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Daily Prayer Guide

How Great is the Father’s Love

Isaiah 9:6

For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

Daily Prayer Guide

How Great is the Father’s Love

Matthew 10:29-31

29 Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.

Focused Workers – Nehemiah 4-6

In Nehemiah 4-6, Nehemiah is following God’s plan by rebuilding the walls to Jerusalem and facing trials in the process.  There are comparisons that can be made to the opposition that Nehemiah faced and what Christians face today.  During reconstruction, rival nations plotted against Nehemiah’s implementation of God’s plan to rebuild the city walls.  The rival nations made false accusations, spread rumors, and plotted to stop the reconstruction by force.  Though those rebuilding the wall had to guard against attack while working, Nehemiah’s workers remained focused on the mission before them.  If threats and rumors weren’t enough distraction, Nehemiah also contended with turmoil among the Israelites.  It seems the enemy was both outside and within the walls of Jerusalem.  Nehemiah was a servant-leader who humbled himself before the people and refused the perks of his position.  Though the threats were real and the stakes were high, Nehemiah kept the workers focused on the work at hand and the walls were rebuilt.

So, how do the trials facing Nehemiah and the people of Israel compare to the trials we Christians face?  We’re engaged in an important work for our Lord that involves reaching, teaching, saving, and serving.  Unfortunately, over the past few decades, followers of Christ have been increasingly ridiculed for the truth they find in the God’s word and are stifled from expressing their faith in school or the workplace.  That’s the distraction and threat from outside the walls of the Church.  There is certainly a lot of “noise” in media that tries to tell us how truths found in the Bible are wrong, hateful, and non-inclusive, because the truth makes some people confront the brokenness in their life.

Some Christians have acquiesced under the influence of culture (i.e., modernism) or succumbed to false doctrine that teaches what itching ears want to hear.  That’s the threat inside the walls of the Church.  Staying focused on our mission and purpose for Christ means that we must not allow detractors to get in our way or silence the truth.  We must be prepared to suffer ridicule for what we believe.  We must be prepared to state boldly what we believe, without condescension.  We should suffer the ridicule of the world for our Lord and consider it a blessing, not a distraction.

Stan Stack

Daily Prayer Guide

God’s Purpose and Expectation for us to Serve Others

I Thessalonians 5:15

See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people.

Exalt the Father of Christ – Ephesians 5:1-21

“Two young boys are talking about their fathers.  One says, “My Dad is the strongest person in the world.”  The other boy answers back. “Oh yeah, well my Dad can whip your Dad with one hand tied behind his back!”

What are these boys doing?  Well, among other things, they are “exalting” their Dads by their words.  Each one thinks his Dad is the greatest and wants the other to know it.  Exalting someone simply means to do all we can to ‘lift up’ that person in such a way that others will honor, and want to know that person.  Paul challenges us in this passage to exalt the Father by imitating him like children imitate their parents (vs. 1).  “How do we do that?”  Glad you asked.  Paul indicates we do it by the way we live.

First, he instructs us to live a life chacterized by love.  He’s talking about the kind of love Jesus demonstrated, not the “love” you hear and see in movies, books, and TV.  Jesus’ love motives you to live a pure life like Him.  When we live that kind of life, people want to know why.  They may ridicule us for it, but they often secrectly respect and long for that kind of life themselves, and we have opportunity to testify that it is possible only by the power of the Father.  He is exalted by that kind of life!

Secondly, Paul says we exalt the Father when we live our life according to the light of His Truth.  As you are well aware, we live in a time when many claim whatever necessary to promote their agenda; true or not.  It’s harder and harder to know the truth, but we can accept the Father’s word as always being true and as we live by that truth we “exalt” the Father.

Lastly (preacher’s points!), we are to live our lives in the wisdom of the Father.  So we seek the filling of His Spirit through worshipping together as we exalt the Father in our praise and thanksgiving, even in the hard times.  And we look forward to the day He ‘lifts us up’ from this world to be in His Exalted Presence!

Ken Jurgens

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Trust & Obey = Blessings

Psalm 23:1-2

The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.

How Will We Multiply? By the Grace of God.

MULTIPLY.  It’s not just our theme for 2017; it’s a goal we’ve set before ourselves.  What can we do as Christ-followers to multiply so that our church body here at Tates Creek can last, thrive, and continue to make disciples until Jesus comes again?  It’s a daunting task.  Sometimes it feels overwhelming.  I’m just one person.  What can I really do to multiply our church?  What can I really do to affect future generations?

If this task were left up to me, it would fail.  But it’s not left up to me.  Some people have such a charismatic personality that they can grow a “church” all by themselves.  There are some who have such an extreme work-ethic and such a laser-focus that they can build a following by sheer force of will.

I’m not one of those people.  But I think that is exactly the way God wants it, because that is not how God builds a church, or how God has promised to sustain it.

Jesus said, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18, ESV)  Paul wrote, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.” (1 Corinthians 3:6, ESV)

This multiplication is only going to happen if God does it.  It’s only by his grace.  And that means we need to pray.  Lately I’ve been praying a very specific prayer and I ask that you would begin praying it with me in your own life.  The prayer is this: “God, please put people in my path who need to hear the gospel of your Son.  And help me to step up and share the gospel with them when the opportunity comes.”

God is sovereign.  Nothing happens in this world outside of him causing or permitting it.  If that’s the case, shouldn’t we be trusting in Him more to bring about the multiplication that we believe is His will for our church?

If you’re like me and you desire to bring more people to Christ, but you just don’t know how to get started… start with prayer.  Ask God to bring you people with whom you can share the gospel.  Ask Him to steer every day conversations toward spiritual things.  Ask Him to open up hearts (Acts 16:14) and open up doors for the gospel (Acts 14:27; Colossians 4:3).  He is sovereign and He can do it.  Believe in Him!

John Davis

Small Groups

Here at Tates Creek we encourage every one of our members to be involved in 1 hour or worship, 1 hour of group study, and 1 hour of service every week.  That 1 hour of group study is best done in a Sunday School class or in one of our Small Groups.   Do you ever feel like you’re just not connecting at church?  Do you feel like it’s hard to get plugged in?  Do you feel like you don’t really know where you fit in this community of Christ-followers?  Committing to a Small Group for an extended period of time is a great way to help you get past those feelings.    We realize it’s hard to open your life up to people you don’t know very well.  But there are many people in our church, including myself, who can witness to the fact that when you do… when you consistently involve yourself in the same small group of believers over the course of a long period of time… those people become your closest friends and they help you to grow in your relationship with the Lord.    I can attest to this personally.  About a year after we were married, my wife and I began searching for a church.  We attended so many, but what kept us at Tates Creek long-term, more than anything else, was getting involved in a Small Group.  Church went from being the place we went on Sundays to attend worship, to becoming a tight-knit community that cared for us and needed us to care for them.  We felt like we were finally living the way God created us to live. “Bear one another’s burdens…” Galations 6:2 “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other…” James 5:16 “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” Romans 12:15   How can we expect to obey those commandments if we’re not deeply connected with some other members of our church?   In January we began two new Small Groups.  I would encourage you to visit our Small Groups page on our website to see what we have to offer.  If a Sunday School class would suit you best, there are many to choose from and committing to one of those is also an excellent way to weave yourself into community with other believers here at the church.  You can find those on our website as well.

~ John       john@tatescreek.org

Daily Prayer Guide

Knowing God’s Love

I John 1:3-10

what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. These things we write, so that our joy may be made complete.This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.

Daily Prayer Guide

Knowing God’s Love

Ephesians 4:2-3

with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

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