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Jonah 2:1-2 – Answered Prayers
Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from the belly of the fish, saying,
“I called out to the LORD, out of my distress,
and he answered me;
out of the belly of Sheol I cried,
and you heard my voice. 
Jonah 2:1-2

Do you have a “friend” that you dread getting a phone call from? We might even choose to send their call straight to voicemail more times than not. Most of us don’t mind helping people. But, we mind helping people who constantly put themselves in the bad situations they are in and never get any wiser.

Jonah, like all of us, was calling to God in his distress. This was distress that he had caused himself! If he had just done what God had told him to do (Jonah 1:1-3), he would not be stuck in the belly of a large fish. Instead of ignoring Jonah’s cries, God heard his voice and answered him. Aren’t you glad that we can say as Jonah does that God will answer our prayers no matter how bad we have messed up?

It is noteworthy too, that God doesn’t send us straight to prayermail. No matter how bad we have messed up, we do not need to worry about God being too angry to answer our prayer. He always makes time for us. We never catch him at a bad time. He never avoids our communication. He always answers our call. Is it always the answer we want? No. But, it is the best answer we can ever receive. It is an answer that brings us back to God after running from him as Jonah did. Be receptive to His response.

Thank God for His graciousness in answering our prayers?

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Had a great meeting with Michael Trapp who is a member of the City Counsel.  We met yesterday afternoon at the church.  For some time I have been concerned regarding the lack of spiritual interest in Northeast Columbia.  The conclusion I have reached is that WE MUST TAKE THE CHURCH TO THE PEOPLE – instead of expecting the people to flock to the church!!!!!   My question to Mr. Trapp was this ‘as you have worked with people on the north side for some time what is the best way we can minister to the least of these’?    He gave me several ideas which I will pursue throughout the winter…….obviously we can PRAY – but there are times our prayers need shoe-leather……continue to partner with me in prayer that God will reveal the most effective way that we can redeem our time and action to the betterment of this community and the growth of His Kingdom……………..64% of the Pastors in America are concerned about the giving in the Local Church.  Did you know that 25% of churchgoers literally give $0 to their churches?  The average churchgoer only attends their church 1.7x’s per month.  80% of churchgoers are only nominally involved in the church life……..Members of Discovery would you read and reread the above 5 lines again???   For the life of me I do not want to be average —- average is the worst of the best and the best of the worse….It appears that before we can make a spiritual splash in Northeast Columbia we need to get “mother well first”…..Mother being Discovery….If — I say that maybe “tongue n cheek” if we are average – some things must change quick if we are going to take the church to the least of these…Please – Please – Please —–first of all talk to God about your personal relationship to JESUS — if married, talk to your spouse regarding your commitment to the Bride of Christ (Discovery)….seek His direction for your commitment throughout the fall and winter as we seek to make a difference in the spiritual landscape of our community………………It’s official – The Doug Drage family are now members of the Columbia community – they are living @ 7381 E. Suncrest Ct Columbia, MO 65201.  Yesabel attends Battle High School – and Lily is at Oakland Middle School………………At each Celebration Service through September 20 – you will see a 30 second video from one or more of our members promoting the benefits of our D-Group ministry.  At the Chicken Dinner on the 20th – those who have not yet signed up to be part of a D-Group will have opportunity to do so……………..Realizing this weekend is a Labor Day —- I only have a couple requests — (1) go to church in the community you find yourself….(2) Don’t take risks behind the wheel or in the water…..Hope to see everyone back in your respective place next weekend……………

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This weekend, we will begin a new Sermon Series (The Gospel According To Abraham)…..Our Bible Reading for September correlates with the series study….as we will be reading Genesis 12 — to Genesis 25…..My task will be:  1) present the familiar story of Abraham in a refreshing way to capture your interest as well as to apply the truths to our lives 2) to show how Abraham’s life reflects Jesus Christ.  Please read Genesis 12 in preparation for this weekend’s lesson.

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   Guess what?  The 1st Friday of the month (September) is upon us.  That means tomorrow evening at 7:00 PM – we will gather at Discovery to lay our burdens – requests – and praises before the Throne of Grace.

        It will be our pleasure to commit our lives to His cause — to request His strength to serve Him and to Seek His Face at all times.   Psalm 105:4 Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. God answers prayer — please join your brothers and sisters in this wonderful act of worship September 4, from 7 – 9 PM…..

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Really looks good enough to eat……this is what we will all be doing following our Celebration Service on SUNDAY September 20, 2015….Hope everyone is looking forward to this wonderful event…

·      Only One Celebration Service this weekend —– Sunday @ 10:00 AM

·      D-Group Kick-off & sign up

·      Sermon:  In The Days of Good King Abram (Gen 14)

·      Church Provides all aspects of the meal but Dessert

·      Please Sign up at the Welcome Center so we can provide adequate amount of chicken/baked beans/slaw

·      This weekend is also deemed – Back To CHURCH Sunday – as we renew our commitment to Christ

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OFFERING

General Fund      $1764.00

Building Fund     $  180.00

Yellow Duck        OUCH!!!!

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Psalm 4:1 Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God.   Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

·      Joe – (Peg Schroeder’s) brother came through his hip surgery fine yesterday in Tennessee – this is a great relief to Peg….thanks for praying for her and Joe

·      Great turn out to our 1st Friday Night Prayer Gathering – tomorrow evening

·      Eph 6:12   For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms….. ………  2 Cor 10:4-5 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

·      Jen Faddis — soon to get off her crutches and the stress fracture totally heals

·      Continued Spiritual thirst and hunger for our newer members – as well as those who live in our community

·      Wonderful spirit of gratefulness for everyone who serves – shares – gives – and sees that our worship experience is a transforming spiritual experience each weekend. 

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Gen 13:8-18  Finally Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not allow this conflict to come between us or our herdsmen. After all, we are close relatives! The whole countryside is open to you. Take your choice of any section of the land you want, and we will separate. If you want the land to the left, then I’ll take the land on the right. If you prefer the land on the right, then I’ll go to the left.”  10 Lot took a long look at the fertile plains of the Jordan Valley in the direction of Zoar. The whole area was well watered everywhere, like the garden of the Lord or the beautiful land of Egypt. (This was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) 11 Lot chose for himself the whole Jordan Valley to the east of them. He went there with his flocks and servants and parted company with his uncle Abram. 12 So Abram settled in the land of Canaan, and Lot moved his tents to a place near Sodom and settled among the cities of the plain. 13 But the people of this area were extremely wicked and constantly sinned against the Lord.

14 After Lot had gone, the Lord said to Abram, “Look as far as you can see in every direction—north and south, east and west. 15 I am giving all this land, as far as you can see, to you and your descendants[a] as a permanent possession. 16 And I will give you so many descendants that, like the dust of the earth, they cannot be counted! 17 Go and walk through the land in every direction, for I am giving it to you.”

18 So Abram moved his camp to Hebron and settled near the oak grove belonging to Mamre. There he built another altar to the Lord.

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