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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!
 

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Scripture

Luke 13:20-21

20 Again he asked, “What shall I compare the kingdom of God to? 21 It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds[a] of flour until it worked all through the dough.”

Observation

Jesus is shaking things up – calling out the Galileans for their hypocrisy, healing on the Sabbath and confronting those who disagree…and the conversation turns to the kingdom of God – what it is like, what it can be compared to.

Understanding

I don’t know much about yeast – other than it’s small and, used in small quantities, it causes bread to rise.  So, that made me curious…just how small?  So, I looked up yeast and learned that the typical serving size or quantity used is 1 “packet.” One packet used to be the equivalent of 1 Tablespoon but, currently, it’s closer to 2 generous teaspoons – a tribute to improved manufacturing methods that produce stronger, more active yeast. 

Based on this information, we could guess that the verse is saying 1 Tablespoon of yeast mixed through 60 pounds of dough.  Immediately, a visual pops in my brain – that’s a whole lot of dough and not very much yeast.  Yet that small amount of yeast raises the bread.

A little goes a long way.

We talked yesterday about worshiping warriors – how when we worship it silences the voice of the enemy, allowing the truth, the voice of God to more easily be heard.  In combination with today’s reading, I’m reminded it doesn’t take an army of worshipers to make difference.  Even one can create impact for those around them – raising them up, lifting their hearts, making space for peace. 

Life Application

Will you be that one today?

God, I continue to be amazed at the power of your name – a just how little of that power it takes to make a HUGE difference.  Whether it be a mustard seed of faith to make mountains move or a Tablespoon of yeast to raise 60 pounds of dough…you remind us that the power and influence wielded when we partner with you is life and world changing. May we be bold and audacious today, laying down the lies of the enemy and picking up the power of worship throughout the day and with everyone we meet…and may lives be touched as a result.

In your holy and powerful name I pray!  Amen.

– Rei

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Psalm 130

Scripture   

Psalm 130:1 

Out of the depths of my soul I cry to you, Lord

Observation – What does it say? 

The author of this Psalm is unclear; some believe it was David, other’s believing the author to have been Ezra.  The contents of the Psalm can be applied to anyone in distress and in need of God’s deliverance.  The Matthew Henry commentary elaborates on this by stating, “The only way of relief for a sin-entangled soul, is by applying to God alone. Many things present themselves as diversions, many things offer themselves as remedies, but the soul finds that the Lord alone can heal. And until men are sensible of the guilt of sin, and quit all to come at once to God, it is in vain for them to expect any relief.”

Understanding – What does it mean? 

It’s funny how our vacations and weekends can sometimes leave us feeling more tired or stressed than the things we were trying to get a break from.  Frequently, I will come down with a case of the “Sunday Blues” the day before starting back to work.  I feel a general dissatisfaction with the upcoming tasks of my week. 

What I see as the underlying problem, I have allowed myself to become discontent with what God has provided me with.  Also, I have exchanged a heart of thanksgiving with an attitude of greed. I often have to turn back to several verses to remind me that God is still good, even in times that feel mundane or overwhelming.  1 Timothy 6:8 says, “But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.”  Additionally, Paul addresses the church in Colossae about their work by saying, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

I want to carry an attitude of contentment in life as well as represent Christ in all that I do, whether that is in action or words.  I often pray with my children that very thing, “Jesus, let us bring you honor in all that we do.”  I know I need to follow this up with my attitude, not just my actions or words.

Life Application 

Jesus, I cry out to you in this time when I need your help changing my attitude. Help me to approach my work with gratitude. And help me to work from the rest that I have taken in you. 
 
– Tyler Galloway


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Scripture

Numbers 12:5-9 NIV

“Then the LORD came down in a pillar of cloud; he stood at the entrance to the tent and summoned Aaron and Miriam. When the two of them stepped forward, he said, “Listen to my words: “When there is a prophet among you, I, the LORD, reveal myself to them in visions, I speak to them in dreams. But this is not true of my servant Moses; he is faithful in all my house. With him I speak face to face, clearly and not in riddles; he sees the form of the LORD. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?” The anger of the LORD burned against them, and he left them.”

Observation-What does it say?

God was disciplining Aaron and Miriam for speaking against Moses and gossiping badly about him. God was not having their gossip against His servant and called it sin. Scripture also described Moses as a humble man, more humble than any man on the earth (verse 3), so it angered God when his siblings were speaking ill about him, specifically about his choice of wife.

Understanding-What does it mean?

Humble servant leaders, appointed by God, deserve our utmost trust AND respect. 

The Lord was angry with Miriam and Aaron for speaking badly against Moses. It was very dishonoring and disrespectful, especially since he was God’s appointed servant that He loved dearly. Even after Moses pleaded with the Lord to heal his sister of her skin disease, He wouldn’t. God allowed her to suffer the consequence of her sin for 7 days. 

Life Application 

Do not disrespect the leadership God has placed over us through slander and gossip. It is a sin.

We are very blessed to have awesome Pastors, who are servant leaders at DSC—Pastor Gary, Pastor Levi and Pastor Warren. They are called to watch over us and give account for our lives, which is a position that the Lord has put them in. I believe the Lord reveals Himself to them in ways that help guide their decisions for our Body, giving them wisdom, vision and direction for our DSC family. 

We are called to love, pray for and encourage them instead of criticize, slander (which means making a false spoken statement damaging to a person’s reputation) and tear down their decisions. Scripture plainly says in Hebrews 13:17, “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.” 

“It is an unprofitable thing to reject and undermine the leadership of your pastor according to the writer to the Hebrews. Anyone who seeks to gossip against or attack their pastor behind his back should be viewed as one who is in clear violation of God’s Word and a tool of Satan (deliveredbygrace.com).”

1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 says, “We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, [13] and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.” 

“Again, we see that the pastor should be esteemed (respected) highly in love because of the work he is called to do. What work? The work of laboring in Word and doctrine and shepherding the flock of God (deliveredbygrace.com).”

Dear Lord, thank You that You love and protect our leaders. Thank You for the humble servant leaders You’ve blessed us with at DSC. Help us to be aware of the traps of the enemy and guard ourselves against slandering any of our leaders. We understand that it is a sin and we will have to answer to You for that. I pray that their work would be a joy and not a burden as our church chooses to pray for, honor, trust, respect and encourage them in You Jesus. Amen.

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-Michelle Gaddi



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‭‭Luke‬ ‭10:41-42‬ ‭NLT‬‬
 
“But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.””
 
Observation-What does it say?
 
Jesus and his disciples were on their way to Jerusalem. On their way there, they stopped in a village and were welcomed by a woman named Martha, who invited them into her home. Martha was busy preparing a huge dinner for her guests, while her sister Mary sat at Jesus’ feet, listening to Jesus’ teachings. Frustrated with her sister’s lack of help, Martha decides to vent her frustrations to Jesus. The response that Jesus gives Martha is one I’m sure she wasn’t expecting.
 
Understanding-What does it mean?
 
Don’t let the busyness of life get in the way of your relationship with Jesus.
 
I’m sure we all heard the story of Mary and Martha. Pastor Levi even referenced this scripture in one of his sermons three weeks ago. But the message behind this story still holds true to this day…Do not let the busyness of life get in the way of your relationship with Jesus!
 
I’m sure Martha was expecting Jesus to have her back and that Jesus would look down on her sister’s “laziness” and side with her. On the contrary. Jesus honored Mary’s decision to rest and connect with Him on a personal level. He wasn’t impressed with the works that Martha was doing in the kitchen and around the house. He would have preferred Martha to sit alongside her sister Mary, as He connected personally with each of them.
 
I’m sure that holds true to this day. Our good works doesn’t impress God. But it is our relationship with Him that He honors. The time we spend reconnecting with Him in prayer, reading His Word, and journaling what we heard from Him, (PB&J ), is what He truly honors. It is intimacy that He seeks from us. And He can’t get that from us when we are distracted with the world around us. So make time for something that matters. Make time for Jesus. He’s been waiting for you.
 
Life Application
 
Set a specific time and place, (a date), to be with Jesus.
 
Commandment number 4 (to honor the Sabbath) is already a specific day of the week we should set aside to be spending time with Jesus. But try to be purposeful in setting a “date” each day to spend with Him. For me, it’s early mornings before work, then on my lunch break. These are times I am uninterrupted from life’s circumstances (work and kids distractions). These are times of the day where it’s just me and Jesus. Quality one on one time with my Lord and Savior, where everything around me can wait and be put on hold. It’s something I know Jesus desires from me and honors that time we spend together.
 
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-Moses Gaddi
 


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