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Issue #027, August 8, 2013
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Mark Hollingsworth here. I hope you are looking forward to a great Lord's Day this Sunday. Don't forget that Labor Day is in several weeks! Some like to preach on laboring for the Lord.
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God Loves Us Enough To Change Us
Thought for the Day:
In this passage we see the Great Gardener using His pruning shears on us to produce a beautiful life. If it is our goal to become like Christ, we must allow God and His infinite love to take us through the process of change and make us into the person HE wants us to become. I have four thoughts to remember this morning.
Story of a baby on the railroad tracks.
Train moving at a slow pace of about 20 mph. Seemingly it will never reach its destination.
Up ahead the engineer sees a moving object. Its probably an animal crossing the tracks.
As they get closer it becomes obvious to the engineer that it is a small child that has wandered away from its mother who is working in a garden nearby who became focused on the garden and unfocused on the child.
As they approached the child the trained seemed to be racing down the tracks. The conductor, a Vietnam war veteran ran out of the engine house and outside to the front of the train.
“What am I going to do? I have to do something.”
Just about the time the train came close to the child, the conductor leaned out as far as he could and with his outstretched leg, kicked the child down the embankment just in time to save its life.
The mother and baby were saved from a horrible event that would change their life forever had it not been for the quick thinking conductor and a “swift kick” down the hill.
Ever been kicked down the hill? Ever wonder why? Today we will find out why.
Thoughts to Remember
I. His EXAMPLE Encourages us v. 3 -4
A. Consider His Courage – to have fortitude
B. Consider His Combating
C. Consider His Consoling
D. Consider His Comparing
II. His WORD Enlightens us v. 5-6
A. Reminder of His purpose
B. Clarifies His love
C. Explains His patience
III. His DISCIPLINE Purifies us v. 7-10
A. Purifies our doubts – we are sons v. 7
B. Purifies our walk – ready to move in a direction v. 9
C. Purifies our persona – partake in HIS holiness v. 10
IV. His LOVE Changes us v. 11-13
A. Peaceable fruit of righteousness v. 11
B. Strengthens our relaxed hands, v. 12-13a
1.Take your hands off (lift up = put your hands back on)
2.Weak in the knees (exhaustion or fear)
3.Feet straying away (clearing a smooth path)
C. Healing of our ways v. 13b
Thoughts to Take Home:
Absolute surrender means that whatever it takes for you to become like Christ you are willing for Christ to do in your life.
American Indian rite of passage: take a blindfolded young brave out into the woods late at night and leave them there.
It builds trust and confidence as we move into maturity and adulthood
I must not interfere with any child, I have been told,
To blend his will to mine, or to shape him through some mold of thought.
Naturally, as a flower, he must unfold.
Yet flowers have the discipline of wind and rain,
And though I know it gives the gardener much pain,
I’ve seen him use his pruning shears to gain
More strength and beauty for some blossoms bright.
And he would do whatever he thought right.
I do not know, yet it seems to me
That only weeds unfold naturally.