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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Sunday Words of Encouragement September 6, 2015

We had a good discussion in Sunday School regarding signs of “end times”. Everyone agreed that the signs are many and we discussed our role as Christians. The consensus was: be obedient to God’s word, callings and nudging; be in the word; keep praying; be expectant and watch for the return of Christ; share the Good News and love on others. Let all our behaviors be a light and witness to draw others to the message of Jesus’ gift of salvation.

Pastor only had a short time to preach because we have a family of six (parents with two natural born children and four older adopted children) who leave this week for mission work in Honduras. They explained their journey over the past six years and how God has been leading, equipping and preparing them for this work. We consecrated them with prayer blessings.

Pastor’s message was entitled “Peace”. He noted that in all the years of recorded human history there have only been 8% that were without war somewhere in the world. God gives peace. 2 Corinthians 1:2, Romans 1:7. The Jewish word “Shalom” means holistic peace: harmony, completeness, prosperity, and welfare. Jesus is called Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6. We receive the peace of reconciliation. Romans 5:1-5.
Peace brings to us three things:
1. A Quiet Conscience. John 16:33.
2. A Restful Mind. Philippians 4:7 (also considered a ‘tranquil state’ or contentment from/through Christ.
3. An Assurance of Hope. Romans 15:13. God holds you in His hand. Isaiah 41:10.

Safety is not found in the absence of danger but in the presence of God. See Psalm 4:8.
Children of God should not be in a state of fear but should be a beacon of peace to others.

This is not the song I initially expected but it is lovely!
Peace in the Midst of the Storm by Kim Hopper.
A Verse for Today:
Isaiah 54:10 NIV
Though the mountains be shaken
and the hills be removed,
yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken
nor my covenant of peace be removed,”
says the Lord, who has compassion on you.

It seems to us that the spirit of rebellion and lawlessness is increasing in our world. I am thankful that God has given me His spirit of peace.

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