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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Sunday Words of Encouragement December 9, 2017

We had a lovely, full morning of church today. We went to early service at a church we were visiting two years ago. It was nice to see familiar faces, enjoy the worship music and a good message from the pastor. We had to leave a bit early to drive down the street to our home church for Sunday School (continuing the educational study on “death”) and Church service.

Pastor concluded the Illuminate series with Galatians 6. He reminded us of last week’s point of living a Spirit-led life that brings a higher standard. He also noted that it is from the Spirit led life that love, joy, and peace will flow.

In Galatians 6 Paul sums up this letter noting that our life reflects how we are living; we reap what we sow. What really counts in this mortal life? Whether we have been transformed.

Transformation is defined as a thorough or dramatic change in form or appearance. We celebrate transformation in nature such as a caterpillar to a butterfly. We should also celebrate it in our spiritual lives as a transformation in the spirit brings us from sin and death to joy and life.

If you plant something, you harvest whatever you plant. As believers we are not only to reach out to others, but we are to live for the spirit and serve and nurture the family of faith. As Paul notes, we should not grow weary but keep on.

Point: We must plant seeds for transformation to reap a harvest of transformation.

It takes love; sowing seeds of love. We show love, that others might see God's love. The hard question: What steps and sacrifices are we willing to make to see another life transformed?

I found several song videos that would fit today and it was a hard decision.
I chose this song as I do think it fits.
Verses for Today:
Galatians 6:9-10 NIV
9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

I thought about Pastor’s question and thought on the sacrifice that Jesus gave. He gave His life! God, please help me to give of my time, energy, and resources to build a relationship with others to change their lives.

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