced or coerced to, and not because we’re the lowest on the rank chart, but doing it just because we have a love that puts the needs of others before our own.

Jesus point was not to establish foot washing as a form of godliness, or even a compulsory rite of passage, but setting the example of humility and grace – exactly what should characterize all our actions. His act was also a poignant illustration of His very life and purpose,

“ … though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself {laid aside the glory, position and status He had}, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:6 – 8, ESV)

If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.

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Brand New

Journey original song “Brand New”, recorded January 5, 2014.

This music video of the Journey original song “Brand New” was recorded at our Consecration Weekend gathering on January 5, 2014. We experienced a powerful time of intimate worship in the round as we looked back and celebrated 2013 and spent time praying in faith for the new year of 2014.