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September 28 – Love Offering Day 28

This month we are doing a 30-day “Love Offering” study by Rachael Adams. Each day will have a verse of Scripture with an application, to not merely listen to God’s Word but DO what it says (James 1:22). From Rachael: “Time spent with God and time spent serving those around us, changes the condition of our own hearts in the process. Our faith in action creates a chain reaction of full hearts and eternal impacts.” Click HERE to visit the “Love Offering” website for more resources and a daily calendar of applications. Please use the comment section of our website to share your stories on what God is doing through the daily applications.

You can join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We are excited to be starting our 5th year of the Discover One Thing online study!

Scripture: Hebrews 13:7 (Context vs. 1-19)

Concluding Exhortations

Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.
Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,
“Never will I leave you;
    never will I forsake you.”
So we say with confidence,
“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
    What can mere mortals do to me?”

Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by eating ceremonial foods, which is of no benefit to those who do so. 10 We have an altar from which those who minister at the tabernacle have no right to eat.
11 The high priest carries the blood of animals into the Most Holy Place as a sin offering, but the bodies are burned outside the camp. 12 And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood. 13 Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore. 14 For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.
15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. 16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
17 Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.
18 Pray for us. We are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way. 19 I particularly urge you to pray so that I may be restored to you soon.

Application: Encourage a pastor or pastor’s wife.

SOAP Note

Follow the Leader | Kathy Page

Scripture

Hebrews 13:7

Observation

We are told in this verse to recognize godly leadership – that is leadership that is shown to be legitimate by faithfulness to God and His Word and by godly conduct. But, there is another component to this verse – leaders should not only be recognized, but they should also be followed.   Yes, we need godly leaders, but the church also needs godly followers.

Application

I know I owe so much to the others who have taught me and modeled for me what I needed to know about the gospel of Jesus and Christian living. Those who lead in our churches, especially our Pastors and their wives, are watching out for our spiritual development. They have a tremendous responsibility. One day, they will answer to God for how faithfully they carried out that role. We can continue to follow their great examples of investing themselves in us by investing our lives in Christian service, whether it be teaching, mentoring, praying, singing, evangelism, visiting shut-ins, making hospital visits. I know it sends a beautiful message of Jesus’ love to them when we are active in service within our churches. We should follow these godly, appointed by God, leaders!

We have been doing 30 days of love offerings, as our love offering for today, send a note of encouragement and thankfulness to your pastor and his wife. Or, on Sunday morning, let them both know how much you appreciate all they do for Jesus and for you! I know they will be truly blessed by it.

Prayer

Father, we pray our Pastors will always operate in Your wisdom and with pure motives. Let them always lead Your people justly and rightly. Surround them, Lord, with relationships with people they can trust and be accountable to. Surround them with people to encourage them in Your way. Father, pastoring is not easy, grace them all the more to do the work of the ministry You have called them. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

The Discover One Thing main website follows a reading plan that goes through the entire Bible in one year. Click HERE to check out today’s Discover One Thing post.

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