Micah 6:6-8 —- “With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?” He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
God does not want just our sacrifices or our good deeds. He will not share us with our ambitions or hobbies. He wants all of us. Saturday evening & Sunday mornings and a few quick prayers said before we lay down to sleep are not enough. He wants us to relentlessly pursue him. Not because he needs us, but because we need him.
We were created for worship and to bring honor and glory to his name. When we don’t give ourselves fully to God, we are the ones who suffer. The endless pursuits of personal pleasure always lead to emptiness. God is jealous, not because our rejection hurts his ego, but because it hurts his heart. He knows our greatest needs and that he can only truly fill us with joy.
When Jesus said, Matt 6:33 “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” He made it clear that everything we needed would be given if we would simply put him first. This is in no way a prosperity gospel. Jesus made no allusions that the Christian life would be easy. He meant that He is all we truly need. Paul got this. He learned to be content no matter what his circumstances. He learned the secret of true happiness. When he said Phil 3:9 “What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ”. He was essentially saying Jesus is enough.
Jesus is not one of many great things, He is the only great thing. I am tired of serving the god of self. I am tired of giving Christ only part of my heart. I want to do the will of my Lord. I will seek justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with my God!
Are you walking humbly with God, or are you serving the god of self?
Our topic this weekend is so familiar to everyone – yet is one of the most challenging of the series. The Topic of HACKED brings us to a church of hackers – living in Laodicea (Rev 3). The 1st question in our D-Groups this week is this — What is the #1 challenge of the church in our culture?
Did you know of the 7 churches addressed in Rev 2/3 – this is the only church which Jesus did not have one good thing to say about them?
What do you think was on JESUS mind when He said – you are neither hot/cold but you are lukewarm therefore I will vomit you out of my mouth? Is Jesus really saying I would rather have you cold than lukewarm?
What is the DOOR Jesus knocks on in v20?
Is it possible that the church can nauseate Jesus? Is it possible that individual Christians can nauseate Jesus?
Rev 3 ends with vs 22 – but just suppose from v23-30 Jesus has a message for Discovery – what would that message contain?
In spite of all that Jesus had against that congregation – does the passage end in hope – or hopelessness? Using the words of Paul Harvey – come and hear the rest of the story!!!!!
Thursday – 22nd – Doug and Jerry’s D-Groups meet at respective locations
Saturday – D-Group meets at 4:00 PM at Discovery Center – with Celebration Service to follow
Saturday At 5:00 PM – Topic – Church of Hackers – Back Door – Laodicea (Rev 3:14-22)
Sunday – Celebration Service at 10:00 AM – Church of Hackers – Back Door – Laodicea
Tuesday – 26th Core Team meets at 5:30 PM – Hy-Vee West
Friday – 29th – Family Movie Night – Discovery Center @ 7:00 PM Title of the movie is A Matter of Faith….The movie centers on a young Christian girl who goes off to college and begins to drift away from the faith when her biology professor teachers her evolution. Parents of school children it appears this is a movie you would desire to see with your children.
Barna reports that less than 1% of the young adult population in America have a biblical worldview. Even more starling, the data shows that less than ½% of Christians between 18-23 have a biblical worldview. What do we mean by a biblical worldview…?
• absolute moral truth exists
• the Bible is completely inerrant
• Satan is a real being, not symbolic
• a person cannot earn his way into the kingdom of God though good works
• Jesus Christ lived a sinless life on earth
• God is the supreme Creator of the heavens and the earth and reigns over the whole universe today
February 7, from 5-7 PM will be our next First Sunday prayer Gathering at the church
So glad to hear that following Joy’s fall and surgery last month, she was at D-Group last week. PTL………….In fact – Bro Doug had 10 in his group last Thursday ….. another big PTL…..Sad to say – the snow crippled numbers this week………..Last Sunday night, I preached at Lenoir Home – cold getting out — but as the choir sang – I opened my I-pad and got ready to go – but couldn’t connect to their wifi…..had to wing it from memory……learned that God is beyond great – and he blessed me with energy – enthusiasm – and grace…..several said afterwards – this was like a revival – are you a Southern Baptist?…………… A couple weeks ago we prayed for a member of April Nowlin’s family — she passed away and they will celebrate her life this Sunday at 1:00 PM So sorry for your loss and know that our Father is the God of all comfort……………The church is reading the Gospel of John during January….don’t know where you are but I’m reading Chapter 10 today………..Last week Annie and I experienced a beautiful surprise…Wednesday of that week I received a call from our neighbor to the south wondering if we would be available to go out to dinner Friday. I gave an enthusiastic yes. She said she and her husband would like to take Annie and I and the couple across the street out for the evening meal. At 6:00 PM we met in their driveway and fellowshipped over a beautifully prepared stake at Longhorn….The Art of Neighboring….Blessed….surprised…grateful….hope before long Annie and I will do something similar – they did build a treasure in us……………As bad as the weather was last Sunday morning –we had a gentlemen drive from Kansas City to worship with us….WOW!!!!
· AMERICA – as she selects the next President — in the meantime we ask You Lord, to build a Hedge of Thorns (Hosea 2:6) around our borders to keep us safe….
· Men of God will be God-pleasers – and not man-pleasers and we will experience a revival of repentance in our land
· Supreme Court will not have “rose-colored” glasses as they get ready to make some important decisions
· Defunding Planned Parenthood will happen
· Matthew Dolan – our missionary to Panama – success and God-speed
· Growth of our D-Groups – numerically and spiritually
Matt 5:13-16 “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. 14 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.