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Pass on the Passion to the Next Generation

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It has been awhile since my last Pastor’s Prompt.   I hope to ‘back on track’ now.   We have just concluded a three week series on Passion on the Passion to the next generation.   We spent this time strengthening this core value so that we might have a higher focus on it as we carry out our ministry together at Hope.

We studied the lives of King David and Solomon and focused in (1 Chronicles 28:1-3,6-10) 9“And you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father and serve him with a whole heart and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches all hearts and understands every plan and thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will cast you off forever. 10Be careful now, for the LORD has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary; be strong and do it.

This text teaches us three principles that we can apply to our lives in order to pass on the passion to the next generation.

1. Know the God of your father.

This might sound strange but God chose Solomon and wants him to have a close relationship just as David had with God. A relationship with a contrite heart, that professes His faith before men. (John 3:3, Hosea 6:3, 1 John 1:8-10, Psalm 86:5, Romans 10:8-9, Matt. 10:32)

2. Serve with a whole heart and willing mind.

There is a difference between serving to be seen, out of duty, or to serve the Lord with your whole heart. David served with a whole heart that enabled him to face giants and enemies bigger than himself. (1 Sam. 16:7, 1 Kings 8:60-61, Phil. 2:5-9) He also said willing mind. A willing mind means to serve with joy or to be happy to please. Jesus not only served with his whole heart, being obedient unto death, but also with joy for the cross set before him. (Hebrews 12:2)

3. Seek Him.

This one comes with promises and warnings. David is realizing that with leadership comes attacks. Some attackers are head on and others are side show distractions that pull you away from the Lord. Solomon wrote the book of Ecclesiastes, he says he has searched everything but it is all meaningless. Only in the Lord is their meaning. Matt 6:33 tells the blessing of seeking God first while Numbers 32:11 and Romans 2:8 tells us the judgment of a life that doesn’t seek Him.

If we are to pass on the passion of faith to our families, friends, and community; then we have to have that passion to pass it like David did. How well do you know the Lord, How is your heart and mind in service to Him? Are you seeking Him?

David charges his son to be strong and do it. I charge you, Hope Family, to be strong in the Lord and do it.

Love,

Jason

PS The weather is hot after the cold front.  It feels so good with a little breeze!  This week we start Ephesians.  What an awesome book of God's Word about out loving God.  You will not wan't to miss this series.   We will be on th beach at 8 and and our building at 10:15.

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