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November 17, 2017, 8:43 AM

To Free or Capture Slaves?


Church Family,

I am praying for you today. My Bible reading this morning reminded of how easy it is for us to be moved for a moment to trust God, but when the going gets tough when return to our former ways. We often tell the world bible verses, but with our lives we proclaim that believe in God, yet we fail to trust in God.

Are there areas in your life that you know what you should do, but sin has so lied to you, that you dont think you can live without it? 

Jeremiah 34:10 And they obeyed, all the officials and all the people who had entered into the covenant that everyone would set free his slave, male or female, so that they would not be enslaved again. They obeyed and set them free. 11But afterward they turned around and took back the male and female slaves they had set free, and brought them into subjection as slaves.

v14‘At the end of seven years each of you must set free the fellow Hebrew who has been sold to you and has served you six years; you must set him free from your service.’ But your fathers did not listen to me or incline their ears to me.

What's so painful about this passage is that if they would have obeyed God, they would've had an easy presentation of the gospel to the world around them. Sin has enslaved you, but we were sent by God to free the slave. No where in scripture is slavery seen as good, but it is always seen as representing sin and a need to be freed by God from it. Because they would not listen, they lost their witness.

Have you lost your witness? Maybe it's how your parents did it and the way their parents did it before them, but that doesnt make it right. Can I challenge you to seek God's forgiveness? Ask God to set you free, so that you might go and help set others free.

Reminders:

1) Praise God! We have over 100 shoeboxes. What a joy it was to see the children and adults working together to advance the gospel Wednesday night. If you missed it, you missed a blessing. If you didnt get a blessing from it, I'm praying for you.

2) Choir Practices this Sunday!

3) Monday we decorate for Christmas at 6pm

4) Tuesday Community Thanksgiving at Juniper Bay at 6pm

5) Winter Clothing drive going on till Nov. 26th

6) Pray for this Sunday's message John 9:1-7 Do you carry the burden of thinking that your sin caused sickness or death? Do you blame others or harbor hate because you believe they caused you pain or sickness? Come see what Jesus says.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn


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