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Powerful examples!

Scripture reading for November 24th:  1st Corinthians 7-10

I chose my life theme from going through Army officer’s leadership school.  A key leadership principle that stuck with me was “Set the Example!”  I was taught that one of the most powerful influences that a leader could have on others is their example.  Jesus Christ modeled for us and his disciples by living a life centered on doing God’s will and serving others.   The Bible records many examples that are not so good as well.  Someone has said, “if you are not good for anything else, you can always be a bad example!”

In 1st Corinthians 10, Paul used some bad examples as warning for believers.  Paul exhorted the Corinthians to remember the Israelites of the Old Testament.  They had some great spiritual experiences with the Lord leading them by the cloud and fire and taking them through the Red Sea.  They got to eat “manna” from heaven and drink water from the “Rock” for forty years while they wandered in the desert.  They had God’s appointed leader, Moses, praying for them.  However, God was not pleased with them!  (1st Corinthians 10:1-5)

In spite of being supernaturally delivered by God from Egypt, many of them brought their idols with them!  They were taught by God to be true to their wives, but many were sexually immoral as they worshiped these idols.  Many grumbled against God and died from the bite of poisonous snakes and by the destroying angel of death.  Their hearts were not right with God in spite of all the supernatural power that they witnessed.  They thought they were right with God because of His blessings.

We should learn from their example. (1st Corinthians 10:8-10)  America is a land of idols!  Sports stars, entertainment figures, soap operas, movie stars, popular music stars and the like all serve as idols.  We are sexually immoral and glorify sexual freedom that mocks God and His word because we are idolatrous!

Grumbling against God because of unbelief was also a characteristic of the Israelites.  That grumbling kept them out of the land of promise and a whole generation died in the desert.  These examples should drive us to Christ Jesus.  He is our escape from sin, death and temptation.  He is always faithful and delivers those who depend on Him!

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Sunday Rest and Reflection:Recabites!

Dear Friends of Jesus,

Greetings in the Wonderful Name of Jesus Christ!  No other name offers salvation and eternal life!  No other person has shown such great love to all of mankind and is now alive praying that we might enjoy this love forever!  It’s time to worship Him and gather to celebrate our life in Him!  It’s time to worship and bow down in honor and thanksgiving to the King of Kings!

I want to reflect today on a very obscure passage of scripture, Jeremiah 35.  In this passage, God instructed Jeremiah to tempt a family to drink wine.  They refused because of a command of their forefather, Jonadab.  They chose to fully obey their forefather and enjoyed blessing for doing so.  This was a simple command, but one not easy to obey in the culture of the Middle East of that day.  The Recabites went against the culture and customs of the land to obey, and continued to do so even when tempted to do otherwise!

This is the lesson God was and is still teaching us through these simple people,  “Therefore, this is what the Lord God Almighty, the God of Israel, says: ‘Listen! I am going to bring on Judah and on everyone living in Jerusalem every disaster I pronounced against them.  I spoke to them, but they did not listen; I called to them, but they did not answer.” (Jeremiah 35:17)  We must listen to God and heed His word, just like the Recabites of old listened to their father and obeyed.  They were rewarded for this simple obedience by God.  He longs to reward us as well, as He is no respecter of persons!

Are you a good example like the Recabites, that God could use to call others to obedience?  Why not make the changes you need today as you attend worship and hear the word of the Lord?  God will reward you too!

In His Love,

Pastor John

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