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Fear or Faith? (Day 3 of 40)

Church revitalization can be a scary thought. Though we have faith, we tend to worry about uncertainty. The disciples were worried about their lives, uncertain of living through the night in the midst of the storm (Mark 4:35-41). They took the best course of action. They took their worries to Jesus. May we do the same, as God calls us to grow in our faith through stepping into uncertainty in the confidence of His power and love. As we consider doing impossible things for the glory of God, let's meditate on the fact that God is aware and acting on our behalf. Let us not give up hope, but lean, with confidence, into the storms we face. He is with us!! :-)   Pastor Bob

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How About You? (Day 2 of 40)

In view of today's devotional text, I can relate to being quite busy, forgetting about the most important things that need to be done. I fail to prioritize my work, thus, often not accomplishing much of what is needful. I see that in Martha's attitude about the presence of Jesus at her home. However, Mary was noted for doing what was best, undevided attention on Jesus. I sense that for us to bypass the busyness of the day, or to make our busy days more meaninful, we must spend some time with Jesus in prayer at the beginning of each day. Such time will enable us to grow personally and discern what God's will is for revitalizing His church. Take time with Him now, asking that he fuel the Spirit's fire in your heart and to equip you with the knowledge and strength for church revitalization. The result will be church growth and intimacy with God. Father, thanks for teaching me to take time to sit in Your presence, that you may teach me how to be an integral part of Your church. In Jesus' name, amen.

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Do You Feel the Urgency (Day 1 of 40)

Good day all! As I mentioned in church this past Sunday morning, I have challenged us to enter into a 40 day time of prayer, asking for God's wisdom and power for our church family. I believe that God has great things planned for our future personally and as a church. As indicated by Day 1 of the devotional book handed out on Sunday, The Gospel of Mark is about "immediacy." The word "immediate" appears numerous times within Mark's gospel. I enjoyed reading the thoughts of the devotional writer, as he shares: "Your community needs a healthy, vibrant, growing church; the lost people around you need a compassionate, Spirit-led, Great Commission church; and your fellow members need the warmth, love, hope, and nurture of a faithfully Christ-centered, sacrificial fellowship." May this be our passion, as we pray over the next 40 days together. "Father, I realize the complete revitalization of Your church depends on my willingness to 'make ready Your way' now. Jesus, this is Your church. I surrender it to You and invite you to change me in every way necessary to make your church a healthy, vibrant, Kingdom-focused people fully living Your way! In the name of Christ, our Savior I pray, amen. Pastor Bob

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Hearing and Doing: Are You Losing It?

One of the things I have discovered, while helping those in nursing homes or assited care, is by way of the Bible. I have had the wonderful privilege to teach God's Word. However, one of the difficulties I have to be patient and work with is the inability of some attending the Bible study to hear what I am teaching. To reduce the problem, I often speak louder and slower. The Bible presents a wonderful solution to those who are hard of hearing. When we read the Bible, we hear God speaking to us through the words. The words are, as it were, God speaking to us. God's Holy Spirit enables us to understand God's words to us and compels us to allow God's Word to change us. To hear God best, we need to spend time reading His testimony to us, the Bible. As we grasp this concept, we will become "doers of God's Word, and not only hearers." (James 1:18, 22) Pastor Bob

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"But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love." ~ Psalm 33:18