Weekly Seed of Faith 8/20/20

Seed of Faith – My Father’s House –  A Place For You   By Pastor Dave  

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.In my Father’s house are many room; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” John 14:1-3

Dear Fearless and Faithful Seed Sowers,

As many of you know, 2020 has been very hard on everyone beginning with the pandemic that has shut down schools, churches and many places of work.  The shut-downs and isolation has taken a toll on so many. The covid-19 pandemic has taken lives, taken jobs, and taken many people’s peace of mind.

During this time, my family suffered the death of my mother-in-law who died from an aggressive lung cancer that metastasized to her brain and bones. My mother-in-law died with a month of being diagnosed. Just this past week, my older brother (by two years) passed away from the same type of cancer. The most unexpected and shocking thing was that my brother died within two days of being diagnosed. In less than six months, our family has lost two loved ones; over the past six months, our family has spent a lot of time talking about cancer, pain, death and heaven. We’ve also spent a lot of time talking about hospice, love and care.

I want to take a brief pause from The Seed of Faith to thank each and every one of you for the cards. notes, texts and phone calls during this time.  You are a blessing and a ray of SONshine in our lives as we walk through the valley of the shadow of death. God bless you.

Heaven! I wish we had more time to talk about heaven, maybe we can save that title for a whole sermon series.  What I want to say today is that heaven is a real place and we will have a real family reunion when Jesus comes to take us to our heavenly home.  Here are a few Scriptures that reflect this truth of our reunion in our heavenly home: Genesis.12:1; Genesis 15:18-21; Genesis 25:8, 17; Genesis 35:29; Genesis 49:33; Deuteronomy 34:6; Numbers 27:12-13; II Samuel 12:22-23; Romans 8:31-39; Hebrews 11:10; and I Corinthians 15. (Here’s an idea: get some paper or a journal or a notebook and start writing down each verse and what you think about when you read it. It will be a wonderful tool to keep and reflect upon as time marches on.)

When Jesus talks about heaven, He used the image of a wedding promise. In my studies, I’ve read about the Jewish wedding customs. In Jewish times when a young man wanted to marry a Jewish girl, the wedding custom was for the father of the bride and the father of the groom to negotiate a bride price. (The groom’s family paid the bride’s family!)  After the bride price was settled, the fathers shared a cup of wine together to seal the marriage covenant. It’s a beautiful ceremony with beautiful symbolism. The fathers then passed the cup to the groom and then the groom shared the cup with his bride. “I give you my life,” the groom spoke to his future bride. It was the bride’s time to decide. “I accept your life and I give you mine.” Those were the words the groom longed to hear. If those words were exchanged, then the young man went home and added on to his father’s home; he built a place for the two of them.  When the house was built, he came back for his bride. (Having two daughters, I kind of like this custom!)

This is the same image Christ gave to His disciples, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.”

Friends, we are the bride of Christ! The church is the body of Christ and we are the Bride! What Jesus is saying is that He has gone to prepare a place for us and He is coming back and will bring each one of us to our Heavenly home!

I worked on  these verses this week. I especially noticed the words,  “a place for you.”  Jesus uses the word “you” five times here:  
“I would have told you,” “a place for you,” “a place for you,” “I will come back and take you,” and “that you may be where I am.”

In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

“A place for you,” tells us that heaven is not just a place out there or up there, somewhere, heaven is a home–you have a personal dwelling place with our Savior, where you will know and be known.  Think about it: You and I own a piece of Heavenly Real Estate!

So What!?
D.L. Moody, the great evangelist, once told a story that speaks to this place in heaven. Moody said, “There was a man who had great wealth.  He was dying.  When the doctor told him he would not live, the lawyer was sent for to make a will.  The dying man had a little girl who was four years old.  She did not understand all that death meant.  When her mother told her that her father was going away, the little child went to his bedside and looked into her father’s eyes and asked, ‘Papa, have you got a home in that land that you are going to?’  The question sunk deep into the man’s soul, for he had spent his time and energy accumulating wealth.  In this life, he enjoyed a grand home, but now he had to leave it.”[i]

I remember when my oldest brother passed away in 1968.  I was only thirteen when I went to his funeral.  It was at his funeral that I had my introduction to Christ’s message of “a place for you.”  This idea changed my life. I know now that my next older brother has gone to be with Jesus.  I grieve the loss of my two brothers, but I’m going to stand on the hope and power of the resurrection.

The “so what” question for today:
Do you have you a home in the land where you are going?
Has the Lord Jesus Christ, your Savior, gone to prepare a place for you?

If you want to be able to say “yes” to these questions, all that is necessary is for Jesus to be your Lord and Savior. He has gone to prepare a place for all who trust in Him.  If you have never believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, do so now.  There’s never a better time to believe in Jesus than right now. Receive Him as your Lord and Savior, and know the joy of possessing your own piece of Heavenly Real Estate–a place prepared for you by Christ’s own skilled hands.

My brother, my Mom, my Grandmas and Grandpas, my mother-in-law, now by older brother closest to me, and many other dear family members and friends, brothers and sisters in the faith are presently enjoying their Heavenly home. And mine is being prepared for me right now as well as yours is.  Hear Jesus’ words one more time. Put YOUR NAME into these verses:

In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

As we patiently endure the pandemic, may we also patiently endure the fact that we own a piece of heavenly real estate. When Jesus passed the fourth cup of wine during His last earthly Passover, His statement was, “I give you my life. Will you give me yours?” When we say, “I accept your life, Jesus, and I give you mine,” that’s the start of our heavenly mansion! Every morning I put on the armor of God. (Ephesians 6). The world contains so much that’s wrong, especially right now; heaven does not.

We grieve but we do not grieve as those who do not have hope. Someday God will wipe away every tear. Someday there will be no more pain or sorrow. Someday we will trade in this earthly life for our heavenly, eternal life. Our filthy rags will be traded in for our robe of righteousness. We will know and be known.

I have been in ordained ministry for 26 years, I have sat by the bedside of hundreds of people. If you ask me, I will tell you that my job is often about death. Let me end this SEED OF FAITH by saying that when I’ve sat at the bedsides of people who love God they die in peace. I still can picture my mother-in-law’s face the moment she drew in her last breath. There was a holy pause, and the slightest smile crossed her face. It was ask if she saw something, or someone, so beautiful, so wonderful that she let go of this world and grabbed onto life eternal.

In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

God loves you so very much and so do I,
Pastor Dave

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Romans 8:31-36 Five Unanswerable Questions

 

Anyone who has studied the Bible with care knows that there are times when we come to some soaring pinnacle of revelation and are left nearly breathless by the view. This is what happens when we come to the last great paragraph of Romans 8. This is a mountaintop paragraph. It’s the Everest of the letter and thus the highest peak in the highest Himalayan range of Scripture. We have made our way up the steep ascent of doctrine in the first half of this great letter. We are able to look out over the beautiful but somewhat lower vistas of the book’s second half. Yet now, for the time being, we are on the peak, and the experience is glorious. We have looked at the undeniable affirmations and they are: foreknown, predestined, called, justified, and glorified. We will now look at the five unanswerable questions. These questions alone make this a mountaintop paragraph.

The first question is in verse 31: If God is for us, who can be against us?” The second half of this question is not at all unanswerable. Who can be against us? Why of course, many people and many things. Yes, there are plenty of enemies out there who are against us, and there is even an enemy within. But what are these when they are put into a sentence containing the verse’s first half, “If God is for us…”? Who can stand against God? The answer is “nobody.” Nothing can defeat us if the Almighty God of the universe is on our side.

“But what if God should grow weary of us, forget about us, and move on to something else?” Paul deals with this speculation in verse 32, asking, “He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all – how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?” Paul is challenging us to look at the cross and reason as follows: If God did that for us, sending His own Son, Jesus, to die in our place, is there anything He can possibly be imagined to withhold? Clearly, if God gave us Jesus, the greatest of all possible gifts, He can be counted on to give us all the lesser gifts. The cross proves God’s generosity.

The third of these questions moves into the legal area, as if we were now in a court of law, asking whether someone might exist somewhere to accuse us and thus bring us into final spiritual condemnation. The question is in verse 33, “Who will bring any charges against those whom God has chosen?” Who could do that, Paul asks, since “it is God who justifies”? Apart from the work of God in Christ there would be many to condemn us – the devil, of course, and others, even our own hearts. But consider Paul’s counter: “It is God who justifies,” indeed, has justified us (see v. 30). Who could possibly secure our condemnation when we have already been acquitted by the highest court of all?

The fourth question is so closely related to the third that some have considered them to be asking the same thing. Yet there is a difference. Verse 34 asks the question: “Who is he that condemns?” It answers, “Christ Jesus, who died – more than that, who was raised to life – is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” The Bible teaches this truth in a striking image, using the word paraclete (or lawyer) for both the Holy Spirit and Jesus. A paraclete is “one called alongside another to help,” which is also the exact meaning of the word advocate, the only difference being that one is derived from Greek and the other from Latin. This is a picture of a divine law firm with two branches, a heavenly office and an earthly one. On earth the Holy Spirit pleads for us, interpreting our petitions correctly. In heaven the Lord Jesus Christ pleads the efficacy of His shed blood to show that we are saved persons and that nothing can rise up to cause our condemnation by God.

The final, all-embracing, and climactic question is in verse 35: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” Paul does what we have been trying to do with his other four questions. He looks around for a possible answer. He brings forward all adversaries he can think of, which might be thought to separate us from Christ’s love. They are real sufferings, painful and perilous and hard to bear. But can they separate us from the love of Christ? No! Verse 37: far from separating us from Christ’s love, “in all these things” – in these very sufferings, in the experience and endurance of them – “we are more than conquerors.”

Jesus was the prototype – the true sheep fit only “to be slaughtered.” He was “the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world” (Rev. 13:8). But He was also a super-conqueror, and we are more than conquerors through Him.

Romans 8:31-36 Reflection Questions:

What do you say to “these things”? What is your response?

Do you see these verses the pinnacle of Scripture? Why?

How do these verses encourage you in your Christian walk?

Weekly Seed of Faith 8/13/20

Seed of Faith – TRUST GOD MORE – FEAR LESS   By Pastor Dave  

“Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me. Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me.”  Psalm 31:2-3

Dear Faithful and Fearless Seed Sowers,
As Covid marches on, I see a lot of stress wearing on us all. What can help us at a time like this? Is anyone up for a good Psalm?

Let’s reflect on Psalm 31.  As many of you know, I love the Psalms.  The Psalms give us all the emotions and feelings that we experience.  Psalm 31 is a good Psalm to read, reflect on, ponder, and pray.  This Psalm was written by King David, the shepherd boy who became King. This is a good Psalm for those who are stressed out.  David faced many trials and tribulations in his life. Let’s study the opening five verses. I love the words refuge, rock, rescue, and fortress. Are you stressed?  Join me as David challenges us to trust God and to put our lives into God’s hands.  This is one of the Psalms that Jesus quoted from the cross, “Into your hands I commit my spirit.” Surely there must be some wisdom here in this Psalm for us today.

Maybe a good SO WHAT? question during this global pandemic, of our national unrest including riots and protests is:  Whose hands are you committing your spirit into?  Who are you trusting to be your rock, refuge, and rescuer?   Listen to how David cries out to God when he is under stress, filled with anxiety, overwhelmed with fear, and surrounded by trials and temptations.

“In you, O Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; deliver me in your righteousness. Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me. Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me. Free me from the trap that is set for me, for you are my refuge. Into your hands I commit my spirit; redeem me, O Lord, the God of truth.” Psalm 31:1-5

In this time of crisis, chaos, calamity, fear and anxiety, listen to Jesus’ own words spoken to His disciples right before he died.

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so. I would have told you.  I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:1-6

One of the main points of John 14 is found in the first verse, the word “trust.”  “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.” What Jesus was telling His disciples was that they needed to “trust more and fear less.” Jesus knew this was his final night on earth. He knew this was His last supper on earth.  He knew what was ahead:  betrayal, beatings, and being condemned. “Trust God! Trust Me!”  Potent lines from a man about to die. (Always pay attention to a dying man’s final words.)

Just think of all the miracles the disciples had seen with Jesus.  They had spent three years with Him.  They had witnessed miracle after miracle, the feeding of thousands with very few resources. They saw Jesus walk on water and calm the winds and waves with just a spoken word. They watched as Jesus gave sight to the blind, cured those with leprosy, touched the deaf so they could hear, healed the lame so they could walk, run and dance.  They were eye-witnesses to Jesus raising the dead, not once–but three times: Jairus’s daughter, the widow’s son and Lazarus. These disciples had been eye witnesses to all these miracles and yet their hearts were troubled.  And there they were in Jerusalem, gathered in a small upper room. They had just celebrated the Passover Meal together when  Jesus announced that one of them was going to betray him. It that isn’t enough, His number one spokesman,  Peter, is told that he will deny even knowing Jesus—and not once but three times.

The disciples’ feet may have been clean but clearly their hearts are troubled.  “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.”  Jesus’ words were as true for the disciples on that night as they are true for us today.

So What?
How so we have hearts that are not troubled?
How can we trust more and fear less?

Jesus tells us the answer: trust in God and trust in Christ.

The disciples did not have a New Testament like we do. They lived with the writings and teachings of the Old Testament.  They knew their Psalms and the Prophets by heart. Psalm 31 is  a Psalm of “TRUST.”  Psalm 31 is a prayer for help in times of trouble. This particular Psalm should turn the reader’s eyes off of their own person to God–the “rock of refuge,” and “a strong fortress.”

When David spoke and wrote these words, he was not having a good day.  David was asking God to save his life from his enemies. As he wrestles, he says, “Into your hands I commit my spirit; redeem me, O Lord, the God of truth.”  Jesus used these very words on the cross, and saints everywhere around our globe through all the ages have echoed them.

Martin Luther quoted verse five of Psalm 31 shortly before he died.  “Blessed are they who die not only for the Lord, as martyrs; not only in the Lord, as all believers; but likewise with the Lord, as breathing forth their lives in these words: ‘Into thy hands I commend my spirit.’[iv]

Blessed are those who die breathing forth these words, “Into your hands I commit my spirit; redeem me, O Lord, the God of truth.” 

The reason the disciples were able to trust Christ is because they knew Him.  They had walked with him, ate meals with Him and camped under creation with Him.  They had seen miracles; they had every reason to trust Him. And now so do we. Why? Because we have the entire story, both the Old Testament and the New. We have the eye-witness accounts of those who saw first hand.  We live on the other side of the resurrection.  “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.”

I do not know where you are right now.  I do not know your fears, your doubts, your guilt, your shame and anxieties. I don’t know your struggles. I do know that God is calling to you in the middle of this pandemic, “TRUST ME MORE!”

Can you do it? Can you just say it out loud?

“God, I’m going to trust YOU more. I am going to fear less! Into YOUR hands, I commit my life, my heart, my spirit.”

Amen.

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God loves you and so do I,
Pastor Dave
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[iv] J.J. Stewart Perowne, Commentary on the Psalms, 2 vols. In 1, Grand Rapids: Kregel, 1989

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Romans 8:30 God’s Call, Justification, and Glorification

 

The word “called” is the next link in the great golden chain of salvation by which God reaches down from eternity into time to save sinners. The point of this word, the third link, is that those whom God calls not only hear His call but actually respond to it by turning around and by believing on Jesus Christ or committing their lives to Him. Remember there are two types of calls; external, general, which is itself ineffective for salvation, and a call that is internal, specific, and regenerating.

The first call is an open invitation to all persons to repent of their sin and turn to Jesus. This call flows from every true Christian pulpit and from who bear witness to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. The difficulty with this external, universal, and (in itself) ineffectual call is that if people are left to themselves, no one ever actually responds to it. People hear the gospel and may even understand it up to a point. But God who issues the invitation is undesirable to them, and so they turn away. Jesus declared, “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him…” (John 6:44). But this is where the second kind of call comes in, the kind that is actually spoken of in Romans 8:30. Unlike the first call, which is external, universal, and (in itself) ineffective, this second call is internal, specific, and entirely effective. In other words, it effectively saves those – and all those – to whom it is spoken. It is a call that unites us to Jesus Christ, bringing us into fellowship with Him, and sets before us a holy life in which we will be sure to walk if we have truly been called.

We have stressed that the necessity of the special, or internal, call of the individual to salvation by God is important. However, we need to remember that the effectual or specific call comes through the general call. That is, it is through the preaching the Word by God’s evangelists and ministers and through the telling of the Good News of the gospel by Christians everywhere that God calls sinners. He does not call everyone we Christians call. Our call does not regenerate. God alone is the author of the new birth. All must be born “from above.” Nevertheless, the way God does, that is through the sowing of the seed of His Word, which is entrusted to us.

We have been studying a long-range plan, in fact, the longest-range plan that has ever been devised or could be devised. It’s a plan that has its origins in eternity past and will find its consummation in eternity future. It is all-embracing. Of course, I’m speaking of the plan of God outlined for us in Romans 8:28-30. The plan begins with God’s foreknowledge and predestination, expresses itself in time in the calling of individuals to faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, includes justification, and ends in glorification, when these foreknown and predestined persons are made entirely like Jesus. We come now to the last two steps of the plan.

The first term we need to look at is justification. Justification is the opposite of condemnation. When a person is in a wrong relationship to the law and is condemned or pronounced guilty by the judge, condemnation does not make the person guilty. The person is only declared to be so. In the same way, in justification a person is declared by God to be in a right relationship to His law, but not made righteous. In a human court a person can be declared righteous or “innocent” on the basis of his or her own righteousness. But in God’s court, since we humans have no righteousness of our own and are therefore not innocent, believers are declared righteous on the ground of Christ’s atonement, in other words, justification by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.

Glorification, the fifth and final term of Romans 8:29-30, is a term we met as early as Romans 5:2 (which anticipates Rom. 8:28-30), where Paul spoke of Christians as rejoicing “in the hope of the glory of God.” What does Romans 5:2 mean? It means that we know that one day we will be glorified and that we rejoice in this certainty. That is, we know that we will be like Jesus. We will not become God, of course. But we will become like Him in His communicable attributes: love, joy, mercy, wisdom, faithfulness, grace, goodness, self-control and other such things (see Gal. 5:22-23). In that day sin will no longer trouble us, and we will enjoy the complete fullness and eternal favor of God’s presence.

The teaching of Romans 6:2 and 11 explains how it is that we have “died to sin.” You cannot go back; there is no place for you to go but forward. The eternal purpose of God in saving us, unfolded in the five great acts of God described in Romans 8:29-30, makes that plain. But just as it is important to say that we cannot go back, so is it also important to say that we are going forward. God’s foreknowledge of us is followed by His predestination of us to be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ. His predestination of us to be made like Jesus is followed by our being called to saving faith. Our calling is followed by our Justification. Our justification is followed by our glorification. Therefore, it is as certain that one day we will be with Jesus, and be completely like Jesus, as it is that God exists and that His long-range plan is realistic, effective, and unchangeable. This is God’s great plan. So let’s get on with our part in it and be thankful that His grace has drawn us in!

Romans 8:30 Reflection Questions:

Can you recall your personal external and internal calls?

What is the effect and means of our justification?

Paul’s mention of glorification in Romans 8:30 is that it is in the past tense, so when do you think glorification takes place?

Weekly Seed of Faith 8/7/20

Seed of Faith – Walk With God   By Pastor Dave  

“When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. And after he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. Altogether, Enoch lived 365 years. Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.” Genesis 5:21-24

Dear Faithful and Fearless Friends and Family,

As I have been reading and thinking about this message,  I thought about Enoch and his short story in Genesis 5.  We do not know a lot about Enoch but what stopped me was verse 22.  It was after Enoch became the father of Methuselah that we are told that he walked with God.  I have read this passage many times, but was never stopped by the fact that it was after Enoch became a father that he walked with God.

I think sometimes it takes children to bring a father to God. Here are a few lessons that we can learn from Enoch:

1. Be sure you are on the right path.  Before Methuselah was born, we are not told much about Enoch. But after his son was born, old Enoch finally gets on the right path. I do not know where you are in your walk with God. I do not know if you have been walking with God a long time or maybe you are like Enoch–waiting for a good reason to walk with God. Friends, it is never too late to start walking with God. Just DO it!

2. Be sure you are walking at the right pace.  I remember when our children and grandchildren were beginning to learn to walk. As a dad and paw paw, I had to really slow my pace so that their little feet could walk alongside of me.  Sometimes I set them on my feet so they could walk as Daddy or Paw Paw walked. Since moving our 88 year-old-father-in-law in with us,  I have had to relearn to walk at his pace. His eyes are dim, his feet are wobbly and his pace is slow. I do not know who you are walking with, or  with who God may be calling you to walk with, but I encourage you to walk at the right pace. Life and death hang in this delicate balance; learning this skill can bring such life if we only learn.

3. Be sure you are going to the right place.  The Bible says that Enoch walked with God and then God took Enoch up to heaven. Enoch went to heaven without dying. He went right into glory and he never died. But his son, Methuselah died. Who do you think was the first person who met Methuselah when he went through the gates of glory (after Christ, of course) ? I have a feeling it was Enoch. By walking with God, Enoch had led his son to the right place.  Remember that there are people following in your footsteps and learning from your examples.

When I was in the tire business, I would take my children to work with me on Saturdays.  I thought it would be good for them to see their father in his work environment. One Saturday, I took our son along with me.  Of course, we stopped in the morning for donuts, juice and coffee. We also made a stop at one of my customers and picked up a load of truck tires.  The truck tires were stacked high in the truck bed and they were hanging out over the edges. I could not see out of my rear-view mirror or out my side mirrors very well.  When we arrived at the tire store, one of my employees stood behind me to help me back up the truck into the shop to unload.  I opened my driver’s door and leaned out in order to see how close I was to the opening of the garage bay.  My son imitated me, he opened his door on the passenger side and was mimicking what I was doing.  The only problemwas that there was a cement pole by his door., When he opened his door, I backed up and the door was crumpled up by the cement pole. When I heard the crashing metal, I hit the brake and looked over at my son.  His eyes were wider than flying saucers.  Tears were beginning to fill them.  I pulled ahead and jumped out of the truck to make sure that he was not hurt.  I know that for sure he thought he was going to be in trouble.  I was thankful that he was not hurt.  I did not yell, I did not belittle him, I did not get mad.  I was thankful that he was not hurt.  I told him that doors can be fixed, and it was not a big deal.  I believe that morning I taught my son to walk the right path, at the right pace, so that we can get to the right place.

Enoch’s life is one of the shortest recorded in the genealogy. It is an amazing fact that Enoch never dies, he just walked with God all the way to heaven.  Yet, did you know, Enoch’s son, Methuselah, lived is the longest life recorded in Scripture — 969 years. Methuselah is the oldest person to live and we are told in the Gospel of Luke that Methuselah is in the genealogy of Jesus.  A fine example of walking on the right path, at the right pace, and ending up at the right place.

So What?
Maybe some earlier so what questions.
Are you walking on the right path?
Are you walking at the right pace?
Are you walking to the right place?

Walk in faithfulness!  Walk on the right path, at the right pace, heading yourself to the right place.  I pray that during this pandemic you do not panic.  I pray that during this time of uncertainty you find for certain the ONE and ONLY HOPE that is our anchor in all storms of life.  Our HOPE is Jesus!

It is never too late to turn over a new leaf in your life. What a great example we have here in Enoch. Enoch did not walk with God early in his life but after his son was born we are told that he walked with God.  Enoch ended up on the right path walking at the right pace heading to right place.  Enoch walked with God and never died!

Are you walking with God today? Know this: It is never too late to get on the right path and walk with God. My guess is that even when you’ve crumpled your life up, God is more concerned if you are okay than in punishing you. God is love, never forget that. Bring your walk to God and let our Father teach you: the right path, the right pace, the right place!

Join us for worship on Sunday mornings at 10 A.M. Pacific for some wonderful worship, fantastic fellowship through our online chats and prayer and our weekly message that will help you walk on the right path with God. We have been doing a series on John 4 called “Surprised By God.” May you be surprised by God this day, and every day!

Here is the link for the online service

www.theseedchristianfellowship.online.church 

If you miss the live online service you can always go to our YouTube channel and watch the weekly worship service or just the weekly message. Please, during this time of the pandemic, FEED YOUR SPIRIT! Feast on God’s word.

Our YouTube channel is The Seed Christian Fellowship. Go to YOU TUBE online and be encouraged by The Seed–Jesus Christ himself.

See you Sunday!

God loves you and so do I,
Pastor Dave
www.theseedchristianfellowship.com

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