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Encourage0gram November 30, 2020

Posted by Pastor Rick John on

Encourage0gram

November 30, 2020

 

Dear Friends,

We are blessed every day by our Heavenly Father.  He, our Immanuel, persists is His availability!  When we draw near to Him; He immediately draws near to us.  Therefore, lets set goals to grow this December.

 

Yesterday in the sermon on Isaiah 6, I referred to a quote by Jerry Bridges on finishing our lives well.  He offers 4 fundamental actions:

 

  1.   Daily time of focused personal communion with God
  2.   Daily appropriation of the gospel
  3.   Daily commitment to God as a living sacrifice
  4.   Firm belief in the sovereignty and love of God

 

As we embark on the COVID Advent season, I want to call us to stay connected to our Lord by daily reading His word.  I would suggest that you commit to reading one chapter of John (21 chapters) or Luke (24 chapters) each day until Christmas Day.  I encourage you to do this with your family or friends.  Finally, I urge you to keep a journal of your observations about Jesus that you discover each day. If you are wiling share your observations with your family and friends. Then teach each other about our Savior who came to earth!  I am convinced that this schedule will keep you stronger and more fruitful through the Advent season.  

 

David assures us that meditation on the Word of God does bring true prosperity!  To meditate means to mull truth over in your mind and heart.  Look at a passage from differing angles. Chew on it.  Then allow the Holy Spirit to lead you to apply it into your life.  I suggest that you pray back to God some of the observations your see.  Thank Jesus for who He is and trust Him to guide your steps each day.  

 

NLT Psalm 1:1 Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. 2 But they delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night. 3 They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do. 4 But not the wicked! They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind. 5 They will be condemned at the time of judgment. Sinners will have no place among the godly. 6 For the LORD watches over the path of the godly, but the path of the wicked leads to destruction. 

 

I am eager to follow Jesus joyfully through this season of celebrations with all you all!

Pastor Rick

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