Sunday Preview ~ Nov 25, 2009

November 25, 2009

I like to stop preaching before the congregation quits listening; so two weeks ago I only got half way through my sermon. This Sunday my message is called, “A Life of Fruitful Ministry Part II” from I Peter 4:7-11. These verses are simple to understand, but they contain powerful truths that can bring us joy by increasing our fruitfulness.
I read a report recently about an outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Kansas City that was bringing great joy to the people involved. They could sense the presence of God and their hearts overflowed with joy. King David said, “In your presence is fullness of joy” (Psalm 16:11). I have friends who bring me joy. They encourage me with their faith. They challenge me with their insights. They lift my spirit with their love. The joy that does the most to sustain me comes from the Holy Spirit. When I humble myself and seek the Lord, the Holy Spirit breathes life into my soul like air being pumped into a deflated tire.
I hope that your heart will overflow with gladness this Thanksgiving. My prayer is that you will become more fruitful than ever in the days ahead and the desires of your heart will come to pass.

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