For the week beginning Sunday, March 29, 2020
We need to look at one of the hardest things in any strategy or mission— Are you ready?— it’s WHERE TO START… Matthew chapter 6 is going to tell us the FIRST thing that we need to be doing!Pastor David
SERVANT Sermon Series
AUDIO: “Crushed” Isaiah 53:10-12
Worship Through Singing
In Matthew 6:9-13 Jesus teaches the disciples how to pray. We know that this prayer is a model to use when praying ourselves. In that spirit let us begin our worship this morning just as we should start every prayer! Let us bless the Father by singing of His greatness and the greatness of His creations.
Our God is real, alive, and at works unceasingly from eternity past to eternity future! As Pastor David often says from the pulpit, “God is not surprised by (fill in the blank)!” This selection is a reminder that no matter where we are in our current circumstances, God is in control and is still good. His ultimate goodness is revealed in His son Jesus.
In times of Joy, Sorrow, Hardship, or Monotony we should always keep eternity in view front and center. Let us not forget that Jesus is worthy to enter the Heavenly places to advocate for our ETERNAL souls. As my friend, Pastor Charlie Larson, once said to me, “This life is but a hands breadth compared to eternity!” He said that to me when I was going through a tough time! This encouraged me to always put our focus on Jesus above all other things. This, brothers and sisters, is keeping our view on eternity-to look at He who is worthy!
I hope these worship songs have been an encouragement and prayer for you this morning. I am continuing to pray for you all. I am patiently waiting for a time we can sing together again. I love each and every one of you!
God Bless You,
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“True wisdom is found in trusting God when you can’t figure things out.”― Joni Eareckson Tada,
The God I Love: A Lifetime of Walking with Jesus
DBC Member Submissions
Seek and Find by Rev. Mike Holman
Deuteronomy 4:29-30, “But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord Thy God, thou shalt find him. If thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul. When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the last days, if thou turn to the Lord thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice.”
How many times have you looked for God? Have you found Him or did He find you? In a time of trouble seek Him and He will hold you up. Maybe you just need guidance to make a decision. Again seek the Lord and hear His voice. So how do you seek the Lord? The Bible tells us to pursue Him wholeheartedly, diligently, continually, confidently and humbly. When you do, God will be there.
One other action must be prevalent and that means you must be diligent and disciplined in prayer. Speak what is on your heart and on your mind and he will hear you. Then be still and listen; God is talking. You don’t need to quote scripture; just talk to God as you would do with a friend, a father or mother or a very great counselor. God will listen, then He will guide you. Follow all of his instructions. I know you prayed and there still is guilt. Did you meditate with a receptive heart? Then look at all the circumstances. Do you need to make changes? Are you on the right path? Yes, we all have troubles and need help at times. Take a look at where you have been, where you are going and how you are traveling. Then maybe you need to have a change of heart.
God knows and sees all. He knows who you are, how you think and what you need to do. Open your heart and mind and seek God. When you do you will find peace, security, love, and comfort. He cares and He will provide for you. So seek Him, listen to Him and know in His time that things will work out. Trust Him. He knows who you are and what you need!
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Choosing Contentment by Crystin Morris
I wrote and taught this study on contentment as part of a study of the book of Philippians in 2019. It challenged me at the time, as God’s Word always does, but I was writing and teaching it from a place of distance from the “trenches” of wrestling through the trials that I spoke of in the context of challenges to contentment in my own life. By that I mean that I had already been through the “worst” of my struggle with discontent in those particular areas, so I could speak about them with compassion and humility, but also with the perspective of having come out the other side. Fast forward to last week, and as I sat buried beneath my desire to control everything and my life-long battle with perfectionism, I came face to face with the idols that my heart is so efficient at creating, and I realized how tight the hold that discontent can have upon one’s heart. With new circumstances, new unknowns, new questions, new changes, and new difficulty, I found myself right back in the book of Philippians, letting God’s Word convict, change, and comfort my heart and turn it yet again towards contentment that is in Christ alone and not in the infrastructure of the world around us. I pray that these Scriptures, and notes, will encourage your heart in the same way. Praise God that our Hope isn’t in any of the things that seem to be crumbling around us. I love you all, and I am praying that the God of peace will continue to sanctify you wholly as you use this time to learn even more how to depend upon Him and that the word of Christ will dwell richly in you during this time.
Crystin’s submission has been formatted into 5 sessions, and we want to encourage you to work through them at your own pace… all at once, a few at a time, one-a-day or whatever suits your schedule.
Session 1— Contentment
What does contentment look like?
What do you spend the most time in your day in pursuit of?
We find Paul here expressing his gratitude for the care that he has been shown, and for the provision that God has provided through the love of the Philippian church. He then goes on to speak about sacrificial giving, contentment, trust in the Lord, bearing fruit, provision, and need. It is his words about contentment that have been most often quoted, preached about, and studied from this section of Scripture. The full context of “doing all things through Christ” becomes as rich and full as it should be when kept within the backdrop of …
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