Sermons on Community

COTR Talks: Prayer

Prayer is difficult Part 1 – Failure Part 2 – Leadership Part 3 – Imagination Luke 22:39-46 Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” An angel…

Standing Through the Storm: Anticipating Heaven

Standing in the Storm Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.” Mary Anne Radmacher Luke 9:22 And he said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.” All suffering is a result of sin in some way Life is hard, God…

Standing Through the Storm: Fight in the Storm

Standing through the storm Borrowing Light from the past, wounded healers, Jesus’ presence Eph. 6:10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of…

Standing Through the Storm: Finding the Light

The goal is to keep standing through the storm  God’s World: Coherent word, free will  God’s War: God is not the only supernatural actor on the world stage  God’s Will: God’s number one desire is our relationship with him  Maybe by adjusting our expectations we could reduce the sense of disappointment isolation and unfairness riding on the back of unanswered prayer Peter Greig  When we finally accept the fact that life is not a five star hotel and lay down…

Standing Through the Storm: Setting Our Expectations

God’s World, God’s War, God’s Will God’s World: God made a coherent world where miracles are possible but are rare That God can and does on occasion modify the behavior of matter and produce what we call miracles is a part of the Christian faith but the very conception of a common and therefore stable world demands that these occasions should be rare. CS Lewis Every miracle is a tantalizing foretaste of the world to come God’s War: God is…

Navigating Life Together: Expectations

Navigating Life Together – Expectations Good relationships are difficult but essential There is no win in comparison Do not be hasty in your spirit to be offended, for resentment resides in the hearts of fools. Ecc. 7:9 Over, under-react  Forgiveness is not passive, it prays for those who offend us Lead with Trust Help me understand When you receive a text, you should reply… Within the week? When you receive a text, you should reply… Within the week? Within the…

Navigating Life Together: Trust

Navigating Life Together – Trust Good relationships are difficult but essential Romans 12:10 Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight  in honoring each other. There is no win in comparison Over, under-react  Forgives is not passive, it prays for those who offend us This generation would rather be cynical than naïve I’m going assume bad motives, the worst, until you prove otherwise To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung…

Navigating Life Together: Forgiveness

Navigating Life together It doesn’t matter how gifted you are if you are difficult to get on with, your gifts are of no value. Martin Lloyd Jones Good relationships are difficult but essential God redeems your life and places you into his family Hebrews 6:10 God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. There is no finish line with Comparison…