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    Savoring a good cup of tea

     A cup of hot tea has taken on a whole new meaning for me after listening to my daughter talk enthusiastically  yesterday about the sermon she heard.  I didn’t make it out to church yesterday because of the snow that blanketed the Washington area over the weekend. So my daughter’s over the phone recitation of the sermon she heard at a church in her college town became my sermon for the day.

    While giving his sermon, the pastor there asked a church nurse  to bring him a tea bag. He said he was sure there was a woman in the audience who had a spare tea bag in her purse. Sure enough someone had the tea bag he needed for his illustration. Pastor Troy took the tea bag and dipped it a couple times in a cup of  lukewarm water.

     You can’t just dip the tea bag once in the water for a good cup of tea.  Or twice. You have to let the bag rest in the water, he said. The more it rests, the more the water takes on the essence of the tea bag.

    Same goes for your soul, the pastor explained.  The water represented the soul; the tea bag the Word of God, he said.

    You cannot just dip into the Word of God once or twice a week or go to church infrequently.  At some point, you have to steep yourself  in the Scriptures for it to make a difference in your life, for the essence of the Word to become real to you.

    “If a tea bag can do that to water, think about what the word of God can do to your soul.”

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                                                                            —Pastor Troy

     

    Think about it the next time you sit to savor a good cup of tea.

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    1. one thing then does the opposite. For itncasne, you probably believe you should obey the Lord, and probably teach that but then you fail to obey the speed limit laws. We all do hypocrisy at one time or another. The solution: quit looking at others and look to Jesus. The Bible says in Hebrews 12:1-3 Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, 2 keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that lay before Him endured a cross and despised the shame and has sat down at the right hand of God’s throne. 3 For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, so that you won’t grow weary and lose heart. .. You will never grow in faith while you compare yourself to others outside of Christ. Do what Jesus says, and encourage others to do the same. Rather than label people hypocrite because they don’t meet your standard, ask if YOU meet HIS standard, the standard of the Son of God. Bask in the Grace of God, and praise Him that though we have all been hypocrites that His work is not finished in us (Ephesians 2:8-10), and will not be finished until the day we see Christ face to face.

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