Sunday Preview

August 23, 2012

I hope you are doing well. We had a wonderful retreat with 410 men from churches across the Valley last weekend. I was really proud of the men from Living Streams who organized and served at the retreat with wisdom and grace. The Lord touched us with power and brought refreshing times of worship, inspiring messages and great fellowship. Some men were saved, and many others experienced spiritual breakthroughs that will be life changing. God pours out blessings when believers gather in unity.

My message to Living Streams this Sunday is called, “The Lifestyle of a Disciple” from 1 Timothy 2. This chapter deals with prayer, our Father’s heart for the lost, our mediator and the role of women in the church.
1 Timothy 2:5 says, “For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” I have been trying to help a pastor from another church who has a major dispute with leaders in his congregation. Neither side understands the position and pressures of the other. Their struggle may tear their congregation apart. I’m praying the Lord will give them a wise mediator who both sides can trust so they can be reconciled.

Jesus Christ is the mediator who gave his life as a ransom so we can be reconciled to God. There was no way we would have been able to overcome sin without the sacrifice Christ made for us. For our reconciliation with God to have its full effect, we have to trust Christ completely. The more we learn to trust him, the more clearly we will see the goodness and glory of God.

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