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"Consider Your Ways"

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Tega Cay Baptist Family and Friends,

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“Thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘Consider your ways.’” Haggai 1:7

 The people of Haggai’s day were neglecting the house of God. Their attention was diverted to other tasks while God was being deserted. The prophet Haggai urgently called the Jews to “consider your ways”. When we pause to consider our ways, we may find that we are only half-heartedly worshipping God. We tend to replace God with our personal preferences. Our pursuits of material possessions consumes our finances. My desire for  __________  (you fill in the blank) leaves only leftovers available for God’s use. The attitude of our hearts can sadly become “Lord, I’ll serve You…unless something else comes along.” Let’s stop, consider our ways, and ask ourselves, “Am I presenting my life to God as a living sacrifice or do I serve Him only when I have a little extra time?”

 Prayer points:

  •  Lord, help me worship You with my life by serving You and giving to You before serving myself.

 

In Christ Alone,

Brad

"Wise and Foolish Builders"

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Tega Cay Baptist Family and Friends

 

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who builds his house on the rock.” Matthew 7:24

 

We are all builders. The question is are we wise or foolish. This passage seems to indicate that no one can discern what kind of builder we are by looking at the outside. The two houses in this passage look the same. It’s the foundation that holds the key. The wise man built his house on the rock. This man lives in faithful obedience to Christ. The foolish man only hears the words of Christ but is not a follower of Christ. Rain, flood, and wind beat against both houses but only the house built on an active and faithful walk with Christ withstood the beating. It is important to see that following Christ does not make one immune from trouble. Is your life built on Christ? What are you doing to anchor your family in the truths of His word? As we see in this passage merely hearing Him or “talking the talk” means nothing. Only the faithful and active life out of love for the Savior will make our house to stand.

 

In Christ Alone

Brad

The Not-So-Great Escape

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Tega Cay Baptist Family and Friends,

Memory Verse 

“More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope…” Romans 5:3,4

 

Harry Houdini was a master at escape. He is known to escape from hand cuffs, straitjackets, jails, coffins, and even an escape from a padlocked water can. Houdini received a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame as recognition for his abilities. When the children of God face sufferings we often seek ways of escape rather than God’s purposes revealed within the trial. His purposes include teaching endurance and character with the end result of growing hope that does not disappoint. Job 34:32 states, “…teach me what I do not see…”. Thomas Case said, “Men make more haste to get their afflictions removed than to be sanctified in them." If escape from tribulations is more of a concern to us than gaining the promised hope that comes through endurance and character then we will continue to be blind towards the works of God and even critical of His ways.

 Prayer Points:

  • Lord, teach me to trust You through every trial and not to look for loopholes or escape hatches. Help me to understand the value of suffering.

 In Christ Alone,

Brad

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