Waking up this morning was challenge in its self… It was cold, not wanting to get out of bed. Realizing I need an espresso, no coffee in the house “wow” not good…. I went to the Dunk and ordered a large latte with 5 shots of espresso… That did the trick. Love my espresso… The stronger the better.
Before going to Church to worship, I like to read a Psalm that will help me get into the right attitude before I approach God in corporate worship. Psalm 111:1-10 usually puts me in the right frame of mind. Check it out
The LORD Praised for His Goodness.
1 Praise the LORD!
I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart,
In the company of the upright and in the assembly.
2 Great are the works of the LORD;
They are studied by all who delight in them.
3 Splendid and majestic is His work,
And His righteousness endures forever.
4 He has made His wonders to be remembered;
The LORD is gracious and compassionate.
5 He has given food to those who fear Him;
He will remember His covenant forever.
6 He has made known to His people the power of His works,
In giving them the heritage of the nations.
7 The works of His hands are truth and justice;
All His precepts are sure.
8 They are upheld forever and ever;
They are performed in truth and uprightness.
9 He has sent redemption to His people;
He has ordained His covenant forever;
Holy and awesome is His name.
10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;
A good understanding have all those who do His commandments;
His praise endures forever.
Learning from yesterday started earlier than usually?.. So I’m driving to Sunday School and what do I see, many little people out in the cold playing football “Pee Wee and Pop Warner football” I will be perfectly honest with you my first response was they should be in Church… Sunday school. When leaving church, guess what? they were still there. This should of course come as no surprise to me… I see it every year around this time of year. Always my first response is to say GET TO CHURCH? But realizing that they’re lost souls in need of a savior. I can only pray for them and our community that Christ would do a work in their heart. My next thought was… are any Christian families there… And why are they dragging their kids out in the cold early morning hours to miss Church. You might think I am judging and you would be right, I am. The lost has an excuse, The Christian, they don’t.
We finished up repentance in Sunday school… We learned last week that repentance is necessary for salvation. The Apostle Paul says in Acts 26:20 but kept declaring both to those of Damascus first, and also at Jerusalem and then throughout all the region of Judea, and even to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds appropriate to repentance. Learning our repentance is not a perfect repentance. Just as in salvation, it grows with our faith… We are growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ 2 Peter 3:18 to Him be the glory. Our repentance and our ability to acknowledge the need to do so will grow stronger as we grow in our faith in Christ. As one writer says “you can’t expect the same things from a 9 month old infant as you do with a 9-year-old child.” But there will be some fruit in keeping with repentance Luke 3:8… but just not as much as others yet. Fruit, more fruit and much fruit John 15:1-5. Look what Jesus says in John 15:16 “You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you. Not only does He choose us for eternal life, but He appoints us to bear fruit and that fruit remains… AMAZING!
And that’s what I learned in church yesterday