Meditation Path Dedication Video

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One Worship Service for the Summer

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Wifely Wisdom 1 Samuel 25

God often uses the words and actions of those around us to remind us of who He is.
This can be through both positive and negative examples. In 1 Samuel 25 David is taught once more the need for him to completely trust God for all provisions of his life including the outcome of the battles of this life. In turn we learn the same lesson by putting ourselves in David’s position and allowing God to speak to us.

Firstly we see that the death of Samuel is a pivotal moment in the soon to be king’s life. The death of anyone close to us can afford us the opportunity to look back at the person’s life and relationship with the Lord. God can use this to remind us of His grace and love, especially if the person was a believer, but even if not, God can be recognized and acknowledged in the comfort and mercy He has for us as we grief the loss.

Next we are introduced to Nabal, a man who lives up to the meaning of his name “fool”. Nabal’s example is one from which we learn what not to do. Given the opportunity to use the blessings he has received from the Lord to bless others; Nabal refuses and nearly loses his life at the hands of David for the trouble. In fact it can be said that his cold heart leads to a heart attack or stroke and he loses more than he was trying to hold on to in the first place. Reminding us that gathering for the sake of having a large pile does nothing to honor God and in fact denies our relationship with Him.

The worker who sees the way that the wind is blowing and intelligently speaks to Abigail tells us that we should recognize the true nature of any given situation and that honesty is the best policy, as it not only saves his own life but the life of those around him.

Finally we see Abigail’s wisdom points David back to the truth that he has so easily put to the back of his mind, that the battle belongs to the Lord. That if God has rescued him from lions, philistines and Saul why would He not provide for him and his men now.

David having to be reminded of such a fundamental fact of his relationship with God holds great hope for us, as we are just as forgetful. We are therefore thankful for a Heavenly Father that reaches out to us continually to point us to the grace and mercy we have received through Jesus.



Clothing Drive Minute for Ministry

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Voice Recognition. 1 Samuel 24

In 1 Samuel 24, David is being pursued by King Saul who is consumed with jealousy and wanting to kill David for fear of losing his kingship. Here it would seem Saul is delivered into David’s hands. At this moment David faces a clear choice, to continue to trust God or to listen to those around him and take things into his hands.

Often we face the same decision, although it is doubtful the situation will be as remarkable as David’s. Do we continue to trust and rely on God’s promises or take matters into our own hands? The lesson that David exhibits for us is that it is impossible to achieve the purpose of God by breaking the commands of God.

Although killing Saul would seem to be the answer to all of David’s issues, removing both the threat to his own life and clearing the way to the throne of Israel, David also knows that killing a defenseless man was still murder and against the will and word of God.

Therefore David practices one of the most difficult of virtues that of waiting on the Lord in active patience. This is not sitting back and doing nothing but it is following the inner voice of God to wait upon Him.

Too often when we are faced with what appears to be a simple solution to a problem, even if it is not what God would want, we take it and seek forgiveness later. While we can be forgiven, this does not give us license to choose the wrong path knowingly. As one scholar puts it “We can drink poison, thinking it will satisfy our thirst for water”

David chooses to recognize God’s voice and seeks not only Saul’s good but also reconciliation with him. Pointing out the wrong and still respecting Saul’s position and the relationship he had with him. We too need to respect those in authority whom God has placed, while also pointing out the wrong that has been done. This is always in the hope for a change of heart and reconciliation.

David’s example here teaches us to:
• to listen to God’s direction as shown in His word and action
• to exercise active patience
• to confront injustice in a way that is redeeming and glorifying to God.



What Are You Doing After Easter?

What were the days following Jesus’ resurrection like for the first disciples?

Jesus had died, and he was dead no longer. Just as He promised, He had overcome death, the last enemy. But what did it all mean?

Surely, it took time for them to fully comprehend the whirlwind of events that had taken place the previous week. Before He returned to his Father, Jesus helped His followers to realize some of the implications. (Lk. 24:27) His death and resurrection were no aberration in God’s plan. They WERE the plan. (Lk. 24:26)  God  had  accepted Jesus’ payment for the sins of His people. Animal sacrifices  were no longer necessary. (1 Cor. 15:17)  Jesus’  resurrection  assured us that those He had redeemed would also receive glorified bodies on the last day. (1 Cor. 15:20) His defeat of the grave anticipated the time when all of creation would be “set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.” (Rom. 8:21)

The resurrection of Jesus Christ, as with many biblical doctrines, has both an objective and a subjective element. Both are important. Theology (study) must be married to doxology (praise). Notwithstanding recurring attempts to disprove the bodily resurrection of Jesus, it remains an undeniable truth and essential element of biblical Christianity. However, it is not merely history that we dissect, study, and discuss. It is meant to change our lives.

Many people will move on from  Easter Sunday to an ordinary Monday, unaware of the significance of all they heard about the previous day. They’ll continue to fight sin in their own strength, think the meaning of life lies somewhere outside God’s provision in Christ, and battle a nagging fear of death. The resurrection will fade into the white noise of their lives, making no discernible impact.

Let’s not make the same mistake. Let’s take in the line in Kevin’s song “souls gripped tight in Satan’s grasp by God’s grace are free at last.” Then let the reality of our Savior’s empty tomb fill us with great joy, hope, and peace today and every day!

He Is Risen From The Dead Words by Kevin Hartnett.  Music by Bob Kauflin.  Copyright 2003 Sovereign Grace Praise, a  division  of Sovereign Grace Music. From Worship Matters Resources Written by Bob Kauflin April 17, 2006 in Devotions


Easter Can Revive Your Faith!

MATTHEW 28:1-10

 The Resurrection of Jesus has changed countless lives over the centuries. Consider the disciples. Nearly all of them except for John went into hiding after Jesus was arrested. After Jesus rose from the dead these men were transformed! Ten of the original twelve disciples were martyred for their faith. Jesus’ resurrection revived their weak, and stagnant faith! Following the Resurrection they were willing to die for Jesus for He proved that He was Lord!

Do you feel that your faith has recently been weak, stagnant, and pretty much non-existent? The Resurrection of Jesus can revive your faith and give it new life and power!! Observe some additional ways Easter can revive our faith: first, the Resurrection of Jesus can reduce fear in your life. In vs.5 the angel spoke to the women who visited Jesus’ empty tomb, “But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified”.  Sometime later after having seen Jesus, he said to them in vs.10 “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee and there they will see me”.  The power of the resurrected Lord can take your fears and change them as He instills new courage and strength within you.

Second, the Resurrection can inspire joy within you! We read of the women experiencing joy as they left the tomb in vs.8 and Jesus greeted them with joy in vs.9. The same word “Greetings!” in the original is translated, “Rejoice!” in Philippians 4:4. Devout Christians should be known as joyful people. Would your family and friends describe you as a “joyful” person? Finally, the Resurrection can revive your faith! Jesus wanted his disciples’ weak faith to be empowered, changed and transformed. Why else would he have sent the women to them? He commanded the women to go and tell them and later he commanded his disciples to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations” (vs.19). The God we know in Jesus Christ is a sending God!  He’s constantly sending people, telling them to go! He sent someone in your life to tell you the good news and He is sending you to tell your friends, family, classmates, people you work with too. So, go and tell people the good news of Christ, of His death and resurrection. Don’t wait for the perfect time or the best strategy. Simply, go! Ready, Fire, Aim!!

           

 



Cross Walk – Who is This?

One of the most important questions in this life comes through in the narrative of Palm Sunday. When referring to Jesus, who is this? This is not only a question for those who do not yet know Jesus as Lord and Savior but is equally valid for Christians, to have in their minds and hearts, constantly putting Him first. As St Augustine famously is quoted as saying “Jesus Christ is not valued at all until He is valued above all.”

We see 4 major characteristics of Christ coming through as He walks (rides) toward the cross on Palm Sunday.

1. He is compassionately present.

On the way to Jerusalem determined and set on the course ahead He does not ignore the needs of those around Him. Jesus takes the time to respond to the cry of the blind, not only healing but giving them new life. (Matthew 20:29-34)

2. He is the prepared and prophesied Lord.

Preparations have been made for Jesus’ entry so that His intentions should be clear to all who see Him. This also points us to the fact that this is not a recent development, but has been the plan of God since the beginning.

3. He is worthy of praise.

The crowd shouts of His glory and gives acknowledgement of His position by their welcome. How do we welcome Jesus and tell of His worth every day, not just one day a week?

4. He is the peaceful king and prophet.

Jesus came to turn the world right side up, not by force but by love. This comes through in Jesus’ actions and by the words of the crowd as both answer the question, who is this? How do you answer this same question about Jesus today?



On The Way Home from Honduras



Last Full Day in Honduras

JPC Honduras 2017
We are so blessed, thankful and grateful for the opportunity to help Loma de luz . Thank you David, Marinajo and Ben with open arms, hospitality and fellowship.. many of us felt at home… we have been truly blessed of the friendship..
May the Lord richly bless the Fields family’s, the ministry at Loma de Luz, Margarita church, and many others we have been in contact with..
Until we meet again..

Philippians 1: 3-6