Zephaniah 3:17 reminds us that God is musical and He rejoices and sings over you. - -
The LORD your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Sunday, January 4, 2015
God’s Adopted Children
Jesus and Children
notes on Pastor Jerry’s Sermon to gain the heart of his message.A second title as we consider the New Year
would be “A Fresh Start.”Pastor was reading from Ephesians 1:3-14
regarding our redemption in Christ Jesus.
began with a story about a football kicker who did not see well.He would watch the direction the holder of
the ball was employing.This would show
him how to kick in order to reach over the goal.
New Year we don’t know what 2015 holds for any of us.God has his eternal purpose and that is His
church.We have been destined for God’s
adoption into His family.
Ephesians 1:5 New
Living TranslationGod decided in advance to adopt us into
his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he
wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.
means something else in this scripture.To the Hebrew adoption was a foreign concept.The male seed was important to be able to pass
on the linage.
told when he married his first wife who passed away some years ago, she had
three young girls.He took legal steps
to adopt her children to make them his own.This was a fresh start for the family.We all have a fresh
start one way or the other.Fresh starts don’t always go according to
volunteers as a Hospital chaplain in a local hospital and each day he views
that life can be fragile and is becoming more aware that life on earth is not
a true story about a man who received a letter from Social Security that he was
dead. His monthly payment stopped as did his health insurance, and his credit
cards were cancelled.His death notice
was printed in the paper. After much trouble he convinced everyone that he was
alive and asked the newspaper editor to retract his death notice.The editor said, we will print you in the
birth column and thus you will have a fresh start.
the ages three things have been of influence; the Sword, the Pen, and the
have been significant ingredients in history.Often it takes the sword to win freedom.The pen gives us our constitution with its freedoms to enjoy.The purse was used to expand our territory
with the Louisiana Purchase and other land
our swords now have a nuclear power, the pen has new technology, and the purse
controls our economy.
don’t know about tomorrow, but we know who holds tomorrow.We want the best for our children, and God
also wants what is best for us.All
through the Bible stating sometimes in different words, but saying the same
thing is: DO NOT FEAR.
wreck havoc where ever we go, so un-tidy and messy and proficient of being bad
and even evil.Yet humans are capable of
being so very good.
It is amazing that
God loves us no matter what.
understand that God has a plan for your life, we are more inclined to trust
Yes we have disappointments, but as
we seek God’s will for our fresh start we can
Do not fear changes, expect
God’s direction, and keep your eyes on the holder of the ball.