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2 Corinthians 9:6

But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.

2 Corinthians 9:6

In the context of chapter 9, Paul writes this verse to describe the impact of Christian giving, and he likens it to farming. Bringing it closer to home, we could say that our backyard garden bounty is directly proportional to the amount of seeds or seedlings that we plant. The Corinthians are planning to make a large gift to the Macedonians, and Paul has been boasting of their intentions and expects that the Corinthians are sowing bountifully.

The thought behind this verse has a broader application to our Christian walk. God wants to work in us and through us. If we desire to see His fruit in our lives, we must put in the effort, for if we slack off in our work, then only a small amount of fruit will be produced, but if we work hard, then much fruit will be borne out through our lives. As the saying goes, “you get out of it what you put into it.” God, grant us the desire to put the shoulder to the plow, and in so doing may we lead bountiful lives that produce much fruit in your kingdom.

Jeff Mericle

Proverbs 3:1-2

My son, do not forget my law, but let your heart keep my commands; For length of days and long life and peace they will add to you.

Proverbs 3:1-2

Solomon starts this proverb by reminding his son to not forget the law and keep his commandments.

I must have said that to my kids hundreds of times when they were young, “Don’t forget!” “Don’t forget to take your lunch….don’t forget to look both ways before you cross the street…..don’t forget to do your homework.” Don’t forget!

But now I am the one who forgets. Have you ever been asked for your phone number or maybe you needed to fill out a form and put your social security number down and you had to think about it? Not good! You have to remind yourself of what should be obvious to you.

Well, that is true with the Law of God too, we need to be reminded. Which is why we should have quiet time with the Lord each and every day so we won’t forget.

“Don’t forget the law,” Solomon says. Keep the commandment in your heart and it will grant to you length of days, long life, and peace.

Walking in His peace,

Rich Kikuchi

Isaiah 5:21

Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, And prudent in their own sight!
Isaiah 5:21

While living in America awards us many freedoms, those freedoms can be taken for granted. Israel wasn’t too different back in its prime. God had awarded Israel with many liberties, the land, and the law to be fruitful and protected as a nation. But as time went on and these freedoms began to be taken advantage of, its citizens began thinking they knew better, that their way of life was better than God’s way.

On a micro level, all of us as individuals have a tendency to fall into dangerous patterns of wrong thinking. We start making decisions without considering God, whether they be financial, relational, or spiritual. You name it, you started charting your own course, playing by your own rules.

May I encourage you to examine yourself and examine yourself often. By examine yourself, I mean put your thoughts, plans, and ideas before the Lord and His Word. See if they line up, see if they are of the Lord or of your own devise. The Lord’s warning to Israel and to all that go after them in thinking they know better, is… Woe! Woe means that trouble and distress are coming your way if you continue down this path.

There is only one way and that’s God’s way.

Pastor Jason Witt

Philippians 2:14-15

Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.

Philippians 2:14-15

We need to have the right mindset before we can go out and serve. We start by having the mindset of Christ. Serving not with our own interest but in the interest of others. If we use Jesus as our model for serving, then everything we do is for the interest of others. If we can come together and serve one another, we should do so without complaining so that we can shine as lights in the world.

I get it, it is hard serving people. But if we focus our minds to our Savior and learn to love others the way Jesus loves them and see them the way He did, then we can serve without complaining. When others look at the church, they can see Jesus in the way we serve others making us blameless and harmless, children of God without fault even in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation who is only out for themselves.

Serving others, the way Jesus would.

Joshua Navarro

Ruth 1:16-17

But Ruth said: “Entreat me not to leave you, Or to turn back from following after you; For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, And your God, my God. Where you die, I will die, And there will I be buried. The LORD do so to me, and more also, If anything but death parts you and me.”

Ruth 1:16-17

At a time when God had allowed a famine in the land, Naomi and her husband, Elimelech, took their two sons and went to Moab to try to escape God’s judgment. And after Naomi had spent years running from God and experiencing great hardship all the way, it was in her repentance that her daughter-in-law would make the decision to follow her back to Bethlehem and the Lord.

“God chastens those whom He loves,” Hebrews 12:6 tells us and though this famine was severe and people were suffering, God was waiting to deliver them as they returned to Him. Through this, Ruth realized that it was far better to serve a God who cares enough for you to chasten you, than to serve 100 false gods who can do nothing for you. In the same way, our willingness to repent, return, and submit ourselves to the Lord can be a great witness to those who are watching us.

Pastor Doug Hardin

Matthew 14:29-30

When Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid.

Matthew 14:29-30

The waves were always high and the wind was always boisterous, but Peter did not see them at first. When Peter’s eyes were set on the Lord, he was able to step out in faith despite the storm raging around him. The moment Peter took his eyes off of the Lord and put them on his circumstances, he began to sink.

When the storms of life rage around you, keep your eyes on the Lord and you will walk in victory. The moment you take your eyes off the Lord is the moment you start to sink. If you find yourself taking your eyes off the Lord, like Peter, be quick to call out to a merciful God who is quick to save. Better yet, keep your eyes on the Lord!

For the King,

Pastor Daniel Batistelli

Ephesians 2:1

And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins.

Ephesians 2:1

I think it is easy to look at who we are today and forget who we were. Paul reminds the Ephesian church of what we once were before we came to Christ — dead. Plain and simple. Obviously we were alive physically, but spiritually we had nothing to offer and were decayed on the inside.

But Jesus made us alive! Never forget that Jesus is the reason you have life and a renewed mind so you can share the graciousness, love, mercy, and compassion that Jesus showed you when you were dead in your trespasses and sins.

Resting in Him,

Pastor Sean Boehm

John 15:4

“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.”

John 15:4

To be “in Christ” is different than to “abide” in Him. The former is taken care of when we are born again. The latter can be interrupted. To “abide” means “to remain, to have continual contact, to have a conscious recognition of His presence.” We do that through prayer, reading His Word, and the fellowship of the saints.

Jesus gives the example that a branch is only the conduit, it doesn’t produce the fruit; the vine does. So our focus is not to bear fruit, but to stay in the vine. The immediate fruit we’ll see in our own lives is a resistance to sin. I recently talked to friend that had gone through a pretty dark patch in his walk with the Lord. I asked him afterward what had tripped him up. He simply said, “I stopped abiding.” Don’t let that happen.

Striving to abide,

Pastor Gerard Deleeuw

Jeremiah 36:23

And it happened, when Jehudi had read three or four columns, that the king cut it with the scribe’s knife and cast it into the fire that was on the hearth, until all the scroll was consumed in the fire that was on the hearth.

Jeremiah 36:23

While Jeremiah was in prison, he had Baruch deliver the word of God to the people of Judah and it eventually made its way to Jehoiakim, the king at that point. After hearing Jehudi just read a bit of the Lord’s word to Jeremiah, Jehoiakim had the scroll cut up and tossed into the fire. Why? He didn’t like what he heard about the Lord’s judgment towards Judah.

When we hear something we don’t like from God’s word, we might not toss our Bibles in the fire, but we might toss them in our trunks or on a shelf not to be looked at for a long time.

Yet just like Jehoiakim couldn’t stop God’s word from coming to pass by destroying it, we can’t stop the truthfulness of God’s word by ignoring it. When God points out sin in our lives through the Bible, it is still sin whether we believe it to be or not. It’s better to just accept the Scriptures as true and implement them in our lives because God knows better than we do.

Delighting in Your Word,

Pastor Ron Kitchell

Matthew 9:36-38

But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”

Matthew 9:36-38

The heart of the Lord was always moved by the spiritual needs of the lost around Him. He saw them as weary and scattered, sheep without a shepherd. It was that vision and outlook He sought to convey to His disciples. The need for many to know the Shepherd was all around them; the harvest for hearing and receiving the Gospel was ripe but tragically few were speaking of Him. The laborers were few.

Are you a laborer telling those around you of the Shepherd who has come to save them, to lead them, and be their Lord? Jesus told His own to pray that God would send more laborers into the fields of harvest. Today I am praying God will send you!

Working in the fields with joy!

Pastor Jack Abeelen

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