Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Life in the Desert – Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy - Schedule

Life in the Desert – Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy
Class Schedule, Topics, and Texts
Jun 3 – Sacrifices and Priestly Ordination – Lev 1-10
Jun 10 – Cleanness and Atonement – Lev 11-16
Jun 17 – Laws for Priests and People – Lev 17-27
Jun 24 – Organization for the Nation – Num 1:1-10:10
Jul 1 – To the Border of the Promised Land – Num 10:11-14:45
Jul 8 – A Sojourn in the Wilderness – Num 15:1-20:13
Jul 15 – To the Plains of Moab – Num 20:14-25:18
Jul 22 – Laws and Events in Moab – Num 26-36
Jul 29 – Commandments for the People – Deut 1-5
Aug 5 – What God Expects of the People – Deut 6-11
Aug 12 – Laws on Many Subjects – Deut 12-26
Aug 19 – Blessings and Curses – Deut 27-30
Aug 26 – Moses’ End – Deut 31-34

Monday, May 28, 2018

Keys to the Kingdom – The Sermon on the Mount - 13 DISCERNMENT

Identical twin boys were born to one of our church families late Thursday night. Thankfully, each of the newborns is wearing a beanie cap with his name on it! Otherwise it would be hard to distinguish one from the other. That’s the point of our study today – discernment. It’s a key to the kingdom.
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An old man complained that everything in the house was dirty. The dishes. The couch. The clothes. The walls. The floor. He complained that is, until, while he was asleep, his wife slipped off his glasses and cleaned them!
Discern – to see clearly, distinguish, spot the difference, separate the good from the bad, but also to identify and choose the best over the good and the better.
From Latin discernere, literally “to separate off,” from cernere “to separate, determine” (source of English certain).]
Php 1:9 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; 11 having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
Reading: Matt 7:1-12
 “Judge not, lest you be judged.” Many use these frequently-quoted words of Jesus to say in effect, “You cannot condemn anything that others do! Any such critique is hate speech, and you are the one who is wrong!” In fact Jesus warns us against a nitpicking, faultfinding attitude that maximizes others’ flaws while ignoring our own. He calls us to discernment.
Matt 7:1-12 – These verses appear to present separate, self-contained thoughts and teachings.
Yet there is a common thread – network of relationships. Discernment in each.
Stott: quite logical that, having described a Christian’s character, influence, righteousness, piety and ambition, Jesus should concentrate finally on his relationships. For the Christian counter-culture is not an individualistic but a community affair, and relations both within the community and between the community and others are of paramount importance. So now the network of relationships into which, as the followers of Jesus, we are drawn.
Your Brother – 7:1-5
Mt 7:1 “Do not judge so that you will not be judged. 2 “For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. 3 “Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 “Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? 5 “You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”
So much easier to condemn the faults of others than to admit our own.
To magnify their splinter while ignoring, denying, or minimizing our own log.
To put others under a microscope and put ourselves on a pedestal.
To drive down the road of life, running down others because of our own blind spot.
To be critical. To gossip. To throw dirt. To build ourselves up by putting others down.
Jesus had a name for such a person: hypocrite.
And He gave a warning: you will be judged, and by the same measure.
Admit your critical, fault-finding habits, motives.
Choose your scoop: judgment, mercy. Jas 2:13
Start with the man in the mirror. Jas 1:22-25
Be careful lest you condemn yourself! Rom 2:1-2.
Repent! Remove that log! See everything afresh!
Then help your brother tenderly, kindly, carefully.
Wiersbe: One of the easiest ways to cover our sins is to judge others. It is not wrong to exercise discernment (v. 6), but we must start with ourselves. Often we are guilty of the sins we think we see in others (Rom. 2:1–3). We need prayer and love if we are to perform successful “eye surgery” on our brothers and sisters. We must treat them the way we want them to treat us.
A preview of the Golden Rule coming in 7:12.
Jumping to conclusions.
Deciding what others’ motives are.
Nitpicking. Exaggerating. Gossiping.
Finding delight in the failures of others.
Decide how you want to be judged, and act accordingly.
Here’s what I want others to do for me. If you are sure that I have sinned, come and help me. Lift me up. Show me the way.
Love covers a multitude of sins.
If you are generous, lenient,
If you give the benefit of the doubt,
If you assume the best motives rather than the least,
If you assign guilt only as a last resort, when all the evidence is in and you have no other choice …
If you weep as you realize that someone you love, and God loves, has sinned -
So you will be treated. By others. By God.
Parallel in Luke:
Lk 6:37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned. 38 “Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.”
Tenderness in removing that speck. Walt Cooper had steel in his eye. Ouch!
Jas 1:22 But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; 24 for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. 25 But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.
Does Jesus forbid all judgment?
Affirming God’s Judgment
Jn 7:24 “Not by appearances; right judgment.”
We do not know motives, but we see behavior.
When we call sinful behavior, “sin” …
When we uphold marriage, sexuality, and life …
When we speak God’s truth in love about …
We are not “judging.” We are quoting the Judge!
Popular extreme today:
“You can’t say that anything is wrong, because Jesus said, ‘Judge not!’”
Especially if it has to do with the private, moral behavior of others.
Or the religious beliefs of others, as long as they are sincere.
In our postmodern age, many no longer believe in absolute truth or a single standard of morality based on the Bible. That’s why the Ten Commandments have become so dangerous! They are judgmental! If you quote them, you are judgmental, too! And someone may quote Matthew 7:1 to you!
Jesus accepted, endorsed, and practiced certain kinds of judgment. He called sin “sin.” He even called hypocrites “hypocrites.”
Earlier in the Sermon: angry, Raca, fool, fire of hell; settle matters quickly with your adversary … court, judge, prison …
Later in the Sermon: dogs, pigs, false prophets.
To see a tree with bad fruit, and to say, “That’s a tree with bad fruit!” is not to judge the tree, at least in an evil way, but to state the obvious.
Clearly we have to use our powers of discernment to assess and evaluate.
If we recognize a false teacher, and refuse to follow him, we have not disobeyed Jesus’ teaching about judging.
Even in this paragraph; in 7:5, he calls people “hypocrites!”
John 7:24 “Do not judge by appearances, but judge with righteous judgment.”
When we preach God’s word, we are not judging.
We are not acting as judges. We are quoting the Judge!

“Dogs” and “Pigs” – 7:6
6 “Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.”
Surprise! After telling His disciples not to judge, Jesus insists that we not waste what is precious on “dogs” and “pigs!”
Shocking and startling after His call for constructive treatment of brothers.
But Jesus called things as they were – fox, hypocrites, brood of vipers.
In fact He’s just used the term “hypocrite” above.
The context provides a healthy balance. If we are not to ‘judge’ others, finding fault with them in a censorious, condemning or hypocritical way, we are not to ignore their faults either and pretend that everybody is the same.
“Dogs” and “Pigs” – 7:6
Vicious, violent, dangerous, unclean animals.
Known by their obvious, outward behavior.
Do not waste holy or precious things on them.
They will not recognize or respect such things.
They will resent you and possibly attack you.
Ps 1:1; Prov 9:8; Mt 10:11-16; Ac 13:46; Phil 3:2
These words sound like the Proverbs. So let’s look at Proverbs for others.
Proverbs 26:11
11 As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.
Proverbs 26:17
17 Like one who seizes a dog by the ears is a passer-by who meddles in a quarrel not his own.
Pr 11:22 As a ring of gold in a swine’s snout So is a beautiful woman who lacks discretion.
Dogs and pigs – unclean in OT.
Dogs cannot appreciate anything that’s holy. So give it to someone who can.
Pigs cannot see the value of pearls. They may just run right over them. More than that, they may attack you and tear you to pieces.
Don’t fight with a pig! You can’t win. You’ll get filthy. And the pig will enjoy it!
Pr 9:8 Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you, Reprove a wise man and he will love you.
Vicious, violent animals with dirty habits as well.
Dogs and pigs – unclean in OT.
Not the well-behaved lapdogs of an elegant home but the wild pariah dogs, vagabonds and mongrels, which scavenged in the city’s rubbish dumps.
Php 3:2 Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision …
And pigs were unclean animals to the Jew, not to mention their love for mud. The apostle Peter was later to refer to them by bringing together two proverbs: ‘The dog turns back to his own vomit,’ and ‘The sow is washed only to wallow in the mire.’ The reference is at least to the fact that there are antagonistic, animal-like  unbelievers, whose nature has never been renewed. They possess physical or animal life, but not spiritual or eternal life.
A Jew would never hand ‘holy’ food (perhaps food previously offered in sacrifice) to unclean dogs. Nor would he ever dream of throwing pearls to pigs. Not only were they also unclean, but they would probably mistake the pearls for nuts or peas, try to eat them and then—finding them inedible—trample on them and even assault the giver.
Your Father – 7:7-11
7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 9 “Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? 10 “Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? 11 “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!”
Ask – receive. Seek – find, Knock – opened.
Incentive to prayer: guaranteed results!
Timid? Hesitant? Cautious? Bold! Confident! Sure!
Analogy: human fathers, though “evil” (sinful) … Would not substitute a stone or a snake. “How much more” the perfect Father!
“He who did not spare His own Son ...” Rom 8:32
All People – 7:12
12 “In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”
“Therefore …” as your Father treats you.
Parallel to “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Matt 5:17 “To fulfill the Law and the Prophets.”
This IS the Law and the Prophets. One covers all.
“In everything.” Not based on circumstances or one’s mood, but based on the Lord’s command.
I naturally want _________, so I will __________.
If you could lump together everything the Bible teaches about human relationships, and cover it all with just one statement, what would it be? About marriage. Neighbors. Fellow Christians. Coworkers. Even enemies.
Not, “Do it to others before they do it to you!”
Not, “Do to others as they did it to you!”
Not, “Do to others as you think they deserve!”
Not, “Don’t do to others what you would not want them to do to you.”
Lit., “this is the law and the prophets.”
Context. Why begin with “so” or “therefore?”
Do not judge.
Help your brother remove his speck.
You know how to give good gifts to your children.
Your Father gives good gifts to those who ask Him.
Therefore …
If someone asks you, will his request be granted?
If someone seeks help from you, will he find it?
If someone knocks on your door, will you open it?
Transition. Moves from what you would want for yourself to what you do for others.
Natural desire to care for, feed, nurture, protect yourself. Bible assumes that.
Unnatural (supernatural) to do that for others.
I know how I would like to be treated. That’s simple.
I want to be encouraged, respected, appreciated, included, forgiven …
I want to be treated with courtesy, kindness, patience, understanding …
I am very tolerant toward myself! I have decided to live with myself, and make the best of it, in spite of myself!
But to treat you “as if I were you” is quite different.
The parent has been a child. The teacher has been a student. The employer has been an employee. The married person has been a single. The elder, deacon, or minister was a member first. The saint has been a sinner.
If we can remember what we once were (a child, immature, single, etc.), we will always know how to treat those who are in that state now.
How do we treat people who are foolish, disobedient, deceived, etc.? The way we needed to be treated when we were in the same boat! The way God treated us!
Possible hymns:
Create in Me a Clean Heart
Humble Yourself in the Sight of the Lord
Just a Closer Walk with Thee
Each Step I Take
My Jesus, as Thou Wilt
Let the Beauty of Jesus Be Seen in Me

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Called to Be Saints - 1 Corinthians 16 - Keys to Growth

It may seem easy to skim or skip over the closing remarks in Paul’s letters, but we would do so to our own loss. His final instructions and greetings convey powerful nuggets of truth that will motivate all who are “called to be saints.” Let’s identify eight “Keys to Growth” found in 1 Corinthians 16.
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1. Giving – 16:1-4
We give relationally. “Now concerning the collection for the saints …”
We give obediently. “as I directed the churches of Galatia, so you also do.”
We give consistently. “On the first day of each week …” Ac 20:7 “On the first day of the week …”
We give individually. “… each of you …”
We give deliberately. “… is to put something aside and store it up …”
We give proportionally. “… as each one has prospered …”
We give confidently. “… And when I arrive, I will send those whom you accredit by letter to carry your gift to Jerusalem. If it seems advisable that I should go also, they will accompany me.”
2. Fellowship – 16:5-7
1 Co 16:5 I will visit you after passing through Macedonia, for I intend to pass through Macedonia, 6 and perhaps I will stay with you or even spend the winter, so that you may help me on my journey, wherever I go. 7 For I do not want to see you now just in passing. I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord permits.
3. Outreach – 16:8-9
1 Co 16:8 But I will stay in Ephesus until Pentecost, 9 for a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.
4. Building Leaders – 16:10-12
1 Co 16:10 When Timothy comes, see that you put him at ease among you, for he is doing the work of the Lord, as I am. 11 So let no one despise him. Help him on his way in peace, that he may return to me, for I am expecting him with the brothers. 12 Now concerning our brother Apollos, I strongly urged him to visit you with the other brothers, but it was not at all his will to come now. He will come when he has opportunity.
5. Association – 16:19-21
1 Co 16:19 The churches of Asia send you greetings. Aquila and Prisca, together with the church in their house, send you hearty greetings in the Lord. 20 All the brothers send you greetings. Greet one another with a holy kiss. 21 I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand.
6. Warning – 16:22a
1 Co 16:22a If anyone has no love for the Lord, let him be accursed.*
*Anathema – lit. “something placed or set up.”
[1] “devoted to destruction.” Num 21:3; Deut 7:26; Jud 1:17; 6:17; 7:12 (LXX )
[2] “object of a curse.” Rom 9:3; 1 Cor 12:3; Gal 1:8f. Note Ac 23:14 Gk. “We have anathematized ourselves with an anathema.” (= Eng. “bound ourselves with an oath.”)
7. Anticipation – 16:22b
1 Co 16:22b Our Lord, come!
Maran atha in Aramaic.
Mar = “Lord.” an or ana = “our.” atha = “come.”
Re 22:20 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! 21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.
Once we are sure He’s coming tomorrow,
we can really start living today!
8. Intercession – 16:23-24
1 Co 16:23 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. 24 My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.
God’s grace changes every vessel that carries it.
When His grace passes through us to others, neither we nor they will ever be the same again.
If you love someone, tell them! Now!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Keys to the Kingdom – The Sermon on the Mount - 12 PRIORITY

How much would you pay to have someone else do all your worrying for you? One fellow worried so much that he figured it cost him $250,000 per year. Stress. Sickness. Insomnia. Lost productivity. So he decided to hire someone to do his worrying for him. He found a man who agreed to be his hired worrier for a salary of $200,000 per year. After the man accepted the job, his first question to his boss was, “Where are you going to get $200,000 per year?” The man responded, “You should have asked me that before I hired you! That’s for you to worry about now!”
We could title this lesson, “Worry.” But that’s not a key to the kingdom! In fact, anxiety is what keeps us from the keys to the kingdom. Worry puts our problems in our own hands. Worry fills us with uncertainty, fear, and stress.
We’ve all heard and said, “Don’t worry about it!” Yet we often struggle with anxiety about many things. We become preoccupied with the uncertainties of life, over which we have no control. We let less important concerns distract us from what matters most. Jesus’ answer? Confident trust in the Father above, and an all-out pursuit of His kingdom and righteousness.
A recently licensed pilot was flying his private plane in a cloudy day. He was not very experienced in instrument landing. When the control tower was to bring him in, he began to get panicky. Then a stern voice came over the radio, “You just obey instructions, we’ll take care of the obstructions.”
Reading: Matt 6:25-34
“Sorrow looks back, Worry looks around, Faith looks up.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Worry is faith in the negative, trust in the unpleasant, assurance of disaster and belief in defeat...worry is wasting today’s time to clutter up tomorrow’s opportunities with yesterday’s troubles. A dense fog that covers a seven-city-block area one hundred feet deep is composed of less than one glass of water divided into sixty thousand million drops. Not much is there but it can cripple an entire city.  When I don’t have anything to worry about, I begin to worry about that. Walter Kelly.
The first thing is to IDENTIFY the main thing. Only then can we keep the main thing the main thing.
The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.
But the first thing is to know what the main thing is!
If you had a 3 x 5 card, and you wrote the three most important things …
At first called this text, “Precoccupation.”
Priorities – your top three. The first will be God.
“Therefore I say to you …”
Because of the Vault – 6:19-21.
Where you choose (not) to invest.
Because of the Lens – 6:22-23.
How you choose (not) to focus.
Because of the Throne – 6:24.
Whom you choose (not) to serve.
Luke 12:22-34

“Do not worry …”
“Take no thought or forethought?” Of course not!
“Do not be anxious, preoccupied, obsessed, consumed, distracted, or paralyzed …”
“… as if you had no Father to care for you, or as if you lacked faith in Him to care and provide.”
Luke 8:14
Luke 10:38-42
Phil 4:6-7

Such worry… majors in minors.
Mt 6:25 “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?”
Such worry… confuses source and means.
Mt 6:26a “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.”
Such worry… misses our value to God.
Mt 6:26b “Are you not worth much more than they?”
Such worry… cannot change the outcome.
Mt 6:27 “And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?”
An exasperated husband asked his wife, “Why are you always worrying when it doesn’t do any good?” She quickly piped back, “Oh yes it does! Ninety percent of the things I worry about never happen.”
An average person’s anxiety is focused on: Source Unknown.
40% -- things that will never happen
30% -- things about the past that can’t be changed
12% -- things about criticism by others, mostly untrue
10% -- about health, which gets worse with stress
8% -- about real problems that will be faced
J. Arthur Rank, an English executive, decided to do all his worrying on one day each week. He chose Wednesdays. When anything happened that gave him anxiety and annoyed his ulcer, he would write it down and put it in his worry box and forget about it until next Wednesday. The interesting thing was that on the following Wednesday when he opened his worry box, he found that most of the things that had disturbed him the past six days were already settled. It would have been useless to have worried about them. Source Unknown.
Worry actually keeps us from solving the problems that we CAN solve.
Why worry when you can trust. It is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do but doesn’t get you anywhere. Source Unknown.

Such worry… overlooks the flowers.
Mt 6:28 “And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, 29 yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.”
As a child I remember singing, “Consider the Lilies of the Field.” My favorite line was sung by the men: “How they grow.” I couldn’t wait to get a bass voice low enough to sing that part!
Such worry… denies God’s providence.
Mt 6:30 “But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you?”
Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow. Swedish proverb.

Such worry… reflects doubt, not trust.
Mt 6:30 “… You of little faith!”
Every evening I turn worries over to God. He’s going to be up all night anyway. Mary C. Crowley, Be Somebody.
David Mackenzie, Still Married, Still Sober, IVP, 1991, p. 117.
To act out the principle of turning prayers over to God, we took a paper bag, wrote “God” on it, and taped it up high on the back of our kitchen door. As I prayed about matters such as my career, my role as a father, my abilities to be a good husband, I would write down each concern on a piece of paper. Then those pieces of paper would go in the bag. The rule was that if you start worrying about a matter of prayer that you’ve turned over to God, you have to climb up on a chair and fish it out of the bag. I don’t want to admit how much time I spent sifting through those scraps of paper. 

Such worry… befits Gentiles, not children.
Mt 6:31 “Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ 32 For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.”
When I was young, I did not worry about food, clothing, or shelter.

Such worry… distracts us from what’s first.
Mt 6:33 “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
God’s kingdom is His rule. Remember the phrase in Jesus’ prayer, “Your kingdom come.”
Our highest aim, that supersedes all others, is to be a subject of the King of Kings. A genuine disciple submits to God as Lord of all – self, education, marriage, family, career, finances, time, etc.
God’s righteousness is that which is right in His sight. Right faith, right thinking, right behavior, right relationships, and so forth.
It’s been said, “Either God is Lord of all, or He’s not Lord at all.”
Earlier Jesus said, “Gentiles seek these things (food, drink, clothing, etc.).”
Now He says, “You are to seek these things (God’s rule and righteousness).”
What a contrast! What we are to seek is completely opposite to what the people of the world seek.
So here’s a test of discipleship. Who and what are you seeking as your top, no-matter-what, first priority? Is it to please God, to live under His authority, and live His way?
Or are you seeking Gentile things – food, drink, clothing, etc.?
How clear is the distinction between your priority and the priorities of others around you? Can they see and detect the difference?
Having the right priority is a key to the kingdom. It’s also the key to everything else in life. That’s because Jesus says, “And all these things shall be added to you.” Whatever you may truly need, within the will and providence of God, He will supply.
Such worry… borrows tomorrow’s troubles.
Mt 6:34 “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Worry pulls tomorrow’s cloud over today’s sunshine. C. Swindoll, 
Worry is wasting today’s time to clutter up tomorrow’s opportunities with yesterday’s troubles. Source Unknown.
What does your anxiety do? It does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, but it does empty today of its strength. It does not make you escape the evil; it makes you unfit to cope with it when it comes. God gives us the power to bear all the sorrow of His making, but He does not guarantee to give us strength to bear the burdens of our own making such as worry induces. Ian Maclaren.
Jesus’ teaching on worry …
Does not prevent us from working to earn our own living, planning ahead, providing for others, and experiencing want and trouble.
Does place our focus where it should be, so that we can accomplish …
God’s goals in God’s way to God’s glory.
Define your anxiety.
Its cause.
Its worth.
Its effects.
Your responsibility.
Your options.
Your faith.
T-R-U-S-T G-O-D.
T ake quiet time to pray, read.
R est, recreate, and reconcile.
U se your talents to glorify God.
S top and stretch.
T alk with a godly friend.
G o to God, who is in control.
O rganize, prioritize, and lessen.
D on’t resort to fake, temporary fixes.
Possible hymns:
I Know Who Holds Tomorrow
Seek Ye First
Consider the Lilies of the Field
All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name
Lest I Forget Gethsemane (perhaps before the Lord’s Supper)
Above All Powers
O Worship the King
Lord, Take Control