|TODAY IN THE WORD|
Monday Dec 11, 2017
Would you like to have an encounter with God? Welcome to the Word with Pastor David. Part of the Christmas story can be found in Luke 2:8-9:
“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them…”
The shepherds were ‘keeping watch.’ They were awake when most people were sleeping. Is it possible that they were visited by angels and included in the greatest birth in the history of mankind partly because they happened to be awake and paying attention? Jesus tells a story in Luke 12:35-37:
“Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. I will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes…”
Do we miss important encounters with God simply because we fail to pay attention? God wants to communicate with us. It might seem overly obvious, but awake people meet the Lord. And people lulled to sleep concerning their spiritual life by the distractions and demands of a frenetic culture may miss the Lord’s visitation.
Keep watch for an encounter with God.
And that’s the Word from Deer Lodge Assembly on the corner of 5th and Montana.
Tuesday Dec 12, 2017
Is becoming a believer in Jesus only about heaven? Welcome to the Word with Pastor David. Jesus states in John 5:24-25:
“…whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life…a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live.”
When we read that a time is coming when the dead will hear the voice of Jesus and live we naturally and rightly think of a future day after our physical death when we will live with God in heaven. But Jesus said: “…a time is coming and has now come…” His promise of eternal life includes the present! When we become a believer, we have “…crossed over from death to life.” We may have been working, walking and eating dinner, but our spiritual selves were dead. Jesus’ salvation brought our spiritual selves to life. Jesus changed us from ‘dead men walking’ to humans that are truly and fully alive—not just physically and mentally, but also spiritually.
And that’s the Word from David Baker of Deer Lodge Assembly on the corner of 5th and Montana.
Wednesday Dec 13, 2017
Why were we spiritually comatose before we experienced the grace of Jesus? Welcome to the Word with Pastor David. Paul explains at least one reason for this in Ephesians 2:1-2, 4-5:
“…you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the…ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient…But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved”
We were spiritually dead because our master was Satan. We may not have acknowledged it, but he was the one pulling the marionette strings of our lives. He was the one leading us toward disobedience, and burying us in our mistakes and poor choices. Jesus’ grace made us alive. When we decided to follow him as our leader, he rescued us from the death that sin produces when following our old master. Thus, choosing whether to follow Christ or Satan is a genuine bona fide life or death decision!
And that’s the Word from Pastor David of Deer Lodge Assembly. Join our Wednesday adult Bible Study at 6:30 for more of the Word.
Thursday Dec 14, 2017
If God has awakened our soul, then how ought we to behave? Welcome to the Word with Pastor David. King David sings of this in Psalm 57:8-10:
Awake, my soul! Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn. I will praise you, Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples. For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies.”
God has brought David’s soul to life and he cannot help but praise God. He is so eager to lift up God’s Name, he hopes to sing in the sunrise! He has been transformed and brought to life by the Lord and he announces that God’s love reaches to the heavens. As we contemplate the Christmas story of Jesus coming to Bethlehem, we have every reason to praise God too. Because God’s love reaches all the way to earth!
How should Christ-followers behave? Awake souls should praise God.
And that is the Word from Deer Lodge Assembly on the corner of 5th and Montana.
Friday Dec 15, 2017
Are you sometimes shy about sharing with someone else your encounter with God? Welcome to the Word with Pastor David. In the Christmas story in Luke 2:16-18, 20 the shepherds act upon their encounter with God.
“…they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them…The shepherds returned glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen…”
People could ask why God would reveal part of his grand plan to some scruffy shepherds. People could question their sanity after too many nights in the boondocks. The shepherds could have a number of reasons to keep their encounter with Jesus private. But they didn’t. They told. They spread the word. People were amazed. The shepherds were awake enough to meet God, and then when they met him they became awake on the inside—truly awake. And Good News like that just can’t be kept to oneself!
And that’s the Word. Today was the 1,000th edition of the Word on The River. Thanks for listening in, and if you are looking for a place to worship this Christmas, you can try out Deer Lodge Assembly on the corner of 5th and Montana.