Looking Ahead

Lauren Boebinger

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“Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.”  Zechariah 4:6

 

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“Fear God and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come, and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.”  Revelation 14:7

 

Zach Fonville plans

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“Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.”

At Christmas we remember You, Jesus, coming humbly in human form.  You were totally dependent on Your mother and earthly father to provide for your needs.  Your almighty power was limited to human abilities–for a time–so that You might accomplish for us our Salvation.  BUT—You are coming again in great glory and might and power and exaltation! Lord, we pray that You would keep us in the true faith until that great day.  To You be all glory and praise, now and forever!  In Your name we pray, Amen.

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August 29 Living Letters

Art by James Donaldson

Art by James Donaldson

Job 31:1-33:33; 2 Corinthians 3:1-18;  Psalm 43:1-5;  Proverbs 22:8-9

“You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody.  You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.

Such confidence as this is ours through Christ before God.

Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves,

but our competence comes from God.  He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant–not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.”

2 Corinthians 3:2-6

 

God send us out as living

letters

with the message

of the Spirit’s

power to

infuse faith

and change the way

we act,

speak,

think,

respond

to the world around us.

Send us out as living letters

spelling out

grace,

mercy,

love,

and kindness

to those we meet.

We may have

run on sentences,

misspelled words

or incorrect grammar,

but the message will be the same:

“For God so loved the world,

that He gave His only Son

that whosoever believes in him,

will never die,

but have everlasting life.”

John 3:16

Send us, Lord.

Signed, Sealed and

Delivered by You.

Amen

 

April 4 Still Praising!

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Judges 17:1-18:31;  John 3:1-21;  Psalm 104:1-23;  Proverbs 14:20-21

“Bless the Lord, O my soul!

O Lord my God, you are very great!

You are clothed with splendor

and majesty

covering yourself with light

as with a garment

stretching out of the heavens like a tent.”

Psalm 104:1-4

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…and fluttering like a butterfly in the springtime breeze

past the lilac and dogwood,

sprouting from the earth

unfurling tender leaves

while roots slip deep

beneath the light.

 

“Bless the Lord, O my soul”

 

You have caused me to be born of

water and Spirit

and given me eyes to see and believe

that all creation has come

from your hands.

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Spirit gives birth to spirit.

Your light shines

brightly

and I do not shrink away

for my heart carries

the light of

your grace.

 

When one speaks evil against me

I hurl not back hurtful words,

I look with eyes of

compassion

on one

not yet reborn.

 

I hold lightly to

things

and what I do have

I share with those

who have not.

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Photo by Laura Jostes

Yes, I’m still praising- for you

are yet creating,

and loving,

and gracing.

 

Praise your Holy name!

In Jesus’ name,

Amen!

 

 

April 12 Open Wide

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Joshua 5:1-7:15;  Luke 15:1-32;  Psalm 81:1-16;  Proverbs 13:1

“You shall have no foreign god among you;  you shall not bow down to an alien god,

I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt.  Open wide your mouth and I

will fill it.”  Psalm 81:9-10

I read those verses this morning and have been thinking about them throughout the day.  The first image that came to my mind was of the baby cardinals that I was privileged to watch being fed by their parents.  Their mouths-open wide- were filled with the good things their mom and dad brought to them.  The babies grew quickly–a good indication that their food was ‘cardinal’ specific.  They didn’t have to do a thing but eat, sleep and grow.

Our spiritual mouths are open wide.  We want to be fed.  We want to be full. Our Heavenly Father feeds us with the Bread of Life–His Son Jesus Christ whose Body and Blood were broken for us,for our sin.

The table is set.  We are invited.  The meal is prepared.

It’s faith specific nutrition just for us–complete with grace, love, forgiveness, peace.

This is the feast of victory for our God.

Alleluia!

Lord God,  You have nurtured my faith life through the preaching and teaching of the Good News.  You have fed me and strengthened me through the Lord’s Supper.  Thank you for feeding your people–sending food specific for our souls.  Bless our worship tomorrow as you continue to feed us with your life-giving Word.  In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.