February 8, 2016

Read Daniel 4
Not long ago, a beautiful maple tree had to be removed from our front yard because there was a danger that, in a strong wind, it could fall on the roof of our house and do serious damage. And just as in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, the stump and roots of our maple tree were left. To our surprise, after a period of time, shoots of new growth began to appear at the base of the tree stump.
Daniel reluctantly told the King that he was the one that represented the tree in his dream, and that he would be cut down because of his sin of pride. He would lose his position of honor and glory for a period of time. Nebuchadnezzar was not by himself. The Pharaohs of Egypt, and even the Pharisees in the time of Jesus, were all plagued with the sin of pride. God brought Nebuchadnezzar down, not for his destruction, but for his good. It was in that period of time that Nebuchadnezzar recognized his sin, repented, and was restored to his position of power and glory.
Just like the maple tree in our front yard, although it was cut down - new growth is sprouting around the stump that was left. When we are willing to confess our sin, we can begin to “sprout” again and renew our fellowship with our Heavenly Father.

One great way to weave worship into our daily lives is to fill it with music that helps focus our hearts on our great God.  Here is a Spotify playlist that has all the songs our worship team has led us through in the last month’s Sunday evening services to get you started. http://bit.ly/GBCPMThisMonth It’s updated weekly, so “follow” it to keep fresh worship music in your life.