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13 04, 2017

Valuing real pleasure

April 13th, 2017|Spiritual Disciplines, The Christian Life|0 Comments

In his book, "Screwtape Letters", C. S. Lewis tells the story of a senior demon named Screwtape who writes a series of thirty-one letters to his nephew, Wormwood. Wormwood has been tasked to darken the soul of a man known as "the patient," and turn him away from "the Enemy" (G0d). The letters contain advice on how to manipulate the patient. One of my favorite sections is toward the end is when Screwtape tells his young protegé how he made two key errors, which led to [...]

12 04, 2017

Our response to trials

April 12th, 2017|Character, The Christian Life|0 Comments

We all face trials. It's part of the human condition. In this sermon, we learn what the book of James reveals to us how we can respond to life's trials. We also examine the multi-faceted definition of the word "trials" or "temptations", which helps deepen our understanding of the text.   I have also included a transcription of the sermon if you prefer reading over listening. I want to begin this morning by stating the obvious. We all experience trials -- each one [...]

27 03, 2017

Endurance and perseverance

March 27th, 2017|Spiritual Disciplines, The Christian Life|0 Comments

Am I simply enduring or am I persevering? Enduring is tolerating the pain or situation. Perseverance is endurance combined with the absolute certainty that God will come through. It means to continue in spite of difficulty and lack of success. Endurance is accepting a situation, whereas perseverance carries the idea of action. It involves endurance but is much more intentional and less "white knuckled". Chambers writes of perseverance: “Perseverance means more than just hanging on, which may be only exposing our fear of letting go [...]

9 03, 2017

Spiritual service and abiding

March 9th, 2017|Spiritual Disciplines, The Christian Life|0 Comments

Oswald Chambers writes: Beware of anything that competes with your loyalty to Jesus Christ. The greatest competitor of true devotion to Jesus is the service we do for Him. It is easier to serve than to pour out our lives completely for Him. The goal of the call of God is His satisfaction, not simply that we should do something for Him. We are not sent to do battle for God, but to be used by God in His battles. Are we more devoted to [...]

1 03, 2017

What the eye illuminates

March 1st, 2017|Spiritual Disciplines, The Christian Life|0 Comments

The eye is the lamp of the body. If then your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light. In Matthew 6 this verse is sandwiched between discussing a focus on money and a focus on anxiety. It's as if Jesus is placing this guard rail in the place where we need it most.  For who among us does not wrestle with the lure of possessions and the power that comes with money? And who among us does not contend with the [...]

23 02, 2017

Margin

February 23rd, 2017|Planning, Spiritual Disciplines, The Christian Life|0 Comments

There are many things that can keep us from responding to God’s call to become fellow workers with Him, but for many who grapple daily with the chaos of modern life, time is a major impediment. Because there are no easy answers, the temptation for us is to forget the whole idea. What we need is margin. Margin is the extra space between the things we must do and our capacity. When we use up all that space, there is no margin. When extra demands [...]

22 02, 2017

Strive for maturity

February 22nd, 2017|The Christian Life|0 Comments

Yesterday's post was about spiritual reminders. In that entry, I ended with the idea of striving for maturity. I want to build on that idea and talk about striving for maturity. Look at Col 3 for just a few minutes because I love the way Paul expresses these ideas here. We’re talking about striving toward maturity and how we might accomplish that. How do we become mature believers? Col 3:5 – Put to death – This means to deprive of life or energizing power or [...]

21 02, 2017

Spiritual reminders

February 21st, 2017|The Christian Life|0 Comments

We often need reminders. Today I want to look at some foundational truths that should under gird our faith and spur us on in our walk. This is likely very familiar ground to us, but it’s something we need to preach to ourselves from time to time so we can remain steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, as Scripture says.

15 02, 2017

From vision to action – Part 2

February 15th, 2017|The Christian Life|0 Comments

In part one of From vision to action, we covered the fact that we need a God-sized vision of seeing the potential impact of our lives for generations, and that we can impart not only the Gospel message but our very lives to those around us. Today, I would like to examine some practical aspects from 2 Timothy. Practical Steps – 2 Timothy It takes 21 days to form a new habit. Keep that in mind as you work toward the goal of catching God’s vision [...]

14 02, 2017

From vision to action – Part 1

February 14th, 2017|The Christian Life|0 Comments

I have read that when WW II soldiers were interviewed years after the war, a common theme emerged that these soldiers were able to endure the brutality and hardship of war and continue to press on and fight because they felt they were involved in a cause much bigger than themselves. They viewed the aggression of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan as a real threat to freedom. We, too, are involved in a great cause much bigger than ourselves. It’s an epic war – not [...]

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