All Nations Community Church
Don't Miss Jesus
Prayer and fasting—along with a whole array of spiritual disciplines—draw us closer to God. Time spent in undivided attention to God reminds us that God and only God is God. Christ alone saves. Only the Spirit brings life. Recognizing this, we respond in gratitude, by taking the time and by doing whatever it is that makes sense to us to love God in return.
Locations & Times
  • All Nations Community Church
    18620 Kedzie Ave, Homewood, IL 60430, USA
    Sunday 10:00 AM
"In Silicon Valley, working 9-5 is for losers."
- New York Times

[You] should be working 18 hours a day. Everyday. No vacations, no going on dates, no watching TV. 'If you want bling, bling if you want to buy the jets?' he asks in one of his motivational speeches. "Work. That's how you get it." - Gary Vaynerchuk

"I rarely get to see my kids. That's the risk you have to take."
- Gary Vaynerchuk

Keith Rabois recently boasted on Twitter that he worked for 18 years while taking less than a week of vacation.
- New York Times
Luke 10:38-42 reveals some truths that would keep us from missing Jesus…

Truth #1: Make preparation for Jesus, Luke 10:38-39. Martha did the right thing by receiving Jesus into her home.

This passage is significant for two reasons:
1. Reveals that Jesus is willing to dismiss cultural norms to engage people
2. Women were permitted to worship only in the court of women…

Note that Martha made preparation to receive Jesus, and she is being characterized by her work, not her worship.
Truth #2: Misplaced priorities affect relationships, Luke 10:40. Martha experienced bitterness when she should have been experiencing joy! Her bitterness is comprised of two things, anxiety and trouble then she projects that anxiety and trouble upon Mary.

Martha was described as distracted (perispao, to draw around or to be over-occupied!!!)

No longer does the enemy tempt you with evil things. He changes his strategy from temptation to distraction.
Truth #3: Make pursuing Jesus your daily practice, Luke 10:41-42. Encountering Jesus always provides realignment! Note that Jesus calls her name twice!
- Abraham, Abraham (Gen. 22:11-13)
- Jacob, Jacob (Gen. 46:1-4)
- Moses, Moses (Exodus 3:1-10)
- Samuel, Samuel (1 Samuel 3:1-10)
- Simon, Simon (Luke 22:31-32)
- Saul, Saul (Acts 9)
- Now, Martha, Martha!
Next Steps:
1. Take a Holy Ghost Timeout. To stop doing is to tell God that I'm trusting You that nothing will fail while I'm seeking you! (Ps. 46:10)
2. Take a seat at Jesus feet. Sitting at Jesus' feet is a deliberate move to shut out all other distractions! Listen for Jesus to speak!
3. Take inventory of what areas need realignment. A diagnostic of the heart reveals where there are deficiencies. This is done best in community.
Talk it over:
- What is one thing that stood out to you from this week’s message?
- Have you ever experienced any particular success at a physical challenge, such as a 10K race or a long hike? What concrete steps did you take to prepare?
- Have you experienced any particular breakthroughs in some of your practices? What was that like? How did you prepare?
- In order to devote more of your time and energy to prayer and fasting, what activities might you be able to remove from your calendar or minimize in the three weeks to come?