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Despair
Oct 07, 2020

“Were it not for God’s promises we might well despair.” from Waiting on God by Andrew Murray

The dictionary defines despair as “utter loss of hope,” “a cause of hopelessness,” or “to lose all hope or confidence.”

As we look back over all that has occurred this year and what might occur in the coming days it would be easy to despair, to face life as if we have no hope. But through scripture God tells a different story.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-14, “But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve, as do the rest who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.” 

Hebrews 6:19, “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil…”

Check out these additional verses regarding our hope and God’s promises to us.

Also, spend some time in worship with this song, “Christ the Sure and Steady Anchor.”

Andrew Murray went on to say in his book, Waiting on God, “…but in His promises the Living God has given and bound Himself to us.”

For the believer in Jesus Christ there is no need to despair. Trust in Jesus! All other ground is sinking sand.

 

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Hess's Headlines September
Sep 30, 2020
Dear Church,
           
How many times have you prayed a hedge of protection around someone? It is interesting that prayers will include this as a request for protection and security, but David prayed for a guard over his own mouth. In Psalm 141:3, David writes, “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips.” I read a quote recently from John Maxwell, “My ears never got me into trouble.” This quote came in the context of Maxwell’s emphasis on James 1:19, “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” James 3 goes on to instruct us about the power of tongue:
           
If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also, the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. (James 3:3-5)
 
In light of the Bible’s teachings, sometimes the greatest hedge of protection we can ask for is one around our mouths. Notice, it is not that our mouths would be closed, not speaking up; but our mouths would be guarded and the door of our lips would be watched. As Proverbs 18:21 explains, “the tongue has the power of life and death”.  I pray that I am a person that speaks life. Jesus is the resurrection and the life (John 11:25). When I put those theological concepts together, I pray that I speak about Jesus, about His cross, His suffering, His victory, and His return. I pray that people know my Jesus more than they know my team, my viewpoint, my opinions, and my preferences. 
 
David doesn’t stop there in Psalm 141, in verse 8, he writes, “But my eyes are toward you, O God, my Lord; in you I seek refuge; leave me not defenseless!” A guarded mouth, open ears, and focused eyes. During this season of intense battles in so many areas of life (college football, politics, Covid-19, and personal preferences), my prayer for us is that we would walk in the wisdom that James and David speak about. 
 
In Christ
 
Chad Hess

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A Word from Hope
Sep 23, 2020

Psalm 78:4 (ESV)
“We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might, and the wonders He has done.”

7 seconds. 8 seconds. 3 seconds. The jury is still out, but research in the last five years indicates that people have a 3-8 second attention span (about that of a goldfish). If you’re feeling defensive or offended, maybe it isn’t true for you. I hope it’s untrue of me. But, in a world where content is digested so quickly, the headlines tell some people all they care to know, and “stories” on social media are a frightening amount of young people’s only news source, I believe the 3-8 second range to be generally true.

So, what? We could talk for a whole day and beyond about all of the implications for us personally as believers, discipline, self control, etc. No, I’d like for us to just consider implications for the next generation.

While digital church is a blessing and reach can be multiplied, there are downfalls that leave me concerned. Progressive Christianity is capable of watering down or compromising key truths from scripture with a well laid out graphic and just 8 seconds. Or a quote that is compelling enough. Or sadly, misquoted scripture. Music is compelling enough to often capture longer attention, but if not filtered through a discerning ear could be confirming false theology.

My concern, church family, is for the Church body young and old to be able to defend what we believe. This should not be limited to the seasoned adult. Our children and students, as soon as they become Believers are faced with this data, flying at them faster than Forrest Gump with a ping pong ball, left to discern for themselves what is true. With an offensive Gospel, sometimes the shiny graphic wins.

It is, I believe, the reason that so many grown students walk away from the Church around age 18.

I am so thankful for a church body at Woodmont who can agree on the need for sound Bible teaching, who advocate for teaching truth through hymns and songs, and who also encourage one another to be equipped for every good work.

I pray that we will only get better at apologetics with our youth and children. A.W. Tozer said it best “Nothing less than a whole Bible makes a whole Christian.” I think that beyond worrying about systematic theology, the bottom line is that the Church has a history of producing Bible illiterate Believers by the time they are ‘adults.’

Let’s start with the Word, the whole Word, and nothing but the Word.


But honor the Messiah as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.” (1 Peter 3:15 HCSB)

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Jonah
Sep 15, 2020
As I read through Jonah 3, studied it, and consulted commentaries on this chapter, God made me aware of all that was going on in this chapter. The Warren Wiersbe Bible Commentary has helped me understand so much of the Bible and often times when he shares an illustration or gives an explanation, the light seems to go off and I understand it better. I am thankful for his work and thankful the Lord uses it in my life to help me learn and understand the Bible better. I don’t mention that to praise anyone but God, I just always want to be careful to acknowledge and give credit to those that have helped me learn and point me to Christ. I would like to share some of the things that I have learned. To have a better understanding of what I have written below, I challenge you to stop and read Jonah 3.I hope it blesses you like it blessed me.
 
God met Jonah
  • We know that wherever Jonah was, God was there also
  •  I heard a statement once that stuck with me, “God is more concerned about His workers than He is about their work, for if the workers are what they ought to be, the work will be what it ought to be”
  •  Throughout Jonah’s rebellion, the Lord was displeased with Him but He never left Him
  •  It was God who controlled the storm, prepared the great fish, and rescued Jonah from the deep.
  •  His promise is the same to us, “I will never leave you or forsake you” Hebrews 13:5
  • “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you” Isaiah 43:2
 
God Spoke to Jonah
  • After Jonah had turned His back on God it was a wonder that the Lord spoke to him at all
  • He wouldn’t listen to God’s Word so God got his attention another way
  •  But now that Jonah had confessed his sins and turned back to the Lord, God could once again speak to Him through His Word.
  • That’s how God speaks to all of us is through His Word
  •  Warren Wiersbe said, “One of the tests of our relationship with God is, Does God speak to me through His Word? If we don’t hear God speaking to us in our hearts, maybe we have some unfinished business to be settled with Him”
 
God commissioned Jonah
  • “The victorious Christian life, is a series of new beginnings.” Said George Morrison
  • When we fall, the enemy wants us to believe that our ministry is over and there is no hope for recovery
  • But our God is the God of 2nd chances (read vs 1)
  • Micah 7:8 says “Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; when I fall, I will arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a Light to me”
  • How great that the Lord forgives us even when we’ve blown it bad
 
Look at these examples in the Bible:
  1. Abraham fled to Egypt, where he lied about his wife, but God gave him another chance.
  2. Jacob lied to his father, Isaac, but God restored him and used him to build the nation of Israel.
  3. Moses killed a man (probably in self-defense) and fled from Egypt, but God called him to be the leader of His people.
  4. Peter denied the Lord three times, but Jesus forgave him and said, “Follow me”
**No matter how bad we’ve blown it God still wants to use us**
**The enemy uses our past failures to attack us and tell us we aren’t good enough**
 
God challenged Jonah
  • Nineveh was a very powerful city about 600,000 people, great wealth and a fierce army
  • Nineveh was great in sin, for the Assyrians were known far and wide for their violence, showing no mercy to their enemies. They impaled live victims on sharp poles, leaving them to roast to death in the desert sun; they beheaded people by the thousands and stacked their skulls up in piles by the city gates; and they even skinned people alive. They respected neither age nor sex and followed a policy of killing babies and young children so they wouldn’t have to care for them.
 
  • Can you imagine God calling you to a place like this?
  • We would say today…well God they aren’t going to hear your Word. There is no need in me even going
  • We forget so easily that God does the work He just asks us to be faithful!
  • The will of God will never lead you where the grace of God can’t keep you and the power of God can’t use you. “And who is sufficient for these things? … Our sufficiency is of God” 2 Cor. 2:16; 3:5
 
Message & Repentance
So, what did Jonah tell them?
  • It doesn’t go into great detail but in vs 4 he tells them that judgement is coming to them.
  • vs 5 says the people of Nineveh believed God
  • What Jonah thought, and probably anybody else that knew the wickedness of Nineveh thought, could never be done, was done by God. He called the people to repentance and they answered
  • They turned from their wicked ways and turned to God
  • God used Jonah, who ran and didn’t want to do this, to deliver the message.
 
What is the point of it all?
  1. God will never leave us no matter what, He is always with His children
  2.  God uses us when we mess up, but that is not an ok to go ahead and mess up.
  3. What God calls us to do is not always going to be easy. In fact, it may seem impossible but we must put our faith in God and believe He can accomplish anything.
  4. People are never too far gone and God wants to use us to deliver His message
  5. God will give you the message regardless of how you feel about those who you are sharing with or how you feel about yourself.
  6. God does the work. There is power in His Word, not our words or wisdom
 
Jarod

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Geraniums
Sep 14, 2020

I was looking out my kitchen window at the geraniums that had been so pretty when I first got them. No longer did they have the big pink and red blooms that once were so beautiful. I had watered them and tried to care for the, but slowly, the blooms died and no new ones took their place. All at once, I realized that it had been a while since they had been fed some nutrients. I ran out of Bloom Buster and forgot to buy more. Wanting to have those pretty blooms again became a serious goal. I made sure that I watered regularly with the newly bought fertilizer that was advertised to promote BIG blooms… I couldn’t wait. Soon my commitment and dedication paid off and I had beautiful pink and red blooms to enjoy.

As I was looking out the window this morning at my pretty flowers, I thought about how I could apply this story about my flowers to my spiritual growth. When I get lazy with the things that nourish and feed my spiritual growth, I suffer. My life doesn’t reflect the beauty of Christ living inside me when that happens. I was reminded how important it is to intentionally “feed” and nourish my spiritual life. Some of the things that do that for me are:

Daily Bible Study
A commitment to prayer and intercession
Worshiping with my church family
Serving others
Listening to uplifting Christian music
Remembering to be grateful

Belinda

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