A few weeks ago, the Lord laid on my heart to give the fourth Sunday church devotion. I texted my Sunday school teacher and asked who was giving the devotion, he wrote back that his wife was giving it, so I thought it was a done deal until he wrote back saying that she was willing to let me have her spot and she will give her devotion at Youth night, which is in the evening of the same day, anyway this is how the devotion unfolded.
See the notes below for the devotion:
Prayer – Thank God for the Church and the church visitors and the church members. Thank him for all my blessings…thank you for sending Jesus, your only Son to die on the Cross for our sins. Thank you for Brother Dickie (interim Pastor, every two weeks) and family, for sending him to fill in, in our time of need, thank you for using Brother Dickie as a vessel to deliver the message you’ve laid on his heart and may we have an open mind and an open heart to receive that message. Dear God, send us a pastor, the one you have picked out for us. Give me the words to say, the message you have laid on my heart. We love you, in Jesus name we pray, Amen
Good Morning Church family. It’s an honor to be standing before you today.
Start out with scripture John 13:34 A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another, as I loved you, that ye also love one another. 35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
Amplified 34 I am giving you a new commandment, that you [f]love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too are to love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you have love and unselfish concern for one another.”
We have this written on our refrigerator door “Love Like Jesus”
Talk about the church and how we love one another, that we help each other out. That’s why I love this church. I wouldn’t want to be a part of any other church.
Tell the story of Luke and Dee inviting Manuela to church. My wife helped at Luke and Dee Dee’s farm and they invited her to church and that is how this wonderful relationship with God started or continued for me.
Tell the story of how we met Miss Lori Goodner. And that she is at Church and what a blessing it is to have her here and to have her friendship, that God puts people in your lives for a reason. He used an innocent child to crawl up in her lap and blessed us with her friendship.
Last year when we were registering the girls, Charlotte, 4 and Julie 7, at school. We were going from one station to the other, signing the kids up for car rider, school bus, lunch meals, etc., etc. and we noticed Charlotte climb up onto someone’s lap. Embarrassed we apologized, but the lady was not put off by the innocent little one making herself at home in her lap, she said it was fine. We were able to finish registering the girls and spoke to Mrs. Lori and got to know her, made friends with her on Facebook, making it official, and invited her to church.
Manuela met Travis at an arrowhead digging school event. Somehow, we put two and two together and figured out that Travis is Mrs. Lori’s Son.
We met Neil and Sheila at Jenssen Park at their granddaughter’s birthday party. Funny story, did you know, Sheila’s maiden name is Taylor, when she married Neil, she didn’t have to change her last name. We knew Leah Taylor from school which is Neil’s daughter-in-law. Again, God’s hand in, blessing us with them in our lives. We get to be blessed with specials from Neil and Sheila at church.
That’s what we are supposed to do, Love one another and invite people to church.
Second verse: Romans 12:6
6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;
8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
Amplified Version: Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to use them accordingly: if [someone has the gift of] prophecy, [let him speak a new message from God to His people] in proportion to the faith possessed; 7 if service, in the act of serving; or he who teaches, in the act of teaching; 8 or he who encourages, in the act of encouragement; he who gives, with generosity; he who leads, [d]with diligence; he who shows mercy [in caring for others], with cheerfulness. Love is to be sincere and active [the real thing—without guile and hypocrisy]. Hate what is evil [detest all ungodliness, do not tolerate wickedness]; hold on tightly to what is good.
God gives everyone a special gift and my wonderful wife has been blessed with the gift of giving. She has a Big, loving, generous heart filled full of love, and all she wants to do is give, generously, you would much rather give that to receive and I love you for that. I thank God every single day that he put you in my life. That’s what God does, he strategically places people in our lives for reasons, like Luke and DeeDee, like Mrs. Lori, and Travis, and Neil and Sheila and the rest of you.
Close out with a prayer, thank you God for putting all these people in our lives, for Luke and Dee Dee inviting Manuela to church, thank you for using an innocent child to climb onto Miss Lori’s lap, thank you allowing us to meet Travis and his family and for bringing Neil and Sheila and Leah and her family into our lives. Thank you, God, for all the visitors and the members of this church and that hopefully the visitors will be members someday. Thank you for all your blessings and forgive me for all the many times I have failed you. We love you Lord, in Jesus name we pray Amen.