Proverbs 23: 29-35

Jesus gives us the "double cure": from sin's judgment and sin's power.

Bulletin for: 
Sunday, August 27, 2017
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Pastor to People: 

Dear Stone Hill Church,

My favorite seminary professor, Dr. Howard Hendricks, would often say to us: “I do not fear that you will fail, but that you will succeed in doing the wrong things.”  Our overcommitted lives often indicate that we have lost sight of what God is directing us to do.  We put together our schedules and goals without asking God to guide and direct us.   As we prepare for the beginning of another ministry year, my encouragement to all of us is to spend time asking God what we should busy ourselves with this fall and beyond.

The example of Jesus is helpful.  Mark 1:21-39 records the busiest day in the life of Jesus.  He teaches in the synagogue. Then, Jesus casts out a demon.  After the service at the synagogue, Jesus heals Peter’s mother-in-law.  That evening the entire town comes to Jesus for healing of all kinds of illnesses and spiritual issues.

After that very busy day, Jesus goes out very early in the morning to pray.  While He is still praying, the disciples find Jesus and alert him to the crowd that wants to join Jesus that day.  Jesus tells his disciples that he needs to go to the neighboring town in order to preach.  Jesus says no to ministry opportunities in order to say yes to what Father God wanted Him to do. 

This is the model that we must follow.  We must prayerfully consider our priorities before God.  We must seek His wisdom and guidance.  It is in our communion with God that we find God’s priorities for how we use the gifts and time that God gives us.  And, according to the example of Jesus, we need that direction on a daily basis.

Take some time at the end of this summer to seek the Lord and let God direct your goals and priorities.  We need God to direct our use of time so that we use it for His glory.

 

Church notes: 

Jesus gives us the "double cure": from sin's judgment and sin's power.