We know that God is always present with us, but are we welcoming to that presence? Are we inviting him into the moments of our lives? Are we wanting to hear from him today for both encouragement and possibly correction? Take time in prayer to search your heart on this.
I want to take a few minutes this morning for us to read a series of scriptures that speak of God’s character which he desires to bring forth in our lives. As you read each scripture, consider the evidence of these characteristics in your own life.
Romans 5:5 “God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, who he has given us.”
Luke 10:21 “At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, ‘I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.’”
John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
Romans 2:1-4 You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. 2Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. 3So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? 4Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?
Titus 3:4-7 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.
Psalm 145:5-7 I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, and on Your wondrous works. Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts, and I will declare Your greatness. They shall utter the memory of Your great goodness, and shall sing of Your righteousness.
I Corinthians 10:12-13 “So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
Matthew 11:29 “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
II Timothy 1:7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
Scripture: Galatians 5:13-26
Before we close, I just want to share a few announcements:
- Although regular office hours are suspended we continue to work. If you need anything please contact myself (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Pastor Greg (email@example.com).
- Feel free to share this and other email communications with others. Some from the church are not on the email list and we have had a few that have not received it even though they are on the list. Please help us make sure that people are keeping connected.
- Prayer – We will meet online this Tuesday at 7pm. We hope to be joined by some of our International Workers this week. If you have a prayer request please send it to Pastor Greg at firstname.lastname@example.org. Watch for the link on Tuesday afternoon
- Youth Online Gathering – Thursday at 6:30pm this week we’ll meet online. A zoom link will be sent out on Thursday. This is open to those going into grade 7 this fall all the way to those who just graduated high school.
- Kids Online Gathering – Wednesday. JK – Grade 3 from 4-5pm, Grade 4-8 from 7-8pm. Watch for the zoom links on Wednesday.
I encourage you to do two things with your giving that may help a little.
- Do your giving each week as part of this devotional/worship time. I know it is not exactly the same thing, but it does help us view our giving as worship rather than simply a financial transaction
- Take time to pray as you give. Thank God for what he has given to you, acknowledge your trust in him for tomorrow, and tell him why you give to him and the work of his church.
- Best – E-Transfer (no fees)
- email@example.com is the email address you will need to make an e-transfer
- Please include your first and last name in the memo box
- If you know your envelope number please include it in the memo box (*Do not include the # sign as it will not accept that)
- Still good, but with fees – Canada Helps
- https://bayridgealliance.ca/give-with-canada-helps/ and click on the donate button to give. Thank you for honouring God by supporting the Church.
The Lord bless you
and keep you;
25 the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
26 the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.”’