A common expression, often used by coaches, is, “A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.” When they say that, they are talking to the people on the team who are not doing very well. Coaches probably believe that this thought will inspire the “weak links” to try harder. But it may have the opposite effect – only discouraging those who are not doing well.
Look at what the Apostle Paul tells us about being the “weak link”:
“To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong” 2 Corinthians 12:7-10.
There are times when we may be the “weak link” in an otherwise strong chain, whether it is at home, at work, at school, or at church. Whenever you feel weak it is easy to look around and see others who seem so strong. If we could only read the minds of others we would see similar thoughts. The truth of the matter is this – compared to the surpassing riches of Christ and the power of the resurrection, we are all weak.
Paul knew what it was like to feel weak. His enemies at Corinth accused him of being the weakest link. However, Paul understood the benefit of weakness. Whenever we feel strong, pride has a tendency to raise his little head and create a false sense of security. His weakness helped him to depend on the Lord more. He knew his weakness brought him even closer to the Lord. Whenever you feel weak, look to Jesus, who came as a weak baby and died a helpless on a cross. But the weakness in which we see weakness is not weakness at all. There is power in a cross style life. Our weakness gives God a chance to come to us and strengthen our trust in Him. He has a plan and is fulfilling it through weak vessels.
“For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us” 2 Corinthians 4:5-7.
During this Advent season, we watch and wait for God to return and be strong in us. As He shines through us, He becomes the light for all to see his miraculous hope.
This Sunday we will continue our theme, “More Than a Miracle on 34th.” During the first service, our service will be in the Worship Center and our Children will lead our worship during the second service. They will perform their musical – A Joyful Noise. Invite someone to worship with you this week.
May you encounter Jesus today as you seek for Him in all He is doing around you.
Joy in Jesus!
On Monday, I got a phone call and it was someone from the church with some shocking news. She said, “Pastor, I am in the Family Life Center and I just saw a squirrel run by me.” At first I thought she was joking with me but it ended up being true. So after staff meeting yesterday, I ventured down to the FLC and found the critter in the kitchen. The good news is that I was able to coax the little animal out of the building with a broom. It only took about 10 minutes. I had visions of Lampoons Christmas when the squirrel jumped in the middle of the Christmas tree and it burning to the ground. Needless to say, my encounter didn’t end up like that.
We have some friendly squirrels around the church that come and look in the glass doors by the office. They even have trails formed from going to the front of our church and then to the back putting away their winter rationings. One of them finally made it in the building but realized that it wasn’t what they expected. The grass is always greener on the other side but sometimes it leads to a trap. I heard just the other day that someone lost their keys. Maybe one of them found them and is coming and going as they please. That was a bad trick to open the door for one of your friends only to slam the door and run. The things I sit around and think of…
As we enter into this Christmas season, I want to encourage you to open your hearts to Jesus afresh this year. This Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent. What an awesome season we are going to experience together. There will be times of giving, serving, loving, singing, and worshipping our Savior. It truly is “Much More that a Miracle on 34th.”
Just this past week our Church Board gathered for our monthly meeting and I shared the following:
“Jesus is the hope of the world and the local church is the vehicle of expressing that hope to the world.”
Jesus said, “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it” Matthew 16:18. Thank God for the church. It is in the church that we find strength when we come together. We are better together. When we are alone then we are limited by our ability and inability to reach the lost. You might be able to share but we have many limitations. Together we can make maximum contribution. I am so glad to have fellow believers in Jesus who are different in personality, strengths, and weaknesses. There are some who I may not be as effective at reaching people than you are. But I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God will use someone else to minister His grace. It is just comforting to know that we have a place to call people to come to worship, serve, and grow deeper.
Why not use this Advent Season as an opportunity to invite friends and neighbors to worship our Savior and be discipled? Don’t forget about the cards available on the welcome center as you do random acts of kindness this month. It simply says, “…because God cares.”
Let us enter into this day with thankfulness and joy as we are freshly filled with the Spirit and Attitude of Jesus!
Joy in Jesus!
Many times around the holidays, there seems to be something that comes in and steals our thanksgiving. This week we will gather around the table with our families and give thanks for the food we are about to eat but some may forget to be thankful. It happens when we get consumed with worry. Have you ever stopped and pondered on the things that are going on in life and begin to get mad or have a pity party because of the way particular relationships are going or not going? Maybe you haven’t talked to a friend for months and you don’t know what happened. Maybe you do know what happened and you don’t want to face it. Worse yet, it could be a particular family member you are about to go and see.
It isn’t until you come across certain passages of Scripture that you realize how deeply you have been sinking into worry or even bitterness. Whenever I want to find peace for my trouble soul, I go to the Word. Let’s look at Philippians 4:4-7 as we enter this Thanksgiving Holiday.
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
God is calling us to lay down all of our worries and come boldly before Him to make our requests known. I want to focus in on verse 6 because I believe there are steps to take as to how to lay down our worries and be bold in making our requests to God. If we follow these steps then we can be set free from worry and fear.
Let’s just be real. There will always be plenty of opportunities to worry. Paul describes many difficulties he experienced in his travels and ministry. Satan will try to regularly distract you from being who God called you to be. But be assured, the tactics of the enemy can be exposed and brought down. You do not have to fall to that temptation.
Worry does not have to cripple you this holiday or any day for that matter. In verse 6, Paul lays out 5 important steps to move from fear to faith, from defeat to victory, from turmoil to peace. There are 5 key words that tell us exactly what we must do when worry and concerns are trying to flood our minds: prayer; petition; thanksgiving; requests; and known.
When you pray, walk in the close relationship you have with Jesus and give him your worry in replace for peace. He truly wants to do that for you. He reminds us in Matthew 11:30 that His yoke is easy and His burden is light. Take on Jesus at His word and lighten your load by giving it to Him.
The second step Paul tells us to take is found in the word petition. In the Greek it depicts a person who has some type of lack in his life and therefore pleads strongly for his lack to be met. Even to the point of begging. This person is so desperate that he pushes his pride aside and passionately cries out for assistance.
Paul then goes into the third step. We are to bring our requests to God with thanksgiving. Not only be bold but be thankful. Each one of us has been on the end of someone wanting something from us but not taking the time to express their appreciation for your sacrifice. The word “thanksgiving” is the Greek word eucharistia. When you break it apart it literally means “good grace.” It describes an outpouring of grace and of wonderful feelings that freely flow from the heart in response to someone or something. Paul is showing us that when we earnestly ask God for something, it must be with an earnest outpouring of thanks. That demonstrates faith in God that He will do what is right.
The next step is the word requests. This denotes from the Greek word a sense of confidence. It is to be adamant in requesting and demanding assistance to meet tangible needs. It is used to portray a person who goes to their superior out of respect and honor, demanding a specific need to be met. This person knows what he needs and is so filled with faith that he isn’t afraid to boldly come into God’s Presence to ask and expect to receive it. As long as your prayer is based on the Word of God it is feasible.
As a final point, Paul says, “…let your requests be made known to God.” There is a boldness that is evident in this as well. So in the moments when worry or fear is trying to wrap itself around you, rush to the truths found in Philippians 4:4-7. You don’t have to live a life filled with anxiety. Anxiety can be replaced with a peaceful disposition and you can enjoy the days you have with others by allowing God to guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus.
Enjoy your time around the table as you love the people you are thankful for.
Joy in Jesus!
Have you ever stopped and wondered what the phrase, “Throwing Pearls to Pigs” means? Let me ponder that with you right now.
This phrase is found in Matthew 7:6. “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.”
There are many parts to this verse when it pertains to the pig section. It starts out by saying, “do not throw.” Other translations say, “cast.” In the Greek that is so strong that it can be translated, “NEVER cast your pearls to swine.” So this isn’t a suggestion, it is an order to never throw your pearls to pigs.
The next word I want to look at is “Pearls.” This is the Greek word margarites. That is where you get the name Margaret. Pearls are formed in shells located on the floor of the sea. They are formed over time and are rare and can be very valuable. I believe Jesus is talking about the things God has done for you. You can’t put a price on the things you have learned over the years through God’s Word, experiences, and godly counsel. Like pearls, those life lessons are invaluable because they cost you something. You had to go deep with God to obtain spiritual treasures.
Every time you share with someone you need to remember that you are sharing your pearls with them. The counsel and advice you’re giving may be free to them, but it has cost you everything!
It is also interesting that Jesus would use the analogy of a pig or a swine. When I was just a teenager, I worked on a pig farm. I learned many lessons working with these creatures. One lesson I learned is that pigs do nothing and are motivated for nothing except eating. When they knew you were coming to feed them, they would go as far as hurt each other in order to get to the food first. It reminds me of some buffet lines I have been in… Pigs were very well known in Jesus’ day. They were considered the lowest and most unclean animal. For Jesus to refer to people as pigs was a very graphic depiction. It is a picture of a consumer. They take, take, and take. They eat and then want more. They never think to ask where the food came from, who paid for it, or what process was required to produce it. Not one “thank you” is heard (not that they could even voice it). They are just careless consumers never contributing to the farm until they’re on their way to the market never to return.
This is the picture Jesus paints of people who don’t appreciate the advice that is freely given to them from the depths of another person’s life. Unfortunately I can recall times when I was a careless consumer of other people’s time and energy. I can remember not caring how the other person obtained the wisdom, what it cost them to obtain it, or how long it took for them to come to this point in their relationship with God. I think of it often when I am on the advice end and feel drained of all my strength only to see someone continue to repeat a destructive behavior and not heed the advice.
Let’s look at this verse in light of the meanings described above…
“Never invest too much time, energy, or money into people who don’t even care about what you are doing for them! I’m commanding you not to share your ‘pearls’ – those precious details, experiences, and parts of your life that have cost you so much – with people who live and act like ungrateful pigs…”
Seems pretty harsh but is wise because someone who is not open for God to move on their life will eventually pull you in on the drama and dysfunction of their own demise. Better to pray for them and allow the Holy Spirit to convict their heart and convince them of their need for God’s Word and wisdom. Many times people will just harden their heart even more as you voice words of concern and wisdom.
I pray that you will not encounter or encompass the life of a pig. Let me tell you from personal experience, it’s miserable.
I’m looking forward to an incredible day of worship on Sunday.
Joy in Jesus!
Last week we had our annual leadership banquet held at the University of Findlay. We call it “Onpoint.” The purpose of the event is to celebrate what God is doing in and around the church, be reminded of how God wants to use us together to do “Big” things for the Kingdom of God, and see how we are better together.
As I was preparing I was overwhelmed at how many leaders we have in our church. We truly are blessed with many great servant leaders in every age group and ministry. Let me share with you some Truths from God’s Word that encompasses the culture that our leadership creates together.
“Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered” Proverbs 11:25.
“Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” Luke 6:38.
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many” Mark 10:45.
“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms” 1 Peter 4:10.
“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ” Colossians 3:23-24.
“The I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?’ Then I said, ‘Here I am. Send me!’” Isaiah 6:8.
God is moving in a powerful way amongst us. It is good to be surrounded with people who are “Can do” people committed to building the Church and reaching the lost in Jesus name. It is so refreshing to serve with people at every capacity. My heart is full with the satisfaction of knowing that together we are better and over the top when we live by faith in the One who is our All in all.
Let me remind you of our Harvest Dinner this Sunday night at 5:30pm. Details will be in our bulletin this Sunday. There will be an opportunity to give non-perishable items for Chopin Hall as you come and put “giving” back in Thanksgiving. I am looking forward to seeing what the Lord continues to do through his Holy Spirit on Sunday as we worship together. May God give you more opportunities to see miracles throughout this day…
Joy in Jesus!
The title of my devotional today is Nahum. It is actually a part of the Twelve Minor Prophets in the Old Testament. It is in contrast to the Book of Jonah’s earlier message to Nineveh. Jonah is about Nineveh repenting and turning toward God from the top down. In Nahum, God said He had enough. No more opportunities for repentance, no options for mercy and no promises of future restoration. This massive city of over one million people would be completely destroyed. Revival was no longer an option. God had given this City over to their sin.
Look with me at some key verses:
“The Lord is slow to anger and great in power; the Lord will not leave the guilty unpunished. His way is in the whirlwind and the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet” Nahum 1:3.
“The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him, but with an overwhelming flood he will make an end of Nineveh; he will pursue his foes into darkness” Nahum 1:7-8.
Enough was enough. God had given plenty of time for this ruthless nation to repent and walk in His ways. God is a just God and will not let sins go unpunished. He is also a loving graceful God who gives people time to repent. Nineveh obviously was all about what they wanted and not what God wanted. I pray often that the Lord does not give our Nation what we deserve. I pray for God fearing men and women to get elected in the election next week. We need godly leaders to influence our leaders in Washington.
I think of the aggressions of Adolph Hitler during the 1930’s and 1940’s as we have been listening on the news about this aggression against Jews in Pennsylvania. In time, world tolerance reached its limit. The Nazi reign of terror was ended by force in World War II.
This morning during our time of prayer I read the first part of Matthew 6 where it focuses on prayer. Leading up to the Lord’s Prayer, our pattern of prayer taught by Jesus Himself, it mentions several times that God sees what is done in secret. It is the secret things that God sees and rewards, not the outward things of our lives. We should not stop doing things that people see, they just need to be fueled by the times we spend out of the spotlight. If only Nineveh would have kept the fires of revival stirred in their hearts.
May God speak to you from this small Minor Prophet written many years ago. Let us rejoice that God has come personally to each one of us and offered Himself as the source of right living in order that we might repent and follow His ways. Rejoice that God makes a way where there seems to be no way. Rejoice that God has given us fellow travelers to pray for and with during difficult times. Rejoice that God sees the small things of life and praise Him that He will cause the small things to multiply and make a big impact on the people around us. Rejoice again I say Rejoice…
Joy in Jesus!
There is a book written by James Garlow called, “Well Versed.” It gives biblical answers to today’s tough issues. One section in it speaks of the question, “Does the Bible speak to the political and social issues of our day?” He poses another question before answering the question, “Can we agree that our nation is in trouble? Let me share his insights as we prepare to vote in just a few weeks.
“There seems to be a strong consensus that our nation has problems – deep problems. No one thinks the massive debt is good. Our national security has people on edge. Waste, fraud, abuse, and corruption are widespread. Civil discourse in governmental bodies is almost gone. There is a strong sense among many that something has gone wrong.
The Bible speaks to every important issue of life. After all, it was God who came up with the idea of government. He established it and has clear principles about every major issue facing our nation or any nation. The Bible even uses the strong metaphor to say of Jesus: ‘The government will be on his shoulders’ (Isaiah 9:6).”
He goes on to talk about separation of church and state. Unfortunately, many ignorant people use that to say that the church is supposed to stay out of the state’s business. That is not at all the intent of that phrase. It is not in the constitution or declaration of independence. It came from a letter written by Thomas Jefferson where he used the phrase, “wall of separation.” It was to assure that the federal government would not intrude into church life (not forcing a certain denomination state church on the people). Nowhere did our founding fathers try to distance the federal government from the basic tenets of Christianity. It was the Bible that they founded our constitution. Now they are deceiving people by distancing themselves from Christianity. They want to erase the history books so their schemes are not seen.
You often hear the argument, “you can’t legislate morality”. The fact is that all laws legislate morality. Laws against murder, perjury (lying under oath), stealing, violating contracts – along with a host of other laws – are all attempts to legislate morality. That is the very nature of laws.
In Galatians 5:1 it says, “It was for freedom that Christ set you free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Many people interpret that as being bound like a slave, therefore, ridding us of our freedom.
We learn in Genesis 3 that we (yes we) disobeyed the one “Thou shall not” God placed before us and are now living in a fallen world. The world is bitter. The world teaches that freedom is gained by throwing off all restraint; Scripture teaches us that the opposite is true. Human beings forfeited a great deal of freedom in an attempt to gain absolute freedom. The more I read and understand the Word of God, the more I realize that freedom is gained and maintained by adherence to God’s laws. We are called to trust our creator God.
We need to uphold God’s laws and ways. Our government should do the same and not just choose which ones are pertinent. So the bottom line is – it does matter what you believe, who you trust, and that you vote biblical. If you don’t know what is biblical, go to the Bible and find out what is biblical. Stand on the Word of God to determine the issues. When you do, you will be amazed at how many issues become clearer.
Seek God with all your heart today. Take time to find out where He wants you to go and what He wants you to be.
Joy in Jesus!
I love to listen to music. It expresses the beat of my heart. There is nothing in life that compares with walking with the Lord and experiencing his presence. I find songs that express that and I just worship in the moment. A rush of the Spirit fills my soul.
I believe that is what Psalm 120-134 is all about. They are called songs of ascent. It is believed that people would sing them on their way to the Jewish Festivals. Jerusalem is on a high hill so all roads were uphill. These songs were used to express worship and love for God. Look at the themes:
Psalm 120: God’s presence during distress; Psalm 121: Joyful praise to the Lord; Psalm 122: Prayer for Jerusalem; Psalm 123: Patience for God’s mercy; Psalm 124: Help comes from the Lord ; Psalm 125: Prayer for God’s blessing upon His people; Psalm 126: The Lord has done great things; Psalm 127: God’s blessing on man’s efforts; Psalm 128: Joy for those who follow God’s ways; Psalm 129: A cry for help to the Lord; Psalm 130: A prayer of repentance; Psalm 131: Surrender as a child to the Lord; Psalm 132: God’s sovereign plan for His people; Psalm 133: Praise of brotherly fellowship and unity; Psalm 134: Praise to God in His temple.
When you place God above all things, it is choosing to see life through the lens of the Holy Spirit. From time to time we need to be reminded of the Truths found only in a life of faith in a mighty God. Worship with me as I give a sampling of the power of these Psalms:
“The Lord will keep you from all harm – he will watch over your life” (Psalm 127:1).
“As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maid look to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, till he shows us his mercy”(Psalm 123:2).
“As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people both now and forevermore” (Psalm 125:2).
“When the Lord brought back the captives to Zion, we were like men who dreamed. Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things for them’” (Psalm 126:1-2). “But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me” (Psalm 131:2).
I pray your heart has been encouraged this morning. God is faithful to the very end. May you be filled with the presence of the Holy as you seek to glorify the Name of Jesus today in all of your endeavors.
I am looking forward to worshipping together with you as we express to the Lord His place in our lives. I love coming together with many generations singing the same song and walking in the unity of the Spirit.
Joy in Jesus!
Conquerors are not born, they are made. Many men want to be a conqueror but too many are waiting for it to happen on its own. It has to be intentional in order for it to happen. I have never heard anyone come up to me and say, “Pastor Mike, I was just going along and from nowhere, this Spirit came over me and I have been set free to live like I have never lived before.” No, it happens when you have been seeking the Lord with all your heart and you intentionally hungered for more. Many people give up too early. They get tired or distracted.
Consider how intentional Jesus was. He was a man of prayer. He prayed because He was intentional at only doing what the Father said. I know what you are thinking. He was Jesus and I am not. Correct! But you can have Jesus living inside of you – the One who rose from the grave and lives in power. So do you know what that means? We have no excuse. Too many times we blame it on our schedule or our circumstances. News flash – we are the ones in control of our schedule. There is nothing that can get in the way of intentionally living for Christ.
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Ephesians 6:10-13
As a church, we have been intentional in ministering to our men in this sex saturated culture we live in. Next week we will begin our seventh conqueror group. God is helping us to be more intentional, helping us to see the schemes of the enemy, and helping us to know how to use the tools we have at our fingertips. We are forming an army of strong men for God.
This weekend several of our men are intentionally getting away to seek the Lord and commit to purity in this impure world. Pray for our men. “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another” Proverbs 27:17. There is going to be a lot of sharpening going on. Pray for the Lord to speak deeply into the lives of our men.
May the Lord help you to see where He is leading you today and may we be willing to trust and follow Him to the ends of the earth.
Joy in Jesus!
Have you ever watched Wheel of Fortune? I know several people spend time trying to figure out the puzzle before the contestants do on the television. There is one more thing that many people do while watching this show. They imagine what it would be like to win the money that many win. In other words, they imagine themselves becoming rich. Ok, I don’t mean millionaires, but having more money to pay off bills or take a trip. How about the show, “Want to be a Millionaire?”
Can I tell you that you don’t have to imagine what it would be like to be rich? You already are. We are rich if we have clothes on our back, a place to live, and the list goes on. If you are a child of God, you are rich beyond description. We have all been given a treasure that will make the winnings on Wheel of Fortune and Want to Be a Millionaire look like Monopoly money. You are a spiritual billionaire! There is one catch though. You have to learn how to tap into these vast resources in order to fully realize it.
In Colossians 3:16, the apostle Paul wrote, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly…”Let’s look a little deeper at the word “richly” in this verse. It comes from the Greek word plousios, a very old Greek word that describes: incredible abundance, extreme wealth, enormous affluence, great prosperity, and immense riches. Paul uses this word in Colossians 3:16 to let us know that if we will receive the Word of God in the right way – if we give it a warm reception and make if feel at home in our lives, it will enrich us spiritually. So this simply means that we are spiritual billionaires.
I know what you are thinking, “Pastor Mike, you are really stretching this one. To compare it to being a billionaire?” Read on and see what Paul tells us it produces in us if we allow it to.
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” Colossians 3:16. (NKJV)
This describes people so full of the Word of God that their entire being is affected. Their hearts are full of joy; their minds are flooded with wisdom and understanding; and their mouths are singing songs to the Lord. This describes people who have struck it rich. It enriches you with wisdom, gifts, and the power you need for today. It fills you so much that it naturally comes spilling out and encouraging people in the faith along the way. When the Word of God dwells in you richly, there’s always a song of rejoicing in your heart. It spills out so much that it can actually bring life to those around you.
Paul is painting a picture of what the Word of God will produce in you if you allow it to take residence in you and become a vital part of your life. So if you are tired of feeling spiritually weak and worn out with nothing to offer, then don’t take another step without making the decision to let God’s Word play a more important role in your life.
Here is another way to say Colossians 3:16:
“Let the Word of God dwell in you richly! Throw open the floodgates, roll out the red carpet, and give it a grand reception! If you’ll let the Word of God dwell in your in this way, it will produce an amazing amount of spiritual wealth in your life to all God to breathe life into the faintest of hearts – even yours!”
Won’t you join me tonight for our final service with Stephen Manley? The service starts at 6:30pm. Come at 5:30pm and enjoy a delicious taco salad for supper. Let’s keep seeking the heart of God and we seek to know Him more.
Joy in Jesus!
Rev. Mike McClurg
Senior Pastor, Findlay First Church of the Nazarene