Do you shop at Amazon?
Would you like to support Scottsdale Worship Center while you shop?
Now you can. By using the link to the SWC Amazon Smile Support page when you purchase from Amazon, they will make a donation to SWC! What a great way to get your shopping done and support your ministry at the same time.
Use this link to go to Amazon Smile: smile.amazon.com/ch/86-0619852 You’ll be asked if you want to support Scottsdale Worship Center when you shop on Amazon. Choose yes and a portion of your purchases will be donated to SWC.
Once you’re set up, you’ll see something similar to this on your Amazon page:
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This morning as I was reading the Gospels, I saw and heard words that I have read many times, but I found things that I had missed before. I began to think about how many people have read these words for so many years, and how each one has been touched in their own time and place. How can Father know what each of us need, especially when we don’t always know what we need ourselves? All the different languages and cultures and nations…. In my wondering I heard, “ The Word is Alive.”
Jesus is the Word…. Jesus is Alive….. The words He speaks are Spirit and Life. The Words of the Spirit are up to date, understandable and relative in any day, year, language or culture. Wow, what a mighty God we serve.
Jesus said in John 14:10 (msg) “The words that I speak to your aren’t mere words. I don’t just make them up on my own. The Father who resides in me crafts each word into a divine act.” The Word of God has substance. Do ours?
John 15:7, “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”
Matthew 18:18 “Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
Matt.12:37 (NIRV) “Your tongue has the power of life and death . Those who love to talk will eat the fruit of their words.”
What a wonderful privilege it is to be able to speak God’s word, especially when the Spirit of God prompts us. We need to expect to see the results as we speak, believing that “Greater is He that is in (me) than he that is in the world.” We have been called to speak the Living Word. Let’s practice on each other.
May His Peace establish you and His Love encourage you as you trust His Power to enable you.
Each morning, what do you expect your day to be like? When you pray, what do you expect? We talk a lot about our faith and our believing but really… What do you expect? There seem to be many levels to our believing and trusting. So much can get in the way of having a great expectation. What’s the bottom line?
I know that the Lord will never abandon me, I know He is always planning for my good. I know His Word is true. I know I will have an eternal home with the one who gave His life for me. Most of the rest, I have to take as it comes. But I am seeing that I haven’t thought enough about what I truly expect about specific things, especially prayer requests. Do I pray looking for something that I can expect and then trust the Lord for the evidence?
Sometimes the words “Faith, “Trust” and “Believing” become less meaningful with our years of use. Then the Lord opens our mind to look deeper and to let Him revive our understanding through other words, thoughts and experiences. I expect to have better and more specific expectations. Thank you Lord, I am excited about growing in my Faith and Trust.
It’s January, and new beginnings and resolutions are on my mind. It’s a time to take inventory. Looking for something new, a new plan, a new focus is always exciting. But today, my devotional reading suggested that I look at what I have already been given and ask, “how am I using what I have?”
2 Timothy 1:6 reminds us to “fan the flames” or “stir up the gifts” that we have already been given. Wow, so much for looking for something new! Now, time to reflect on all that Father has already given.
First and foremost we have been given the gift of life at salvation as well as through the Holy Spirit, who is leading us into all truth. That alone is worth a huge “Amen,” deep, reverent thanksgiving and time of worship……. Adding to our list of treasures are love, mercy, grace, forgiveness, fellowship, hope, peace and so much more. However, the gifts that Paul was talking about are: evangelism, helps, administration, faith, knowledge or wisdom and even healing, miracles and prophecies.
I can hear the response even now. You may be thinking, “I don’t have any of these gifts.” Yet, I have seen one of my friends, who would say the same thing, give me give me a word of wisdom when we were sharing a difficult time. I have seen more than one person at church who is always there when things need to get accomplished. I have seen powerful faith show up during prayer time. The same with healing and those who are so good at sharing Jesus , those who are so good at organizing special events. We hear wisdom and knowledge from Pastor each Sunday. As a SWC family, we have been blessed with so much that we don’t label “a gift,” but it is encouraging and is building up the Body of Christ. But just think how much more if we were to give our New Years’ best effort to “fanning the flames,” believing the Lord for greater opportunities to share what He has invested in each of us.
Lord, help us to recognize what You have given and to be as willing to give as freely and graciously as You have, trusting Your Holy Spirit to lead and direct. Thank You Father, for prompting, teaching and helping us grow in our faith and service.
Now my “new plan” is a resolve to trust the Lord and walk in His love.
Happy New Year and Happy Giving.
The Day before Christmas
It was the day before Christmas, all heaven’s a stir
The Son of the Father is leaving for earth.
God’s plan for the ages about to embark
Light of the world introduced to the dark
The Father’s’ dear family now destine to grow
His star leads the way, true light to show
Angels announcing His birth this most holy night
Only shepherd to see this glorious sight
Son of the father now son of the earth
Destin to prove His invaluable worth
Beginning to walk down a long rugged path
Challenging darkness, its cruelest wrath
His walk of obedience defeating all fear,
bringing life for all around who will hear
Embracing each heart into oneness with Him
Destroying darkness, the power of sin
Freeing each child in Father’s great heart
filling them with His love and revealing their part
The plan and purpose of Father great Love,
Is all working together like His hand in each glove.
Watching and waiting, the angles and saints
Observing the miracles as His Majesty paints
His canvas with colors of life, with death and with pain
Then thoroughly washed in the blood of Him slain
Dark tones turned to hews of glory and light
Recalling the triumph of His power and might
Peace, love and joy display the work of His love
While all is recorded in the scrolls up above
The breath of the Spirit empower the Saints
To continue His work as the Master still paints
The other day, while sitting at my desk looking out the window, I was savoring a thought from my devotional. I was ruminating about James 4:13-16. It addresses the principle of offering our plans (or lack of) to the Lord. There were several trees in my view and while I was just enjoying the different shades of green and diverse shapes of leaves etc, I noticed a very gentle movement of one small branch. Then I began to look for the movement in the other trees and bushes. Some moved so slightly that they were barely discernible, while others were more evident.
I heard my heart say, “Holy Spirit, You are more real than the breeze than embraces these trees. Help me to look for Your breath in all that I endeavor to accomplish. Nothing You do is insignificant. Help me to discern the movement of Your Spirit and rely on it. What a joy it is to know that You care and want to be involved in all that I do and plan. Christmas is so full of hope and wonder….. just as much today as it was 2000 years ago. You are the same yesterday, today, and forever. Create in me afresh the childlike wonder that delights Your heart. Help me see Your touch in each expression of celebration, from the elaborate to the faintest whisper. I know You delight in all that Your children do to remember Your mighty, wondrous, miraculous gift of Emmanuel. Infuse our simple efforts with Your breath of life and let it be a glorious offering of praise and adoration