Yet I Still Dare to Hope – Sharonda Medina

“Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this:

The faithful love of the LORD never ends!

His mercies never cease.” Lamentations 3:23-25 NLT

This I Call To Mind – Charles Pope

Lamentations 3:19-26

19 The thought of my suffering and homelessness
    is bitter beyond words.[a]
20 I will never forget this awful time,
    as I grieve over my loss.
21 Yet I still dare to hope
    when I remember this:

22 The faithful love of the Lord never ends![b]
    His mercies never cease.
23 Great is his faithfulness;
    his mercies begin afresh each morning.
24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance;
    therefore, I will hope in him!”

25 The Lord is good to those who depend on him,
    to those who search for him.
26 So it is good to wait quietly
    for salvation from the Lord.

For I Know The Plans – Sharonda Medina

For I Know The Plans
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

For I Know the Plans – Tommy Artmann

“For I Know the Plans” – Jeremiah 29:11

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

1. God’s Plan Is Not Always Apparent.

The God of Israel, says to all the captives He has exiled to Babylon from Jerusalem: “Build homes, and plan to stay. Plant gardens, and eat the food they produce. Marry and have children. Then find spouses for them so that you may have many grandchildren. Multiply! Do not dwindle away! And work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare.” (Jeremiah 29:4-7)

2. Bad Advice Can Sound Good.

The God of Israel says: “Do not let your prophets and fortune-tellers who are with you in the land of Babylon trick you. Do not listen to their dreams, because they are telling you lies in My name.

I have not sent them,” says the LORD.

(Jeremiah 29:8,9)

3. Seek God’s Plan. It Is Sure and Always Good.

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for Me wholeheartedly, you will

find Me.”

(Jeremiah 29:11-13)

The Offering – Sharonda Medina

Luke 7:36-50 NIV

36 When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37 A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. 38 As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.

39 When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.”

40 Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.”

“Tell me, teacher,” he said.

41 “Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii,[a] and the other fifty. 42 Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”

43 Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.”

“You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.

44 Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. 47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”

48 Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

49 The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”

50 Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

Bring the Tithe – Tommy Artmann

Malachi 3:6 – 10

“Bring the entire tithe to the storerooms in my temple. Then there will be plenty of food. Test me this way,” says the Lord. “Then you will see that I will throw open the windows of heaven. I will pour out so many blessings that you will not have enough room to store them.” (Malachi 3:10)

1. Try God

“Return to me. Then I will return to you,” says the Lord who rules over all. But you ask, “How can we

return?” (Malachi 3:7b)

2. A Divine Accusation

“Will a mere human being dare to steal from God? But you rob me! “You ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’”

(Malachi 3:8)

3. The Tithe as Trust and Thanks

4. The Trusting Test

“Bring the entire tenth to the storerooms in my temple. Then there will be plenty of food. Test me this way,” says the Lord. “Then you will see that I will throw open the windows of heaven. I will pour out so many blessings that you will not have enough room to store them.” (Malachi 3:10)

Do Not Conform – Sharonda Medina

Do Not Conform

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.  Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will be—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:1-2 NIV

Not Conformed, but Transformed – Tommy Artmann

Not Conformed, but Transformed

And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all He has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God trans- form you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (Romans 12:1,2-NLT)

A Living Sacrifice

I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all He has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice the kind He will find acceptable. (Romans 12:1a—NLT)

True Worship

This is truly the way to worship Him. (Romans 12:1b — NLT) Not Conformed

Do not be conformed to this world… (Romans 12a – NRSV) Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould. (Romans 12:2a -J.B. Phillips)
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world (Romans 12:2a – NLT)

Be Transformed

Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Romans 12:2b — NIV)
Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. (Romans 12:2b—NLT)

The Good, Pleasing, and Perfect Will of God

Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2c— NIV)
Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (Romans 12:2c—NLT)

Trust God – Charles Pope

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not rely on your own insight.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 NRSV

For the director of music. A maskil of David. When Doeg the Edomite had gone to Saul and told him: “David has gone to the house of Ahimelek.”
Why do you boast of evil, you mighty hero?
Why do you boast all day long,
you who are a disgrace in the eyes of God?
You who practice deceit,
your tongue plots destruction;
it is like a sharpened razor.
You love evil rather than good,
falsehood rather than speaking the truth.
You love every harmful word,
you deceitful tongue!
Surely God will bring you down to everlasting ruin:
He will snatch you up and pluck you from your tent;
he will uproot you from the land of the living.
The righteous will see and fear;
they will laugh at you, saying,
“Here now is the man
who did not make God his stronghold
but trusted in his great wealth
and grew strong by destroying others!”
But I am like an olive tree
flourishing in the house of God;
I trust in God’s unfailing love
for ever and ever.
For what you have done I will always praise you
in the presence of your faithful people.
And I will hope in your name,
for your name is good.” Psalm 52 NIV

Trust in the LORD – Tommy Artmann

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.
(Proverbs 3:5-6)

Trust in the LORD with all your heart.

2. Do not lean on your own understanding.

3. In all your ways acknowledge Him.

4. He will make your paths straight.