Last Monday night, Mary and I were craving a tuna melt so we drove down to Jason’s Deli for dinner. Twenty-five minutes later we arrived only to find the lights were off and the restaurant was closed. Was it labor problems? Pastrami problems? Nope. The real cause of the closure was a monsoon storm that had knocked out the power to Jason’s and thousands of other homes and businesses in the area.
Just as a good restaurant needs power, so does a good relationship! When it comes to power, relationships go wrong when: (1) someone has too little power; (2) someone has too much power; and (3) power is used to advance a cause that is contrary to God’s plan. So what is the right role of power in a relationship? Is the desire to acquire more power a good thing or a bad thing? What is the connection between a soul and control? Join us this Sunday as we address these and other important questions. As we conclude our series called Money, Sex and Power, we will put the hot topic of power under God’s microscope. As we look at Mark 10:25-35 we will identify five words of wisdom that Jesus offers His people when it comes to the pursuit of power.
Power is something that hits home in our political life, our professional life and our personal life too! I promise it’s going to be a great conclusion to a great series so be sure to join us, and while you’re at it be sure to invite a friend. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and I can’t wait to see you on Sunday.
Sure do love you and your crew,
P.S. Can I ask you a big favor? Would you crank up your prayers on behalf of North Ridge this week? Tonight, our student ministry kicks off its Fall program called The Launch We have a larger than expected crowd (100+) of high school and junior high students already registered and it is a great opportunity for our awesome students to draw closer to Jesus, make and grow healthy friendships and have a ton of fun! Be sure to pray for and thank the amazing JHM and HSM volunteers as well. Also, be praying for an exciting new series (Unstoppable) and a super dramatic announcement we will be sharing in our worship services next week.
Some Of This Coming Week’s Scripture Passages: (Your One-A-Day Vitamin)
Matthew 20:20-24 Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of Him. “What is it you want?” He asked. She said, “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at Your right and the other at Your left in Your kingdom.” “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said to them. “Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?” “We can,” they answered. Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink from My cup, but to sit at My right or left is not for Me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by My Father.” When the ten heard about this, they were indignant with the two brothers.
Matthew 20:25-28 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”
1 Corinthians 4:18-24 Some of you have become arrogant, as if I were not coming to you. But I will come to you very soon, if the Lord is willing, and then I will find out not only how these arrogant people are talking, but what power they have. For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. What do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a rod of discipline, or shall I come in love and with a gentle spirit?
Psalm 68:34-35 Proclaim the power of God, whose majesty is over Israel, whose power is in the heavens. You, God, are awesome in Your sanctuary; the God of Israel gives power and strength to His people. Praise be to God!
Proverbs 18:21 The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
Isaiah 40:28-29 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
Isaiah 40:30-31 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.