I apologize that the sermon did not get recorded this week.
In lieu of the audio recording I will share some notes to encourage you to think about what it means to reflect the light of Jesus.
As we are attached to the vine of Christ the light of Christ is in each of us and we are to reflect Jesus’ light to the world in which we live. Like a mirror reflects sunlight we are to reflect God’s light.
The Scripture we read during our time together: Matthew 5:14-16, 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 (focus on verse 20), and 2 Corinthians 3:7-18 (focus on verse 18). We also read John 15 as a refresher.
We are to let our lights shine so that others may glorify God. We are to be God-bearers as we point others to glorifying God and a relationship with Jesus Christ.
As we journey with Jesus we are transformed in the image of Christ, and we are to reflect that image to the world.
When we consider being like Jesus I want to encourage you to read one of the Gospels … the accounts of Jesus life … as if you have never read about or heard about Jesus before, and really consider what it means to be like Jesus and to live your life like He did. What are we doing to know Jesus, so we can make sure to reflect Him?
Study Jesus … believe the truth of Jesus … be like Jesus
We have to make sure we know what we are reflecting.
What a great week.
On Thursday Alex from Samaritans Purse shared his story about how an Operation Christmas Child shoe box transformed his life. KTVB ran a story on Alex from when he shared at a church in Boise, here is a link to the story. I want to encourage all of you to participate in Operation Christmas Child by packing a shoe box this year.
I was encouraged by Alex’s testimony, and his desire to faithfully and obediently serve God. I want to encourage all of you to take advantage of the opportunities we provide for spiritual growth and enrichment at times other than Sunday morning. It might take a little sacrifice, but I can assure you, the sacrifice is worth the growth in our own lives.
Yesterday morning I enjoyed our time of worship together as we sang songs, had conversations with one another, prayed, and spent time studying God’s word. I hope you are as encouraged by our time together on Sunday morning as I am. God is on the move at HFCC, and is doing great things among us.
Last night I was blessed by the ministry of Josh and Sarah Snodgrass as we spent time worshiping with them, and were drawn into the presence of Christ by Josh’s guitar playing. In talking with them before hand I was impressed by their willingness to serve God out of a there humility and desire to glorify God. I was encouraged by their example of using their gifts obediently for the ministry God has called them to. It was fun to be a part of.
Monday reflections are simply that. Reflections I want to share based on something that has happened in my life, no matter the arena, most likely spiritual in nature.
Have a great week friends.
Sermon from this past Sunday. Enjoy.
“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they loves to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”
” This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.'”
“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
Prayer is something I continue to be intrigued by as I seek to communicate and commune with God. I’m not an expert on prayer by any stretch of the imagination and I’m not even sure if a person can be an expert on prayer. But I do know that God loves me and as His child I know God wants to talk to me, and because of this I pray.
Worship in the Park
Sunday, August 21, 2016
6:00 – 7:00 PM
Bette Uda City Park ~ Homedale
Enjoy music, a brief message, a time of prayer for our community, and conversation with your friends and neighbors.
Come and connect with God and each other.
Worship in the Park is sponsored by the Homedale Ministerial Association.
If you have any questions please contact Luke Ankeny at 208-337-3464.
We hope to see you there!
(Bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on.)