How do you meditate on God’s Word? I use soap. It helps me clean up my life from the inside out. Soap is a simple acrostic that helps me identify things God is saying to me and ways I can pray for myself and others. Rather than tell you about it I’ll show my SOAP for today. Perhaps you can select a passage of Scripture to get all lathered up with tomorrow! If you do, send it to me! I’d love to hear what God is doing in your life.
Here we go:
S – Scripture
“That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” Romans 10:9 – 10 (NIV)
O – Observation
How long have I known these verses? Since I was a kid? I think I take for granted how simple, yet profound the salvation I’ve been given really is. God starts with my heart, for in my hearts is where I need to be made right. And what’s in my heart comes out my lips so the world around me now knows of my salvation.
A – Application
I’ve been in church all my life. I’ve been a Believer since I was 9 years old. Over those many years how many times have I denied Christ with my words or my actions? How often do I fail to live up to the faith which I profess? Yet my salvation is secure. Why, because believing and confessing aren’t the FUEL that feed the fire of my faith. They are the flames that light the night sky and bring life giving heat to a cold and lost world. I confess and believe because of the grace God has given to me through His Son, Jesus Christ and by that same grace I will not be the same tomorrow as I am today. What once tripped me up and held me back is now only an after thought because in me Christ has overcome. And that which causes me to stumble today won’t be a challenge for me tomorrow. Because my God continues to work in me and by His grace I will overcome. I’m not yet perfect and I haven’t yet attained the goal I seek, but this one thing I do, forgetting that which is behind and with firm resolve trusting in the One who has brought me this far I press toward the mark for the prize of the upward calling of God in Christ Jesus. I believe…I confess…I will overcome.
P – Prayer
Heavenly Father, thank you for the grace you have given me. For your tender mercies and loving kindness bring rest and relief to my soul. I confess my trust in you. I believe, Jesus, that you are Lord. Teach me what I need to know. Show me what I need to do. Help me to overcome and allow me the privilege of leading others to do the same.
Love y’all, God Bless,
Notes to Notice
Come Hang with Me
CALLING ALL CAM MEMBERS! Whether you’re on the Drama Team, in the Choir, play and Instrument, Run a Camera or Decorate things – Wednesday, May 2nd from 6:30 – 8:00pm is for you and guest! Invite someone to come hang with you that night to HANG with you and the rest of CAM out in the Hanger. We’ll prepare for Worship, have a great time together and discover what’s coming next in the life of CAM! Plan now to attend and bring someone with you. Don’t miss it!
When: Wednesday, May 2nd, 6:30 – 9:00pm
Where: the HANGAR, where the students meet regularly.
Who: Anyone involved in CAM!
Wednesday, May 30th will be our annual AWANA Recognition service in the Worship Center from 6:30 – 8:00pm. I would like to invite everyone involved in our regular rehearsals to attend. With inflatable’s, games and food as well as a special service this will be a great time for families. It’s also a great opportunity for us to reach out to parents who may not really attend church anywhere.
Because of this service we won’t have our regular Wednesday rehearsals. We will have Praise Band in Praise Team rehearsal from 8:15 – 9:30 in the Worship Center.
ARE YOU IN?
A fully devoted follower is easy to identify. They make healthy choices. They have a healthy appetite for spiritual things – that’s prayer and Bible Study. And they participate in healthy activity – that’s church involvement. Are you involved in Small Group Bible Study? Do you participate in our Worship Services beyond the moments you’re on the platform or serving in the service? If you’re not, you’re missing out. To find out how you can be involved contact me, firstname.lastname@example.org!
YOU MAKE THE CALL
They’re out there, waiting to be asked. People who sing, play instruments, have a little technical knowledge and who are great people to be with. Who could you invite from your Sunday School class this week to be involved in CAM?
RESCUE – the Prayers We Pray
Karla Price – for the Purnell family
Pray: “Father, these have been two busy and difficult weeks for the Purnell’s. Thank you for the ministry they share with the people of our church. They have experienced loss in way that is remarkable. Protect and provide for them. Allow them to know Your favor.”
Michelle Maxwell – Melissa Tyndall’s health
Pray: “Jesus, thank you for Melissa and the way she serves the people of our church. Heal her and meet her needs. Bless her with and unusual confidence in You.”
Ted Mardis – His former church in Louisiana is going through some changes
Pray: “Heavenly Father, whether it’s a church in Louisiana or a church in Owasso, OK – this is YOUR church. Bless the people involved with wisdom, patience and understanding. Let those who lead be well tuned to Your heart. Let those who follow serve well. Let all that’s done be done with integrity and love.”
Lindy Dwyer – Victoria’s friend, Rachel – pray for salvation
Pray: “Jesus, you are the only one who can change a heart. Work in Rachel. Soften her heart and help her understand what it means to trust you for the forgiveness of sins. Bring her to salvation. Help Victoria and her family speak the Words of life at just the right moment to Rachel.”
Vance Henderson – Sang at the funeral of an 86 year old Saint.
PRAISE: “Father, in your Word you say, “Blessed in the sight of the Lord is the death of one of His Saints.” Thank you for the example of this beloved Saint. May we live our lives in such a way that on the day we die the transition from here to heaven is not that great. May the affect of our lives be to draw others to You. May our relationship with You grow deeper each day. Teach us to live beyond ourselves.”
Order of Service
Sunday AM – 04-22-07
iFamily | iDo – Making Marriage Beautiful
CD | Countdown
He Keeps Me Singing – Ab, BH – 425
I Stand Amazed in the Presence – Ab, BH – 547 (from the hymnal)
Dr. Roger Ferguson
I’m Gonna Be – E, CHART
VIDEO | First in Action
In the Secret – G, CHART
It’s Amazing – F, GIW – 25
Hungry – D, CHART
Chad & Londa Balthrop
MESSAGE – [this will have a DRAMA in the middle]
Dr. Roger Ferguson
I Will Say Yes – G, CHART
OFFERING | I Will Say Yes (reprise)
Presentation of New Members
I’m Gonna Be – E, CHART
VIDEO | First in Action
Oh Praise Him
Holy Like You
For Every Mountain
Keep Me True
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