I am God’s Son – you are God’s Sons & Daughters – but what does it mean to be the son/daughter of a Good – Good Father.

What does this mean?  To my heart it means:

1.     God inclines his eyes to watch me.

2.    He enjoys me.

3.    He is glad he made me.

4.    He wants me.

5.     He delights in giving to me.

6.    He will always help me.

7.     He opens up his inheritance to me, gladly.

8.    He sees me as a reflection of him.

9.    He cheers me on as I go the right way.

10.  He seeks to grow me, so I can thrive.

11.   He wants me to know I am safe with him.

12.  He believes in me.

13.  He thought of me before creating me and liked his workmanship.

14.  He considered my abilities, strengths, character, and frame.

15.  He speaks over me that I am good.

16.  He wants to be near me.

17.  He loves it when I spend time with him.

18.  He delights over me with singing.

19.  He declares I am altogether beautiful, flaws and all.

20. He gives grace in good measure, without casting down shame.

21.  He hands out wisdom and understanding with good pleasure.

22. He blesses me with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms.

23. He freely gives the best of himself to me.

24. He encourages me to unite in heart-centered relationships with others.

Eph 1:3-6  “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love  he predestined us for adoption to sonship  through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—  to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. . .”

What number from above do you need to let soak in? What truth seems a little distant from you? What do you have a hard time believing?

Ask your good Father to comfort you in that way and make known that exact nature of his good, good character. He will.

When a CHILD knows he has a good father, he finally finds peace.

On October 27 – Discovery will begin Family Film Night again…….Bro Jerry wants to show – God is not Dead #2 that night….As before we have had light refreshments – and it would be a great evening to invite your neighbors – classmates – friends to watch a very wholesome movie with a powerful message.

If you are looking to deepen your faith or just have a genuine curiosity what a D-Group is about — Discovery is ready to begin another group designed for men and women.  Shelby and Courtney have taken the D-Group training and desire to begin a group in their home on Friday Evenings. 

            Their goal is to create a loving, safe space to come and ask those burning questions.  So if you are in need of a Christian family contact either Shelby or Courtney.

We had a wonderful surprise at our Wednesday morning meeting this week as Kirsten Yoder came as our guest.  She flew in from San Diego to help celebrate her mother’s birthday…..She is stationed there on the ship the Carl Vinson.  Down the road she will be deployed for 99 days ….. she never stepped foot on North Korea- but she did South Korea…..Kirsten will be with us in Sunday worship then fly back to San Diego …………..Few of our youth have celebrated birthday’s recently —–Keon Marshall was blessed to attend Worlds of Fun last weekend —- Kaylee Faddis – celebrated yesterday – she attends Battle High – and Tuesday – Max Duff celebrated watching his older sister play 18 holes of golf at the State High School tournament in Sedalia — Happy Birthday one an all…………..I would like to take this space to encourage and express sympathy to Eileen Kossak Detore.  On October 10, he dog Dani passed away…..speaking from experience, when the family pet passes away – you grieve – and mourn deeply….may we encourage our sister in this regards…………….Dixie German shared that her spirits were lifted at her family reunion the 1st week held in Buffalo, MO….she said it was a great experience meeting the family again – and the worship service was very uplifting.  We rejoice with Dixie on both counts……………..It was so good to see Bro Leon and Mrs Jerry back in church with us last week…..we know Bro Leon is struggling with his health – and we must pray for him……………

            Hope you attended your D-Group this week and came away with a thorough understanding of what prompted King David to write Psalm 51? 

            In your Bibles under the notation Psalm 51 it says for the choir director.  A psalm of David regarding the time Nathan the prophet came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba

            Psalm 51 will be our study at this week’s Celebration Service – my prayer this week has been that we will be able to unpack it so that everyone of us will be able to take away the message God has for us personally – without leaving it s

Several well-known individuals turned to Psalm 51 at the time of their death.

·       ♦  Both Sir Thomas More and Lady Jane Grey recited this psalm when they were  on the scaffold as martyrs during the reigns of Henry VIII and Queen Mary.

·       ♦  Henry V requested it be read to him on his deathbed.

·       ♦  William Carey requested it be the text of the sermon at his funeral.

Thinking of the overview of Psalm 51 – the thoughts – the questions – and the concerns are legion…Sin is no respecter of persons — it knows no socio-economic boundary – it cuts across political isles – sin is a friend of the Christian as well as the non-Christian..

What we will take away this weekend is 2 powerful thoughts

1)    If a man after God’s own heart could break 5 of the 10 commandments – where would I stack up

2)   If God could forgive a man who has broken 5 of the 10 commandments – God has no problem forgiven me

Psalm 80 —- Please listen, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph’s descendants like a flock. O God, enthroned above the cherubim,display your radiant glory    to Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh.  Show us your mighty power.  Come to rescue us!

Turn us again to yourself, O God.   Make your face shine down upon us.   Only then will we be saved.  O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies, how long will you be angry with our prayers?   You have fed us with sorrow and made us drink tears by the bucketful.  You have made us the scorn[a] of neighboring nations.   Our enemies treat us as a joke.

Turn us again to yourself, O God of Heaven’s Armies. Make your face shine down upon us.  Only then will we be saved.  You brought us from Egypt like a grapevine; you drove away the pagan nations and transplanted us into your land.  You cleared the ground for us, and we took root and filled the land.  10 Our shade covered the mountains; our branches covered the mighty cedars. 11 We spread our branches west to the Mediterranean Sea;  our shoots spread east to the Euphrates River.[b]  12 But now, why have you broken down our walls so that all who pass by may steal our fruit? 13 The wild boar from the forest devours it,  and the wild animals feed on it. 14 Come back, we beg you, O God of Heaven’s Armies. Look down from heaven and see our plight. Take care of this grapevine 15  that you yourself have planted, this son you have raised for yourself.
16 For we are chopped up and burned by our enemies. May they perish at the sight of your frown  17 Strengthen the man you love, the son of your choice.  18 Then we will never abandon you again.  Revive us so we can call on your name once more.  19 Turn us again to yourself, O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies. Make your face shine down upon us?  Only then will we be saved.