Today is a sober day for our nation. I can remember exactly where I was when I first heard the news of a plane crashing into a World Trade Center tower. I remember well the sadness, the fear, the uncertainty I felt, as the horrific events unfolded throughout the day. I also remember hearing the stories of courage, self-sacrifice, and love for neighbor—hope amid horror. May we never forget. May we remember life can change in an instant. May we remember that the way of Jesus is love for neighbor, self-sacrifice, and courage. May we pray daily to our Father, “Your kingdom come!”
By Pastor Tim Prince
On Sunday, we talked about the importance of seeing Jesus in all of Scripture (Luke 24:27). Here is a simple exercise that you can add to your daily Bible reading to help you begin to do that. It’s a series of four questions that you can ask of any Scripture, and you will always find yourself preaching the gospel. The questions are:
1. What does this passage teach us about God’s character and what he is like?
2. According to this passage, what is God doing? In particular, what is he doing in and through Jesus?
3. Who are we as a result?
4. How are we called to respond?
Here’s an example from a famous Old Testament passage: Psalm 23.
1. God is our shepherd.
2. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He gives me rest. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. He is present with me, even in the Valley of the Shadow of Death. He disciplines me. He cares for me. He comforts me. He has prepared a table before me in the presence of my enemies. He heals me.
Jesus said that he was “the Good Shepherd” (John 10:11), so all of these things describe his activity toward me, as well. Not only that, Jesus trusted in the promises of Psalm 23 when he entered “the Valley of the Shadow of Death,” knowing that he would not be kept safe there. He would die, but trusted the promise of Psalm 23:6 anyway: “I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”
3. I am a sheep. I was needy, but not anymore. I can rest. It is well with my soul. I am being led in paths of righteousness for Another’s sake. I will walk in the Valley of the Shadow of Death, but I don’t need to be afraid. Jesus has been here before. I am comforted, disciplined and loved. I am being healed by Jesus. I am well fed, even when enemies are right at hand. My cup overflows. Goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life. I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
4. I will fear no evil. I am going to rest.
Like anything else, this takes practice. Start today in your Bible reading. Learn to preach the gospel to yourself from every passage of scripture and your soul will be strengthened.
In the fall edition of "FAITH Hudson" magazine, you'll find personal reflections from people at FCC on each of the spiritual disciplines highlighted in the current sermon series: Bible reading, prayer, rest and witness. Kristen Gray shares her reflection on Bible reading. Pick up a complimentary copy of the magazine on Sunday, or you can also read it on the FCC blog at fcchudson.com or the FaithBase app.
We are made to experience awe and intimacy with God. The key way we grow in awe and intimacy with God is through prayer. Prayer is a rhythm of grace. Through prayer, we talk to the living God. We learn to love God, as we open up our hearts to him. We learn to trust God, as he tells us, yes or no, or not know. We learn to align our lives with our Father’s mission in the world.
Maybe you have been praying for a long time. Maybe, like me, you’ve struggled to figure out prayer, and continually need to learn how to pray. Or maybe it’s been a long time since you’ve prayed. Perhaps you’ve never prayed before. Wherever you are at in your prayer life, Jesus has something to teach us about prayer to his Father.
This Sunday, we will continue the Rhythms of Grace series, and we will be learning about “Grace for Prayer” from Jesus’ teaching on prayer recorded in Matthew 6.5-13.
Every human heart is made to experience the grace of God. Pray about who you can invite, and invite a friend! This will be a great time together. See you on Sunday!
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Romans 8:18 (Suffering)
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
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