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10/19/08 SLFC Pastor Jeff 3rd service Sunday: Walk the Walk

October24

10/19/08 SLFC Pastor Jeff 3rd service Sunday

Neh 2:20 God will give us success; therefore we his servants will
arise and build

We are his house

3 John 1:1
“Walk the walk”

3 John 1:4 walked in truth
Ps 40: 1-2
Brought me up out of pit, on miry clay, set feet on the rock

Eph 2:10
We are his workmanship which God prepared beforehand that we may be
fruitful

God has made our footsteps firm
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10/17/08 Pastor Jeff SLFC Fri Night: Power Tools

October23

10/17/08 Pastor Jeff SLFC fri night
Luke 24:49
Acts 1:8
We are not powerless, we have been empowered,
Jesus opens their mind to understand scriptures

I am sending forth the promise…
Stay until you are clothed with power from on high

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Post Sermon Notes or Not?

October22

Here’s what I am struggling with: every week I take sermon notes at church on my iPhone. Usually they are pretty good, but let’s face it, I sometimes miss info, have typos, and whatnot, so I wouldn’t want to say they are a perfect representation of what was said. But for the most part, they are pretty good, and would probably be helpful to those who attend St. Louis Family Church. At the least, I catch most of the scripture references.

But here’s the dilemma. I simply don’t have enough time to edit all the notes and make them as perfect as I would like them to be and still post them on a timely basis. Not unless I make this my new full-time job.

So here’s what I am considering: if I post a disclaimer about the fact that these notes are not perfect and should not be taken as the “gospel” truth (ha, ha this play on words makes me laugh!), then perhaps it would be useful to people if I went ahead and posted them.

Thoughts, anyone?

Blessed Believer-Part 2, SLFC 9/21/08, Pastor Virgil Nelson

September21

SLFC 9/21/08 3rd service, Pastor Virgil

Fight to the center of the universe and shout I’ll live and not die

The Blessed Believer – part 2

God wants you blessed
Reason for the message
1 God loved you
2 God wants to bold the church through you and me
blessing so you can bless others

Gives wealth for his covenant
3 God wants to Reach the lost

World looking for a strong church – not broken, broke, busted

6 characteristics of blessed believer
1. Got to believe heb 11: faith is things Not seen
2 Need to know God’s ways
Sowing and reaping, why and how we give

4 blessed believers must work hard
Work is a gift of God
Ex God himself – Gen 1-2 God worked hard
Gen 2:1- worked 6 days and rested when he finished his work
Finish the job not just your shift

Keep moving forward
Do whatever I have to do to get the job done

Work won’t kill you but worry will
Rather work than worry

Neh 2:18
They set their hands to this good work

God blesses what you set your hands to

Pick a good work

People has a mind to work
Col 3:17 whatever you do, do it in the name of Jesus
Better attitude – got raises
Changed attitude & God blessed me

Neh 6:3
Doing a great work- don’t get distracted
Raise the bar

Neh 6:15 – finished the wall in 52 days
Finish the work

Prov 6
Go to the ant you sluggard, watch the ant, when will you rise?
Ants – lessons
1. Self motivated
Grow up get up and go to work

2. Long term perspective
Winter’s coming
God will satisfy you with long life
Store up, not hoard

3. Work hard during harvest
4. Took care of their own
Not workee, no eatee
Thess

Don’t work too hard

Worship, work, play – balance these three
Don’t worship your work
Don’t work at playing
don’t play at worship

Don’t work at worship
Don’t worship play

5.Walk in wisdom
Wisdom – Make best use of knowledge
Wisdom output
Knowledge input
Study for knowledge – can’t pray for that, like praying for muscles
Need to give wisdom something to work with

Prov 4:5-7
Get wisdom

Ways to get wisdom
1. Hearing and obeying the word
Deut 4:5
Knowing the statutes and judgement
And walkIng in obedience

2. Pray for it James 1:5
3. Study the ant – look at others who have wisdom
If you are the smartest, need new friends, need someone to challenge you

Matt 25
Wise and foolish virgins
Wise had some oil reserves
Trim their lamps – quit spending, cut costs
Bridegrooms – foolish no oil
Wise – said no
Learn how to say no

No to loan
Resolved in my heart that I wouldn’t ask for money

6. Blessed believers receive
John 14:24 that your joy may be full
Must believe when you ask
Matt 21:22
Ask in faith

Must have patience
Heb through faith and patience

Humble self
James 4:6
1 Peter 5:5
ask believe be humble

Submit to God and pastors

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Holding on to Hope

September12

I am basically writing today’s post so I can remind myself later of this great promise. It’s easy to forget, to get hung up in the day’s troubles.

I was reading the Bible and this verse stuck out at me.

“Let us hold firmly to the hope that we have confessed, because we can trust God to do what he promised.” Hebrews 10:23

Isn’t it funny how you’ll be reading along… blah, blah, blah… and then a sentence or two stops you. That’s what happened to me. I read it again. Then I said, “I can trust God to do what he promised.”

I can trust God.

Good Advice on Fear

September8

I’m not sure where I came across this quote, but I like it.

Never respond out of fear, and never fear to respond. Action attacks fear; inaction builds fear.

What action can we take? Cast all our cares on Jesus.

Casting all your care upon him, for he careth for you. (1 Pet. 5:7)

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How to Treat Others: Romans 12:10

July14

It sometimes shocks me how new and fresh the Word can be. I’ve been studying Romans 12, verse by verse. Today I found a gem that is really applicable to my life and my relationships.

“Love each other like brothers and sisters. Give each other more honor than you want to yourselves.” Romans 12:10

How do I love my brother and sister? With fondness, patience, and positive expectations. I love them because of who they are, not because of what they do. I go out of my way for them.

But it was the second part of this verse, that really caused me to pause. Give each other more honor than you want for yourself. Giving honor? I’ve given a lot of gifts, but what does it mean to give honor to others? Is it respect? Appreciation? Value? Kudos? The dictionary says, “Treat someone with great respect” and it says respect is “great admiration.”

I think I might need to study what actions equal respect. Our world has been filled with so many shady people and bad leaders, that sometimes I think I have traded in admiration for skepticism. Maybe God’s word is telling me its time for a change.

What clothes should I wear?

July11

According to the Bible, I should be clothed in mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.

Col. 3:12 “God has chosen you and made you his Holy people. He loves you. So you should always clothe yourselves with mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.”

I really liked this verse. I liked the challenge inherit in it.

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Romans 12:9 –

July7

“Your love must be real. Hate what is evil, and hold on to what is good.”

–Romans 12:9 (NCV)

I’m not sure I have much to add to this verse, except, how do I hold on to what is good? Why do the evil things get so much of our attention while the good things slip away unnoticed?

How do we make our love real?

Can we know real love without God (who is love)?

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No One Can Imagine

June30

2 Corinthians 2:9

However, as it is written:
“No eye has seen,
no ear has heard,
no mind has conceived
what God has prepared for those who love him.”

A nice thought to chew on when life can be mundane. We can’t even imagine what God has prepared for us. Is there anything that you can’t imagine here on earth? Anything that brings true wonder to you?

Get ready for God.

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