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What's not going away

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We as Christians have focused too much on all that has been lost in 2020. WE have worked hard to keep normal alive when normal is always going to disappear. Let us turn out eyes to what lasts. The word of Christ will be eternal. Let us embrace the gift of having access to what is amazing and stop a privledged existence with the eternal words of God. See practical ways to include the words of God in our everyday lives.

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If you look around there is a lot of pain being caused by things we can’t see and things we don’t understand.
A virus that is ravaging our world.
Many are concerned by our politics
More are even concerned by all the economic forces going one.
Ever heard the phrase what they don’t know isn’t going to hurt them?
(What you can’t see) Waking up in the middle of the night - stub toe
400,000 plus people is more than a stubbed toe. Millions of people out of work. Lifestyles have been totally changed.
What is unseen is really important. Because most of what we worked so hard for in 2019 is now gone.
A long time ago, Back in a time called the 1990s at the beginning of the first Persian Gulf War the Amercians were convinced that we were going to be victorious because we could see in the dark, we could see when others couldn’t.
Right now I want you to see the unseen. The unseen is incredibly important.
Many of us have more time than we had before because we can’t do what we want to do. I want you to know that during this hard time, you can build for yourself a way to exist in the unseen. A way to work that will not only last now but it will last for eternity.
2 Corinthians 4:18 CSB
18 So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
This is a matter of faith, A matter of God existing. The Holy Spirits power and our eternal reality. See we know the reality of faith is unseen
Hebrews 11:1 CSB
1 Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen.
We have a further understanding of why this unseen is so important. It is the eternal.
This pandemic is short-lived. I really don’t want the best mask collection in the world. I don’t want to be known as the best preacher or teacher in a pandemic. So much of what is happening this year will at one point soon, never matter again.
but not only will this pandemic end. We ourselves are ending. Everything is ending. Plants die. Buildings crumble, even nations fall.
Its not just the good things that pass away but the bad things too.
The work week ends, in fact jobs that we hate will end.
The boredom will end.
This pandemic will end.
I don’t want to waste time preparing to get better at living in a pandemic.
You don’t want to waste this precious gift of life, getting ready at life so you can do it again. Your not going too. Time is a precious gift.
So lets focus on what is not ending.
Today, and for the weeks to come, I want to share with you those things that will last, so you can work on those in your life, build on them, and not waste this time.
The first thing I want to share with you is

The words of Christ are never ending

Not in a mean way, oh my goodness will Jesus shut up. Not like that. Like this ...
Jesus said,
Matthew 24:35 CSB
35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
The prophets said about the word of God,
Isaiah 40:8 CSB
8 The grass withers, the flowers fade, but the word of our God remains forever.”
Proverbs 30:5 CSB
5 Every word of God is pure; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
What God has said, all that God has shared with us is important and it’s even more important because they are eternal. God’s words are not going to change. We are not going to progress past God’s word. If we go into outer space God’s words will still apply. 1 million years from now, God’s word will still mater.
Just think about how amazing it is to have any words, any writing. I can know just about anything by learning to read. I can read the exact words of people long ago dead. it is because of words that we can easily share information throughout history. Our animals are not reading about how great it was to be a dog in the 1950s. The cats who are staring you down right now, did not read about how the best staring looks of 2021.
Reading is incredible, and not only do we get to read words, we get to read the words of God.
read from 4,000 years ago.
Collected over an incredible length of time and situations. In the midst of this story we learn that God became one of us.
Jesus himself claimed that He spoke were the words of God, Jesus was God.
John 12:49–50 CSB
49 For I have not spoken on my own, but the Father himself who sent me has given me a command to say everything I have said. 50 I know that his command is eternal life. So the things that I speak, I speak just as the Father has told me.”
Trinity can be confusing
Jesus says I only say what God says, He repeats it
Since Isaiah said the words of God are eternal, Jesus also says His words are eternal
These amazing words are for you. Those of you who can read, in this country, have access to the words of Jesus, eternal words, in multiple different ways.
It didn’t come easy William Tyndale had to leave England and hide in Germany to be able to translate the first Bible from Greek, Hebrew and Latin English.
For it, Tyndale was killed in October of 1536. He was strangled and then his body burned at the stake.
Now you have access to it any time you want.
It’s amazing what we have access to. Sometimes I don’t know how to do things around the house (youtube)
Today you have the immortal, eternal words of Jesus.
Followers of Jesus beat themselves up too much for not reading the Bible enough I want to remind you that people have been following Jesus for 2000 years think about all the people that followed Jesus but couldn’t read. Stop beating yourselves up and stop thinking that reading makes you a good Christian
We take too much pride from books.
I saw this hilarious meme the other day.
But BIbles that are highlighted and big books and digital books, and anything are just the writing, the transmission of such words does not matter.
Spiritual pride allows some to miss God for their memorization, their recall, whatever.
My friends fall in love with Christ and fall in love with his words but do not think that you are more valuable to God the more words you can recall without using Google. What is important is that we do the words of God. Whether we memorized them as someone else read them or we just picked up bits and pieces or we can quote the Bible form memory. Hear the eternal words of God and obey them.
So if you don’t have a big bible or you own 50.
The question for yourself is
James 1:22–23 NLT
22 But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. 23 For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror.
But how do we know what to do?
I need to give you some practical things that I do to put in my life the eternal words of the Lord
Taking in the words of God is like exercise you must specifically plan to do it. It is a habit that must be specifically practiced.
How many of you know excercise is good for your body, good for your mind, good for your soul. How many of you regularly excerise? It takes effort.
Same is true for reading, knowing and doing God’s word.
What I do
Own a Bible and download it on your phone.

Bible App - Youversion

Read it, Hear it, USe it
Join our devotionals
Make me a friend and join our weekly devotional

Read God’s word at a specific time of day that always repeats.

For me it is over breakfast.

NEVER Guilt yourself about missing a day, just pick up where you leave off

I need to repent because for too long out of fear of all that is bad and misleading in the world I haven’t told you about any other resources than our church but this ends today.

I enjoy a podcast while exercising listen to Pastor Rick Warren’s daily hope

Pocketcasts in the app store

during my actual exercise, put it in your drive time.
I have studied the scriptures since before I was born, and gone to school for many years. great to understand the history of what at times can be a difficult read and Pastor Jerry teaches a class. There are countless resources to understand the history of the basics of the Bible. But we are not the only source. I recommend a resource that we watched earlier called the Bible Project.

What makes an incredibly valuable habit that will prepare you for eternity, reading, then knowing, and doing the word of God.

Isaiah 40:8 CSB
8 The grass withers, the flowers fade, but the word of our God remains forever.”

What would life be like if you commit to read God’s Eternal word?

It will seep into you.
Do you remember the day you learned your ABCs? Not likely.
As you commit to ask God to enter your life daily by reading, consuming, and working out the word of God your life will begin to be conformed to His eternal word. Relationships will change. Attitudes will change.
If you have ever moved from brief spurts of exercise to exercising daily then you know that the daily workout of the body changes everything about the body. The same will occur with what God will do in you. But its not a fad diet. It doesn’t benefit per say to rush. Everyone who has woken up sore from a workout and never went back to the gym knows what I mean.
My daughter Deborah is the strongest, healthiest person I get to be around on a daily basis. I regularly giggle on the inside about men who think they need to lift for her. She holds up people on a regular basis and if you ever come over to our house you know she is constantly moving. Her health oozes out of her.
Invest in something eternal. Invest in the eternal words of God. Have the scriptures read to you while you brush your teeth in the morning. Join us in devotional this week and read with us before you go to bed. Grab the Bible and read.
If you’ve never read the Bible before let me encourage you to start in Proverbs. Its near the middle of the Bible. No chapter is too long or too short. Also there are exactly 31 chapters so you can see what the number of the day of the month it is and read that chapter. Today is January 24 so read Proverbs 24.
Yes the Bible is ancient and for some reading is not easy, so use that youversion app and up at the top of the screen change the version to “The Message”. This is a very modern and easy to understand paraphrase of the Bible. Yet for some reading is a great struggle for some reason or another. Youversion will read to you.

Commit to Reading and following the Eternal Word of God this week. Build on what will last.

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