{November 15, 2020}






Heartland Community Church


THE JOURNEY

 

LOOKING UP: What Next?

By Sarah Hahs

A couple of weeks ago, I heard a new version of an old hymn. “On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking sand.” I hadn’t heard those words in years and they hit me square between the eyes. I clung to them the next two weeks leading up to the election, singing the refrain over and over to remind myself where my feet were planted. Jesus wasn’t running for re-election. But in the last several weeks, nothing has felt solid. 

If the things Pastor Greg talked about today pushed some buttons for you, try first to take the politics out. We’re still supposed to pray for those we don’t agree with on any number of things. Raiders fans. People who love pumpkin spice everything. People who like pickle spears  served with their sandwiches so that the bottom of the sandwich gets soggy, those people are monsters. And yet, I’m still instructed to pray for them. It was so convicting. 

Prayer isn’t where I start when I don’t agree with someone. It’s not even second, and if I’m honest, probably not third either. Going into this last week I circled my wagons and found all my safe people, so that I could say all the things, where everyone agreed with me. I’m not saying you shouldn’t have a safe place to express your thoughts and feelings. As long as you’re not triangulating between you and another person and damaging relationships, a safe place is good. And yet, we didn’t start with prayer.  We didn’t pray for our nation, or it’s leaders. 

Pastor Greg offered the three things laid out in Paul’s teaching in 1 Timothy 2:1-3: Pray for every man; pray for those in authority; and praise God, our King of Kings. Today I was immediately led to a posture of repentance. I hadn’t prayed. I had worried, gotten angry, lost sleep, yelled at my kids, stared into my phone too long, checked on my people, checked Twitter for updates, which then started the cycle all over again. I hadn’t prayed. I had been pulled off of my solid rock. I was firmly planted on sinking sand and was shocked when it couldn’t support me. Disoriented when it started to shake. I’m so grateful for the reminder today that God is in control.

Father God, thank you for Your sovereignty, and your faithfulness. Guide those who are in positions of power. Fill me with grace for those who do not share my beliefs, please give me Your heart for them God…bless the Raiders fans, thank you for all the spices your bring to the season, including pumpkin, and surprise someone with an extra spear with their sandwich today. Amen.

{sunday 11.15.20}

Read 1 Timothy 2:1-3

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Read these verses again, and take a moment to write down the names of people God brings to mind…the people he would be calling you to pray for. When the hard stuff of life hits the fan, do you FIRST pray? If not, how can you make that your posture, and practice your way into it? Join us all this week as we practice the posture of prayer Paul teaches Timothy…Pray FIRST, for ALL people, giving thanks for them. Pray for ALL in authority over you. Give praise (or thanks) to God for the good, and for the hard. Invite God into your shift in posture. Confess to him where it is hard. We will be praying together through all of these things. May God draw us into a deeper spirit of unity this week.

 

{bible reading plan: psalms}

By Lisa Zulke

The Journey online videos have been discontinued at this time. Check out this great video overview of Psalms from our friends at The Bible Reading Project!

 

{monday 11.16.20}

Read Psalm 80

Read, Ponder, Pray: Read Psalm 80, and try to recall a time when you were in this place…wondering if God still sees you, sees your situation. Naming the times you remember God showing up, and asking him to do it again. The plea, "Turn us again to yourself, O God of Heaven’s Armies. Make your face shine down upon us. Only then will we be saved" could be the plea of Jesus followers today. How can we turn toward God posture, language, and behavior this week?

 

{tuesday 11.17.20}

Read Psalm 81

Observe, Reflect, Apply: In verses 6-7: "I heard an unknown voice say, “Now I will take the load from your shoulders; I will free your hands from their heavy tasks. You cried to me in trouble, and I saved you; I answered out of the thundercloud and tested your faith when there was no water at Meribah." Here God speaks and let’s his people know what he will do, how he will bring relief and redemption and rescue. Throughout the rest of the psalm, he reminds them that all he asks is they listen to him. They follow his lead. Where might God be saying that he is ready to take the load from your shoulders, if you would only listen and act on what he is saying to you? Praying that we all have ears to hear, and hearts that follow this week.

 

{wednesday 11.18.20}

Read Psalm 82

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Read Psalm 82, then read it a second time. Take note of what jumps out at you. How do you feel, reading the words? What comes to mind as you read them? Is there a matter that is frustrating you right now? That causes you to question where God is, or what he is doing? Take a moment to pen your own psalm, offering those questions and observations and pleas for justice to God. Invite him to mee you in this psalm of prayer.

 

{thursday 11.19.20}

Read Psalm 83

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Restate in your own words what you hear the writer saying in Psalm 83. Have you ever felt like God was really loud? Or do you usually encounter silence? Where do you wish God would set things right with your enemies? Where do you wish God would be louder? The writers in psalms remind me that God wants to hear all of my thoughts…he wants me to process the good, the bad and the ugly with him. Once I name it, my flooded feelings usually calm down. It is in that posture that I can more easily hear what God wants to say to me. Give yourself space to pour out your thoughts to God, and take note of how he responds…how your heart and mind respond…as you do.

 

{friday 11.13.20}

Read Psalm 84

Observe, Reflect, Apply: "What joy for those whose strength comes from the Lord…" leapt out at me. If I am not experiencing joy, I should check where I am drawing my strength. If that strength is coming from my own hustle, my own striving…it is likely that strength will wane and my joy will follow. As you read these words, consider where you draw your strength. How do you refuel?

 

{extra journey resources}

CLICK HERE to visit The Bible Project site and explore their super simple, super informative Bible videos (and other resources).

CLICK HERE to get the Read Scripture App, from our friends at The Bible Project.

CLICK HERE for more on how to use the observe-reflect-apply approach to getting the most out of your Bible reading.

The Bible App Get a free Bible for your phone, tablet, and computer. Experience the Bible anywhere, with options to highlight, save notes, and share what you are reading with others.

Bible Gateway Provides advanced Bible searching capabilities, which allow readers to find passages in scripture based on keywords, phrases, or scripture reference.

 

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