It's cold outside! As you know, sometimes the cold causes problems with engines starting up. Chrissy faithfully plugs in the Ford Focus on cold mornings to make sure it starts. I, however, have been chancing that the Taurus will start without being plugged in, and so far so good. I even use the remote starter (which I guess you're not supposed to do on really cold days). But it keeps on chugging. It has a good battery. A good power supply. How's your power supply?
I've been enjoying a song this week by worship leader, Darlene Zschech, called "In Jesus' Name". The bridge declares;
"God is fighting for us
Pushing back the darkness
Lighting up the Kingdom
That cannot be shaken
In the Name of Jesus,
And we will shout it out,
Shout it out"*
Thank goodness we don't have to rely on our own power to "push back the darkness". "God is fighting for us"! Someday, I'm going to push the Taurus too far, and the battery is going to give out, and I'll need a boost." You know I love simple analogies...so here you go. Why not just skip the "trying to do it ourselves" phase and get our boost direct from God from the start. 2 Timothy 1:7 says, "For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline." I don't know about you, but I need a power-up today.
Do you have darkness in your world that needs pushing back? Ask God to fill you with His Holy Spirit. "Be Bold. Be Strong. For the Lord Your God is With You."
*"In Jesus' Name" by Darlene Zschech from the album, "Revealing Jesus". Click here to listen to an acoustic version of the song>>
Sermon Recap for Sunday, January 18, 2015
Series: Together. Stronger.
Message: Forsaken Assembly.
Scripture: Hebrews 10:19-25
The Local Church Is the Hope of the World
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Key Verse: "...not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching." -Hebrews 10:25, NIV
Determine to make your church a priority because...
1. United We Stand, Divided We Fall.
“Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we...” (v.19)
2. The Price for Your Entry Was So High.
“...by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body...” (v. 20). Ephesians 2:13.
3. When We Draw Near to God, He Has Promised to Draw Near to Us. But When We Draw Near to God Together, He Will Move Heaven and Earth.
“...let us draw near to God with a sincere heart...” (v.22). Matthew 18:19-20.
4. Real Hope Exists Here.
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess...” (v.23)
5. Someone Is Looking for Your Love and Your Outstretched Hand.
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds...” (v.24)
6. You Are Not Alone. Why Act Like You Are?
“...but encouraging one another...” (v. 25). 1 Peter 5:8.
The Local Church is the Hope of the World. Be A Part of It!
Question for Reflection
How high on your priority list is your commitment to your local church and why?
I welcome your comments.