Nov. 5 * 1 Timothy 6:6-8 * Countdown to Nov. 23rd

I’m excited you’ve joined our church family in this exciting adventure as we experience The Power of Everyone coming together to thank and seek God.  For 21 days leading up to Sunday, Nov. 23rd,  we’ve committed to pray, fast and seek God’s direction personally and for our church.  I hope you’ll pause at 10pm each night and pray for about 10 minutes; do this individually, as a couple, or as a family.


During the days leading up to Nov. 23 and our Celebration Offering and Thanksgivng Family Festival, I’ll list a scripture for you to read and consider.  I’ll also share a few thoughts of my own, but my primary desire is that you ask God to reveal to you what this passage means in your life and how you should apply it as you think about what God would have you do.  I would also ask that you pray and ask God to speak to the hearts of all the people in our church about this particular passage concerning what they should do.  It’s going to be a great adventure.   Bless you – Pastor BJ



Nov. 5                   1 Timothy 6:6-8

6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.


The great author and speaker Chuck Swindoll writes: “We’ll miss contentment if keeping rather than releasing becomes our objective.”  What do you think he means by that statement?  What’s the difference in keeping and releasing?    What motivates or causes you to hold on to things instead of releasing them to God for His use and His work?   Is there anything in your life that you’d not be willing to release to God?  If you’re a believer, you’ve trusted Him with your eternal destiny and you probably seek Him for daily wisdom.  So why would you be hesitant to release something / anything to God?  Maybe there are things that have a greater hold on us than the hold God has on us.  If that’s the case, will you ever find true contentment?  The more grateful we are for what we have and the more generous we are with what God has entrusted to our care; the more contentment we’ll find.

About bjrutledge

BJ & Janet were married in July 1977 They have three grown children who are all married: Jeremy & Whitney Rutledge, Chris & Julie Hurst, and Josh and Hannah Rutledge. They also have five grandsons, and a granddaughter. BJ says perhaps our greatest legacy is even though our kids are PK's, they love Jesus and are all involved in ministry in the local church. BJ has served at churches in Dallas - Bossier City, LA - Houston - and was at Fellowship of the Woodlands (Woodlands Church) in The Woodlands before coming to Grace Fellowship. BJ is the Legacy Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, TX.
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