Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. And He came to walk with us every step of the way.

3. We can look empty and depleted but through God’s grace, we are really quite full. We sit at the foot of the Master and find our spirits refreshed.

But when we’ve made sure that we’ve take that Sabbath Rest and spent time with God. I didn’t know if this was a man or a woman. It was time for a new beginning in my life! I closed with prayer and while I was praying I felt a piece of paper being slipped into my hand. That’s number Four on God’s Top Ten list. We come to Church and worship with our family and friends.

Grandpa and Grandma, mom and dad, the kids, the whole nine yards all lived in more or less a complex of houses all joined together. Lamp trimming was for conservation and for the best possible light. GET YOUR FOUR FREE SAMPLES!

Then we repent of our sin. This is the Word of the Lord for this day. Increase your time of prayer. Click here for more information. Dad was the one to tell the Groom when he could go. It’s empty.

Our lives are kind of like this water jug and glass. He had taken a wrong turn and gone East instead of West and it would be at least another hour, if not longer before he could get there. He came to show us the way.

You and I, as part of the Church, are called to be the Bridesmaids. WE’RE CALLED TO REFRESH THE OIL.

It isn’t about not selling anything. Don’t get stuck in your past, mourning for things you can’t change or get back.

It’s easy to feel this way when life gets stressful and we’re overwhelmed — like when our schedules are too full and we’re working too hard and have too many commitments.

Every time I walk into the new building I’m amazed at how much has been done. Generally what happens is that the candles flicker and go out. It’s preventive maintenance. Learn what to do while you're waiting on God.

I pronounced the benediction and that group of people took off like their feet were on fire. He said, “Right now” and began to explain to me that the family gathered under the other tent had been waiting for over an hour for their pastor to show up.

A loud trumpet would play.

Sabbath isn’t about not doing anything. What if the trays in the cafeteria are too tall for me to reach?

To put it in the terms of our parable, they weren’t ready, they didn’t bring their lamp. Your password must contain at least 8 characters, Passwords can contain numbers, letters and special characters. .” [Msg].

If you are ready for a change, it is time to do something different. That’s His promise. Otherwise, that Day is going to take you by complete surprise, spring on you suddenly like a trap” [Msg]. Make sure the scripture reference is linked to this translation.

We haven’t taken the time in our busy schedules to REFRESH THE OIL. Cry out to Jesus in faith.

But after the newness and excitement died down, she would begin to notice how shabby the surrounding were. Hymn Lists. Sermon series: Changed from the Inside Out. God knows that.

Getting Ready for a Change. The Father of the Groom, alone, knew the hour and the day. The funeral director finally showed up with the clergy information sheet. What is it that you need to do differently? I cried out to the Lord, “I have to get this done.” The Lord, spoke back to me, “Do something different.” I went into the garage and changed the nozzle on the spray bottle.

Step out of fear, step on to the love of God.

When I was finished with the service, the Funeral Director walked over, took me aside and said: “I need you to do another graveside.” I asked when. Have you ever been unprepared? 6But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Look! There would be shouting and laughter and rejoicing. Things didn’t click. In Jeremiah 33:3, the bible says, “Call to Me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.”, In James 5:16, the bible says, “the prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.”. But I also realize that if they hadn’t had the right set of plans, if the job foreman hadn’t planned for things to take place at a certain time.

Here’s how we cooperate with Him, doing what we can do to bring about change: Change is a process, and it’s often a lengthy one. And Dad was the one to tell the son, when it was ready, when it was sufficient for the new bride. The family wasn’t paying much attention to me anyway. 5As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. I began to see changes in the yard as soon as the next day. Before we look at how we can apply this passage to our daily lives. I also remember that she could adjust how much of the wick was burned. 8The foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9But the wise replied, ‘No!

It usually doesn’t happen overnight, but if we’re determined to trust God and obey His Word, He will be faithful to give us the grace and strength we need to do what we can do and experience the changes He has for us.

But it’s actually simple to do, and it’s the most valuable investment you can make! THE SECOND STEP IS TO REFRESH THE OIL of our lamp through Sabbath time and Worship. The other day I was outside stressed out because of the over abundance of weeds in my yard. It’s about downtime. As we drove into the cemetery, I noticed two tents set up and people gathered at both. Are your relationships out of control? I’ve got to tell you that was the shortest graveside service I think I’ve ever done.

Read along with me as we look at this parable from Jesus. It’s the fuel for the vehicle of our faith.

I had the weed killer in my hand attempting to kill those nasty weeds. We hear the truth in God’s Word and we’re convicted by it. Join us and do something different. Jesus told us to be careful how we live and how we walk in our faith journey. EM Bounds said, “It is greatly to be feared that much of the work of the church is being done by those who are perfect strangers to the prayer closet. We respect your privacy.

He told us to trim our lamps so we can focus on Him. It too, emphasizes being and living ready. Would the change have come if I had not made a change? So they needed to be ready and vigilant.

Remember that God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him ( Hebrews 11:6 NKJV). He had called and said he was lost. The weed killer immediately began to come out and spray the weeds. Remember that God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6 NKJV). My great aunt and uncle lived in rural Kentucky before the TVA. There I was in the middle of a funeral and I had no clue who I was burying. Increase your time of prayer.

Everything we do take a little out of us. Have you called your friends and you still have no power? (Show small clay lamp reproduction).

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Before long we’re empty. God loves you! Have we prayed?

We read passages like this and sometimes it just scare the be-jeebers out of us. Sometimes it seems like we’re just going through motions. When we got there, I conducted the graveside services. If you are ready for a change, it is time to do something different.

Yes, I can eat like I am supposed to. Matthew 25:1-13 People Get Ready. In Matthew 22:14 Jesus said: “Many are called, but few are chosen.” [NRSV] We have been called and chosen.

When we bring plenty of oil, then we’re like this tube here. Homiletics, January – March 1993, p. 33. WE’RE CALLED TO SHOW UP AND BRING OUR LAMP. Let me show you this way. What if a bell rings and a man yells, “Where do you belong?” and I don’t know? There’s nothing more to give, nothing more to take. But to get past this barrier requires us to experience personal breakthroughs in all areas of our life. I’m sure some of you remember using coal oil lamps.

1″Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. I think I know a little what the foolish bridesmaids in today’s parable must have felt like. Seek Him diligently and experience the righteousness, peace and joy He wants you to have today.

By raising and lowering the wick you could increase or decrease the amount of light. The author of the Letter to the Hebrews 12:28 writes: “Do you see what we’ve got?

When they woke and needed the light, they pulled the wick out a little to increase size of flame and amount of light.

Luckily no one along the way forgot TO BRING PLENTY OF OIL.

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