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Living Invitations 4

May 21, 20170 Comments

During our weekend celebrations this week we continued our series called Living Invitations. We are including the video on Online Ministry Training for your convenience.

This message is about integrity. When I think about integrity, I think about what I say I believe matching up with how I live my life. The old saying for this is “practice what you preach”. Every area of my life that doesn’t yet match up with what I say I believe, is an area where I am still lacking integrity. One of my favorite stories to illustrate integrity (or the lack thereof) is found in the life of Joash.

2 Kings 12:2 (NIV)
2 Joash did what was right in the eyes of the LORD all the years Jehoiada the priest instructed him.

It is interesting to me because usually the kings are introduced as doing good or evil all the days of their own lives. To dig a little deeper into the introduction you have to go and read 2 Chronicles 24:17:

2 Chronicles 24:17-18a (NIV)
17 After the death of Jehoiada, the officials of Judah came and paid homage to the king, and he listened to them. 18 They abandoned the temple of the LORD, the God of their fathers, and worshiped Asherah poles and idols. …

Joash did the right thing as long as Jehoiada was alive, but after he died, Joash quickly started to do the wrong thing. Integrity is about doing the right thing, regardless of who does or doesn’t know. Integrity is a heart issue.

Leviticus Study Chapter 4

May 18, 20170 Comments

We are posting our weekly Bible Study here for your convenience on Online Ministry Training. In this weeks study we continue on in our study of Leviticus. Chapter 4 and the beginning of Chapter 5 deal with the sin offering. Sin separates us from God. God makes a way for us to be reconciled to Him in Christ. The sacrifices in Leviticus for sin are a picture of the ultimate and final sacrifice for our sin which is Jesus.

Living Invitations 3

May 14, 20170 Comments

We are including a re-cap of our weekly sermons here on Online Ministry Training. This week we talked about hospitality. The Greek word translated “hospitality” means “love of strangers”. The “hospitality” we are talking about is all about loving others through Christ and making people feel special. But it must be sincere. It must be genuine. If it is phony it won’t be effective. It is certainly our hope that through our “hospitality” people will ultimately come to know Jesus, but it cannot be a requirement. We need to love people regardless of how they respond. Love must be sincere.

Romans 12:9-13 (NIV)
9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

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