Today’s Verse

Ho! Everyone that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

Isaiah 55:1

Saturday, July 30

Imagine a small class A football team playing the state finals at the U of A Stadium. After 10 minutes, they are down 21-3. The coach calls a time out and gathers his players. The players have stars in their eyes and say, “Wow aren’t these great uniforms?” “I see Coach Jedd Fisch on the sideline.” “Look I see my grandma in the stands!” “Isn’t this fun?”

What does the coach say? He says, “Look at the scoreboard. We are not here to have fun but to win the game.”

Church, are we really impacting the community with the gospel? We can be fat and lazy in our spiritual smugness that we have nice uniforms; we have had great preachers visit us; or we are enjoying ourselves… By what standards do we judge ourselves? Are we more like Jerusalem or Laodicea?

A man goes to the doctor for tests but says, “Doc, don’t tell me how bad it is, I don’t want to know.” You know it is bad when you do not want to know how bad it is. We need to see the truth!

Church, are we like Laodicea? Is there a difference between what we say or think about our church and what Jesus knows we are?

Weekly Memory Verse

Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

Revelation 3:20

"Their quest for the presence of God, for the consciousness of His mercy and nearness, is not for God's sake but for their happiness. By so doing they are not loving the Lord; rather, they are loving the feeling which refreshes them and affords them the glory of the third heaven. Their total life and labor elevate self as the center. They wish to enjoy themselves."
- Watchman Nee

Pastor Armstrong

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