We go through this life meeting people every day. Maybe at the store where you shop or at work. Maybe on the street or in passing, saying hello and never meeting again. Family members we see on holidays or just occasionally. Your doctors that you see, more often as you get older. Everyone has someone that first mentioned God to them. The one who taught them about Jesus. Do you remember the people that first spoke of Jesus to you? That invited you to church or for a Bible study? Think back, how many times have you been approached since then? Do we know how many opportunities we will get to take people up on that offer?

     What I want us all to take from this is that you may be the one. The one opportunity that someone else has to hear about God. The only one perhaps that a person may be comfortable studying with. The one they can relate to. The one that can sympathize with something in their life that holds them back. The one with some of the same experiences and that they can relate with. Think about that. Maybe you are the one. The only one to teach them the truth. Share Jesus with them.

     “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”

     Don’t be afraid, be strong and brave for the Lord goes with you. Be the one.

            

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How many times have we sung this song and wondered, what it meant to our lives and how it's going to affect our lives in the future? The song was the introduction to a TV show called “In Search of the Lord’s Way.” The speaker for many years was brother Mac Lyons, and then brother Phil Sanders. Many great lessons were heard from these two men. In these troubling times, we had no idea that our worship would be challenge by our government. We were told we could not meet together, we complied but were fed by Matt’s great lessons on YouTube. After three months, we were told you can again be together but only one hundred at a time. We did cut fellowship time down, but we did worship. All this time following the rules set down by the government. Then we were told we should not sing, God said sing and that is what we did. Ephesians 5:19 “speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord.”

 

This past week we were told not to use the inside of the building, another attempt to stop worshiping God. But the Lord is much more powerful than any government, so God gave us a way. The Lord gave us a drop-off area, a natural amphitheater. What a wonderful worship we had. When we put God first, He will find a way for us to worship Him. We all need to remember the church is US and not the building. Maybe it’s a lesson God wants us to relearn.

 

The Lord will find a way for us to follow Him. The Psalm of David should give us the strength. We need to allow the Lord to show us the way.

 

Psalm 23:1 & 2

The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures;

He leads me beside quiet waters.

The Lord will find a way

 

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Sometimes we can act in a way that might make our brother or sister stumble. When Paul writes his letter to the Corinthians, he answers the question that sometimes might be hard to understand. He deals with our conscience and the people we are around. Why is one’s freedom limited by another’s conscience? The answer is love. 1 Corinthians 13:5 says this about love - “does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered.” Love does not act rude. Love is courteous and has manners. Love is not offensive to others, it is tactful and polite. These are always part of a Christian’s behavior. Love does not insist upon its rights. Love is unselfish. Love is happy in the happiness of others. Love seeks the best interests of others.

 

Why am I writing these things about love? The answers is, because we are family. We get things done when we are united as a family. We have no time to look for bad because we are the family of God. It is an amazing thing that happens when a family is united in love. Great things can happen.

 

In the period of time we are now in, dealing with corona virus issues and civil unrest issues, it is important for us to stay focused on how we act and care for people. Our priority is to serve our God. When we stay focused on being like Christ, our problems will disappear that deal with our eternity. The Bible tells us this in Philippians 4:13 “I can do all thing through Him who strengthens me.” Then we need to do it with love. I Corinthians 13:13 “But now faith, hope, love, abides these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

 

The song our kids sing - This little light of mine, let it shine should be the song we all sing and do, at all times. This should be our love song.

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How many times have we sung this song and wondered, what it meant to our lives and how it's going to affect our lives in the future? The song was the introduction to a TV show called “In Search of the Lord’s Way.” The speaker for many years was brother Mac Lyons, and then brother Phil Sanders. Many great lessons were heard from these two men. In these troubling times, we had no idea that our worship would be challenge by our government. We were told we could not meet together, we complied but were fed by Matt’s great lessons on YouTube. After three months, we were told you can again be together but only one hundred at a time. We did cut fellowship time down, but we did worship. All this time following the rules set down by the government. Then we were told we should not sing, God said sing and that is what we did. Ephesians 5:19 “speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord.”

 

This past week we were told not to use the inside of the building, another attempt to stop worshiping God. But the Lord is much more powerful than any government, so God gave us a way. The Lord gave us a drop-off area, a natural amphitheater. What a wonderful worship we had. When we put God first, He will find a way for us to worship Him. We all need to remember the church is US and not the building. Maybe it’s a lesson God wants us to relearn.

 

The Lord will find a way for us to follow Him. The Psalm of David should give us the strength. We need to allow the Lord to show us the way.

 

Psalm 23:1 & 2

The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures;

He leads me beside quiet waters.

The Lord will find a way

 

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When I was growing up, our vacation was a road trip to various parts of the country. When I was around twelve, we were on another trip that took us to Florida. My aunt and her family lived there. Her husband, Uncle Bob worked for a large food company. I remember two things about the trip, the warm gulf stream waters of the ocean and the two fountains that were in the warehouse where my uncle worked, next to each other. At that time, it depended on the color of your skin as to which one you could use. At the time, I sure did not understand why. We did not have that in California. It took a couple of years for me to understand why there were two fountains. To this day I still don't understand why, the same pipe brought the water to both. This is what I know, there was little respect and love shown there. If a person believes in the account of the Bible, which I do, then we should know that we are all descendants of Adam and Eve.

 

The Bible tells us something very different than the lesson of having two fountains. The lessons that Jesus gives to us, tells us that how we treat others is a very important lesson for us to learn. The lesson of the Golden Rule is a good starter, how do I want to be treated goes both ways. Matthew 7:12 - “In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” These are the words of Jesus.

 

One other, is Jesus came to save the lost. Luke 19:10, again the words of Jesus, “For the Son of Man has come to seek and save that which was lost.” The definition is being lost in a world full of sin. It does not say rich or poor, it does not say this culture or that culture, it does not say what you look like, it says seek the lost. If Jesus makes no clarification, who am I to do so? Or for that matter, anyone to do so? The Bible only tells us one way that is to be pleasing to God.

 

We only need one fountain.

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