Verse of the Week

The verse of the week highlights what is being preached from out pulpit now. Our recent Thursday nights have been dedicated to a practical series of scriptural instructions for handling life's problems. This week it was debt.

Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV) Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

So you're drownng in debt?  So sit on His throne with Him and master it. That's what Paul means by, "don't be anxious about anything, but in your debt situation pray and ask."

And always pray and ask with thanksgiving. That doesn't mean say, "Thank you God for what I hope You're going to do to fix this." Think about Jesus in Mark 8 when He was preaching to all those thousands of people and realized they hadn't had anything to eat.  He took seven loaves of bread and told everybody to sit down on the ground. Then, "when He had taken the seven loaves and GIVEN THANKS, He broke them and gave them to His disciples to distribute to the people, and they did so. They had a few small fish as well; He gave thanks for them also and told the disciples to distribute them" (vv. 6-7),

Jesus knew Father's will, knew what Father was doing (He said exactly that in John 5:19). It's only when you KNOW what God is doing that you can be properly grateful.  The pilgrims didn't have a party before the harvest, hoping for the best, did they? They called it "thanksgiving" once they knew dinner would be on the table! That's the way thanksgiving works in the Kingdom:  KNOW what Father is doing and then be thankful. 

But how do you KNOW what Father is doing? You sit with Him, on His throne, IN Jesus! It's really very simple, but you have to know Him to make it work. You can't just know about Him and hope. You have to be IN relationship.

Passionate about Jesus Christ

His goodness compels us to walk like Him, talk like Him, think like Him, react like Him, give like Him, work like Him, and love like Him.  If you have been disappointed by life or religion, let Jesus give you a fresh start in His true kingdom where His mercy is new every morning, where His presence empowers you to rise to your potential, where His people are always for you, where you can truly belong.

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Let God help you become the person He always dreamed you could be!