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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

On Sunday, we finished our series on Elijah that we have been studying at the church. When we started this series before Mother's Day, I did not expect that we would still be on Elijah in September.

After studying the life of Elijah for the last few months, part of me feels like I just said "good- bye" to an old friend in Sunday's sermon. It has been encouraging and challenging to read and study the life of this man who James tells us "was subject to like passions as we are (James 5:17)." It is challenging to see this man of God rise up out of obscurity and boldly proclaim God's message to a king, queen, and nation that had rejected God's ways. It is encouraging to see God's provision for this man and remember that God will take care of His children. It is challenging to see this man of God standing against the prophets of Baal and praying earnestly for the rain that God brings. It is encouraging to remember that the same God who sent the rain in answer to Elijah's prayer desires that we bring our prayers to Him, as well.

One of the most encouraging things that showed up in the study for Sunday's message was thinking through the ramifications of Elisha's actions after Elijah was taken to heaven. When Elisha asks "Where is the God of Elijah?" and then God parts the Jordan, the simple, but very important truth rings out - the God of Elijah is still in control and the God of Elijah will continue to "shew Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him (2 Chronicles 16:9)."

We plan on adding the last sermon of this series on the church web-site this week and then have plans on making the entire series available soon (except for the one week when we were without electricity and could not record). I'll let you know when those plans are completed.

Just my thoughts,



Andy Rupert said...

I just finished my series on 1 & 2 Peter. I commented during the message that we were saying good bye to a good friend. So, I found it interesting that you said much the same thing.

Where will you go next?

Frank Sansone said...

I am starting a series on Hebrews 11 - The Hall of Faith. This will start, Lord willing, on Sunday night. This Sunday is also our first Sunday School ever, so things will be hopping a little bit.


BTW, I read over some of your stuff on 2 Peter the other day, it looked very good. I have downloaded the "Ready for the Future" sermon and I think you are going to help me do some filing next week (in the way that all those other preachers help Chris Anderson mow his yard).

Looking forward to seeing you at the College/Career Retreat.

In Christ,

Pastor Frank Sansone