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Pastor Ginger Medley delivers today's sermon, using biblical reference from Jerermiah 29:11, "for I know the plans I have for you...". Our Plans plus God Plans equals a Hot Mess. If we practice these key points, we can follow God's plan: 1) Grow Resources; 2) Grow Relationships; and 3) Grow Reputations.
Geoff Dresser, Director of Worship Ministries, looks at Jeremiah 29 as he talks about comfort vs. suffering.
Throughout the history of God's people there are a number of very close calls--situations in which events take just a slight turn and that turn reveals how close the events came to having an outcome other than the one they had. Scripture reveals that we can get very close to being in God's kingdom and yet still miss it. None of this contradicts God's sovereignty. It reveals how very careful we ought to be with our lives. Esau’s conversation with his father Isaac helps us see that we need to be careful about our purposes and plans, careful to look at ourselves, and careful about our Lord’s purpose and plans.
This first message in our 2012 Christmas series focuses upon the life of Joseph and the many changes that he must have had to make in order to accomplish God's will for his life and role in God's divine plan. Despite the many changes and difficulties, God's plan was far bigger and greater than Joseph could ever have imagined.
Success is in the hands of God. When the mission seems impossible, God has a plan, provisions and promise. When the Lord is on our side, you don't have to wait until the battle is over to shout out, the victory is already done.
In John 6:1-15, Jesus tests the disciples to see where they will turn when called to do something greater than their own abilities. We also see a crowd of disciples try to force Jesus to be what they want him to be so that their own problems will be fixed. In this text, Jesus shows us what it looks like to trust him as King and to lay down our control for the sake of following him.