Again this week, we made time in our meetings for extended worship and kept the teaching portion short. Jaron told us about an encounter Moses had with God on Mount Sinai that teaches us some important lessons about how we relate to him: he is God, he is good, and we can know him.
We are kicking off the new year by creating extra space in our meetings for worship, praise, and other contributions. Jaron's talk this morning pointed us in that direction. Psalm 107 lists four groups of people who have been redeemed by the Lord, and instructs each of them to praise him. Jaron encourages us to think about our own stories of redemption, our praise prompts, and to worship God in response to what he has done.
We all feel the need to be in community; we can't escape it because it's how God made us. Often, our search for the perfect community leaves us unsatisfied and sometimes hurt. In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul describes what a godly community looks like. As we look at these verses, we find the characteristics of a healthy community and we learn that there are eternal realities that unify all believers in spite of our great diversity.
In this story, Elijah asks a widow for a drink of water. And then, he asks her for her last meal. Jaron makes the case that through Elijah, God is asking this woman for first priority in all her resources: God wants the first slice. Is He making similar demands of us?