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April 30, 2020: SOAP #3801:   2Samuel 6; 1Chronicles 13; Psalm 68; Matthew 17

Scripture:  Matthew (NIV) 17:1 After six days Jesus tookwith him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a highmountain by themselves. 2 There he was transfigured before them. His face shonelike the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. 3 Just then thereappeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus. 4 Peter said toJesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here.

Observation:  Jesuscalled three disciples to be alone 'with Him' to a 'high mountain.'  Reading between the lines, it took some extraeffort to accompany Jesus on this adventure. But at the end of their time on the mountain, Peter said, 'Lord, it isgood for us to be here!' 

Many times, Jesus ministered to multitudes, but this was a small groupministry"only three.  Peter enjoyed it somuch that he wanted to stay

Application:  Our nations response to the corona virus hasforced us to take some difficult/different paths.  Being at home, or meeting with anotherbeliever can have great benefits, especially when Jesus is present! 

God is saying, 'If you cannot feel my presence as closely and intimately athome as you can in church, something is wrong. My presence is as real at home as it is at church.  Worship can be as stirring at home as it isat church.  The Holy Spirit can speak toyour heart just as clearly at home as He can at church.  I enjoy ministering to the multitude.  I enjoy ministering to disciples.  I enjoy ministering wherever two or three aregathered in my name.  When you recognizemy presence, when you honor my word, being alone with you and your familybrings me great joy.'      

Prayer:  Jesus, the joy of a small group meeting (offamily members at home or meeting another believer at the store, or in a phone/videocall) is recognizing your presence.  Itis hearing you speak to our hearts and seeing your hand at work.  Like Peter, may we at home say, 'Lord, it isgood for us to be here.' Amen

Pastor Leon

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