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Seven Paths: Envy – Why Can’t I Have That? Sure Wish I Had That!

We are currently in the message series: Seven Paths leading to darkness, Seven Paths leading to life. 

Seven Paths: Envy – Why Can’t I Have That? Sure Wish I Had That!

1 Samuel 18:5-16

I thoroughly enjoyed Sunday’s service with guest potter, Emilie Parker.  It was wonderful to experience scripture through the eyes of a potter.  We are special creations – each one of us unique.  God has created us with intention and marvelous design.  And as pots, pitchers, cups and bowls, he calls us to special purpose and service.  

It was humbling to hear words of God wondering about our questioning of what God has made.  Who are we to say to the POTTER, ‘What is this you have made?’  We are to live into our calling, our created design.  That while broken, he restores.  That while leaking, he fills the gaps and cracks.  More than these, God is ‘hands on’ with us in caring for us.  He is continually holding and molding us, shaping and filling us.  

This Sunday, March 8th, we return to our message series with number three of seven pathways that lead to darkness and light, by zeroing in on ENVY.  “Why can’t I have that? Sure wish I had that!”  Our hearts are prone to desire the things of others… whether its houses, cars, jobs, spouses… you name it!  If its a person or thing, it can be envied. 

Envy is important to recognize.  If left unchecked or undealt with, it quickly leads down a slippery slope to darkness.  Envy can lead to discontentment, unhappiness, and even lead to action with sorrowful consequences.  

God has a much better plan for us.  God calls us to the pathway of contentment and gratitude.  This is where the Spirit of God dwells.  This is the path that Jesus walks and calls us to follow.  It is the path that God blesses.  

We will look at the story of King Saul and David as a springboard into the topic of Envy. (1 Samuel 18:5-16). Looking forward to worship together and a deep dive into God’s Word.  

See you Sunday if not before,
Pastor Mark    

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