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No Turning Back | Keep Your Head Up

This series is based upon a small book called Red Sea Rules by Robert J. Morgan. We are looking at how God helps lead us out of the difficult times we may be in, using the lessons Moses learned during the Exodus. There is a wonderful Leader’s Guide written by the author that I will use to guide our connect notes during this series.

 Rule #1: Realize that God means for you to be where you are

Read Exodus 14:1-2.

  • Does God Let His People Experience Difficulties?*
  • When have you felt that your difficulties were because of God, and when were they because or your own choices?
  • For further study, read John 16:33, James 1:2, 1 Peter 4:12, Luke 22:54-62, Romans 8:28

 Rule #2: Be More Concerned for God’s glory than your relief

Read Exodus 14:3-4, 10-12.

  • Why did God lead his people to the edge of the sea?*
  • How did God intend to get glory or honor from the Red Sea experience?*
  • When was a time you sought ways to glorify God and your perspective changed?

 Rule #3 Acknowledge your enemy, but keep your eyes on the Lord.

Read Exodus 14:5-9.

  • After the Israelites left Egypt, getting their first taste of freedom, what did Pharaoh do?*
  • Describe the forces with which Pharaoh tracked the Israelites.*
  • How did the Israelites react when they saw the Egyptian armies?*
  • What was Moses’ advice for the fearful pilgrims?*
  • What does this story teach us about keeping our eyes on God?
  • For further study, read 1 Peter 5:8, John 10:10, Ephesians 6:13-18, Job 1:6-12, Hebrews 2:14.


*These questions come from Robert J. Morgan’s Leader’s Guide for Read Sea Rules

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People have commented I have been getting long winded with my articles. Let me see if I can be quicker to the point this week. 

Our Lay Leadership Team has begun our work for 2019 nominations. One of our opportunities is matching up gifts of persons with particular roles in the church administrative life. If you have input, you can talk to any of our team: Michelle Carmical, Suzy Chapman, Alicia Franklin, Gator Heath, Josie Kiser, John Patterson, Beth Russell, Ron Sacco, Mark Whitehead, Jackie Youngblood and Philip McVay. 

The new sermon series begins this weekend and is entitled No Turning Back. In addition to our own writing and material from Exodus 14, we will also reference the book Red Sea Rules by Robert Morgan. As Israel, when we are “between a rock and a hard place” our only choice is to look up to God. In our life and in the church we choose among three directions; backward, stuck, or forward.   We seek to move forward trusting God with the future! 

Our church will have our annual picnic Sunday at Liza Jackson Park at 1:00 pm. Relationship building is at the core of our church life. We hope you plan to attend and make some new friends.  We look forward to seeing you there!



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31-Day Praying for Your Pastor Challenge

Pastor Appreciation month is October and it is my hope that you already pray for the SUMC and our Pastors on a regular basis. On behalf of the Tuesday Night Prayer Group and the Prayer Ministry Team, I would like to invite each of you to join us in a commitment to pray for our Pastors (Pastor Philip, Pastor Brian, Pastor Faith, Pastor Brad, and Pastor David) each day during the month of October.  Prayer guides will be available in the Family Life Center beginning September 23, 2018 or you can download now and print from link below.

Click Here to Print Prayer Guide


"God begin answering when the Prayer is made. Prayer triggers actions in Heaven."
Max Lucado "Before Amen". 

 Thank you in advance for your support,
Jim Brantley
SUMC Prayer Ministry Team Coordinator

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