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Wesson Rhoden! He’s also, Graduating from Bedford High School. We’re all proud of you Wesson and pray for your future endeavors.

L is for Learning

Learn from Me . . .  and you will find rest for your souls.  Matthew 11:29

Learn more about Jesus and how to live victoriously.  You will notice that unlike us, Jesus didn’t suffer from fear or failure.  That’s because He never entertained the thought that He couldn’t do something His Father had already assured Him He could.  And He didn’t suffer from a fear of lack either. Even though He lived a simple life He was responsible for supporting Himself and a team of others.

 

How did He do it? He prayed a lot, and stayed in sync with His Heavenly Father. Consequently He knew how to catch fish when they weren’t biting, or find tax money in a fish’s mouth when He needed it. (Yes, Jesus paid His taxes too!) Now God may not provide for you in exactly the same way, but He has promised to take care of you (1 Peter 5:7). Today Jesus is saying to you, “Come to Me…learn from me…and you will find rest for your souls [emotions and mind]” (Matthew 11:29 NIV)

 

Stress is brought on by our need to know everything ahead of time 0 to be in control. Even after we pray and supposedly turn the situation over to God, we develop a ‘backup plan’ in case He doesn’t handle things the way we think He should. Do  you do that? You don’t put your money into a bank then stay awake all night worrying about it, do you? Have at least that much confidence in God. Each time you begin the downward spiral of “How? What? When? Were?, stop and give it back to God. Not the little God of your understanding, but the big God whose track record speaks for itself, whose faithfulness never fails, and who has earned the right to ask you, “Is anything too hard for [Me}?” (Genesis 18:14 NIV), In other words – learn how to live like Jesus.

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W is for Worship

Do you want Southeast to be like God’s church? God’s original design for the church is found in the book Acts. Acts 2:42-47 shows us four foundational qualities of God’s church:

 

They were a Fellowshipping Church

They were a Learning Church

They were a Outreaching Church

They were a Worshiping Church

 

 The early church was built on worship. When we read the book of Acts- the record of the early church’s history-we conclude that the believers had miracles happen every single day! They didn’t follow signs & wonders, signs & wonders followed them!

 

An expressive, worshipful church results from sincere praise and sincere communion with the Savior. It’s not something you schedule to draw a crowd.

 

To become a worshipping church means focus has been shifted. Our natural inclination is to worship other “gods.” But the Bible teaches that we are put on this earth primarily to know and walk with the God who made us and to bring glory to His name.

 

 “Jesus informs us in John 4:24, that the Father is looking for those who will WORSHIP Him in spirit and in truth. It is those who are called “True Worshipers

 

Worshipping in “Spirit and in Truth” means worshipping with the mind and heart. True worship re-quires both. You worship in Truth when you know who you are worshipping & why. We are agreeing with God about who He is, what He can do and has done, and what He is asking of us. Then we respond by telling Him so. This is why Bible study and worship go hand in hand. Worship is going to be more effective when it is based on an accurate understanding of who God is.

 

Our worship of God must engage the mind, but it must also engage the affections, the heart, our emotions, and our spirit. That does not mean that worship has to necessarily be emotional or involve an outward emotional display to be “in the spirit,” but it does mean the heart must be engaged. We show outward excitement and worship to sports, musicians, and celebrities. It would seem only right that God would de-serve more.

 

A worshipping church is a place where God is exalted in spirit and in truth. So if we are going to FLOW, we must become a Worshipping Church. I look forward to Worshiping with you as we FLOW in the Spirit here at Southeast.

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