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Thoughts From Psalm 139
 
In this Psalm we find David expressing sincere awe
about what God has done in him and what God
knows about him. Many of us read these words and
sincerely believe that it would be a negative for God
to know us like David speaks of. However, it is
described in verse 6 as being too wonderful for David
to even imagine that God would see him and care for
him in the way that He does. Sometimes we need to
be reminded of God's interest in our lives.
 
In verses 11 & 12, David goes on to say that even in
his darkest of days, God has found him and has
made his darkest days as bright as the day. In our
worst moments, in our moments of fear, anger,
disappointment, and disgust, God is still actively
pursuing us to show us light. How can this not
encourage us?
 
Finally, in verses 23 & 24, David closes this time of
praise by asking God to search him fully and
examine his heart. Be challenged by these words to
intentionally ask God on this day to search your life
and root out anything that would be considered
grievous before Him. In doing so, you can come to
know God in a more real and intimate way.
 
Lessons For Today:
A.M. - "Free To Enjoy The Remission Of Sins" -
Ephesians 1:7
 
P.M. - "The Order Of The Towel" - John 13
For the time will come when people will not put up with
sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires,
they will gather around them a great number of
teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.
They will turn their ears away from the truth and
turn aside to myths (2 Tim 4.3-4).
 
We live in an age of tolerance that encourages every
person to be "of his own mind." By this, people mean
that a person's standard is his own judgment and
decision. It is a tickling of the ears, that Paul warns
against, that has developed in full force in our culture.
 
Jesus is concerned with his church. He is over it, as
the head (Eph 1; Col 1). Since he is head, it stands to
reason that when things are taught, that the church
should "be perfectly united in mind and thought"
(I Cor 1.10), and that unity comes because the church
is supposed to be striving to teach, and practice, the
same thing at every place (I Cor 4.17).
 
We are striving to find ourselves full up in the will of
God, corrected by scripture, grounded by the word,
encouraging others by our openness to hear what God
desires from us!
- Alex
From 2 Cor 3.7ff
 
What does truth do? The gospel has the power to
deliver truth to those seeking it. Here are a few
quick results of truth...
 
1. It generates hope (11). Prov 3.5-6 is based on
being able to trust truth. Truth is not a feeling. It
cannot be discovered in a culture or human
judgment. Take truth of the gospel to people and
you will help generate hope in their lives (2 Tim
2.24-25).
 
2. It brings clarity (14). The veil of the OT is only
taken away in Christ. There is some way in which the
gospel reveals things to those seeking the truth.
God is able to open their eyes. Many are blind to
Jesus. Philip preached Jesus (Acts 8.35) bc Jesus is
truth.
 
3. It brings freedom (17). Only in Christ is a man
able to be free. Luke 4.18; John 8.32. Sharing truth
will make a person's slavery to sin so obvious, that it
will send the believer right into the path of
obedience to the One who died to set them free.
 
Share truth.
- Alex
In the midst of trying to bring the Israelites out of their sinful
lifestyle, Ezra is approached by a man named Shecaniah who
told him, “Rise up; this matter is in your hands, we will support
you, so take courage and do it.” (Ezra 10:4) In that same mindset,
I wanted to take a minute to explain my current position as the
Associate/Family/Education Minister. I am here to be a support
system for our deacons that are working with the youth, a
support system for our elders who desire to see our church (as a
whole) working together, a support system for our teachers, a
support system for our families, and a support system for our
minister. In the time that my family and I have been here, we
have been overwhelmed with your love and compassion for one
another and we want to help that continue to grow.
 
From this position, I am putting together some ideas that will
help draw us all into working together:
- The Trunk or Treat on October 29th
- A Church Leadership Conference hosted here on January 13th
- Family Devotionals (Dates To Be Announced)
- Whole Church Devotionals (Dates To Be Announced)
- Spring Seminar
- Family Rally
- Vacation Bible School (we will need volunteers of all ages)
- Other ideas that will be announced soon
 
My desire is to be an instrument for God in this community and
in this church. If there are things that I can help you with,
please do not hesitate to stop by, email, text, call, or stop me
after services. I do hope that this clarifies what we are hoping to
do as our family begins our time here with this community, if
you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
 
In Him,
Scott, Rachael, Cara Beth, and Tucker Wright
"No servant is greater than his master. If they
persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they
obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours" (John
15.20ff).
 
Our Master speaks of our place...servants of his. We
bring honor to Jesus when we are servants to his
kingdom because of his will for us. When our Master
speaks, we listen, and obey. It is a quality that should
be governing our hearts. But this is not true for all
people.
 
There are many that do not submit to Christ, nor to
his teachings. They stand opposed, worse than that,
they are so against Jesus' kingdom and glory they
would gladly beat you down for associating with Jesus.
They might do this verbally, abusively speaking against
you, or what you are teaching them. They might react
violently, physically attacking you, or your home. These
people, if given the opportunity, would treat your
Master the same way they treat you. Jesus said this
would be true for those who followed him.
 
On the other hand, there are some who desire to hear
the word of your Master, and will so order their lives
in submission to him. They obey things you say
because they want to obey Jesus. So, keep teaching!
 
- Alex