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Remember, Reignite & Remain

New Years Eve 12/31/22 – Pastor Eric Davis

Turn to John, chapter number 21 to start with. Okay. John, chapter number 21. Thankful for God’s goodness, his mercy, longsuffering brother Katie above only got three batteries on here, so eight. We won’t, won’t be long. Okay, john, chapter number 21. You know the story, what happens and why it happens. And sometimes when we look back at a year, I don’t know about you, but when I look back at the year, it’s a flood of different types of emotions. You look back and you think about the things that you’ve been able to accomplish, but I always look back and see the things that I wasn’t able to accomplish. You ever get that way and think about some of the goals that you set to start out with and you didn’t reach or you didn’t quite get there. And it’s easy to focus on the failures in life and not remember God’s blessings, god’s victories and God’s goodness. And all of us are going to experience failure at one point or another multiple times through our life. But it’s what we do with our failure that matters and we’ll see that here in this passage. And we’re going to go also, I think to second Peter after this, but let’s pray and then we’ll get right into it. Heavenly Father, Lord, I ask for clarity of thought tonight and help us. And Lord, thank you first of all for all that you have done for us in sending your son to Donna cross for wretched rotten centers like we are. And Lord, thank you for saving our souls, giving us a place we can come to and worship you. And Lord, none of us know what the next year holds, but we know who’s in control of the next year and who’s sovereign all the way through, who’s holding us, keeping us fast. And so Lord, I pray that you would guide us and direct us, help us to be faithful and Lord, help us tonight and then tomorrow as well, just to continue to be what you would have us to be. In Jesus name we pray. Amen. Failure is not final. And let’s look at verse number one, chapter 21, verse one. After these things after what things? After Jesus died on the cross was buried and rose again and showed himself alive to his disciples. After these things, Jesus showed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberius. And on this wise showed he Himself they were together, Simon, Peter and Thomas called Didymos and Nathaniel of Cana in Galilee and the sons of Zebedee. That’s James and John and two other of his disciples. So you got one Simon, Peter, Thomas, Nathaniel got through 4567, so seven total. If my math is right. Simon and Peter say it unto them, I go a fishing, they say unto him, we also go with me. Now let’s just stop right here. Is there anything wrong with fishing? No, nothing wrong with fishing. Absolutely not. Nothing wrong with hunting. Amen brother Jeremy. But where should have Peter been? Probably a different story. Think back with me, if you will. The last time that Peter went fishing. Last time, if if I’m correct, would be Luke chapter number five. Turn back there with me, if you will, real fast. Last time we find in the Bible anyways. Luke, chapter number five, verse number four. Jesus enters into the boat. He teaches the people. Verse number four. Now, when he had left speaking, he sent him to Simon. Launch out into the deep and let down your your nets for a drought. And Simon answering, said to him master, we have toiled all the night and have taken nothing. Nevertheless, at thy word I will let down the net. What great faith they made. And when they had, and really it was good faith, he said, we fished all night and we’re experts at it. You tell us to do what we’re going to do. When they had this done, they enclosed a great multitude of fishes and their net break and they beckoned under their partners which were in the other ship that they should come and help them. And they came and filled both the ships so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus knee saying depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord. For he was astonished in all that were with him at the drought of the fishes which they had taken. And so was also James and John, the sons of Zebedee which were partners with Simon and Jesus sent unto Simon, fear not from henceforth thou shalt catch what men. And when they had brought their ships to land they did what forsook all and followed him. That means they even left their old career, their old pastime of fishing. They left it behind and followed Jesus. What happened between then and now? A lot had happened. They had traveled with the Lord. They walked with the Lord. They saw many miracles that Jesus had done. But also back in John chapter number 18, verse number 15 simon Peter followed Jesus and so did another disciple. That disciple was known as the High Priest and went in with Jesus into the palace of the High Priest. But Peter stood at the door without. Peter had just finished telling Jesus that I will go with you even under death, right? But Peter, standing at the door without then went out that other disciple which was known as the High Priest. And speaking to her that kept the door and brought in Peter. Then sayeth to the damsel that kept the door under Peter art not thou also one of this man’s disciples? He saith, I am not. And the servants, the officer stood there who made a fire of colds for it was cold. And they warmed themselves. And Peter stood with them and warmed himself a little bit further down. Verse 25 simon peter stood or warmed himself. They said therefore unto him Arknoth, they are also one of his disciples. He denied it and said I am not one of the servants of the high priests. Being his kinsman, whose ear Peter cut off. Saith did not I see the in the garden with him then Peter peter then denied again and immediately the cop crew. In another pastor scripture the Bible tells us that Jesus turned and looked at Peter. Peter saw Jesus looking and he went out and he wept bitterly. Would you agree with me that Peter failed the Lord? Before we get too hasty in our judgments against Peter, how many of us have failed the Lord? Multiple times? Every single one of us, right? All of us have failed God. But might I add he has never once failed you or me. Even in his ways are different than our ways. He’s never once failed us. We often fail him. And so I imagine that Peter is frustrated with himself knowing that the Lord didn’t fail him. I’m sure there’s things going through his mind he’s trying to figure out. He said, I have completely failed my lord and savior. He’s done with me. He’s through with me. There’s nothing else that he can do with me. And so in his state of mind he says I’m going to go back to what I once knew. I’m going to go back to fishing. I’m going to go back to something that I know I can do. I can’t do this. And why not just say none of us can do what God wants us to do apart from God helping us? Well, I can’t be the Christian that I should be without the Lord’s help. I’ve tried at my own strength. Have you and I’ve failed miserably? We can’t be what we ought to be without the Lord’s help. And Peter is saying I can’t do it. I’m going back to what I do know. Here’s the problem with that. God wasn’t done with him and also he’s taking others with him when we failure is not final until we decide it’s final until we decide to stay out. Peter there was no reason for him to leave. May I say? There’s no reason for any of us to leave the church house, leave the ministry, leave the work that God has for us because God has not failed us. It’s we who would be in the wrong. They went forth and entered into a ship immediately and that night they caught nothing. Not only did Peter go away from what he should have been doing, he took others with him. And every time we go away from the Lord think about this we’re taking somebody else with us. And when we stay out we’re affecting those around us, those that are looking up to us, depending on us. Peter was one of the inner three. Other disciples looked at Peter as an example to follow. They went with him. When the morning was now come Jesus stood on the shore but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus. Then Jesus said unto them children, have you any meat? They answered him no. And he said unto them cast the net on the right side of the ship and ye shall find oh, it’s it’s pretty similar to the last time this happened. Some about three years ago, give or take. And they fished all night. Didn’t catch any fishes. They cast, therefore. And now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes. Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved and that’s John saith unto Peter, it is the Lord. Now, when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord he girders fisher’s coat unto him for he was naked and then cast himself into the sea. And the other disciples came in a little ship for they were not far from land but as there were 200 qubits dragging the net with fishes as soon then as they were come to land they saw fire of coals there and fish laid there on and bred. I want you to notice the reception they got. Jesus was not standing there like you and I might be standing there with his arms crossed saying well, look who’s here. He’s provided for them. He’s provided a welcome reception to receive Peter and the other disciples. He’s not done with them. Jesus says unto them ring of the fish which he has now caught. Simon Peter went up and drew the net to land full of great fishes. And 153 why wouldn’t you love to be fishing on a day like that? And for all there were so many, it was not the net broken. Jesus saint in them come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, who art thou? Knowing there was the Lord Jesus then cometh and taketh bread and giveth them and fish likewise. This is now the third time that Jesus showed himself to his disciples. After that he was risen from the dead. We’ll look at the conversation that Jesus has with Peter and you know it and I know it but let’s look at it and consider a couple of things. So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? More than these referring to the fish. Referring to the fishes. That the fishing and the fish is he saith unto him Yea Lord, thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith unto him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Ye Lord, thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovestou me. Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, lovest thou me? I think it hit Peter’s heart realizing three times I denied my Lord and Jesus three times asked me, Peter, do you love me? There comes a time when we get away from God, he has to bring that back to our mind so we can repent of it and return back to Him. There is no returning back. Listen to me. There’s no returning back to the Lord without repentance. You’ve got to be sorry for going away from God. You got to know what you did, be sorry that you did it and turn and want to go back to God. There’s got to be some repentance, a change of mind leading to a change of direction. And I believe the Lord was giving this to Peter in that way so he would come face to face with his wrongdoing and own up to his wrongdoing. Peter knew he had done wrong. Jesus knew he had done wrong. But there’s a difference between knowing and then confessing it right. Like when your brother or sister does something and you know they did something wrong, but they’re not going to confess it anyway. We listened to something the other day that’s an inside family thing. You wouldn’t get it if we tried to explain this. Anyway, he said unto him the third time, simon Stor. Jones lovestal me. And he said unto him, lord, thou knowest all things. Thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus say them to him, feed my sheep. Three times Jesus responded with a job, a purpose to do. And this is interesting. Me, I like this for every time that Peter denied, Jesus said, listen, I still got a job for you to do. Every time he said, Peter, do you love me? And Peter said, lord now knows that I love thee Jesus said, Peter, I’ve got a job for you to do. Still, three times I believe he did that to let Peter know, no matter how many times you’ve denied me, I’ve still got something for you to do. Listen, failure is not final when we fail God. It’s only final if we drive the nail in the coffin. If we stay out, many of you have been there. You look around all our churches. Not just our church, but our church houses could be full if our brothers and sisters in Christ would realize that God’s not done with them because they’ve messed up. There is a time of repentance, and I believe there is a sin unto death. But as long as you’re living and breathing, there’s a hope for you to come back to God and steal God, to do something with your life. Never a time to give up on God. Verse 18 verily, verily I say unto thee, when thou whatSt young thou girtest thyself and walkest, whether thou wouldst not, or whether thou wouldest. But when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shalt gird thee and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. This fake he signifying by what death he should glorify God. He said, Listen, Peter, one of these days they’re going to drag you away and kill you for your testimony of me. But then he follows that with this. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me. He said, in spite of all that, Peter, I’m giving you another opportunity to serve me, to be faithful unto death like you said you wanted to be. I’m giving you another opportunity to do that. He said, I want you to follow me. We could read the rest of the story. And Peter looking at John and trying to come to terms with what John was doing, jesus said, It doesn’t matter. You follow me. God has a race for each and every one of us to run, and the failure is not final. Amen. And God has a purpose for all of us. Turn to two Peter. These are his same apostle, same brother in Christ. These are his final words. Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ. To them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Savior Jesus Christ. Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord according as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain in the life and Godliness through the knowledge of Him that have called us to glory and virtue. Now notes the middle of a sentence, but stop right there. Go down with me to verse number 13. Yea, I think at me as long as I am in this tabernacle, in this body, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance, knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ has showed me. So from that point in time until this point in time has he been perfect? No. Nobody’s ever perfect, said Jesus Christ. But he’s following God, right? God used Him in a great miraculous way. Now, that’s not just for Peter. God put that in the Scriptures for you and me to learn from, so we can follow God too. He said, These are the last words. It’s interesting. The last words that God gave to Paul are very similar to the last words that God gave to Peter to give and last words in some ways that God gave to John through the revelation of Jesus Christ on how there’s dangers ahead, but the work of God continues. We look back at this year, we see how God has brought us through some difficult times and how the work of God has continued. It may not have looked like things that have happened in the year that COVID came. It may not have looked like things that have happened when the church first got started, but God has brought us through. God has blessed his work and he’s still on the throne, he’s still sovereign. It’s still possible and profitable to live a godly and holy life. And we don’t have time to go through chapters one, two and three. There’s a lot here. Let me give you just some quick things from chapter number two. The bulk of chapter number two is the warning about false prophets and false teachers coming in, hiding themselves among the people, sneaking in, pulling people away through covetousness, through the devil, attacking. He’s saying, let me just give you the outline I have. How about we do that? Okay, we’ll go there. There’s a danger that troubles will continue. Chapter one, verse 14. He said, I’m getting ready to leave this life. I’m getting ready to leave this world. I’m not going to be with you anymore. How many of us know that separation in this world? There’s plenty of it, plenty of separation. But God’s work continues and God continues. Suffering is inevitable. He’s about ready to suffer. The people that he are talking to are suffering for their faith. We have avoided it in America for a long time. I believe it’s coming to that point where we may eventually suffer for our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. But it’s inevitable. Paul says to Timothy, yea, and all that will live Godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. And Satan is attacking. Right. Have you noticed that he’s still attacking? You know what God says about his church? The gates of hell shall what not prevail. Amen. The gates of hell will not prevail against his church. Satan is attacking through laws that deny God lifestyles, that deny the word of God, through attitudes that are creeping into the church, about not caring about others, apathetic attitudes, through apostasy people that once were faithful to the church house, that were never truly in and leave. There are some that backslide and there are some that were never in to begin with. And they leave and they go. It’s that way all around. There’s false teachers coming in, there’s false doctrine, there’s people pulling others away. Look at verse number 15, chapter two, which have forsaken the right way and are going astray following the way of Bailem, the son of Bozor who loved the wages of unrighteousness. Peter talks about bailem in Revelation. John talks about bailem. Jude talks about bailem. What was the doctrine of bailem? It was making the gospel profit the messenger. It was not necessarily teaching the truth, but doing it in a way that pulling people away, making himself profitable through his covetousness. Does it make sense? It’s what bailem did. He’s found a way to circumvent God’s message. There’s people like that now that are trying to pull people away. You go to YouTube and it’s hit or miss about what you get as far as right doctrine. People are trying to pull you away and support their work, support their ministry, you know that. But just be careful. Amen. Don’t send anything to them. Send them to the local church you have a say in what goes on in the local church. You don’t have any say in what goes on out there. There are people that will refuse to preach the right doctrine from the right scriptures because it will offend somebody, will drop somebody off. Just saw something the other day where I think it was a tweet. And I don’t know, sometimes tweets get me fired up by the kevin. I probably should just quit reading tweets. But this preacher said that you don’t have to worry about being accepted by God because God accepts you as you are. And that’s not really the case. God comes to you where you are and God can save you, forgive you of your sins, but you got to repent of your sins. And so anyway, what do you call it when you’re saying something positive? Positive thinking, positive preaching. Not preaching the truth, lying, whatever it is. He’s doing that to get people’s money, get people’s support. Right? So you got that. He said, So there’s a danger in false prophets and false teachers. Just be careful, he said. But not only is there a danger, we have a security. Chapter number one, he said, there are so many things here that we can be secure in. We can be assured of our salvation through Jesus Christ. We can be assured of God’s provisions said, grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. Look at verse three. God has given unto us what according to his divine power had given unto us all things. Chapter one, verse three. I’m sorry, there’s three different verse threes. Chapter one, verse three has given us all things that pertain in the life and Godliness. What do you need? God has it. God has it ready for you to receive, for you to live. Not to make yourself a happy person, right, but to live the life that God would have you live to be Godly and holy and set apart for his use. We have a security as a child of God, he said. Our foundation stands sure. In verse 16 through 21, he said. We haven’t followed cunningly devised fables, he said, but we were eyewitnesses of Jesus Christ on the mount of Transfiguration. When God the Father spoken to God the Son we saw his glory his majesty he said but verse number 19, we have also a more sure word of prophecy. He said. Not only did we see the sun glorified, we were eyewitnesses of that, but we’ve got something better than that. We’ve got Scripture that has stood the test of time. What was prophesied about Jesus came to pass, and what has yet come to pass is going to come to pass. It is second coming. We’ve got scripture. You and I, as children of God have Scripture to to anchor to this coming year. God has not once felt us. He’s not going to fail us. Yet our position is secure. No man can remove me from the Father’s hand and thank the Lord for that. My future is secure, my sufferings here are but for a moment. And I don’t understand all of this, but the Bible speaks of my light affliction and things here working for me a far more and exceeding weight of glory in heaven. Things are working here down on this life for me, for God’s glory, for my good, for reward in heaven. And God has said in Romans 832 he that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? So there’s things to be watchful for, right? But there’s things we can be sure in our security here’s the charge. This is coming from a man that failed God. God gave it another opportunity. And I believe with all my heart that he stood faithfully until the day of his death serving God. And God wants us to do the same. He said, Get established, get anchored. Chapter one, verse ten. Wherefore the rather brethren give diligence to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you shall never fall. He said, need to make sure that you’re saved. Need to make sure that you know what God’s calling is for you once you’re saved. Be sure of your salvation. Be sure of your calling. Be sure which side you’re on. Who are you fighting? Don’t you? I like watching football when my team’s winning. I don’t know that I want to watch this game, it’s on the night. But I like watching football when my team’s winning. I don’t like watching two teams that really don’t care about playing. I want people that are all out and out. Don’t you pick a side and root for them if you’re going to watch a football game. Who I mean, you got to pick a side, somebody to win, right? What’s the point if nobody nobody wins? Listen, in this battle we’ve got to have clear markings of whose side we’re on. Choose who you’re going to who you who you want to side with. Right? Thank the Lord we’re on the winning side, but we ought to be separated from the world. So be sure of your side, be sure of your footing. Our anchor rests in the unchanging word of God and in the Lord Jesus Christ. Our anchor holds. I like that song. My anchor holds. Get active. Get engaged in the work of the Lord. In chapter one, verse 13, he says, yea, I think it meet as long as I am in this taprino. He says, as long as I’m here in this body to stir you up by putting you in remembrance. We need to get stirred up again about the things of God, about remembering what does that is when we remember how God has been good to us, what God has done for us. You remember when the children of Israel and with the children of Israel were brought through the Red Sea and God delivered the children of Israel? I’m trying to think how I could make this go to 08:00 so Jacob could stay here a couple of hours. I’m just kidding. But I’m just kidding. He got a little bit worried back there when I said that how God delivered the children visual through the Red Sea, right? And when they came out on the other side, what they do, they sang praise unto God in Exodus. There’s what’s called the song of Moses. In Revelation, a song of Moses is referred to I believe God took special note of that song of Moses, song of remembered, song of praise unto God, and that was special unto him. But you know, what that did is that encouraged the children of Israel. We’ve got to set aside some time like we did tonight, praising God, thanking him for what he’s done in their own life, remembering God’s goodness, getting stirred up, getting active. Listen, you may not have had much opportunity to serve the Lord in 2022. Maybe sickness kept you from the church house, from certain activities, maybe physical ailments, maybe work kept you from those things. But let’s get away from 2022 and look to 2023. He said, Lord, help me. Give me more opportunities to get active in the work that you have for me to be to do. He said, get stirred up. Remember, I want you to put you in remembrance of what I’ve told you, what you’ve learned, what God has done, who God is, what he’s going to do. So get stirred up about it. He said, get strengthened. He said, at the end of this book, he said, grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We shouldn’t be the same spiritual age, so to speak, this year. This year, coming as we are today, makes sense we should have grown some spiritually since this time last year. He said, there are certain things we need to add to our faith. Verses five and six and seven. And he said, if you do these things, you’ll be fruitful and God will help you be effective in your life. It’s a practical knowledge of Jesus. And we’re winding this up, not just head knowledge, but putting it into practice. Say. Lord, I’m trusting you. I know what your will is for my life, and I may not. At least I know what the next step is, and I’m going to trust you with that next step. Like Brother Kevin, god is leading him and directing him one step at a time. He doesn’t have his whole life laid out for him. Neither do you. But we’re trying to trust Him one step at a time. Chapter number three, we see the scoffers come around. Chapter two, we had false teachers. Chapter three, we see some sculptures, see. The presence of the sculptures on one side, and we see the power of our sovereign God on the other side. Their mocking is found in verse number three. It says knowing this first, that there shall come in the last day scoffers walking after their own lust and saying where is the promise of his coming? Have you heard that lately? You say that Jesus is coming. Where is he? Why hasn’t he come yet? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. Well, that’s their mocking want to show you. The reason is the Lord’s mercy. Verse number nine. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some encounters slackness, but his long suffering to usward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. You know Jesus loves sinners. You ever heard that? I’m glad of that, aren’t you? Jesus loved me. But let’s not forget that there’s still others out there that the Lord is wanting to save. There’s still a work to be done by this church. The Scoffers doubt. Chapter three, verse ten. The day of the Lord is reserved for them. They’re coming a time will have to face the Lord then and that day. They are willingly ignorant in verse number five. But God’s wisdom is available if they’ll trust Him. If they’ll turn from their ways and trust Him. Chapter three, verse ten. We see their destruction. And then all throughout the Bible, we see God’s triumph. So there will be sculptures that will try to trip you up. Be anchored in what you know to be true. Stand fast. And while you’re standing fast, get engaged. Get working for the Lord. Be watchful of the dangers. Be assured of God’s promises, of your position in Christ, of God’s purpose and work. Be anchored in God’s word. Listen, I hope that you’ve got some plan in place to read the Bible this year, whatever it may be. Whether you’re going to read through the whole Bible in one year, or read a book a month, or whatever it is, but spend time with the Lord, reading his word and in prayer. Be anchored in God’s word. It’s hard to move something that sets steadfast in solid ground. And that’s what a Christian is if he’s in the word of God. Be engaged in the work of the Lord. Be growing and be steadfast. Okay, 3 hours. To sum it up, I wrote this down. Try to help us remember. Remember God’s word in his works. Remember? Okay. Remember God’s word in his works. We reignite our love for God and remain faithful in our walk with God. And I believe when that time comes, when the Lord comes, I believe it will be soon. I was looking for him in 2022, weren’t you? I believe he’s coming soon. Believe it could be 2023. If not, let’s be faithful until he does come. But I do know this. It’s not going to be long. It’s not going to be long. So let’s keep serving Him till he comes, okay? Thankful. I’m so thankful for what God has done in 2022, despite all the difficulties that that have gone on, the sorrow that’s come. But let’s look forward with anticipation of what God will do in the next year or two. God’s not done. God’s not done with you. God’s not done with me. May feel like we can’t do much. Sometimes when you get sick, you get laid up, you’re missing church, it’s like, what use am I right? Just poop me out of my misery. But God’s not done. God still has a purpose for you where you are, in the place you are. And if you’re away from Him, the way back is through repentance. But there is a way back. Amen. All right, let’s stand ahead, bowed and eyes closed, have a time of prayer, imitation, and then we’ll pray for some needs in our church after this. I don’t know if you’re like me, if you ever felt like you failed the Lord. I know I’ve felt that way. I know there’s been times where I have failed the Lord. I’m thankful for his mercy and his grace and his goodness. If there’s something you’d like to come to this altar and just thank the Lord for, maybe that was you this year, you want to thank Him for his mercy, you come and do that. Maybe there’s another need you’d like to come and pray over. You are more than welcome to do that. We’re not going to have music tonight, so just come and pray. Let’s pray together. Heavenly Father lord, we love you and the Lord, we come to you just as humbly as we know how and knowing that we’re nothing outside of the grace of Jesus Christ. And Lord, we thank you that we can come under the throne of grace to find help in time of need. Lord, I pray that you would help us. Lord, our needs are varied in some respects, but they’re the same in others. Lord, we need you, and we need Your help this year. And though the circumstances are different, we need you to guide us and direct us. And Lord, all of us, including myself, have failed you. But, Lord, we can all honestly attest and say you’ve never once failed us, any of us, ever. Never been a time where you failed us. Lord, help us to trust you this year. Trust you more than we did last year. Help us to not stay on the sideline, Lord. Maybe something has knocked us off, or maybe we’ve got off ourselves. Help us to get back engaged in the work that you’d have us to do. And Lord, there’s still much to be done. I believe things are winding down, and I believe our Lord and Savior is on his way. But until that time, help us to be faithful to continue what you’d have us to do. And, Lord, these special needs with hands raised and hearts that are heavy, Lord, would you meet them? Would you give them direction, give them wisdom. Meet those needs as you see fit. And, Lord, just guide us and direct us in every way possible. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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