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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Sunday Words of Encouragement November 11, 2018

We had another good Sunday School and Service today. Our SS teacher’s lesson was on 1 Corinthians 3:1-11 noting that each minister does that work that is given to him. God chose Saul to be the one who would be the one to lay the solid foundation. God equipped Paul. Galatians 1:11-19. Never focus on one person, teacher or leader but rather study and make sure that the message is consistent with the Word of the Lord, the Bible. The foundation is the simple Good News: you need Jesus. Others may build on that message with various materials, some good and some not good and someday the lessons will be subject to inspection (v18-23). Be careful to discern the truth by relying on the Word and remembering the foundation: Jesus is the way to eternal life. Galatians 1:6-10

Pastor’s message was titled “Dealing With Expectations” based on 1 Corinthians 1:1-9.
We want to be dependable but we don't always succeed. We all have expectations of others, We expect quality services, careful driving, fulfillment of commitments. Often we fail to communicate our expectations and often they are unrealistic. We expect others to meet our expectations but that is unrealistic. Most miss the mark. Unfulfilled expectations result in conflicts.

God is the only one who is faithful 100 percent of the time. But sometimes we wonder if He is truly faithful.

If we become unsure or confused, we seek security. Paul reminds us of our secure relationship in Christ. 1 Corinthians 1:1-9. God reached out to save and sanctify you. v2. God has equipped you with specific gifts for specific purpose. v4. You've been customized!

Point: God is faithful. He is unwavering, unshakable and totally faithful.

He called us into fellowship with His son, Jesus Christ. Our belief in Christ creates a relationship with Kinship. It is a constant. We can rely on Him. He is faithful:
Faithful to love us. Psalm 36:5.
Faithful to be with us. 1 Corinthians 3:16.
Faithful to forgive. 1 John 1:9.
Faithful to save. Hebrews 5:7-9.
Faithful to His Word. Psalm 33:4; Psalm 89:1-5. Colossians 3:16; John 17:14-17.
We can trust Him through it all.
Don't be too independent!

I found this song that is new to me but perfect for this message! God is Faithful!
Verses for Today:
Psalm 36:5 (NIV)
5 Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the skies.

Matthew 7:24-27 (NIV)
The Wise and Foolish Builders
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

I give THANKS to God that I have the assurance of HIS Faithful promises. He has saved me; he provides for me; He protects me; He gives me wisdom; He comforts me; He calls me His own child. I am blessed through His Grace. He will see me through the storms of life.

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