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Sunday, May 17, 2020

Rebuild (PM)

Ephesians 3:20-21

It's exciting to hear national, state and local leaders talking about the end of the quarantine! So many of us a cautiously optimistic and hope to see things getting back to normal! But, I hope Christians can embrace a future that even better than the "old normal!" The "old normal" was apathetic, comfortable and complacent! We have a mission to accomplish! We're the people of God, with a message from God in our hearts that MUST be shared with everyone! So, let's rebuild a better, more consistent and thriving faith as we move forward! "Are things ever going get better?" YES! In Jesus every day is worth living, and our future is as bright as the promises of God!

1. Your Response to Crises will shape your Future Success.
A. When things don't go as we'd hoped, Don't lose heart! - Galatians 6:7-10
B. It's not the action, it's your reaction that matters - Matthew 27:11-14
C. God sets the example for us by looking into our sinful, rebellious hearts and sending Jesus to save us anyway - John 3:16
D. What appeared to be destruction, gave way to a victory beyond wildest imagination!
E. The same thing happened with the first century church! Scattered, Acts 8:1, 17:6

2. Enduring the Struggle, Enriches the Solution.
A. Temptations, pandemics, mistakes, even wrongs done to us all provide opportunities for us to grow! - James 1:2-3 (No testimony until after the test)  James 1:25
B. Sometimes life feels overwhelming, but keep eyes on Jesus! - Hebrews 10:35-39
3. When in doubt, always choose Love! Deuteronomy 30:20
A. We've bought into myth that love is uncontrollable, "I fell in love"
B. Love is a choice, and it represents a commitment, if our love is ONLY a choice, it is not yet all it ought to be!- Luke 6:45, Proverbs 4:23, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
C. ILLUSTRATION: WV Trooper cleans up baby
D. You must choose to love God & others - Mark 12:30-31
Can it get any better than this? YES! Will the church REBUILD and continue to RESTORE Biblical Christianity? YES!!! God has amazing things in store for you; both in this life and the next, in eternity!

So live as one who can see the Savior! Let your confident hope lift you up in the times of struggle and shine the light of His glory in the good times that are just ahead!


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