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Rick’s Reflections- 8/12/2018

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Today we are thinking about the very important issue of knowing God’s will for our lives. One of the most central pieces to this process has to do with our relationship to God. If we are walking closely with the Lord and truly desiring His will for our lives, God will place His desires in our hearts. The key is wanting God’s will, not our own. “Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4).

The better we get to know a person, the more acquainted we become with his or her desires. The same is true with God. As we consider the many ways we can discern His will let us not forget that the time we spend with Him will pay big dividends in feeling like we have confidence in following Him. He desires to lead us in His way (Psalm 143:10) “Teach me to do your will, for you are my God! Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground!”

God’s will is understandable and verifiable. Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.” This passage gives us an important sequence: the child of God refuses to be conformed to the world and instead allows himself to be transformed by the Spirit. As his mind is renewed according to the things of God, then he can know God’s perfect will.

My prayer is that we all grow closer to Him, so we can “understand what the Lord’s will is.” And then knowing, do that will. To God be the glory!

Blessings,

Rick

Nathan’s Notes- 8/5/2018

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Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.” When was the last time you felt weary and burdened? For me, it was just this past week. I had been having some lawn mower troubles, so my grass was exceptionally tall. When it finally stopped raining I undertook the huge task of cutting it. Before I could do this, I did the trim and had to clean out my mower deck and replace a belt. By the time I started cutting the grass, I was already tired. It didn’t help that the grass was long and some places were very wet. My mower probably got clogged up close to a dozen times. Finally, about 9PM, I was able to go in, get a shower, and eat dinner. Needless to say I was ready to dig up my whole yard and pave over it with concrete.

 

However, when Jesus talks about being weary, He is not referring so much to the material struggles of this world, but the spiritual ones. I’m sure that at some point you’ve felt spiritually weary. Perhaps when you had struggled with the same sin over and over and seemed unable to rise above it. Or maybe you tried to be good enough to earn God’s favor, only to realize that you always fall short.
It is because of these things that Jesus says, “Come to ME“. Because we do not have to do it on our own. This is the spiritual equivalent of Jesus pulling into my driveway with a bush-hog to help handle my yard problems. It’s in Him that we find the rest and  support that we need.

 

Rick’s Reflections- 7/29/2018

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This morning we will take a peek at an old message with a  very current application in all of our lives.  As a church we are              encouraged to participate with God in the rebuilding of our lives and establishing the Kingdom of God.  Like those who have gone before us there are many challenges and obstacles along the way.

The message of Haggai was one of the very last prophetic  voices heard by the people of God until the appearance of John the Baptist.  His pleading with the people to rebuild the temple was a bold proclamation of purpose, priority and perspective.  Today my prayer is that the message comes through loud and clear.

I know you have heard me say this many times but, “Only one life, will soon be passed, only what’s done for Christ will last.”  May we be boldly rebuilding for His glory.

Blessings,

Rick