On Sunday July 24, 2016 at 11:00 AM the message "The Departure of Lot" was given by Minister Christine Lee at Gratia Community Church in Sioux Falls, SD. This message was taken from Genesis 13:5-17, Genesis 12:1-3 and Genesis 19:23-26, 36-38.
Even though circumstances forced Abram and Lot to have their flocks be separated by some distance, Lot still chose to go the wrong way. He went to the green lush pastures of the Jordan valley, but with this came the enticing snare of the wickedness in the land. He thought his blessing was from the ground and didn't realize it was connected to Abram.
Christine revealed from the second passage that the blessing of God was given to Abram and by extension all those who were connected to him. When things are going well, divisions and strife tend to arise between people. The final passages show the terrible consequences to Lot as a result of his going to Sodom. Abram was a type of Christ. The believer's blessings come from God through Christ, and not of their own efforts or from the world. So too, the members of Godly churches should stay connected to their church and then will be blessed. They will not be blessed and only find trouble if they separate outside of their Godly church fellowship.
Prayers were held for the needs of the members including primarily the finding of jobs.
After reflection and sharing everyone had lunch and fellowship in the conference room.