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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.

How to Relate to God: Corporate Worship

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Last Sunday, Pastor Ed continued the series on "How to Relate to God" by talking about Corporate Worship.  The series is focusing on one of our core habits:  Practice creative devotion.

The service began with a joyful baby dedication of twins.

I am not healthily relating to God if I am not worshiping him gladly.

We're ordered to rejoice in the Lord, to delight in Him.  If there's no gladness, I may not know God.  I've got a connection problem.

We looked at John 4:19-24, where Jesus talked with the Samaritan woman.  The critical thing about worship is not the mechanics.  We need to worship in spirit and in truth.  Our heart needs to be engaged.

Worshiping isn't worship unless the heart's engaged.

Isaiah 29:13 -- It's possible to worship in vain.

Matthew 15:7-9  If our hearts aren't engaged, the form is meaningless.

Worship also engages our head.  We need a fully engaged understanding.

Idolatry is essentially to think wrongly about God.  Truth matters.  Sincerity isn't enough.

Real worship involves the heart and the head, spirit and truth.

Where does this come from?

When people experience God for who He is:

That experience drives them to confession.

That experience motivates them to offer themselves.

That experience launches them into praise.

This is the essence of Biblical worship.  It comes from seeing God for who He is.

How can we do this?  Offer ourselves to God, singing praying, bowing down, speaking truth about God.