Today we are in 1 Kings 22:51 – 2 Kings 2:18 were we talk about being seed planters & harvesters for the sake of the Gospel! Like Elijah or John the Baptist, it’s not about us.
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good morning welcome if you're new here among us my name is gene i serve here at c3 church as your lead pastor and i heard a story about two young men they decided to go to vegas they lived kind of far away the airfare was a lot so they took a bus they got there when they did they immediately started gambling now i'm not condoning gambling i'm not condemning it either i'm just going to say that i don't gamble you shouldn't either anyway they started gambling a few hours went by they didn't even bother getting a hotel room nothing they just went straight for the gambling and sure enough one of the young men ran out of money the other one had about half his money left she said you know what i'm gonna stop because we still need a hotel room bus fare back home all that other stuff so he was smart and we'll call him the smart young man for now the other one wanted to continue so he approached the smart young man and he said give me your money come on you got to stay in it to win it you're a chicken standard deviation you just got to keep going it's like no we need a place to stay we need some food we haven't eaten yet we got to get home he keeps pressuring him and pressuring him and finally he relents he says fine take the money well sure enough he blows that money too then has the nerve to turn to the smarter young man and say what are we going to do now like it's his fault i told you so so the smarter young man says well let's go to the bus station we'll go there at least we get some shelter we could sleep on the benches there we'll make a couple signs need food and money so they do just that they leave out some baseball hats so that when they fall asleep maybe some generous people will leave some money well they fell asleep woke up in the morning really hungry now now they're missing two meals you know how young men are they need to eat all the time they check the hats and there's not much in there some coins and stuff a few nasty notes what happens in vegas days in vegas dude so nothing that they can really use to get back home along comes an old man and he sees the first man the one who lost his money first let's call him the angry young man now and he says you know i don't have much cash on me but i do have this dollar the angry young man responds angrily what am i going to do with a dollar here in vegas you're crazy take your dollar and get out of here okay goes to the smarter young man says you want the dollar your friend won't take it yeah thank you very much every little bit it adds up okay it goes away the angry young man makes fun of him what do you do the dollar right so time goes by they see the old man coming back but he has a bag a paper bag and they can smell it before he gets there it's food walks up to the smarter young man and hands it to him well he opens it up wow it's a whole bunch of hamburgers and stuff good food he just tears into thank you very much the angry young man where's mine put the sand in there grab some food so they're eating and the old man he's just smiling watching them eat the food and enjoy it they're real hungry waits a few minutes takes out a bus pass out of his pocket he gives it to the smart young man one bus pass the angry young man realizes what's going on he was real hungry angry he says hey wait a minute i thought you said you had no money the older man replied said oh no no that's not what i said i said i didn't have a lot of cash on me i bought the bus ticket and the food with a credit card where's mine he responds you see those who are faithful with little are usually faithful with much while it's true that a gift-giver will continue to give gifts to those who are appreciative those who show gratitude it is also true that a gift-giver will stop giving gifts to those who reject them today we find ourselves in the rest of the story you can catch up online but it'll take you a while we've been in the series for about a year we're going to be in the series for a while longer why because we're honoring god's word we're looking at the whole bible last week we saw the account where elijah was taken up we looked at forerunners it's all pointing as we're learning to jesus this is all about jesus so a forerunner to john the baptist john the baptist a forerunner or herald for jesus to jesus that's where it's all going we saw elisha his successor now we're going to take a look at some of elisha's first miracles so he asks for a double portion of elijah's spirit and indeed he gets a double portion he does a lot of miracles second kings 2 19 we'll start at the middle of that chapter one day the leaders of the town of jericho visited elisha we have a problem my lord they told him this town is located in pleasant surroundings as you can see but the water is bad and the land is unproductive elisha said bring me a new bowl with salt in it so they brought it to him then he went out to the spring that supplied the town with water and threw the salt into it and he said this is what the lord says i have purified this water it will no longer cause death or infertility and the water has remained pure ever since just as elisha said so we see salt is usually symbolic in the bible of permanence we see it a bunch of different times we're paying attention the law of moses the offerings are salted permanence the permanence of the covenant we see it other places too jesus brings it up it can be confusing but the main thing here is that the salt isn't magical salt or anything like that it's just symbolic god is the one who purified the water so if you remember elijah was a hairy man remember that description and he had what a leather belt well here we see that elisha is not it's kind of one of the stranger stories in the bible it says that elijah leaves jericho he goes to bethel and some young boys or boys or young men young people are making fun of him they start saying go away baldi go away baldy and so he stares at them and curses them in the name of the lord then two bears come out of the woods and maul 42 of them that's it that's all it says kind of funny always makes me laugh not you know i don't feel sorry for the boys some people try to downplay this a little bit and they say it says mauled not killed don't worry about the boys yeah i think if you got mauled by a bear you might at least want to die it's just saying right so anyway it's a weird thing i'm just going to admit that i'm not going to try to excuse it it's there for a reason anyway if we turn the page another kind of confusing thing if you've been paying attention to names it gets really difficult here i get it some people quit around here trying to figure it out we see king jehoshaphat of judah he's back in the story and that may be kind of weird to you because if you remember he died it summarized his reign it's like a lot of stories that we read today or tv shows where they go in and out of time it's hard to completely parallel these things so he's going to come back in and we'll see some other interactions during the page 2 kings 3 1 ahab's son joram began to rule over israel in the 18th year of king jehoshaphat's reign in judah he reigned in samaria 12 years he did what was evil in the lord's sight but not to the same extent as his father and mother he at least tore down the sacred pillar of baal that his father had set up nevertheless he continued in the sins the jeroboam son of nibats that's the first king of scenario with the two golden calves had committed and led the people to of israel to commit king maesha of moab was a sheep breeder he used to pay the king of israel an annual tribute of 100 000 lambs that's a lot and the will of one hundred thousand rams but after ahab's death the king of mohab rebelled against the king of israel so king jordan promptly mustered the army of israel and marched from samaria on the way he sent a message to king jehoshaphat of judah the king of moab has rebelled against me will you join me in battle against him and jehoshaphat replied well of course you and i are as one my troops are your troops and my horses are your horses then jehoshaphat asks what route will we take we will attack from the wilderness of edom joram replied so there are a few things at play here this might sound familiar to you okay so some people are going yes so king ahab remember ahab and jezebel the wicked people king ahaziah was their son he died he had no sons so now joram his brother takes over it may say jehoram there's actually two in the north and the south makes it kind of confusing but this should sound like exactly the conversation between jehoshaphat and ahab when he made that foolish alliance that got him killed we are as one my troops are your troops my horses are your horses and now this is the third alliance he's made with that family he made it with ahaziah with the ships that got destroyed so what happens is they get edom to join them also so they've all been enemies at one point they go seven days into the wilderness and they're like it's pretty abrupt in the text uh oh we have no water poor planting i guess well there's a drought and a famine in the land so this is what happens jehoshaphat says another thing isn't there a prophet among us that sounds familiar too if you've been paying attention they say or an officer in their army says elisha's here good let's go see him say go to elijah and elisha responds at first not good he's like the king of israel is there he knows he's evil why did you even bother coming to me basically is what he said if it weren't for jehoshaphat king of judah they tend to be a little less wicked down there in the south wasn't for him i wouldn't even talk to you when he says next is kind of interesting get me a harp so the harpist plays like the salt it's not a magical harp or anything like that maybe he's distracted so the music is going on and he prophesies that there are going to be pools of water everywhere and not just this because this is just a small thing for the lord basically tells them that they're going to destroy moab stop up their springs ruin their land with rocks and cut down their trees so the next morning about the time of the morning sacrifice there's water everywhere well the enemy moab sees it but the sun is in just the right position so it's making it look red like blood so they come to a pretty logical conclusion because these three armies they've been enemies before they killed each other right let's go loot them so they go out perhaps a little unprepared and get defeated by israel and their their armies so very interesting well we'll get to a point what the king of moab does is interesting and i want to explain this to you guys because a lot of people get the god of the old testament the god of the new testament they try to separate them out this is a thing that's been going on i'm just pausing myself because i'm trying not to say names of some of the very famous people doing this the king of moab gets frustrated he goes out with 700 troops tries to break through edom's line he's not successful they get defeated and he does something interesting he sacrifices not just one of his sons but his oldest son the one who was to be king and everyone's disgusted with israel it just says that they go away here's the point i want to pause on just had to breathe for a little self-control there there are some teachers they're trying to gather more people into the church and one of the ways that they're doing that is they're trying to be more and more and more culturally sensitive right so god does not change but we do right so we got to give people what they want and it's actually been suggested and done in some very popular churches where they're simply just throwing out the old testament it's ridiculous so they're taking this huge chunk more than half of god's word and throwing it away they're no longer teaching on it anymore and so excuse me if i find that very offensive because it says that jesus christ is the same yesterday today and forever hebrews 13 8. it's very important so people see god as this really mean god in the old testament he's destroying all these people oh that looks like genocide i want to make a little note here for you did you hear what i said read it he killed his son they're killing children the israelites did it and as we continue reading they'll do it more they actually engage in cannibalism eating their own children these are not nice people they're evil and so it is god's right to enact judgment on them he reserves that right he gave them free will and they chose to do all this evil stuff we need to learn that lesson here it's important and if you read your new testament go all the way to the end you'll see that jesus doesn't seem so nice either when he comes back i'm just saying so just a note there for you guys right we can't throw away the old testament it's not a different god that will bring us into some really horrible horrible theology it is the same triune god father son holy spirit this all points to jesus got it yeah thank you all right had to do that yes we'll go five minutes over everyone here will probably live we have a defibrillator or whatever you call it out there in case you got another problem that's not all right so if we turn the page i'm done with that section now if we turn the page second kings41 one day the widow of a member of the group of prophets came to elisha and cried out my husband who served you is dead and you know how he feared the lord but now a creditor has come threatening to take my two sons as slaves so elijah says what do you have in the house and she said just a little flask of olive oil okay here's what you do go to your friends and borrow a bunch of jars or jugs so bigger than the flask get as many as you can bring them in your house close the door behind you bring your sons in there and just keep filling them up with this little flask so she does and the oil just keeps coming out and coming out fills up all the jars she asks her son give me another one we're out so she goes and tells it says the man of god it's elisha what happened he said good now go and sell the olive oil it's a commodity she can sell it for a lot of money pay off all your debts and then you can live on what's left over it was a lot it's very similar to what elijah did we're going to start seeing food multiplication miracles here second kings 4 8. one day elijah went to the town of shunam a wealthy woman lived there and she urged him to come to her home for a meal after that whenever he passed that way he would stop there for something to eat she said to her husband i am sure this man who stops in from time to time is a holy man of god let's build a small room for him on the roof and refurbish it with a bed a table a chair and a lamp so they went to ikea and then then just making sure you're paying attention then he will have a place to stay whenever he comes by one day elisha returned to shunham and he went up to this upper room to rest he said to his servant gehezei tell the woman from shunam i want to speak with her when she appeared elisha said to hayes i tell her we appreciate the kind concern you have shown us what can we do for you can we put in a good word for you to the king or the commander of the army no she replied my family takes good care of me later elisha asked hazel what can we do for her hazel replied she doesn't have a son and her husband is an old man so call the woman back again elisha says this time next year you'll be holding a sun in your arms no my lord don't deceive me or get my hopes up hang on to that put it in your back pocket but sure enough the woman becomes pregnant the following year she has a child now this gets a little strange because it says one day later the boy is working out in the field with the father or he's with his father in the field so i'm thinking it's years later but maybe he's a boy hanging out with his father in the field get some indications he might be still young thing is he says my head hurts my head hurts so he's sent back to the house mother has him in her arms so he's got to be somewhat smallish he dies what she does is interesting she brings them upstairs so she can carry the boy into this upper room puts him on elisha's bed then calls for her husband says hey bring a servant a donkey here with me we gotta hurry up now the husband's thinking wait a minute why do we need to go to the man of god she has some we got to go to the man of god or i have to anyway it's not a sabbath or anything like that she says it'll be fine everything's going to be fine so she goes to see elisha who's on mount carmel now with geheza his servant or assistant i see her coming sends ghaza i go see what's going on when gaheza approaches her is everything okay everything's fine she says but her sons just died that's weird she gets up to elisha and when she sees him she falls at his feet he's like get off of him kind of thing he says no no she's got something to say i don't know what it is yet and she says something interesting did i ask you for a son and didn't i say don't deceive me or get my hopes up so first he sends gehazai he says don't talk to anybody on the way you got to get there take the staff put it on the child's face bring him to life he thinks so hazard goes and the woman does something similar to what elisha did with elijah i'm not going to go i'm not going back unless you come with me interesting well so they're on their way behind hazard hazel tries the staff it doesn't work he meets them whatever halfway didn't work so elisha gets there he goes up to the upper room he closes the door behind him and he does something like elijah did he lays out over the boy he starts to get warm praise pace is back and forth once lays out on him again boy comes to life sneezes seven times it says the woman is extremely grateful takes him down the stairs in her arms so it's very similar to what elijah did so you can go back and watch previous messages where it kind of explained that type of healing remember there's a famine in the land so we have a couple more food miracles a bunch of the prophets around one of the servants goes out to get some herbs for a stew but he picks up a bunch of gourds it's a pocket full of gourds he doesn't know that they're poisonous chops them up puts them in the stew but when they begin eating them they realize it's poisonous elijah says no problem get me some flour take some flour and like the salt it's not magical flour they're all okay they live nobody dies from the poison stew if we keep reading second kings 4 42. one day a man fell from baal chalicia brought the man of god a sack of fresh grain and 20 loaves of barley bread made from the first grain of the harvest elisha said give it to the people so they can eat what his servant exclaimed feed a hundred people with only this but elisha repeated give it to the people so they can eat for this is what the lord says everyone will eat and there will even be some left over and when he gave it to the people there was plenty for all and some left over just as the lord had promised so we're seeing food miracles here and when we looked at elijah i told you how that related to the feeding of the five thousand everybody knows that one the feeding of the five thousand but what a lot of people don't realize that is that in the gospels there's a second mass feeding miracle the feeding of the four thousand so we're going to pick up there but we're going to go to mark because something interesting happens on today's theme now i've told you in the past you've got to keep reading it's all put together in a certain way for a certain reason so i'm going to summarize a few accounts for you it's not my objective to go through every detail here like it was with the old testament accounts because i want you to see the bigger picture here what's going on so mark 7 jesus heals a blind man a father a deaf mute sorry not a blind man deaf mute the father he can see so he gathers a lot of crowds now they're following him and he says wait a minute i feel sorry for these people they've been with me for three days now they don't have anything to eat they're a long way from home they're going to pass out or faint on the way back the disciples say where will we get food from them they don't remember the 5 000 fed so jesus says how many loaves do you have seven great matthew of a few fish too so sit down gathers them up in groups gives thanks for the bread thanks for the fish thank you god bless is it and then all of a sudden the disciples are able to hand out bread to 4 000 people some say 4 000 men so there's like three times as many people there women and children than that anyway an awful lot of people then it says they get in the boat to go to dal manutha or magdala it says in matthew a different place or similar regions so anyway dalmatia they get in the boat the pharisees find out jesus is coming so they're going to demand a sign i've told you about this in the past jesus is like oh why do you keep asking me for all these miracles i am the bread of life he gets frustrated this generation will not see a sign gets back in a boat goes to the other side of the lake the disciples start freaking out wait we only have one loaf of bread with us what are we gonna do jesus says beware of the leaven of the pharisees like the yeast of the pharisees he's gonna make a little connection then they're arguing about why they don't have any bread it's like why are you arguing about the fact that you don't have bread do you have eyes and you can't see ears and you can't hear quoting jeremiah when i fed the 5 000 with the five loaves two fish too how many leftover baskets were there 12 they said so this is a math quiz he's giving them they're passing so far when i fed the 4 000 with the seven loaves how many baskets of leftovers did we have seven they said and you still don't believe you can't figure it out so we're gonna start seeing a theme a belief here so there's an interesting thing going on you see this parabolic kind of healing this is where the blind man appears so they're in bethsaida and there's a man who's blind so he takes him out of the town i can explain that at bible study it's kind of a long explanation takes him outside he doesn't want anyone to know he's doing it and says he spits in his eyes right rubs the spit in the man's eyes he says can you see now yeah but not clearly i see people walking around like trees put his hands on his eyes again lays hands on him it says and then he can see in today's account of second kings the woman that shoon him didn't believe it first don't deceive me don't get my hopes up but then when she receives the gift of the son she believes she believes in elisha she now has faith then what happens elisha raises the boy from the dead she confidently goes with belief likewise in this account now disciples didn't believe in the boat even after all these miracles right then he's in caesarea philippi and he asks his disciples who do the people say i am well they answer maybe john the baptist maybe elijah maybe one of the prophets matthew says maybe jeremiah yeah but who do you say i am peter answers the messiah so the blind man's healing is sandwiched in there for a reason at first not so much now they believe if we keep reading kind of so now what happens is jesus starts telling them that he's going to suffer he's going to be rejected by the priest the religious leadership there he's going to be killed but he'll raise again on the third day peter says no he takes him aside tries to correct him jesus says get behind me satan then he gathers the crowd you're not you're not focusing on god's will but human will you're thinking like a man not like god gathers the crowd around and he says this you'll hear this an awful lot but i'd say it a lot because it's important and jesus said it a lot anyone who wants to be my follower must deny themselves pick up their cross and follow me if you try to save your life you'll lose it but if you give up your life for my sake and the sake of the gospel you'll save it what does it profit a man to gain the whole world but lose his life he means eternal life so some versions say so if we turn the page we get to the transfiguration where moses and elijah appear we talked about that last week so you can go back and look but if we keep reading we see another account of someone's child being healed now i know there are other places where children are raised from the dead luke 7 mark 5. but follow this theme with me it's a child being healed so they come down from the mountain and there's an argument jesus wants to know why like he doesn't know right but he plays with us a little bit lets us kind of participate a little bit what are you arguing about he says well someone comes from the crowd and says well i brought my son here to be healed but your disciples couldn't heal him so he has this problem whereas a demon in him so he can't speak he seizes up and he gives a longer explanation later your disciples couldn't do it he says oh you unbelieving generation how long will i be with you how long will i put up with you clearly frustrated remember how gaza couldn't heal the boy you ever wonder why some of you know about gehe's eye we'll get to him later don't spoil it lonnie we'll get to him next week but here if we keep reading mark we see an interesting exchange so the father describes the condition again when the evil spirit recognizes jesus it sends him into this convulsion again and the father he says how long has this been happening jesus asked another question he knows the answer to since he was a boy the father says it seizes him up throws him into water and fire and tries to kill him help me if you can if i can jesus said anything's possible for someone who believes i do believe the man says but help me in my unbelief huh well jesus heals the boy long story short they think he's dead he's not dead jesus he stops the convulsion helps him up and he's alive now so the disciples ask him later why couldn't we heal him it takes two different accounts so i like having a lot of accounts to get the complete answer mark this kind can only come out with prayer meaning the evil spirit you can only cast out an evil spirit like that with prayer some versions say fasting we don't like that word matthew more blunt because you don't have enough faith so here's the thing as an application what does the life of a believer look like what does the life of someone who has faith look like well jesus says prayer right got to pray a lot but prayer is something that we don't always see so again what does the life of a believer look like we can tell someone is a believer by how they respond to god's gift it's a response the life of a believer looks like someone doing god's will what we do says more about what we believe than anything we could ever say we talk a lot about the verse of the day here as helpful as it is and i'm just very glad that people are attempting to read scripture and it's great that they read the one line and then shared it with everyone without knowing the context at all it's not enough you have to keep reading in order to get the context and understand what's being said so we looked at john 3 last week and i showed you what happens afterwards a lot of people are like huh it says that there yeah it's not just 3 16. but let's take a look at what's in between those two places and i want to show you something john 3 16 for god so loved the world for this is how god loved the world good translation he gave his one and only son son that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life god sent his son into the world not to judge the world but to save the world through him there is no judgment against anyone who believes in him but anyone who does not believe him has already been judged for not believing in god's one and only son and the judgment is based on this fact god's light came into the world but people loved the darkness more than the light for their actions were evil all who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed but those who do what is right come to the light so others can see what the that they are doing what god wants two quick side notes so here's the thing when you don't read the whole book of john or you don't read the whole new testament you kind of miss a point and so people will pick up on this because they just like those wow i got one verse two verses past john 3 16 yay now i won't ever be judged really now i don't have to do anything but did you see what it said those who continue to sin they haven't come into the light they're not believers read hebrews 10 someone who continually and intentionally keeps sinning over and over and over again there's no longer a sacrifice for that person oh but keep reading and if you read the gospel of john something becomes very apparent and it can seem confusing so i want to help a lot of you today because even long time believers get this wrong so i want to help you understand this because it seems like jesus is contradicting himself at some times he will say i didn't come to judge the world then other times he'll say i'm going to judge the world and you'll go huh first john's really confusing if we say we don't have sin we're liars i'm writing this to you so that you do not sin anyone who hates his brother doesn't love god what's going on here as far as the gospel of john this is what jesus is saying i didn't come into the world now at that time two thousand years ago god and flesh to judge it i came to save it by sacrificing myself dying for all of you that's why i'm here now but when i come back the next time those who haven't received that gift with gratitude oh i'm going to judge them that's what he's saying and if you read romans 14 first peter for example judgment begins with us that's what it says christians first pay attention right so got to read the whole thing it says but those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what god wants you see it's not enough to simply claim that we believe we must live a life of belief you may have seen this verse of the day ephesians 2 8 god saved you by his grace when you believed and you can't take credit for this it is a gift from god salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done so none of us can boast about it and that's where everybody likes to just rest that's enough for me cool i'm good right kind of yeah but keep reading so if we see the rest and it's not even the rest but just one more line or verse after for we are god's workmanship masterpiece he has created us anew in christ jesus so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago oh we don't like that they don't usually put that up as the verse of the day you see if we truly have gratitude for the grace we have been given then we will go and show appreciation for it we'll share the gift with others at least write him a thank you card or something right have you ever given someone a gift and then not gotten any response at all like maybe you put a lot of thought into this gift a lot of time and energy and they're just like meh they put it aside how to make you feel i know we're not supposed to be giving gifts like that right we're just supposed to give it to someone because we love them walk away doesn't matter how they respond but we're human well in ephesians here we see that god expects a response you see the gift and then what we're created anew in christ jesus so we can do his will there's a reasoning there so yes we get a gift but it doesn't say anywhere in here then do nothing about it it says the exact opposite if we keep reading if you take a gift from someone you keep it in the box you put it on the shelf in the closet question have you really received it if you've done nothing with it this is a sobering question that many who identify as christians should really be asking themselves have i received it really you see in order to really receive it you need to believe it very important sounds simple but think about what we've read today what we've looked at today you see the evidence of this comes from our response to it now technically someone may have received it but we're not getting a response so i want to take a look at one extra thing as we close a new question needs to be asked has the person accepted it you see acceptance is an action defined acceptance is the action of consenting to receive or undertaking something offered there are many who haven't accepted this gift because they're like the shunamite woman don't deceive me don't get my hopes up very much like her maybe she didn't feel that she deserved it and so there are some here are watching online that don't believe they deserve this gift there are some i can't believe that god would love you that much now while it's not great to use john 3 16 as a standalone all the time it's a very good verse because it's very true he loves all of you that much and in order to receive that to truly accept that you have to see your own value and understand that's true you're worthy and you're worth it and here's the thing it's important you may be thinking that you've done something so wrong that you're not worth it here's the thing let me correct that thinking for you there's someone that perhaps you've judged there's someone out there who you think even though you think you've done something wrong and you're in this perpetual state of beating yourself up over it again and again and again but there's a thought inside your head you're looking at someone else who you think wow that person has done something way worse than me or maybe they murdered someone i don't know and you're thinking that person's way worse than me but guess what there are many people out there living on the other side of that sin living a life of joy because they've received and accepted this gift and you can too remember that you can't say you're not worth it because god made that decision for you already you can't say you're not worthy because jesus made that decision on the cross for you now if you haven't accepted and received that gift we don't do program church here we don't do the big emotional altar call some of your crying and stuff and you know get you all emotionally drummed up and you come make a decision no we want to do life with you this is about a relationship as it is with jesus it is in the church with all of us and so we want to connect with you i told you we do the buddy system that's the way jesus and his disciples did it i guess it worked for them so we do it that way too and so in the announcements you're going to be told some ways that you can connect with us if you're a bit of an introvert or something you can do so through the app text email let us know we'll schedule a meeting with you or your old school you can write it down put it in the box or if you're really old school you can actually come up to one of us and start a conversation we'll have an opportunity to do that as well we break bread like they did in the early church upstairs in our really cool cafe if you haven't been there we're going to start having espresso i hear we got this giant cadillac of an espresso machine it's really cool anyway we get excited about coffee not as much as my wife but anyway we want to do life with you we want to break bread with you want to have a cup of coffee with you i want to spend time with you invest time with you that's what real church is all about let me pray for you lord i thank you for this church and by church i mean your body these members of your body each one holy righteous and redeemed valuable in each individual way but all coming up together to make up your church that is the body of christ so i thank you for each and every one of these individuals those watching online let them know how much you love them i ask this in jesus name amen so you