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Beginning Sunday, July 9, our worship services are being held in the Family Life Center while our Sanctuary undergoes renovation/ remodeling.  We anticipate this will be for a period of about four months.  Sunday School classes remain in the same locations except for the Senior Adult Class, which will meet in the east hallway in the FLC, next to the kitchen.


Rejoice in the Lord

      by Susan Barnes

"Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit" Luke 10:21 NIV.

The apostle Paul often encouraged his readers to rejoice and he reinforced this by saying he is content regardless of his circumstances (Philippians 4:11).  Our reason for rejoicing isn’t because we are living a life of comfort and easy, Paul certainly didn’t, but our rejoicing is because of all that God has done for us.

In the death and resurrection of Jesus, God has made it possible for us to be in relationship with him.  We don't need to strive to live a Christian life because God by his Spirit is living in us, as we surrender to him.  Eugene Peterson puts it this way in his translation of Romans 8:4 "Instead of redoubling our own efforts, simply embrace what the Spirit is doing in us."  To stop our own efforts may feel like we are failing God, but the bigger challenge is to embrace what the Spirit is doing in us and this requires a change of attitude.  We aren’t self-sufficient.  We need God.

Watchman Nee tells the story of a clumsy servant.  If he doesn't do anything nobody notices his clumsiness but the minute he tries to do something his clumsiness is obvious.  God knew we would be clumsy servants so he did everything necessary to secure our salvation.  Now, we are not inactive but rather like Paul we say, "I labor, struggling with all his energy which so powerfully works in me" (Colossians 1:29).

It's a matter of realising that God is our focus, he's giving the directions and suppling the energy.  And this is good reason to rejoice.

Susan, an Australian pastor's wife, regularly writes devotional thoughts on Bible passages, book reviews and inspirational articles. Contact

      - Devotion from FaithWriters Great Multitude Christian Daily Devotional web site


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