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Sunday, June 2, 2019

Sunday Words of Encouragement June 2, 2019

Our substitute Sunday School teacher led today with a wonderful message on the Fruits of Spirit, Galatians 5:23. We started the morning with prayer, including prayer for our President as requested by Franklin Graham.

Our church service began with praise and worship which lead into communion. After celebrating the Lord’s Supper in remembrance, Pastor continued with his message series of “Life Hacks”. He noted that as children we are usually taught to save with a piggy bank and then a savings account (recalling how many of us had the old savings book with handwritten entries). As we mature, too often our spending outgrows our income resulting in debt. Sadly, saving alone rarely accounts for growth.

The Bible tells of a “Life law”; a “Spiritual law” known as the Law of Sowing and Reaping.
Galatians 6:7: “7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.”

Point: You will harvest from what you invest.

Charles F. Stanley stated the principle as: You reap what you sow, more than you sow, and later than you sow. We always have to wait for the harvest – no seed blooms overnight.

We think we can live our life first, show our children how we pursue our own needs and still they will follow God. It doesn’t work that way. We need to put God first, not ourselves. Do we look for the best life now or in the future? Or do we think like children who think “I want it now”. 1 Corinthians 13:11.

Determine to cultivate investing and patience. Pursue your best life, not for now, but for eternity. The best extends to and includes eternity. These three remain faith hope and love. 1 Corinthians 13:13.

God's blessings run through the law of planting and harvesting. 2 Corinthians 9:6-11. You can lock it or unlock it. When you give, God returns the gift abundantly: pressed down, overflowing. Luke 6:37-38.

If you invest evil, you will harvest evil. If you invest mercy, you will harvest mercy.
Decide for yourself what you will give. 2 Corinthians 9:7.

Where do you need to invest yourself? Where can you, or where do you need to invest for a future harvest? Where can you serve?
Young and old, we are all supposed to serve; to invest in the Kingdom of God.

Our praise team shared a new song this morning which fit the message:
New Wine.
Verses for Today
Luke 6: 37-38 (NIV)
37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

Lord- I offer myself. Use me, invest me. Show me where to invest my love and time for You.

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