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September 21, 2018 | by: Rev. John Hartman | 0 comments

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From the Pastor

“Sweet Surrender” 

 There’s a great scene in the movie, “The Apostle,” starring Robert Duvall. Duvall plays a Pentecostal preacher who’s gone astray and one night he’s praying so loud his neighbors can’t sleep. One calls to complain and the preacher’s momma says, “Ever since Sonny’s been an itty bitty boy my son’s been talkin’ to the Lord. Sometimes he talks to the Lord and sometimes he yells at the Lord, and tonight he just happens to be yelling at the Lord.” 

 One of the Bible’s great images of prayer is wrestling with God. Jacob wrestled with God in Genesis 32. Paul makes reference to wrestling in the New Testament. If you have ever wrestled in your life, you know how exhausting it can be. It will leave you with a soreness all over your body that not even Motrin can fix. When we wrestle with God, it might also leave us sore and tired, — but we are giving God access to our soul. When we wrestle with God, there is no phoniness. It is an honest, gut-level sharing with our Father. And as wrestlers with God, we may even find ourselves partners with God, -- as he shapes us and molds us into what He wants us to be and do. When we pray in the Lord’s Prayer, “Thy will be done,” it is our sweet surrender. 

 Now I’m not saying it’s easy to surrender to God. I am simply saying it is worth it. Why? Because it is through our surrender to God’s will that we experience His power in our lives. May it be so for each and every one of you.  

 Pastor John


Quote of the Week
“I realized that the deepest spiritual lessons are not learned by His letting us have our way in the end, but by His making us wait, bearing with us in love and patience until we are able to honestly pray what He taught His disciples to pray: ‘Thy will be done.’”  Elisabeth Elliot
Elisabeth Elliot was a Christian author and speaker. Her first husband, Jim Elliot, was killed in 1956 while attempting to make missionary contact with the Auca of eastern Ecuador. She later spent two years as a missionary to the tribe members who killed her husband. Returning to the United States after many years in South America, she became widely known as the author of over twenty books and as a speaker.