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INTENTIONAL INTERIM PASTOR RUSS RATHIER
Grace Bible Church
July 18, 2021
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54 Then seizing him, they led him away and took him into the house of the high priest. Peter followed at a distance. 55 And when some there had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and had sat down together, Peter sat down with them. 56 A servant girl saw him seated there in the firelight. She looked closely at him and said, “This man was with him.”
57 But he denied it. “Woman, I don’t know him,” he said.
58 A little later someone else saw him and said, “You also are one of them.”
“Man, I am not!” Peter replied.
59 About an hour later another asserted, “Certainly this fellow was with him, for he is a Galilean.”
60 Peter replied, “Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!” Just as he was speaking, the rooster crowed.
Do you ever feel discouraged? Do you regret and are humbled by something you have said or done? Do you seem far away from Jesus, the One your soul loves?
Well, it is not uncommon. Remember Peter, the bold one of Jesus’ primary three? Where was he the night Jesus needed him to pray and support him? He fell asleep and later “followed Jesus at a distance.” (Luke 22:54-60) And denied him three times. But afterwards, at Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came and empowered Peter and the others, and wow! The world was changed!
When things are tough in an unfriendly environment, are you discouraged and following Jesus at a distance in spite of your resolve, dedication, and commitment? We are all prone to drift away from Jesus into discouragement. The distractions, demands, and fears of the world take its toll.
Nevertheless, as with Peter, He still loves you, forgives you, and never gives up on you. He never leaves nor forsakes you. The Holy Spirit is still the awesome power of God we all need today to overcome every fear and discouragement. He is also our Encourager, our Helper, Counselor, our strength and our shield. Ask for His help! He is listening for your voice, and He is faithful. Be encouraged! Tomorrow is a new day.
Sunday Service's new time is 10:30 AM. You are cordially invited to join us in person or online at gracemoscow.org. You will be blessed by our new dynamite interim pastor, Russ Rathier. Need prayer? Please call us, standing by 214 616 7848. Or email Michael at: email@example.com Prayer Requests always welcome!
Sermon Notes Prepared By: Sherry Bell (Church Treasurer, Pastoral Search Committee Member)
Sunday Service 10:30 You are cordially invited to join us for a fun time to meet or reconnect at our annual church picnic, July 25, immediately following service. gracemoscow.org. Interim pastor, Russ Rathier. Please call for prayer - team standing by 214 616 7848. 856 Moscow Road, Moscow, VT.