Friday Focus

September 23, 2016

“Turning the Corner”

The journey matters! 

In other words, your life has a purpose.  Your journey has a reason as it involves an eternal goal and a divine destination.  Your journey includes movement, action, stops, starts, detours, delays, and trips into the unknown.  Furthermore, everything you experience in your journey, the pleasant and the painful, can be used by God to make you more like His Son.

Our present sermon series, “The Journey Matters,” has been designed to bring us face-to-face with the ten city gates listed in the third chapter of Nehemiah.  Each gate represents an aspect of the ongoing, redemptive work God wants to accomplish in our lives.

It’s interesting to note that Nehemiah moved counter-clockwise as he introduced the ten gates.  This counter direction reminded me of a very important word – repentance.

Repentance speaks of a change in direction.   Specifically, to stop pursuing our own wills in order to redirect ourselves in the direction of God’s will.

On Sunday we’ll consider the “Old Gate” also known as “The Corner Gate.”  It’s here we’ll consider a corner I believe God wants all of us to turn – the corner of  emotional maturity.

In preparation for Sunday, take the time to read Nehemiah 3 (focus on verses 6-12).

Because the journey matters,

pastor jamie


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