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Be intentional about your relationship with God

HELLO FRIENDS,

Today, as I write this, is September 1st.

It’s the start of a new month. And it’s kind of the start of a new season (as we quickly approach Fall).

Kids are getting back to school.

Parents of school-age children will (hopefully!) get back into a rhythm.  Side note:  does anyone remember when a little thing called “Covid” threw EVERYTHING out of rhythm?!?

Summer vacations are wrapping up, and folks are most-likely settling into a groove once again.

Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back on the Starbucks menu board!

As you get into your rhythm and groove, remember to factor in Jesus and your spiritual development. Don’t leave it to chance. Don’t take it for granted.

Be intentional about your relationship with God.

Here are a few ways to do that:

1.  Read and meditate upon Scripture. Dive into our PAUSE Bible Reading Plan or whatever plan serves you best. Whether you read it, or listen to it in a Bible APP, the bottom line is this:  engage with God’s Word! See 1Timothy 4:6-16 for more on this.

2.  Plug back into Church. Let me be blunt to those that are still on the fringe due to Covid:  I can bet real money that you are undoubtably getting out and about (ie: Costco, Target, work, etc). With deep love I say to you:  get back to Church too. It’s time. Actually, it’s way past time. See Hebrews 10:19-25 for more on this.

3.  Check your friend groups. Are you hanging with the right people? If not, I encourage you to “check yourself, before you wreck yourself.”  Your spiritual growth depends upon it. See 1 Corinthians 15:33-34 for more on this.

4.  Turn on some worship tunes. This last week, I went to the State Fair twice. One night I saw the old school reggae artist “Shaggy” and the next night I sang along with hundreds of folks and “Bethel Worship.” Guess which night edified my soul, and which night made me feel spiritually gross? Yep, you guessed right. So, turn off the explicit sexual stuff, and the hostile talk radio, and turn on worship – our souls need something good to feast on! See Philippians 4:8-9 for more on this.

Not only is it a new month, with new possibilities, but God gives us mercy that is new and fresh every morning. That means, if you have failed (which I know I have!), then the mercy and grace of the Lord is readily available and applied to our lives. Knowing this, we can make a fresh start TODAY!

Will you join me?

Grace and Peace,

John