The is the beginning of the rebuilding after the war and destruction that they have been through.
God mentions to Haggai to rebuild better than the previous- what do you think God means by this? If you were given this direction, where would you start and what would you include?
"Do not fear, I am with you" says God, how do you feel the presence of God in your life today? Have there been times where you felt it so strong, it brought a sense of confidence, strengthened faith and comfort?
This Psalm is all about praising God and the many works that he does all day every day in our lives!
Reflecting on the times you felt God's presence, give thanks this week and praise him through praying this Psalm of the times when he has held you, walked with you and strengthened you.
Call upon him for what you need now!
2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17
Paul thinks that the day of the Lord is always here, do not let anyone deceive you. But this passage is to argue that, to speak of things that must first occur before the end comes.
Again, we are reminded of "thanksgivings", to come from a place of gratitude, this continues to be a theme over the last several weeks in our lessons and our sermons.
Consider starting a gratitude journal- and keep a list to continue to come from a place of gratitude and keep it top of mind.
In the Gospel this week, it is important to remember that this question posed to Jesus is not from bereaved persons seeking hope of from believers searching for more clarity, but rather persons who already were fixed in their position that there was no resurrection of the dead.
It tells us to live in the present, but be mindful of the future. For all are not dead, your human life is just part of the picture, but not the end as all are alive through the resurrection. Immortality is based on a doctrine of human nature, resurrection is based on a doctrine of God's nature.
What does this passage say to you? Reflect on the promise of resurrection, how does that make you feel?
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