Sunday Takeaways 10-18-20

Finally getting this done on Friday-it’s been quite the week!

In Sunday School we were in 1 Kings 18 and the story of Elijah versus the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel. Two things that really struck me about this story that the speaker pointed out. In verse 21 Elijah calls the people out. Kind of a throwback to Joshua’s “Choose you this day whom you will serve.”

Elijah asks, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God; follow him but if Baal is God, follow him.” And the people said nothing. They just stood there silently watching. Not one person made a choice. In fact, nothing that happened that day changed the people’s hearts. They continued on as they had been. No repentance.

The second thing was a comment made by one of the participants in the video. They commented on how the Holy Spirit seems to come and go in the Old Testament, but we have the promise of the Holy Spirit dwelling in us. We have that power residing in us at all times and how often do we fail to use that power. Very convicting.

The sermon Sunday was about right relationships within the church. We need to practice horizontal grace with one another. We receive grace from up above, from God, but do we extend that same grace to fellow believers? We should.

The local church where you attend is about relationships. Pray for one another. Support one another in hard times. Help each other stand for what is right. Our community is looking to us to take that stand. Do we do these things? Are we helping or hindering the local church? How can we do better?

Have a great Friday and enjoy the weekend!

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