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The Savior of the World - The Second Coming

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Today Associate Pastor Alex York preached, continuing in the Advent series "The Savior of the World."

Another part of Advent is readings about Jesus' second advent, the second coming -- such as Luke 21:25-28.  We tend to overlook those readings in the Advent season, just as we try not to think about the many injustices still existing in the world today and all the people who are longing for Jesus to come and put things right.

We looked at Three Suggestions from II Peter 3:2-14:

1)  Remember regularly.

vs. 2 -- He appeals to the prophets, to Jesus, and to the apostles.

The prophets talked about a coming day of the Lord when he would come and set things right.

Jesus himself said to keep watch and be ready.

The apostles also preached about the second coming.

Jesus is coming again!

2)  Wait patiently.

Verses 8-9 -- The Lord is giving everyone an opportunity to repent.  (Psalm 90:4; Galatians 4:4)

Like his first coming, his second coming will be at just the right time.

Ezekiel 8:23 -- He's giving us opportunities to turn and live.

Since the Lord is patient, we, too, should be patient.  It's active waiting, searching our own hearts, showing grace toward others.  Energetic waiting.

3)  Prepare eagerly.

Verses 11-14 -- "live holy and godly lives"; "look forward to the day of the Lord"; "speed its coming"; "make every effort."

We will get front row seats as Jesus makes everything right.

Don't draw our values from this world -- it's passing away.  Godly lives are aimed at bringing glory to God.

"Speed its coming" -- Join with God in his work.  In our motives and actions, strive to emulate Jesus.

Our world is full of people who are hungry for hope.

Remember:  The back end of the story is just as exciting.

We're in a season of opportunity!

Our Daily Bread

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Last Sunday, July 16, 2017, Pastor Ed Allen spoke on "Our Daily Bread."  The message was focused around this principle:

God's people acting faithfully will never lack God's supply.

We looked at R-LOWT, a theme in Deuteronomy, and we specifically looked at Deuteronomy 11.  R-LOWT stands for:

Remember God's deeds.

Love the Lord your God.

Obey the Lord's commands.

Worship the Lord.

Teach others.

R-LOWT should be a theme in our lives.

In fact, we must R-LOWT to experience God's provision.  R-LOWT creates a channel through which God's provision can flow (verses 13-15).

The opposite is also true (verses 16-17).  You'll notice you have a problem if you're having trouble with worry.

In our day, we receive God's provision through Jesus (Philippians 4:19).  Christ is enough for me.  Jesus makes up for the deficiencies in our ability to R-LOWT.

In God's covenant with Abraham, God took both sides.  Jesus is the sacrifice and the provision, the whole equation.

We need to focus on surrendering and remembering - rather than planning and worrying.  Love and obedience - not negotiation and control.

How to start?  Find the simplest commands and obey them.

When all else fails, and it often does, we fall on Jesus.

Here we did some remembering about how God has supplied for us at Gateway.  It's been our privilege to see God provide in amazing ways.  We got our property NOT through strategic thinking.

When all else fails, Jesus.

We didn't build this building so we'd grow, or to serve.  We were convinced God wanted us to do so.

Our strategy is:  R-LOWT!

And God has provided.

God's people, acting faithfully will never lack God's supply.

Two subpoints:

God's people acting faithfully looks like R-LOWTing.

When all else fails, Jesus.