Journal Entries
Every weekday you will find a journal entry here from someone different in our church family. 
 
Click the scripture title and scroll down to see a comments section where you can ask questions, share insights and post your own SOUL Journal entry for the day!
 

Romans_5

Scripture  Romans 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.

 

Observation-What does it say?  As Paul opens up the letter to the Roman church, we see several instances pointing to our inability to connect with God on our own.  Paul even exposes a prideful attitude within the Roman church, who were in the practice of judging others for actions they were also committing (chapter 2:1-16).  In chapters three and four, Paul encourages them to seek God through faith, like Abraham did, and not to rely on works.  

 

In chapter five, Paul points back to the old testament, comparing Jesus to Abraham.  Paul highlights the foreshadowing of the story of Adam and how it was a metaphor for what Jesus would do through his death on the cross.  Adam, the first man, introduced sin and death into the world by not obeying God’s command. Jesus, the Son of Man, though his obedience to God’s command, reintroduced us to community with God.  But, the grace we receive through Jesus is much more abundant than the death we have in Adam.

 

Understanding-What does it mean?  I really struggled with English class all throughout school, especially grammar and spelling.  My spelling and grammar were so bad that I failed most of my writing assignments on that alone.  This became very discouraging and made me completely apathetic towards English. But this apathy made me miss out on some of the better parts of writing and stories, like the many literary devices, such as foreshadowing.  As I have gotten older, I love to read a book and be pleasantly surprised when I get towards the end of the book and have the “ah ha” moment. For me, the “ah ha” moment is when I read a sentence and finally realize why something else was written at the beginning.

 

What’s incredible about the Bible, is the amount of “ah ha” moments you can have.  The story, written by so many different authors, over hundreds of years apart, uses all kinds of literary devices to help us understand God’s awesome power and love for us.  In comparing Adam and Jesus, we get a taste of the foreshadowing that is used throughout the old testament. It’s a little glimpse of how much God loves us. He took such care, and paid so much attention to the little details.  

 

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8  Before we were even a twinkle in our parents eyes, God planned out how he was going to tell us he loved us.  He orchestrated all the parts, all the players, to make this great story that we get to take part of.  

 

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Life Application  Jesus, thank you for your sacrifice.  Thank you for the love you have displayed since before I was aware of it.  Help me to use my life to share this story with those around me.  

 
-Tyler Galloway


Ecclesiastes 5

Scripture 

 

Ecclesiastes 5:1-2

 

1 Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong.

 

2 Do not be quick with your mouth,

    do not be hasty in your heart

    to utter anything before God.

God is in heaven

    and you are on earth,

    so let your words be few.

 

Observation 

 

God is in the highest heaven and I’m just here on earth.

 

Understanding 

 

God is God and i am not

 

“Go near to listen…”

Listen. 

Listen until He speaks. 

Listen, even though there is silence. 

Do not move away from the silence or get frustrated. 

Let humility cover you and listen… for Him to speak.

 

“Do not be quick…”

Wait. 

Wait. Do not rush to say anything with your mouth or in your heart. 

Wait. His thoughts are higher than our thoughts.

His ways are higher than our ways.

 

What do i have to say that he hasn’t already heard?

What do i think that he doesn’t already know?

 

Let humility cover you and wait… for Him to speak. 

 

“God is in heaven…”

The creator of the universe is light years and light years away. He transcends time and space and dimensions.  

He created with His words, billions of galaxies and stars and the heavens, and the earth, and all of the millions of creatures… and little ol’, wonderfully made… humans. 

 

God is in heaven and i am not. 

God is God and i am not. 

 

“Let your words be few…”

What do i have to say?

 

I am here LORD.

 

Application 

 

Listening and humility go well together. 

 

Practicing silence and solitude is fairly new for me but something I have been enjoying as I search for spiritual disciplines that will bring me closer to the LORD. 

 

As we get older, many of us realize how little we know about so many things, lol! So weird because when I was younger I just knew everything!

 

When I read these scriptures i felt like humility was poured out over me like warm anointing oil or like a huge warm oversized blanket that covers every part of me. 

 

Oh, how I wish I would have put on humility so much sooner. Even so, I’m so grateful that Father God has allowed me many opportunities to try humility on, and I’m starting to like it, and more and more I feel like I should just wear it all the time. 

 

I feel that listening, being slow to speak and humility go together. Sitting in silence and waiting on Him is more easily done with humility. 

 

The God that is so high above us…came down to be with us… what do you have to say?

 

I am here LORD. 

Deborah Lee 



Psalm 119: 60-119

Scripture

Psalms‬ ‭119:105‬ ‭

“Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.”

  

Observation-What does it say? The overall message of Psalm 119 focuses on the truth of God’s Word.  It encourages us through every generation to stay close and focused on His Word no matter what swirls around us in this world. Living in the freedom and knowledge of God’s ways, obeying His law above all else, and keeping in step with His commandments is the only way to truly live wise, strong lives.
 
Understanding-What does it mean?
 
A good acronym for BIBLE: Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.
 
God’s Word is powerful, living, and active. It never changes, because He never changes. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. His words are breathed straight from His heart to us, a love letter for life, not simply an old-fashioned, outdated book with no relevance for today. His Word is sharper than any two-edged sword.
 
Psalm 119 reminds us that God’s very charcter is reflected through His Word, He is Righteous, He is Faithful, He is Unchanging, He is True. The opening 2 verses remind us, that we are “blessed” as we walk in His Truth, and seek Him with our whole heart.
 
“Blessed are they whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord. Blessed are they who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart.-“Psalms 119:v. 1-2
 
Life Application
 
Read God’s Word daily! It is life’s instruction manual.
 
When I was a kid my dad would always encourage me to read my Bible. He would always say, “A chapter a day, keeps the devil away.” I always thought he liked saying that because it rhymes. But there is truth behind it . Staying in God’s Word daily, helps keep me focused on how I should be living my life. It is a light to our path (like the verse I chose today)! So I just want take this time to encourage you all to try some PB&J (Prayer, Bible reading, and Journaling). It is food for your SOUL! 😋
 
-Moses Gaddi


Psalm 119:1-59

Scripture 

Psalm 119:10-11

10 I seek you with all my heart;

    do not let me stray from your commands.

11 I have hidden your word in my heart

    that I might not sin against you.
 

Observation-What does it say?

 
Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible with 176 verses in it and if we can sum up this chapter in two words, it would be God’s Word. According to 2 Timothy 3:16, the Bible is God-breathed, which means it was written by human hands, but by inspiration of our living God. It is only fitting that the longest chapter of His Word speaks about itself.
 
Understanding-What does it mean?
 
The Word of God is our instruction manual for life.
 
Just like every toy, electronic, appliance and car has a manual for how it’s supposed to work properly, our Creator left us an instruction manual too for how He designed us to function, and that is His Word. It is not just a history book. The Word of God is living, breathing and active as Hebrews 4:12 states.  It is also our offensive weapon against the enemy’s attacks (Eph. 6:17).
 

Life Application

In order to experience the transforming power of God’s Word in our life, we must read it, study it and apply it to our lives.
 
This is why we encourage you to be in the Word everyday through PB&J and why we have our Soul Journal blog and encourage you all to participate in it. Being in God’s Word is a discipline that is vital to every Believer’s life. It is also important that we apply it to our lives.
 
As James says in ch. 1:22-24, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.”
 
Dear Lord, thank You for Your perfect Word. Thank You that we are free to read it, study it and apply it to our personal lives. I pray we would continually meditate on Your Truth instead of the lies that the enemy and the world throws at us. I pray that if we are living a life contrary to Your Word, that You would bring us back to the Truth through Your Spirit. Thank You that Your Word is a lamp for our feet and a light on our path (Ps. 119:105). Please continue to direct our paths through Your Word. Amen. 
 
-Michelle Gaddi


Ecclesiastes_2

Scripture

Ecclesiastes 2:24-26

24 A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, 25 for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment? 26 To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. 

Observation

King Solomon seems to be documenting his struggle to find meaning in his life. 

He documents his pursuit of things other than God – projects, houses, properties (even beautiful ones), stuff (from slaves to animals to gold and silver), women, selfish/personal ambition, wisdom, etc.  Yet, he found the pursuit of pleasure to be lacking and “meaningless.” In part this is because it ultimately all ends in death – the great equator, making equal the wise and fool, the rich and the poor, the evil and the good.  [That is, if you believe that life ends when our time on this earth is up.]  He seemed to wrestle with the belief that death defeats all accomplishments and, if true, lends the time here on this earth nothing more than meaningless toil and trying to maintain some sort of positive air despite the despair.

Understanding

These verses struck me because it’s the complete opposite of anything that rings true in my heart.  Yet, it reminds me that there are people out in the world RIGHT NOW searching for meaning, trying everything they can think of to feel fulfillment, people that may be passing along the time in despair. 

The good news, though, is that WE have the answer to what they are searching for.  So, may we be about the mission…

“…to bind up the brokenhearted,

to proclaim freedom for the captives

and release from darkness for the prisoners,

…to comfort all who mourn,

and provide for those who grieve…”

“…everlasting joy [can be] [theirs].”

  • Isaiah 61:1-3, 7

Life Application

I’ve loved the focus on sharing the gospel these last few weeks.  May we embrace and implement what we are learning.  We don’t have to have it perfect; God is great at preparing hearts and taking over our tongue when we don’t know the words.  All we need is obedience and an open heart and eyes to look for, here and respond when God reveals opportunities or presses on our heart.  So, will you take action today?  May we Pray, Invest and Invite; may we be on mission to share God’s love in big and little, tangible and spiritual ways. 

God, thank you for calling me, finding me, pursuing me.  I know you have so many more than you want to encounter, so many more that you want to experience your incredible love.  Show me ways where, how, who you want me to do my part.  Impress upon my heart your heart for those I meet, see or spend time with today.  May I be humbly bold and obedient in my response. 

Rei

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28 Days 2020: Day 27

Spiritual Battle

 

If we are to operate in victory over the evil one so that we can win the battle for people’s souls there are some things we need to know and do.

Yesteday we talked about putting on the full armor of God.

We also need to pray with faith and power.

We need to remember that the power and authority is from God and not from us so we pray with confidence that it is God at work in and through us.

 

Today I want to end with us realizing or reminding ourselves of who we are.  To be victorious in the fight we must know who we are.

 

Read them out and declare them today and everyday.

  • I am a child of God.  John 1:12
  • I am a friend of God.  John 15:15
  • I am the light of the world.  Matthew 5:14
  • I am Jesus’ personal witness sent out to tell everybody about Him.  Acts 1:8
  • God is my Father.  Romans 8:14-15; Galatians 3:26
  • I am a coheir with Christ.  Romans 8:17
  • I am a temple – a dwelling place – for God.  His Spirit and life live in me.  1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19
  • I am a new person.  My past is forgiven and everything is new.  2 Corinthians 5:17
  • I am a part of the family of God.  Galatians 3:26, 28
  • I am a saint, a holy person.  Ephesians 1:1 Colossians 1:2
  • I am God’s masterpiece, created in Christ to do His work.  Ephesians 2:10
  • I am chosen by God, holy and dearly loved.  Colossians 3:12
  • I am a child of light not of darkness.  1 Thessalonias 5:5
  • I am a citizen of heaven.  1 Peter 2:11
  • I am blessed with every spiritual blessing.  Ephesians 1:3
  • I have the mind of Christ.  He gives me His wisdom to make right choices.  1 Corinthians 2:16
  • I am free and no longer condemned.  Romans 8:1
  • I have been given a spirit of power, love and self-control.  2 Timothy 1:7


28 Days 2020: Day 26

SPIRITUAL BATTLE

 

As we go about fulfilling God’s mission here on earth we find ourselves engaged in a battle.  We have become soldiers in the army of God contending for the lives of people.  There is an unseen spiritual world where a guerilla warfare is going on as the moment and that warfare spills out into the physical world in which we live.  The spiritual battle determines the outcome of the physical world.  Our ability to really reap the harvest (see people come to know Christ and live in His fullness) hinges on our ability to fight a spiritual battle.

  • Ephesians 6:12 (NIV) For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

 

We talked about the fact that we have been authorized and empowered – given exousia and dunamis.  We have authority over the authorities and the power of the Holy Spirit against the powers and spiritual forces of evil. 

 

One of the descriptions of a believer in the NT is that of a soldier. 

Read the following verses and write down what are some of the responsibilities of a soldier.

  • Ephesians 5:11 (NIV)  Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.
  • Ephesians 6:11 (NIV)  Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. (Read verses 10-18)
  • 1 John 2:12-14 (NIV) 12  I write to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name. 13  I write to you, fathers, because you have known him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I write to you, dear children, because you have known the Father. 14  I write to you, fathers, because you have known him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one.

 

So we are in a battle and should be prepared for it. 
 
Read Ephesians 6:10-18 and write down the different parts of the armor we need to put on and how you think it helps us to overcome the evil one.


28 Days 2020: Day 25

Proclamation and Demonstration

 
  • Read Acts 3

Do a SOUL Journal

 

By whose authority did Peter and John heal the crippled man?

What was the response of the people when they saw this miracle?

What was the response of Peter



28 Days 2020: Day 24

Proclamation and Demonstration

 

Acts 14 – Do a SOUL Journal entry regarding demonstration from this passage.

 

How do you see the power of the Holy Spirit at work in these passages?

 
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28 Days 2020: Day 23

The Power of Demonstration

  • Acts 5:12-16 (NIV) 12 The apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers used to meet together in Solomon’s Colonnade. 13  No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people. 14  Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number. 15  As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by. 16  Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by evil spirits, and all of them were healed.

 

Do a SOUL Journal on this passage paying attention to explore what happened as a result of the miracles, signs and wonders?

 

 
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