Sharing Sunday Service 11/07/12

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Sharing Sunday Service  is a series where I share the Word of God in a relaxed atmosphere, open to questions.  We have a wonderful pastor that inspires my thought processes, and leaves me eager and encouraged to further my knowledge as a child of Christ.  King James Bible is recommended, but if you don’t have one, don’t fret.  Use what you have and follow along.

 

This particular sermon focused on our country and the loss of respect and fear of Jesus, and the Lord Almighty.  This sermon took me down memory lane back to my childhood.  I remember how different everything seemed back then.  Families spent each evening gathered around their dinner table; praying, talking, planning.  Families took vacations together.  Parents were involved in their child’s school.  Finances were tight, as I remember, so there wasn’t much after school activities going on.  We depended on other kids in our neighborhood and church to spend time with.  Cell phones?  I-Pads?  Computers?  Nope.  I surely don’t remember any of that stuff being around.  We depended on family time and nature for our stimulation.

 

But now-a-days, it seems that there is so much to do with so little time to do it in.  Children are in school; then have a sport, band, or other activity after school, with mom making a stop through the drive-through at the local McDonald’s or Burger King, then home to do homework, baths, and off to bed before it gets too late.  Is there any time for families to sit down at the dinner table together each night of the week?  Is there any time in all the hustle and bustle of the day for families to pray together?  By the time Sunday comes around, to some it presents the only day of the week that they can sleep in.  Am I going to Church?  On the only day that I don’t have to get up?  Ahh, maybe next week.

 

It’s easy to come up with all kind of excuses for why we aren’t faithful to our beliefs, with the idea that if we believe in God then everything will be alright.  I hate to tell you this, but Satan believed in God too!  It doesn’t mean he is going to heaven anytime soon.

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In James 4:7 So humble yourselves before God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  8  Come close to God, and God will come close to you.  Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.  9  Let there be tears for what you have done.  Let there be sorrow and deep grief.  Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy.  10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.

 

Now, I find myself in a society that the family unit is taken for granted and needs desperate repair; single mothers and fathers raising a household of children with minimal support from family or friends, working 2 jobs just to keep food on the table.  Our society and government continues to push God and anything associated with God as far away from us as possible.  We live in a world of doubt and condemnation.  What will it take for God to be brought back into the forefront of our lives?  It seemed that when everything began to go great for our nation, people began to take life on themselves and forget God.  Who needs Him!  We are getting along just great!  But, is that really true?  Do people really believe that?  Obviously, they do to some extent.  But in the end, is all of this really going to matter?

 

God said to come close to him and he will come close to you [James 4:8James 4:8
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.  

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  By opening up your heart and drawing near to God, accepting him as your Lord and Savior; asking for His forgiveness; seeking knowledge of the Word  on a daily basis; and keeping faithful in prayer, we will be given grace and mercy.  He will come close and keep us protected.

 

Is your life in sync with Jesus?  Do you believe that God gave His only son, Jesus, to die on the cross for our sins?  Have you asked Jesus into your heart, to walk this world with you?  Would you like to experience the grace and mercy that He has waiting for you?

If so, pray with me.  God, thank you for the many blessings you have given me. Thank you for sending your only son to die on the cross so that I may be saved from sin.  I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sins so that I may live.  I am a sinner and I ask for your forgiveness. Jesus, I invite you into my heart and ask that You walk with me through my life here on earth.  Be with me each day and guide me so that I may do your bidding.  Fill me with the Holy Spirit to witness to others, allow me to speak only the truth, and live my life according to your Holy Word.  

 

Written by Mary Hudak-Collins

Mary Hudak-Collins

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