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A Word from Pastor John
I'm reminded this morning of the wonderful God who we serve and worship; a God who pardons and a God who forgives. The book of Micah tells it like this:
"Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy."
Micah 7:18 NIV
What an amazing God we worship! In your life, do you delight in showing mercy? I think many times we are hesitant to show mercy; and perhaps do so begrudgingly. But the Bible says here that God delights in showing mercy.
One common theme throughout the story of the Bible is a God who continually forgives and redeems His people. We find a hopeless people in the desert delivered by God out of Egypt in the Old Testament. And we find a hopeless people in the Roman Empire, delivered by the Messiah in the New Testament.
These people were far from perfect. Many times they doubted God's faithfulness. But our God is faithful in the end. And even amidst the unfaithfulness, God continually forgives.
The God of forgiveness doesn't want us to live with guilt and shame. As we turn away from our unfaithfulness, we are confident that God forgives. And not only that, but He delights in showing mercy. He's ecstatic when we turn back to Him.
Let's hang on to the forgiveness of God this week. Let's be reminded that we serve a God who delights in showing mercy. May we also, in our lives, delight in showing mercy to others.
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Still Small Voice
I was sitting on the second pew with my eyes fixed, observing those who were arriving at the altar. In that instant, the Holy Spirit invaded my whole being in such a gentle and profound way—I had no doubt that His presence was in my life.
As a pastor’s daughter, I had heard of such wonderful blessings from childhood and committed my life to serve the Lord. In my adolescence, I taught a Sunday school class for little children, occupying myself with the Lord’s business. I sang in the church choir and helped with outreach programs.
I talked about salvation and sanctification through Jesus Christ, but at the same time, I did not feel certain of this second blessing in my own life.
I could recount most of what I had heard during church services and evangelical revivals; however, I could not understand why I had not yet been sanctified! My spiritual life felt like a rollercoaster—sometimes on the top, other times at the lowest level. I felt frustrated. I always wanted to do my best for the Lord, and I was totally committed to Him. So what could be wrong? What was I missing?
So there I was, on the second pew, listening to the altar call, and thinking to myself: “Why should I go to the altar? I don’t know what else I should do!” I prayed to God: “My Lord, what could be wrong with me?” At that moment, a message I had heard weeks before came to my mind. The pastor had read from 1 Kings 19:11-13 (NKJV), when Elijah was hidden in a cave, waiting to hear the voice of the Lord: “. . . and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire; and the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice . . .” (v. 11-12). It was through the still small voice that the Lord spoke to Elijah.
As I recalled this passage, I also remembered the pastor who had talked about people who might attempt to manipulate the work of the Holy Spirit. They may want Him to act in a spectacular way, provoking sensationalism and burning emotions, when what God may want to do is talk to them in a still, gentle voice—perhaps that is why some have not experienced the blessing of sanctification. No one can dictate how the Holy Spirit should act in your life. It may be that He prefers a gentle way, just as He spoke to Elijah.
With my head bowed down in prayer to the Lord, I realized I had been imitating Elijah, searching for the voice of the Holy Spirit in the midst of earthquakes, winds, and other spectacular phenomena. Then I opened my heart in complete surrender, and in that instant, the Holy Spirit inundated my being like I had never experienced before—through a “still small voice.”
How is it that I never realized I had been putting up walls to the action of the Holy Spirit in my life? Praise the name of the Lord, for my eyes were opened! Since that day, more than 40 years have gone by. Each day, I have been learning to be tuned in to the voice of the Lord and to not establish methods for Him but to let Him guide my life. This is how I am truly happy—by obeying and doing His will.
Lídia S. T. Almeida Lima serves in South America on global deployment for the Church of the Nazarene.
Opportunities to Give and Serve
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M O S A I C K I D S
This weeks topic is:
Don't be selfish
New program! Tell your neighbors, family, and friends!
❓❓ Bible Trivia ❓❓
New CHALLAGE! Be the first to email me with the most correct and get a PRIZE! mosaicnazarene.org
1. Q: Who bought Joseph from the Ishmaelites?
2. True or False: Jesus said the OT rules don’t matter anymore.
3. Q: What does Jesus says is the second commandment?
4. Q: How many deacons were chosen to help the apostles to distribute food to widows?
5. Q: What happened after Jesus was buried in the tomb?
6. Q: How many lepers did Jesus heal when only 1 returned?
7. Q: Name the demon Jesus cast out in the region of the Gerasenes?
8. Q: Besides preaching, name an activity Jesus did while traveling in Galilee.
9. Q: What problem did Bartimaeus have that Jesus fixed?
10. Q: Who conquered Judah and took Daniel to their country?
Answers will posted on the next Newsletter.
Last weeks answers:
1 .Q: Who did Isaac favor of his two sons?
2. Q: Who bought Joseph from his brothers? A: The Ishmaelites
3. Q: What did David work as for his father?
A: A shepherd
4. Q: What last judge of Israel died after Saul made a temporary peace with David? A: Samuel
5. Q: When Bathsheba had another child, what did they name him? A: Solomon
6. Q: When they refused to bow to an idol, where were they thrown? A: Into a fiery furnace
7. True or False: God sent an earthquake to rescue Paul and Silas from prison in Philippi.
A: True – but they didn’t escape but stayed in jail to share the good news
8. Q: Which Apostle took the Gospel to the city of Samaria? A: Philip
9. Q: What is the 10th commandment?
A: You shall not covet.
10. Q: How many requests are in the Lord’s Prayer? A: Seven
How are toddlers and those who attempted to build a tower to Heaven similar? They all babble.
Why didn’t anyone want to fight Goliath? It seemed like a giant ordeal.
Which king liked to do things on his own? Solomon.
Which nursery song would Jesus have heard the most? “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”
Why did Adam and Eve do math every day? They were told to be fruitful and multiply.
How do you know that atoms are Catholic? They have mass.
What did Daniel tell his real estate agent? “I’d prefer a house with no den.”
Who in the Bible knew the most people? Abraham knew a Lot.
What’s a believer’s favorite fruit? Fruit of the Spirit
What’s loved by Noah and also most meat-eaters? Ham.
Where do we come from?
A little girl asked her mother, "Where did people come from?"
Her mother answered, "God made Adam and Eve and they had children and that's how all mankind was made."
A couple of days later she asked her father the same question.
The father answered, "Many years ago there were monkeys, which the human race evolved from."
The confused little girl returned to her mother and said, "Mommy, how is it possible that you told me that we were created by God, and Daddy said we came from monkeys?"
The mother answered, "Well, dear, it is very simple. I told you about my side of the family and your father told you about his."
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