Life Traffic Report – Off The Beaten Path

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This last weekend was an amazing time with the group that went down to the Smoky Mountain Children’s Home. It was such a blessing to work, eat and play along side of this group. There are times when we all need to get away from the day to day, the highway of life, find a backroad somewhere, and see what we can find. I truly enjoyed my time getting out of the norm and finding that backroad.

In this week’s “Life Traffic Report”, I talk about finding the backroad.

What Does It Take For the Presence of God to Show Up?

On Sunday we continued on in our “Heating Up” Sermon Series asking the question about God’s presence/approval and what it takes. We spent time in 2 Chronicles 5:13 which states: “and it was the duty of the trumpeters and singers to make themselves heard in unison in praise and thanksgiving to the LORD ), and when the song was raised, with trumpets and cymbals and other musical instruments, in praise to the LORD, “For he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever,” the house, the house of the LORD, was filled with a cloud.” In this we saw four elements that led to God’s approval.

“It was the duty” – we must realize that worship of God isn’t a ‘when I feel like it’ but rather something we were created to do.”Make themselves heard” – you and are were not only created to worship God we were created to let the world know how great He is

“In Unison” – the power of unity is something we have lost as a people. We will never agree on everything but when we begin to agree together on the important pieces, like the world’s need for Jesus, we can begin to be in unity.

“In praise to the Lord” – it’s great to be in unity but there are times when we aren’t unified under the right covering. When you and I join together in praise to the Lord, not focused on anything else but the praise of the King, then we see the end result….

“Was filled with a cloud” – God’s presence/acceptance came when the people of Israel came together, as one voice, to worship the King. Let us do the same so that we can hear those words we all long to hear God say: “Well done good and faithful servant.” Matthew 25:23

Pastor James

Life Traffic Report – GPS

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I am so grateful for GPS on my phone and the directions it gives me and how it helps re-route me when things are going on up ahead that will stop or slow down my progress. But do you notice it does not give you all the instructions you need to get to your destination. In today’s Life Traffic Report, I talk about some of the things that should not be considered a step.