Legacy assignments for September 3

A Look Back (pg. 488)

A Look Back:

 

A situation that caused me to question my faith…

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Devotional thought

Genealogies? Big deal! It’s just a long list of names – boring! I know this is the response many have when they come to the lists of genealogies. I used to think that way. However, that changed with I began investigating the names. Here is one thing I found out about the prophet Samuel. When he was ready to step down from his duties, the people said they did not want his sons to rule over them. His sons Joel and Abijah were already judges in Beersheba but they were known for taking bribes and being dishonest. I always felt bad that this great prophet of God had no legacy to leave behind. His sons were a wash. One day I investigated his lineage through the genealogies and guess what I found out? Samuel’s son Joel had a son named Heman, who was put in charge over the loud cymbals in front of the Ark of the Covenant. He and his relatives were to praise and prophesy and play the loud cymbals before the Lord. In another place, Heman is called King David’s Seer (prophet). I also found out that Samuel’s father, Elkanah, was from the tribe of Levi in the clan of the Kohathites, who were charged with taking care of the holy things of the Tabernacle of God.

Another interesting thing I found out was about Ezra. He was of the priestly line going back to Phinehas, one of the greatest priests of Israel. Phinehas impressed God so much with his actions that he was promised that someone from his descendants would serve in a perpetual priesthood. Even when we read about the future Millennial Reign, the priestly line mentioned is from the line of Phinehas.

God is ever faithful to His people. He doesn’t forget us or the good works we have done. He rewards  those who diligently seek Him.

Prayer Focus

We fast not to distance ourselves from food or other physical things, rather, we fast to draw ourselves closer to God.  We likely don’t have to examine our hearts and lives long before we notice our unfaithfulness to the things that have a propensity to separate us from God.  Today as you fast, don’t dwell upon that which you are going without, instead dwell upon Him to whom you are drawing nearer.  Every time you catch your mind and thoughts wandering to food, intentionally draw it back upon the Lord.  Imagine yourself in the days of Ezra (reread Ezra chapters 9 & 10; yesterday’s reading) – imagine yourself as an unfaithful Israelite, having taken a foreign wife – now reconsider your fast today.

August 24 sermon recording

Click here to listen or download Pastor Beau’s message, “It’s Time.”

Legacy assignments for Aug. 27

Turning Back (pg. 448)

When All Is Gone (pg. 482)

 

Turning Back: Ezra 3

This chapter in Ezra paints a beautiful picture of what it means to return to God after a time of coldness,

withdrawal and regret. After many wasted years, the people experienced the joy of reconnecting with the Lord.

 

A significant turning point in my faith occurred when…

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Related scripture: Psalm 32:1-5; Isaiah 55:7; Luke 15:11-24

 

When All is Gone:  Job 1

Although the circumstances may not be as dramatic as those which Job endured, everyone experiences their

share of suffering and loss throughout the course of their life. But whatever the loss, like Job, we are not alone; God is there.

 

Heartbreaks, losses, disappointments and sadness in my life…

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Lessons I have learned through these experiences…

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Related scripture: John 16:33, Romans 8:35-39; 2 Corinthians 4:7-10

Devotional thought

Psalm 92 was written by David toward the end of his life, possibly during the time of Absalom’s rebellion. Verses 13 and 14 are particularly interesting for those who are in the over-60 crowd. “Planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still yield fruit in old age; they shall be full of sap and very green.” This speaks of those who pursue God all through their lives. They don’t “retire” from kingdom works. They don’t “retire” from pursuing God. They don’t have the attitude of “leaving it for the young people to do.” These are the ones who will continue to be fruitful in the House of God, even in old age.

What do you need to shore up to be counted in that number?

Prayer Focus

John Nelson Darby, in his introduction to the book of Haggai, wrote:

A difficulty may be a real one, but it is only for the unbelief of hearts that it is an obstacle, if on the path of God’s will; for faith reckons upon God, and performs that which He wills, and difficulties are as nothing before Him. Unbelief can always find excuses, and excuses too that are apparently well founded: they have only this capital defect, that they leave God out.

Truly, difficulties, whatever those difficulties might be, can only be an obstacle for man.  With God nothing is an obstacle!  Now, hear this right, difficulties may be real; and difficulties can be… difficult.  But when you place your faith in a limitless, loving Savior, every difficulty can be overcome!

Today, pray for the faith in a God that can move mountains – faith in a God that can open blinded eyes – faith in a God that removes every obstacle and overcomes every difficulty.

Legacy assignments for Aug. 20

The Way Through (pg. 428)

The Way Through: 2 Chronicles 20

Worship is a way through challenges and obstacles, not just something we do when we get on the other side of them.

The story of Jehoshaphat is a great example of this. When Jehoshaphat cried out to the Lord for help, God reassured

him by saying through His prophet: “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not

yours but God’s” (verse 15). Jehoshaphat responded by putting singers and worshipers in front of the army to show

that God was fighting for them. The result was victory.

 

Worship and praise carried me through a difficult situation when…

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What I hope you learn from my experience is…

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Related scripture: Isaiah 35:8-10; Acts 16:22-26; Romans 8:37; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Devotional thought

Why do you think the authors of our current Bible reading plan chose to pair Psalm 132, which is one of 14 Songs of Ascent, with 2 Chronicles 4-6?  Could it be that both passages have to do with the Temple?  During Festivals, the priests would stand on 14 steps to the Temple.  Each Psalm of Ascents, Psalm 120-134, would be quoted as the people would walk up to the Temple.

I wonder what it would be like if we heard psalms quoted as we walked up the steps of our churches.  It might put us in a better frame of mind to worship God.  What if we, as families, had one psalm read in our cars on our way to church?  How do you think it would change the atmosphere before we even walk in the doors?  Let’s try it and see what effect it has on us.