Updated: Oct 27, 2020
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A Word From Pastor John
We talked about the importance of Rejoicing in the Lord this past Wednesday. The Bible tells us in the book of Philippians to:
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”
We know that the biblical writers would sometimes emphasize a point by repeating it twice. And that’s exactly what we see here. In case we didn’t get the memo the first time, he repeats it again: We must rejoice!
So what does it mean to rejoice always? Because obviously we’re not always happy or cheerful. Some days are good days and some days are bad days. So rejoicing must not have much to do with our present circumstances.
Rather, Christian rejoicing occurs when we meditate on the goodness of God. Even on my very worst days, I will sometimes pause and be reminded that I am forgiven. I am redeemed, I have been given eternal life. And these things aren’t temporary or based on present circumstances. We are children of the Most High God, both on good days and bad days.
When we think about this, when we meditate on this, when we’re reminded of this, we can rejoice literally every single day. We can learn to “rejoice always” by remembering that God saved us, God redeemed us, and God has given us a great inheritance. He walks with us every day, the good days and the bad days.
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'God called me': Idaho man's obedience leads to homeless ministry
Scott (2nd from right) and 2nd chance regulars outside of their downtown building (left).
Dirk Scott, an associate pastor at True North Church of the Nazarene, felt a tug in 2015 to start feeding and discipling the homeless in his community of Cour d’Alene, Idaho. His obedient response to the Lord’s calling has now led to a full-fledged compassionate ministry that is making an impact in northern Idaho.
Scott was at the end of 41-year career as a mortgage banker and bank regional manager when he sensed God leading him to start a discipleship ministry.
“When I told my wife about it, she thought I was kind of crazy,” Scott said. “She said, ‘Where is your building going to be? How are you going to fund this?’ I said, ‘I don’t know, but God called me.’”
The next day, a man approached him about someone who owned a commercial building downtown. The owner kept the building empty, hoping someone would choose to do ministry in it. After meeting Scott, he offered the building rent free. That was six years ago, and the building is still home to 2nd Chance Discipleship Ministries, a Nazarene Compassionate Ministry Center that Scott directs.
In addition to the Lord’s calling, Scott’s own life experience has fueled a passion for the ministry.
Scott’s father was an abusive alcoholic who was unable to work. Scott’s mother couldn’t make enough to support rent or mortgage payments, so the family became homeless. Scott recalled fishing for breakfast on the lake they slept next to, then asking nearby farmers if they could pick vegetables. These experiences have helped Scott relate to the people that 2ndChance is reaching out to.
“They’ll say, ‘Oh you were never homeless,’” Scott said. “But I ask them if they’ve ever been sleeping outside, and it’s two in the morning, and it’s so cold that you can’t wait for the sun to come up. You’re just praying the sun will come out. And they say, ‘Yeah, you’ve been homeless.’”
2nd Chance Discipleship Ministries has several programs, including one that supports homeless families who are part of the Cour d’Alene school district.
“We pick them up, get them a hotel room, and get them stabilized,” Scott said. “We pray with them, share the gospel with them, but we also make sure that we get them connected into all the different services that are appropriate for where they’re at. Within two or three days, St. Vincent’s has an emergency housing placement for them.”
2nd Chance Ministries started with Scott responding to the urging of the Holy Spirit, and the ministry grew as the Lord continued to open doors for Scott and 2nd Chance. Scott encourages others to listen to what God is calling them to or laying on their hearts.
“I was just praying and letting God lead my life,” Scott said. “How I’ve seen God work is that He calls you to a work and then He brings the people and the funding to get it done.”
by Daniel Sperry for Nazarene News 16 Oct 2020
Week 44 (10/25-10-31) Bible Reading Plan
Join us here on day 302.
A great place to start the Bible reading plan!
Take bookmarks 9 and 10 in the foyer.
Before you read God’s Word today, seek His help with these 5 prayers:
1. God, give me wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. 2. God, let any knowledge I gain serve to help me love You and others more, and not puff me up. 3. God, help me see something new about You I've never seen before. 4. God, correct any lies I believe about You or anything I misunderstand. 5. God, direct my steps according to Your Word.
Click the blue Scripture and it will take you to that chapter!
Day 302: John 11
Day 303: Luke 18
Day 304: Matthew 19
Day 305: Matthew 20-21
Day 306: Luke 19
Day 307: Mark 11
Day 308: Matthew 22