God’s people are most at peace when they live according to His word and His wisdom. Making sure there is an effective way to get God’s word to His people is the focus of our time today (Exodus 18:1-27).
After missing last Sunday due to Family Camp, it was great to be back at North Side! I was thankful that the band let me jump in there with them today!
We started out by singing “How Great Thou Art” and “Our God.”
After sharing some video announcements, Angela read “Resting in God” from The Valley of Vision. Such a great Puritan prayer!
We then sang “Be Thou My Vision” and “10,000 Reasons.” Loved hearing the congregation sing out today! So loud and so honest.
We prayed for 3 mission projects from the last few days: West Africa team returning, Emerge starting, and Family Camp concluding.
While taking the offering, we watched this great Family Camp recap:
Jeff’s message on Jethro’s advice was great. Normally, Exodus 18 is preached as a delegation sermon. While Jeff did highlight that, he pointed out the need to get people into the hearing and obeying of the Word of God even more. What an incredible example of how the movement of God changed Jethro’s life, allowed him to provide solid council, and then get the people of God more committed to the Word of God!
Below is the prayer that Angela read from The Valley of Vision.
Resting on God
O God, most high, most glorious, the thought of Thine infinite serenity cheers me, for I am toiling and moiling, troubled and distressed, but Thou art for ever at perfect peace. Thy designs cause thee no fear or care of unfulfilment, they stand fast as the eternal hills. Thy power knows no bond, Thy goodness no stint. Thou bringest order out of confusion, and my defeats are Thy victories: The Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
I come to Thee as a sinner with cares and sorrows, to leave every concern entirely to Thee, every sin calling for Christ’s precious blood; revive deep spirituality in my heart; let me live near to the great Shepherd, hear His voice, know its tones, follow its calls. Keep me from deception by causing me to abide in the truth, from harm by helping me to walk in the power of the Spirit. Give me intenser faith in the eternal verities, burning into me by experience the things I know; Let me never be ashamed of the truth of the gospel, that I may bear its reproach, vindicate it, see Jesus as its essence, know in it the power of the Spirit.
Lord, help me, for I am often lukewarm and chill; unbelief mars my confidence, sin makes me forget Thee. Let the weeds that grow in my soul be cut at their roots; grant me to know that I truly live only when I live to Thee, that all else is trifling. Thy presence alone can make me holy, devout, strong and happy. Abide in me, gracious God.