Rhyming Sermon Notes: 2022 November (GCNO & BSF)

The following are my rhyming notes from November 2022.

It would be great to hear your ideas. When taking notes, there are times that I can’t think quickly enough for how to rhyme it. These are marked by “???”. If you have an idea for how to work that section to make it rhyme, you can put it in the comments. It would be great to hear your ideas. (Put the date of the notes, and enough context so that we will know where you made the change.)

While I may be the only one reading these (that’s fine, and a good review for me), my prayer is that for anyone reading it could point to Christ, and perhaps be a good sermon review if you were there.

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Grace Church of North Olmsted – Wednesday, 2022-11-02
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Psalm 139 (Series: Psalms)

Theme at the beginning, middle, end of the Psalm.
You search me and you know me in every way, all along.

You search at the start. You search at the end.
You search every heart, ????????

We don’t like anyone to know all about our heart,
The Lord knows every heart, before our life’s start.

The believer delights in God’s knowledge, presence, sovereignty and thoughts
and His righteousness, it is him we have sought.

Come to God not saying what I want to learn
but seeking him, for him, my heart to burn

He knows everything, this a delight, not a threat.
He knows our all, better than our own knowledge met

In verses 7 through 12, delight in his presence no matter where I dwell
High or low, near or far God is there, his word does tell.

God holds our hand wherever we go
He guides and protects, his way he does show

Delight in his presence, he’s light in the dark
He leads and protects us, his love it is stark

Our breath is in him, he created, sustains
Our owner, our God, our Spirit he trains

We delight in his thoughts, the truth in his word
In his righteousness, against all the evil whose hearts are not stirred

He judges the wicked, so that peace may come
Without his judgment, evil would grow in its sum

If  you’re born again, you want to be holy
In heaven sin is dead, we will be holy only

Our true prayer will be, “make me like you”
Search me, and try me, lead me to what is true.

Grace Church of North Olmsted – Sunday School, 2022-11-06
Dave Howard
Genesis 50:4-14

Jacob knows he’s going to with his fathers be.
Again tells all the brothers to bury him in Canaan, in the future his descendants will be.

He is ready to go, pulls his legs in and let’s go.
Then the mourning starts, Joseph’s and the nation’s, tears will sow.

Grief over death is natural, bring loss and emptiness
Don’t let the mourning overcome, in God have joy and completeness.

When we mourn death, the mourning is over sin
When Adam turned from God, sin and death both entered in.

The righteous and unrighteous, both face the truth of death.
For those who are in Christ, Life doesn’t end at our last breath.

Joseph talked to Pharaoh, to give his father’s request
Then they head to Canaan, to lay his body at rest.

Burials are simple, the body ends in the ground.
The procession and mourning elaborate, full of mourning, and of wailing sound.

Jacob’s request, with my fathers let me lie
In the plot that Abraham bought, that Jacob himself dug for when he die.

Jacob knew this life was not eternal, that he would go away.
He knew he was in the covenant, so he had hope at the end of the day.

In Joseph’s request assures Pharoah he’d be back.
This was not the final move to Canaan, this was not on God’s time track.

God had told Abram for 400 years in Egypt his people would be.
Joseph knew that time not yet fulfilled that land not yet theirs to see.

This death a grief to Joseph, his father passed away.
The covenant line was passing on as they followed in God’s way

They crossed the Jordan River, and took a week to mourn.
This at least 100 days of mourning, a long mourning not to scorn

It ends with a simple burial, his son’s buried him in a cave.
Then return to Egypt, follow where God had them, not for Canaan crave.

Noah in the ark, stayed in till God said “Get out.”
They would have wanted out, but stayed in without a pout.

God made the covenant, Abraham’s sleeping was his part.
But Abraham and his descendants followed God, and played their own small part.

God is faithful to his promise, even when we are not.
We need to wait on his time and ways,  not go against his plot.

Joseph obeys in the short term, taking Jacob back to the land.
Also in the long term trusting God to bring his descendants to the Land.

Grace Church of North Olmsted – Sunday, 2022-11-06
Pastor Dean Good
1 Peter 4:10-11

We are all called to serve, God is the judge, not us.
Of our lives we’ll give account, God is holy, he is just.

God gifts each one to serve, speaking, serving by his might
Serving in our giftedness, in the fear and strength to the glory of God. ???????

“Each one is to serve, in his special gift”
God gives variety, for great blessing, not to make a rift.

Gifts of speaking and serving, none of us called to do everything.
All of us are called to do something, do what God has called you to do.????

Do it with joy and energy, unto the Lord
for his glory, and not yours

Let us serve where God has placed us in the body
Varieties of gifts, ministries and effects for his glory.

All part of the body, though not a nose, mouth, ear.
God has made the body to mutually care, suffer, cheer.

We serve within the limits that God has on our lives
Paul served from prison, for God’s purpose strive

We don’t know what Paul did in prison, during the time in Cesarea
We serve within our limits, financial, physical, slave or free.

Let us serve within the doctrinal limitations God has set.
No women elders (no authority or teaching men), do only what God has let.

So what should I do? Look at Romans Chapter 12
Present your body as a living sacrifice to God, to with him dwell.

Everything you do, think, and all you say
Dead to self, live all for him each and every day.

Seek the Lord’s will, day by day, right now, forever
Commit yourself to the local church, all serving one another.

Going on our own, not joining with the church
is going against God, we meet to with others search.

Commit to service in the church, convenient or not.
Service costs something. ???????

Parents, a gift to your children, an example of how to serve.
The children are learning ?????

Serve in holiness and love, not to your own advantage.
Swerve with diligence and perseverance, not only when on the stage.

Serve financially, giving to the needs of the saints
Serve with what God has given, not with selfish motives taints.

Bible Study Fellowship – Monday, 2022-11-07
I didn’t have my notebook.

Grace Church of North Olmsted – Wednesday, 2022-11-09
Ken Ellis
Psalm 140 (Series: Psalms)

A Psalm of David, a Prayer against Persecutors
Plea, Praise, Judgement are Yours

David pursued by wicked, violent men
He goes to the Lord in prayer
It’s not just make a list, and work for our end
It’s trust him with every care.

When trouble comes believe in the Lord,
Don’t let your hearts be troubled.
The evil are evil and do evil things.
May their loss and destruction be doubled.

The Lord laughs in heaven at the plans that they make
Men, we are all full of sin.
The wicked they are cunning, and full of deceit
God’s judgment will surely begin.

David prays with a confident heart
You are my God and you hear.
You cover my head in the day of the battle
You to your people are near.

The proud will grow prouder, the evil will grow
Let them be caught in their plans.
The wicket in pride, renounces the Lord
God, all their plans he condemns

For the Leader in evil and all who with him go
Fall into pits full of fire.
David calls for judgment and death for them all
Their judgment will never retire.

Those who are evil, who “cancel” another
Set an ambush for their own lives.
Our confidence is in our God alone
No other no matter how hard one tries.

The upright will dwell in your presence
The Lord will sit on his throne
His people, his children, with with him reign
Our God, he is God alone.

Grace Church of North Olmsted – Sunday School, 2022-11-13
Dave Howard
Genesis 50:15-21

Jacob’s final words were a charge to his sons.
He gave the blessings to his son’s, in the covenant each one.

Jacob said a last farewell
to his sons, and then he died.
The great procession went up to Canaan
with a great mourning, the people cried.

A story of death and hope,
Though dying, look to the land.
Be sure to take my bones
When in the land you stand.

The sons now afraid of Joseph
What will Joseph do now that Jacob is gone?
They should have relied on the  covenant
Joseph had blessed them all along.

They now made up a story
of what they feared Joseph may do.
They had a low view of Joseph and God
And their story it was not true.

Who was Joseph seeking to please?
Not his dad, but his God above.
He was seeking to bless, not destroy them
His grace reflected God’s great love.

All the brothers were part of the promise
It was not for Joseph alone.
This fear was not very rational
Joseph’s love and forgiveness had already been shown.

Joseph points to the sovereignty of God
Not to any of his desires and plans.
Joseph was prepared to provide
This was a work of God’s hands.

Christ likewise speaks words of forgiveness
When we come to him broken in heart.
A low view of God and his plans
Gives room for our worry to start.

The thought that Joseph was like them,
Living by passion and lust.
This blinded them to the truth of God’s work
And made it hard for them to trust.

Should we love the things the Lord loves?
Should we hate the things the Lord hates?
Joseph reflecting God’s own heart.
His continued provision and protection he states.

When we avoid the truth God has given
rationality and reason break down.
We see this in the fear of the brothers
We see this in our own world, and country, and town.

When you leave the truth
Deception and fear will creep in.
God can deal with our guilt
as we repent of our sin.

The blessing comes when we trust.
The blessing comes when we obey.
The Lord came to seek and save sinners.
We need not to hide, but trust him to take our sin away.

Grace Church of North Olmsted – Sunday, 2022-11-13!
Pastor Dean Good
1 Peter 4:10-11 (11)

Through Malichi God condemned
the people and their sacrifice
We today are called to serve
With our best, our all that’s nice.

We serve not by our own means
but by the means God gives.
1 Peter 4:10-11
tell how to serve and live.

Within our giftedness, in the fear of God.
By the strength he gives, for his glory live. ???

Serve in the fear of the Lord
Looking at the speaking gifts.
Teaching, Preaching the Word of God
with Purpose, that God uplifts.

As speaking the utterances of God
Not meaning the infallibility of the teacher.
Taking the task with sobriety.
Knowing that he has given this responsibility to us his creature.

Teaching the living Word of God
To explain, expand, proclaim
To all the church, adult and child
Teach the Word of God, to everyone the same.

Accurately handle the Word of God
Diligently study, think, and prepare.
Not sharing our own ideas.
Keep our eyes on him alone as we share.

What did God think of the message?
Was his truth clearly proclaimed?
It’s not our interpretation.
We need to “rightly divide” his Word to be trained.

Not simply sharing opinions,
but diligently studying the Word.
What is God saying?
We as his messengers proclaim what we have heard.

Rules for how to speak
according to John Gill
From the text, not into it.
All, not just what we like to feel.

All and only what God  has given.
As God’s Word, not thoughts of men.
With surety and authority
To the Word, we clearly say, Amen!

Clearly, Freely, Laid before men
Not muddled and obtuse
With Godly fear and reverence
Not without plans to abuse

Everything built on the Word of God
Not psychological thoughts and themes
Centered firmly on the Word
Without which the teaching is just empty dreams.

Not centered on music or prayer
as important as they may be.
Centered on the word of God
His powerful truth will set us free.

Ezra read the word of God
From morning until night.
The focus is a pulpit,
not drums or other focal sight.

Reading from the book
translating to understand.
Obey the commandments in the law
On this our faith will stand.

Preach, Proclaim the Word
On this all else depends
“Faith comes by hearing” the Word of God
The truth of the Word of God the Spirit sends.

By the power of the Word
We come to faith and are sanctified.
This is how we grow in Christ
When his word in our heart we hide.

The means by which we’re changed
to the image of Christ
Luther said no Christian gathering should lack
the word of God in Christ.

Dangers of the teaching gifts
Laziness, quickly put it all together.
The fear of man instead of God
Thinking we as the teacher are better.

False teaching can come
they always use the Bible
People are easily led astray
of this we are very liable.

Be on guard over the flock
shepherding the people
False teachers from among yourselves
will rise and profane the steeple.

Pray for your pastor
there is no greater danger.
Before you teach, fall on your knees.
Of humble need the teacher should be no stranger.

Teach with sobriety.
Not starting with jokes or a story.
Focus on the central Word of God
Revealing Christ in his Word for His glory.

Bible Study Fellowship – Monday, 2022-11-14
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Elisha with the prophets
The wife of one who’s died.
Her sons may soon be taken
Elijah told her what was to be tried.

She borrowed jars for oil
She was active and obeyed.
God provided all she needed.
then all her debts were paid.

When our prayers are answered
do we take time to thank?
and then in turn serve others
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Elisha stays with a couple
They make him a little room
How do I do at serving others?
Welcoming them to with us room.

Elisha says she’ll have a child.
She does, but then he dies.
She’ll only tell Elisha
even though his servant tries.

Elisha lays out on the boy
Seven sneezes come
He wakes up, comes back to life.
She takes her beloved son.

Her worship and faith are evident
her house would joyful be.
Do I praise in prayer?
And his face delight to see?

The’re making food for the prophets
Grabbing wild plants
There’s poison in the pot
With some flower Elisha????

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God’s extraordinary and miraculous care meets and exceeds our needs. (P1)
God’s extraordinary and miraculous care is a gracious gift. (P2)

Grace Church of North Olmsted – Wednesday, 2022-11-16!
Jonathan Moorehead (visiting speaker)
How to Handle Criticism

How to handle criticism
and the effects it has in life
It can make some people quit, give up
and fill our life with strife.

Godly or ungodly, criticism can be both

Criticism is for your good.
It helps you to see how you are
Other people can see you clearly
even your own heart can from truth be far.

A clear conscience can be deceptive
our heart can lead us astray
God is working all things for good.
To make us more like him day by day.

Criticism will certainly change you.
Make you hard or help you grow.
We need to listen and consider
not blame shift or ignore, but be glad that now we know.

A humble person is thankful,
when others speak, reprove
If we ignore, deny we’re stupid
Our attitude this face can prove.

If we reject criticism,
we are foolish and don’t change.
This will lead to sudden destruction,
and our thoughts can be deranged.

The default should be to listen,
Assume what they say is true.
Be slow to speak, quick to listen,
ask questions and to grow.

Express appreciation
for their willingness to share
Faithful are wounds of a friend
Their bold love shows they care.

Ask other godly people,
Your wife or friend whose close
How have I been proud in life,
give me a healthy dose.

Accept unjust criticism,
for unity with grace.
Entrust yourself to the God whose just,
for we will see his face.

Anticipate your sarcasm.
Make a plan for how to change.
Thank those who have approached you.
In the world, this may seem strange.

Can you call others to imitate
the way your life is lived?
Pray for humility,
and know that God will give.

Grace Church of North Olmsted – Sunday School, 2022-11-20
Jonathan Moorehead (visiting speaker)
Romans ???

We were late today so didn’t get notes.

Grace Church of North Olmsted – Sunday, 2022-11-20!
Jonathan Moorehead (visiting speaker)
James 2 – Gospel and Apologetics

The gospel and apologetics,starts with our sin and need.
We are sinful never seeking God, as we have pride and greed.

Jesus takes the wrath of man, God’s full wrath poured out on him.
We are now called to repent, only in him the forgiveness of sin.

We’re pronounced righteous by faith alone, fully for the glory of Christ.
It is a gift, freely given, not by works or efforts or the likes.

So how in James are our works so important?
Context, context important to know.
James about responding to trials,
leading to giving the cost to show.

Dead faith says, but doesn’t do.
Words are cheap, easy to say.
How do we know saving faith, is really, truly, true?

Is there such a thing as non-saving faith?
A faith that knows, but doesn’t save.
The demons know, and they shudder
Non-saving faith knows but doesn’t save.

There are signs of true saving faith
Justification: pronounced righteousness by God in law
Vindication: proving a claim by evidence
Faith is proven by what it does, and how it acts, and what men saw.

If someone says, “I’m a Christian, with faith”
but lives like the devil, it’s not true.
If a brother is poor and living in need,
We’ll see our faith by what we do.

Faith and works are inseparable.
Like a coin needs both sides to be real.
Faith and works must come together.
If faith brings no works, what you say is not the real deal.

Demons have a kind of faith.
They know the gospel and the doctrine of God.
Many “believers” know the Bible
But is God the Lord, the one we follow with love and rod?

Living faith, he uses Abraham to prove
Abraham believed and actions followed.
He then goes further to point to Rahab,
She took great risk and the spies allowed.

Abraham, Rahab, two very different people
God saves his people always the same way.
Faith is how God works in his people.
They both then have generous hospitality.

James and Paul not standing as enemies.
They are standing back to back.
Paul addresses legalistic salvation.
James the libertine idea that we just need faith if our works still lack.

Grace Church of North Olmsted – Sunday, 2022-11-20
Thanksgiving Fellowship Testimonies, etc.

God’s longsuffering at the sin of this world.
Fellowship of believers when our lives are unfurled

God’s provision in trama, all the help he provides
Rest and Growth when with him we abide.

Thankful for Grace Church, a family at rest
The care of the saints, God’s provision is best.

Fixing a house after a parent’s death
Gave opportunity to appreciate that God gave every breath

Sharing the gospel, a chance to connect.
Of God’s story through life a chance to recollect.

Came to the church after got married
blessed by so many and by their care carried.

Expecting a child, the first one to come
God knows us and cares as shown by his son.

This world can be scary, glad God’s in control
With him and through him, we continue to roll.

God in his wisdom leads where we’re to be.
He is with us in struggle, though our eyes may not see.

That God would save a wretch like me, when hell is what we’re owed.
Being the wife of a wonderful husband, and our children all in tow.

Grateful to see my parents, unbelievers though they are.
For everyone in the church, forever we’ll worship from near or far.

Why did God save me, though living deep in sin?
Because he did for his own glory, my new life then to begin.

He provides as he leads us, when the path it may seem long.
He saves us and molds us, and leads us in worship song.

God is joy, his word sufficient. His ways higher than our ways.
God will always be with us. For all of our days.

God saved me this year. Count it all joy in trials.
God calls his children, and gives peace through the miles.

A season of suffering. A season of hope.
He protects us with peace ?????

God led to the church, used you to encourage and guide
Thankful to you to help us in Christ abide.

“Thankful for you, held up in our prayers”
in a season of trials, grateful for your cares.

The next generation growing up in the Lord
trials reveal sin, help us to repent and adore.

Thank God for you, as we start life together.
The ladies of the church, come along to us teather.

God teaching us to number our days
He works all for good, in all of his ways.

The Lord’s given peace, through the truths of the Bible
and through faith shown through works, you have brought us a smile.

The things of this world, though seen passing away
He is our God each and every day.

Where would we be, without the Lord?
His plans they will be, by the strength of his Word.

He saves us provides, when we do not deserve.
I’m thankful for all, who came here to serve.

Children to the faith, it brings a great joy.
Trials point us to true hope, all for his glory.

Look back at my life, away from the Lord
The Lord sent a friend through the Gospel, adored.

Beautiful life, God walks hand in hand.
This family a blessing, it helps me to stand.

Psalm 100 come with worship and praise
He is the one who made us let our voices raise.

God is always faithful, no matter how I feel.
He holds us and strengthens, lets us know he is real.

Deacon, a servant, all the work volunteer.
Grateful for all you do, to serve and to cheer.

Encourage, rebuke, study the Word
The body of Christ, the Word seen and heard.

Thank the Lord for his goodness, all the time, day by day.
He keeps us in the battle, joy in trials today.

Developing perseverance, giving wisdom for all
Every good and perfect gift from our Father does fall.

Bible Study Fellowship 10 – Monday, 2022-11-21
Cary Michalak
2 Kings 6:8-14:29

God protects from every fear, government, and disease
If we let our hope in government rest, it will break and ??????

God sent the message to turn to him.
The nation, Him rejected.
God preserved a remnant
And this remnant he accepted.

God promises to preserve us through the world’s difficulties (AIM)
God Delivers, Steadies and Secures and makes his people ready.

The army surrounds Elijah, his servant cannot see.
God opens his eyes and now he sees the army around in the trees.

As we look at the world we may be amazed
our friends and family do not see.
If they don’t know Christ and follow him
they’re as blind and blind can be.

The enemy blind, surrounded, in the hands of the king.
Kill them? No, but feast them. Let years of peace to bring.

Troubles bring belief in God, to call to or to blame.
God gives warning in danger, to reject or to claim.

Starving in the city, bird dung brings a price.
Elijah says by tomorrow, the situation will be nice.

The servant scoffs at God, Elijah says he won’t eat.
When the food is there, the people rush and trample him under their feet.

God delivers his children through the world’s troubles. (P1)

Elisha says the king will recover, but in fact will die.
He stares and says what Hazel (??) will do as king ???????

Jezebel thrown from a window
Eaten by the dogs, God used Jehu to judge. ????????

Jehu then falls away
Like so many in this life??????????

God steadies his children through the world’s turmoil. (P2)
Kings and prophet pass.
God secures his children through the enemy’s opposition (P3)
God’s plans will always last.

Grace Church of North Olmsted – Wednesday, 2022-11-23

We were not there this week.

Grace Church of North Olmsted – Sunday School, 2022-11-27
Dean Good
Membership Class: Atonement???

Watched online, not able to take notes.

Grace Church of North Olmsted – Sunday, 2022-11-27
Pastor Dean Good
1 Peter 4:10-11

We are born in the world, we are born to serve.
We serve ourselves, our lusts, our ways, get what I want, what I “deserve”.

Actually slaves of Satan, not ourselves when we are slaves to lusts
When Christ comes in and sets us free, we become his slave as in him we trust.

From when we wake until we sleep, and even sleeping itself.
Is all to be for God’s glory, fully, not half for him and half for self.

As we’ve received a special gift, use it for God’s glory and others to bless.
Serve not our way, or the ways of men, but in his ways to serve and rest.

Some calls the same: holy and pure; some calls given to each one.
Our service is measured by how we use what he’s given, what we’ve done.

Bible teachers to teach the world, not our own ideas and thoughts
Teach the Word with power and truth, teach it with fear as we ought.

Teach always in the fear of the Lord, not church, others, family.
Teach by the strength that God provides, as he provides abundantly.

Necessity, source, magnitude, purpose, result, acquisition.
Serving God by God’s strength having no other position.

Our culture always wants to affirm, no matter what we do.
God says how, when, where to serve, and judges what is not true.

Men can do many things, living by their own strength.
It can look good to other men, as we go to great length.

God accepts the one who does God’s will, in God’s way, by God’s strength, for God’s glory.
All can do it by the power of God, for his glory live his story.

We only can live in God’s strength, when we see our own weakness and sin.
Some marks of one serving in their own strength, Let the list begin:

Prayerlessness and Pride, seeking recognition
If no one knew, would you still serve? Living for God on mission.

Complain a lot, even when they serve, this is in their own strength
The source of the strength, what God supplies, a gift from God by grace.

God provides for us to live for him. He gives the gift and strength.
By Grace from the Holy Spirit, his strength from length to length.

The magnitude of God’s strength, abundant, not small or withheld.
He provides abundantly to follow him, he provides, his power never failed.

No one can fight God or thwart his ways, he gives this power to us.
Ephesians 1, from 18 on, can we see the power of God and trust?

The strength of his might, brought in through Christ. Given unto us.
He gives this power that we may serve, serve as in him we trust.

The purpose of this strength, not our glory but his. Serving for ourselves? No power is there.
The world may praise and say “Well done”. But our heart God sees and cares.

He will always supply all that we need, when truly him we serve.
He sees the heart, and provides all we need. ????

How do we know… for him? for self? our hearts will often know.
Often with a sober spirit, quietly and not for show.

From fervent love, given by him, even for those we may not like.
Not complaining, inside or out, but trusting and doing what’s right.

Walk in a manner living for God, bearing fruit for him.
That person will be strengthened, steadfast and patient living for him and not for sin.

The goal isn’t fire for the Lord, it’s enduring to the end.
Not a quick act, but pushing on, only done by the strength he does send.

Patience = suffering long, no matter what people do or say.
If you need a “Good job”, trouble will come, live only for him today.

Joyously, living for him. Not by our natural power.
When living by his strength, we’ll have joy no matter the hour.

Do you think you can do it on your own? By your wisdom, power, and ways?
God calls us to serve only in his strength in the “impossible” all of our days.

If not serving by God’s strength, it’s due to your own pride.
Humble yourself, acknowledge him, only with him abide.

Always acknowledge him, know all good things are from him.
When we see it’s all from him, our joy and freedom will begin.

When you need anything, Ask him for that need.
Ask, Ask, Ask, Ask, Ask. He’ll supply for every need.

Seek the will of God, want all and only what he gives.
Isaiah chapter 40, all is by, for, and from him.
Even when we’re weary, he’ll give the strength to live.

Martha served in many ways. Mary sat before the Lord.
Jesus said only one thing was needful, to know him and to adore.

Bible Study Fellowship – Monday, 2022-11-28
Video from BSF
Introduction to the Prophets

No notes taken.

Grace Church of North Olmsted – Wednesday, 2022-11-30
Jonathan Underhill
Psalm 141 (Series: Psalms)

Psalmist feeling helpless, his situation we do not know.
The truth is that he needs to cry out, the Lord will help him go.

Do you feel trapped today? Helpless in a fight?
Let’s look to David’s example, doing what is right.

He first calls to the Lord, not looking first for solutions.
His prayer, a prayer of the saints, is an offering ????

The daily sacrifices, morning and the evening.
Hands open to God, showing honesty and opening.

Leave behind deceit, be honest in the situation.
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In hard situations, there are things to be aware.
Don’t say things that you wish you hadn’t, some things you shouldn’t share.

Be careful of resentment, of frustration all built up.
Don’t strive for things that are not right ???

Be careful of a “friend” who leads you to destruction.
We want friends willing to correct us, and offer us instruction.

Jeremiah 8:22, Oil on the head, healing and protection,
Not in our own strength, but let God who brings resurrection.

Trusting God to provide, not letting things to rob us
Unbelief – to try our way, not trusting God will bless us.

Depend on our own weakness – when we depend on ourselves.
We need to trust his strength and way, as David here tells.
David’s hope is in the Lord, his eyes on God, not the traps.
We need to shift our focus from the dangers to God’s maps.