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22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it,

 

1 Corinthians 12:22-24

 

I find it interesting the analogy Paul used to define the structure of the church in comparison to the human body.  The human body is a magnificent specimen of God’s creative mind.  I’m sure you’ve seen at least one documentary on the human body.  I’ve watched those presentations over and over again, amazed by the elite design of singular atoms coming together, creating a hand or a nose, or any one of our limbs.  And yet in the construction of our miracle form, each independent part of our body is inner connected and completely dependent on every single atom within the whole body.  

 

Yes there are parts that seem more outgoing and independent of the others, like our mouth!  Boy that part gets me in such trouble sometimes.  It almost seems it has a mind of its own.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve spoken and wondered, “where did that come from?!”  And when you look up and see your spouse with a scrunched, not so pleasant look on their face, you realize at that moment, that part of your body needs a bridle of control.  I’ll walk away from that for now.

 

Like the operation of our human bodies, Paul brilliantly uses word pictures and pens the similarities and workings of the church body.  He takes sight, sound, smells, mobility function, and compares it to the church body. (1 Corinthians 12:12-32)  Like the human body, the church has the “presentable” parts of the body; pastors, elders, deacons, greeters, performers .  These are the members we openly see regularly preaching, teaching, presenting but the “unpresentable” members are always in the background working, laboring, preparing without notice.  Like the functioning of our internal organs, they go about their business 24/7 and never noticed until something disrupts the norm... an infection, and injury or a life threatening diagnoses.  Our whole body is stopped in it’s tracks when we get a sliver in our finger or stub our toe.  

 

In similar, we lose a care taker, office worker, volunteer, worship team, and those sound and media dudes!.  The work they accomplish on a daily basis stops for a moment.  Our bathrooms aren’t cleaned, our nurseries are closed, the heat isn’t working, sound system is down….I’m sure you’re getting the picture here.  Paul is telling us to react the same for these church members.  If one member hurts, rally around them!  Take notice of them. An encouraging word, a thank you,  anonymous gift.   And then Paul’s goes further and says, God instructs us to “give greater honor to the parts that lack”!  Show appreciation in their desire to use their unnoticed gifts for our growth and all that it encompasses!  

 

In my opinion, God has anointed them the heart of the body, keeping everything working so we  all function in the gifts we’ve been entrusted.  And with that, never forget we are not designed to do anything alone. We are one in the Spirit and unified in and through Christ. 

 

Come on, we gotta pray;

 

Father, even Your title tells us we are family and with that connection comes obligation, responsibility and blessings.  Help us, Father, to understand the true essence of the Family of God. Enlighten our hearts and encourage our souls to seek Your calling for each one of us.  Strengthen us not to shy away from our part of Your family but give us the courage and security to engage with our brothers and sisters, to recognize everyone for whom we are in You.  We thank You, Father, for Your never ending love, abundant with compassion and concern for our wellbeing, and Your good pleasure.  We pray in the name of Jesus our Lord, Amen.

TR

Uncommon Journey REading schedule

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Jan 16th: Deuteronomy  1-34
"God's Covenant & Moses's Role" 
by Pastor John Slotten


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Jan 23rd:  Part 1 ~  Exodus  1-14
"The Promise, Plagues, Passover, and Freedom" 
by Pastor Bruce Komassa


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Jan 30th: Part 2 ~ Exodus 15-40
"The Holy Way of Life of Moses & God's People"
by Pastor John Slotten


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Feb 6th: Leviticus 1-17 Part 1
“God's Ways to Holiness”
by Pastor John Slotten

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Feb 13th: Leviticus 18-27 Part 2
"Laws, Sexual Sin, Rules, Jubilee, and Redemption"
by Pastor Mike Levenhagen

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Feb 20th: Numbers 1-36
“Divine Discipline” 
(No Shortcuts To God's Blessings)
by Pastor John Slotten

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Feb 27th: 1 Samuel 1-31
“Decline of Judges & Rise of Kings”
by Pastor John Slotten

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March 6th: 2 Samuel 1-24
“Triumphs to Troubles”
by Pastor John Slotten

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March 13th: 1 Chronicles 1-29
"Roots, Righteousness, & Readiness"
by Pastor Bruce Komassa

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March 20th: 2 Chronicles 1-36
“The Temple, The Collapse, & The Return”
by Pastor John Slotten

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March 27th: Ezekiel 1-48
“Judgements, Siege, and Restoration's Life”
by Pastor John Slotten

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April 3rd: Revelation 1-3
“The Second Advent Vision”
by Pastor John Slotten

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April 10th: Revelation 4-22
“The 2nd Advent Consummation”
by Pastor John Slotten


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Holy Week & Easter Services:

April 13th: "Holy Wednesday" Gospel of John Part 1: 1-13
“Light & Darkness”
by Pastor John Slotten
 
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April 14th: “Maundy Thursday”: Gospel of John 6, 14, & 15
by Pastor John Slotten
Note: Service held at Church. Seder meal-type foods to follow. 

Please sign up in advance!

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April 15th: “Good Friday” Gospel of John 16-19
by Pastor John Slotten

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April 17th: “Resurrection Sunday” Happy Easter! Gospel of John 20-21
“Our Savior's Risen Love!!!” 
By Pastor John Slotten


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Special Note: We are summarizing the book of Genesis via 5 weekly devotionals each
Monday - Friday, starting January 24th. 


This above listing completes our Uncommon Journey Sermon Series of going through the whole Bible. Be blessed having completed what so many start, and few complete. Be blessed in having done something uncommon in the summaries of every book, and the joy many of you have in completing the reading assignment each week. Let’s keep doing our part in helping make all of God's Word commonly and completely read!!! If you missed any of it, everything's available under Archived Messages on our website under the Uncommon Journey tab. You can find the reading assignments and watch the sermon summaries as well. Additionally, for the summaries of Genesis and Psalms, you can find the archives of those under our daily devotional list. 
I love you, Church!!! And I love being one of your Pastors!!!

In Jesus’ Strong Name,
Pastor John Slotten

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