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Order of Service

Music……………………..Worship Team
Welcome……………..Gilbert Thurston
Music……………………..Worship Team
Grace Like a Wave
Do It Again
Message……………..Gilbert Thurston
Faith in Adversity
Offering & Announcements
Music……………………..Worship Team
Dismissal………………………Bill Butler

Message notes

Faith in Adversity

Darius reorganized his kingdom. He appointed one hundred twenty governors to rule over each state. Over them were three vice-regents, one of whom was Daniel. The governors reported to the vice-regents, who made sure that everything was in order for the king. But Daniel, brimming with spirit and intelligence, so completely outclassed the other vice-regents and governors that the king decided to put him in charge of the whole kingdom. The other men tried to find something wrong with the way Daniel did his work for the king. But they could not accuse him of anything wrong, because he was honest and faithful and did everything he was supposed to do. Finally, they said to one another, “We will never be able to bring any charge against Daniel, unless it has to do with his religion.” They all went to the king and said: Your Majesty, we hope you live forever! All of your officials, leaders, advisors, and governors agree that you should make a law forbidding anyone to pray to any god or human except you for the next thirty days. Everyone who disobeys this law must be thrown into a pit of lions. Order this to be written and then sign it, so it cannot be changed, just as no written law of the Medes and Persians can be changed.” So King Darius made the law and had it written down.  Daniel heard about the law, but when he returned home, he went upstairs and prayed in front of the window that faced Jerusalem. In the same way that he had always done, he knelt down in prayer three times a day, giving thanks to God.

-Daniel 6:1-10

4 Character Qualities to Learn from Daniel:

1. I must have an exceptional that motivates me to .

Whatever you find to do with your hands, do it with all your might.

-Ecclesiastes 9:10

In all the work you are doing, work the best you can. Work as if you were doing it for the Lord, not for people.

-Colossians 3:23

2. I must demonstrate personal .

People with integrity walk safely, but whoever lives dishonestly will be found out.

-Proverbs 10:9

3. I must be in my faith.

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

-Matthew 6:33

4. I must be willing to a for my faith?

“A religion that gives nothing, costs nothing, and suffers nothing, is worth nothing."

Martin Luther

King Darius sent this message to the people of every race and nation and language throughout the world: “Peace and prosperity to you! “I decree that everyone throughout my kingdom should tremble with fear before the God of Daniel. For he is the living God, and he will endure forever. His kingdom will never be destroyed, and his rule will never end. He rescues and saves his people; he performs miraculous signs and wonders in the heavens and on earth. He has rescued Daniel from
the power of the lions.”

-Daniel 6:25-27

To discuss during the week with your family or Life Group

1. How has your faith been tested by people who either reject it or are hostile towards it?
2. Which of the 4 lessons from Daniel’s life do you need to most work on? Why?
3. What is my next step as a result of this message?