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Daily Prayer Guide

Put off doubt (unbelief).  Put on faith.

1 Thessalonians 5:24

24 Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.

Hebrews 11:1

11 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

Vibrant – Revelation 3:1-6

 

In early December our UK men’s basketball team played UCLA.  We were the consensus #1 team in the nation while UCLA was listed as #11, but when the final buzzer sounded, the score was 97-92 and we had suffered our season’s first defeat.  We lost because we were outplayed.  UCLA beat us with better rebounding and better defense.  We missed several easy lay-up shots, some because players were more concerned with displaying their athletic prowess than simply putting the ball in the basket.  We made many mistakes – too many.  Had we concentrated more on the purpose and basics of basketball, we might have won.   The Church in Sardis is described in Revelation 3 as about to be upended with a crushing defeat.  It had a #1 rating and a reputation for being alive and vibrant but the church was all talk and no action – and it was dying.  Its warning was:  “Remember what you have received and heard; obey it and repent.”   It is so easy for churches to forget the basics of the faith and the reason for their existence.  When asked to identify the greatest commandment, Jesus said, “Love the Lord, your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and love your neighbor as yourself.”  Certainly commitment to and worship of God is central to every healthy church.  Too many church members rate a worship service according to what they get out of it.  They have it backwards.  Worship is for praise and adoration of God, not one’s own entertainment.   Secondly, a healthy congregation focuses on other people.  It is like a big family of brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins, all of whom love one another.  More than that, it loves people who are not part of the congregation, may have never attended, and may even live somewhere else in the world.  It has a burning desire to bring them to Jesus, because, if you truly love your neighbors, how can you possible withhold the Good News from them.
~ John Craycraft, Elder

 

Daily Prayer Guide

Put off worry (fear).  Put on trust.

Matthew 6:25-32

25 “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? 27 And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? 28 And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, 29 yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! 31 Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ 32 For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.

1 Peter 5:7

casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.

Daily Prayer Guide

Put off lack of rejoicing.  Put on rejoicing.

Philippians 4:4

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!

1 Thessalonians 5:16

16 Rejoice always;

Daily Prayer Guide

Put off complacency.  Put on diligence.

James 4:17

17 Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.

Colossians 3:23

23 Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men,

Sermon Outline, January 29, 2017, “Pure”

Pure

 

Revelation 2:18-29

 

Honor Jesus with our Will.

~ Submit the Will to His Authority.

~ Matthew 28:18        And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.

~ I Peter 3:22               who is at the right hand of God, having gone into heaven, after angels and authorities and powers had been subjected to Him.

 

~ Submit the Will to His Will.

~ Psalm 24:3-4                        Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? And who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood And has not sworn deceitfully.

~ Matthew 5:8                        Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

~ I Corinthians 6:18-20           Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body. 19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? 20 For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.

~ Ephesians 5:3, 5                   But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints;            For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.

 

 

Honor Jesus with our Mind.

Direct the Mind.

~ Psalm 94:11 The Lord knows the thoughts of man, That they are a mere breath.

~ Luke 8:17     For nothing is hidden that will not become evident, nor anything secret that will not be known and come to light.

 

Discipline the Mind.

~ Proverbs 4:23           Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.

~ Proverbs 23:7           For as he thinks within himself, so he is. He says to you, “Eat and drink!” But his heart is not with you.

~ Philippians 4:8         Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.

~ Colossians 3:1-3        Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

 

 

Honor Jesus with our Heart.

An Unrepentant heart dishonors Jesus.

~ Luke 13:3, 5              I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.

~ Hebrews 10:26-27    For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire which will consume the adversaries.

~ Hebrews 10:29          How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?

 

A Repentant heart honors Jesus.

~ I Corinthians 6:18    Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body.

~ Psalm 119:9             How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your word.

~ Job 31:1                   I have made a covenant with my eyes; How then could I gaze at a virgin?

~ I Corinthians 7:3      The husband must fulfill his duty to his wife, and likewise also the wife to her husband.

~ Proverbs 11:14         Where there is no guidance the people fall, But in abundance of counselors there is victory.

Daily Prayer Guide

Put off bad motives.  Put on meditation of God.

1 Samuel 16:7

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Psalm 19:14

14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.

 

Daily Prayer Guide

Put off evil thoughts.  Put on “think of these things”.

Proverbs 24:8-9

One who plans to do evil,
Men will call a schemer.
The devising of folly is sin,
And the scoffer is an abomination to men.

Philippians 4:8

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.

Church Under the Bridge

In early November our small group, which is made up of young married couples, hosted Church Under the Bridge at Broadway Christian Church downtown. This included providing music, a devotional sermon, serving dinner, and visiting. Church Under the Bridge is a church service provided for the homeless and marginally homeless population in Lexington. There are some dedicated individuals with Church Under the Bridge that facilitate the service every Sunday year-round and were there to give us direction and provide some supplies. At the service we hosted, there were about 50 individuals and many of them regularly attend.
The service started out with music. The Church Under the Bridge has a choir that is made up of some regular attendees. They sang beautifully and their joy was obvious as they sang. The devotional was next in which ‘the armor of God’ from Ephesians 6 was the topic. The attendees were very attentive and interactive and their appreciation was very apparent. After the church service the meal was served by our small group. At the time, I was about 35 weeks pregnant so I chose a task where I could sit most of the time (pouring and serving drinks). I received many well-wishes and even some hugs. One gentleman even offered to take over for me. We then cleaned up and some of the attendees stuck around to help.
Serving at this service was a humbling experience. Most of the folks attending do not have much at all as far as possessions and money go. However, many had joyous and thankful hearts that were apparent. Many of their worries are far more concerning than mine, but they didn’t let that stop them from worshipping the Lord. Their authenticity was quite refreshing and renewing to me.
Serving at Church Under the Bridge was a wonderful experience but also challenging for me as an introverted person. However, I would definitely serve again and would recommend to anyone to take that opportunity as well.

Randi Feltner

Daily Prayer Guide

Put off idle words.  Put on tame the tongue.

Matthew 12:36

36 But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment.

Proverbs 21:23

23 He who guards his mouth and his tongue,
Guards his soul from troubles.

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