Monday, August 24, 2009

Monday Morning Musings ...

Yesterday was another very good day. The weather was unseasonably cool, but the sun was out and it was beautiful. The spirit in the service was very good from beginning to end. Our worship leader and a couple of singers and band members were gone, but my wife led and the music went well. It was very upbeat, people responded and the mood was great. We had one of the best attendance days of the summer.

My message was the third in the series from Hebrews 11 on Characters of Faith. We looked Noah and the principle of faith that he showed was that he followed God's plan. He did this under extraordinary circumstances. I mean come on, he was asked to build an ark for all the animals and his family. That was an overwhelming project, let alone the fact that it had not rained and the concept of a flood was not something Noah could even comprehend. He built the ark even though he could not see the reason for this work. How well do you follow God's plan when you cannot see the reason for the action he is asking of you? I don't do so well at this either.

One author wrote that Abel showed us the "worship of faith", Enoch the "walk of faith" and Noah demonstrated the "work of faith". I want to live my faith to show in my worship, my walk and my work.

We looked at the fact that Noah literally saved his family through his faith. We examined how much of an impact our faith has on our families and even though each person must choose for themselves we can influence them by our faith. The question was how is your faith influencing your family?

Sunday evening we had another great time of discussion going deeper in how we can live out the principles faith we looked at in the morning message.

My wife's brother and sister-in-law spent the night with us Saturday and attended Sunday morning. It was great to have them worship with us and spend some time together. They live 10-12 hours away, so we do not see them often and this was a special treat that added to the day for us.

Here's hoping that you are living your faith as you work this week.


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