Sermons on Biblical Studies

Dark Before Dawn: Thomas

Doubt before the Dawn Doubt is not the end of faith Sarah kept walking in the dark John was reminded to remember the good Doubting Thomas John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. Thomas was a skeptic A skeptic is someone who says, “I’m going to suspend judgement. I’m not going to commit myself.” John 20:26-28 Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be…

Dark Before Dawn: Sarah

The Dark before the Dawn There must be a God Doubt is not the end of faith Sarah kept walking in the dark Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. We hold each other’s hands in the dark Jude 22 Be merciful to those who doubt John the Baptist Matt. 3:11-12 “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more…

Going Back to the Cross

Going Back to the Cross “Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.” John 14:21 “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.” Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him. Mark 8:29-30 He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be…

Holy Over Hustle: The Battle of Distractions

Holy Over Hustle April 10, 2022 Our faith is a duet Technology has taught us Easy is good/ Difficult is bad Entertaining is good/ Boring is bad Fast is good/ Slow is bad  PS 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God Mark 3:13-15 Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him. He appointed twelve that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach and…

Holy Over Hustle: Make a Clearing to Listen The Whisper

Holy over Hustle Our hearts were created to be in relationship with God  John 10:10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. Ps. 46:10 Be still and know that I am God Isaiah 64:4 Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him. Is. 40:31 those…

Holy Over Hustle: Make a Clearing to Listen to His Word

Holy over Hustle To pray is to change. There is no greater liberating force in the Christian life than prayer. – Richard Foster Over-spent  Holy over Hustle Today the heart of God is an open wound of love. He aches over our distance and preoccupation. He mourns that we do not draw near to Him. He grieves that we have forgotten Him. He weeps over our obsession with muchness and manyness. He longs for our presence. Richard Foster Jer. 2:32 Does…

Holy Over Hustle: God’s Truth

Holy over Hustle – God’s Truth Cultural Fatigue Change leads to stress. Continual stress leads to exhaustion. We have been immersed in change. Hustle in our Heads I was created to be with God  John 14:23,26, 27 Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them… When the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you…

Remember

Why Communion What happens when we don’t feel like worshiping? My self-perception, in part, depends on my ability to remember experiences  My identity in Christ depends, in part, on my memories with God. Deut. 8:13-15 and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of…

Playing the Movie Forward

Play the movie forward Life is not random PR 7:6-8 At the window of my house; I looked out through the lattice. I saw among the simple, I noticed among the young men, a youth who lacked judgment. He was going down the street near her corner, walking along in the direction of her house. Play the movie of our lives forward Any one thing you do is only a scene in a larger movie. To understand that action, you…

Planting Gardens

Planting Gardens We Live in a Post-Christian Culture Post Christianity is a product of post-modernism which recognizes that our culture is moving away from organized Christianity. Younger generations grow up believing that there is no absolute truth Cultural Christianity is declining rapidly as many people are leaving the church This leaves the church in a place of social exile as Christians increasingly become a minority in our culture when only a few decades ago Christians were the majority. “In the…