One of the oldest thanksgiving hymns is the one that goes “we gather together to ask the Lord’s blessings.” Thanksgiving is a season to “come together” with those we love and express our gratitude for the grace God has shown us. As we head toward this holiday, I hope you’ll join us this Sunday as we continue our series called Come Together: Finding Community In The Midst Of Chaos. As we’ve opened God’s Word we’ve learned that the only hope for a world that is falling apart is a church that is coming together. In week three of our study we will meet a man named Elijah who stepped up to rescue a suffering single mom whose world was more than messy. As we examine their story in 1 Kings 17:8-24 we will see what God asks of His men and women when the days are dark and then identify five characteristics of a truly “good neighbor”.It’s going to be a great way and a great day to prepare for Thanksgiving. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and that you and your crew will come by at 9:00 AM, 10:30 AM or 5:00 PM.
Sure Do Love You,
PS We will be doing a very cool baptism in our prayer garden on Sunday at 4 pm. Stop on by as I’m sure it will generate way more joy than a Cardinal game!
Some Of This Coming Week’s Scripture Passages: (Your One-A-Day Vitamin)
1 Kings 17:8-11 Then the word of the Lord came to him: “Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have directed a widow there to supply you with food.” So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?” As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.”
1 Kings 17:12-16 “As surely as the Lord your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it and die.” Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’” She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah.
Proverbs 14:31 Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.
Proverbs 19:17 “Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will reward them for what they have done.
Psalm 41:1-3 Blessed are those who have regard for the weak; the Lord delivers them in times of trouble. The Lord protects and preserves them— they are counted among the blessed in the land— He does not give them over to the desire of their foes. The Lord sustains them on their sickbed and restores them from their bed of illness.
1 Corinthians 13:5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.