Sermons on Discipleship

Diligence vs Laziness

1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain Enjoy God and his good gifts  1 Timothy 6:7-10 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.  Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds…

Comparison vs Contentment

Peace  Isaiah 53:4-5 Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.  Matthew 6:28-33 And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.  Yet I tell you that…

How to Change Your Reactions

Genesis 1:1-2 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. Theistic Evolution Progressive Creationism 6 Day Creation  DNA “The most efficient information storage in the world” The Brain: New Frontier in Biology  “A typical brain contains 100 billion cells – as numerous as the stars in the Milky Way galaxy. And each cell is linked by synapses to as many as 100,000…

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Psalm 65:8 The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy Full stop, focused awe and wonder  Exodus 3:3-4 So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.” When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!” Science class was like a worship service Sound  Sight  Psalm 139:13-18 You made…

Random Chance or Perfect Design?

Every class was like a worship service  “If it isn’t science, it’s fiction.” God’s Power, Creativity, Vastness, Perfect design  Lawrence Krauss “I can’t prove that God doesn’t exist, but I’d much rather live in a universe without one.” Faith: Strong belief in God based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof  Purpose of series is to switch glasses  In Science we are only reading the notes to a poem; in Christianity we find the poem itself. ~ CS Lewis All truth is God’s truth …

Difference Makers

Difference Makers Purpose and Significance are basic human needs Purpose/Contributing to others “When they had no more left to give, they found the energy to help the person next to them.” “Service to others is what makes the highest performing teams in the world.” Meaning/Significance = Lasting Purpose “Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.” Viktor Frankl Ultimate meaning and purpose are found in Jesus For even the Son of Man came…

Spiritual Practices: Part IV

Spiritual Practices Is anything worth more than your soul? God initiates then waits We come into his presence with gratitude Prayer walks Whisper through your word Song of Solomon 2:15 Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards Miss the mark Refuse a rightful authority Bent/crooked 1 Tim. 4:2 whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron Covered Carried away Ps. 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, So far has…

Spiritual Practices: Part III

Spiritual Practices Hunger for food is natural Is anything worth more than your soul? God initiates then waits The God you are waiting for is waiting for you – Craig Groeschel Ps. 73:25 Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. God makes us hungry for Him until He is number One May God give us a desire for God that supersedes all other desires – A.W. Tozer Wandering with God Pay attention…

Spiritual Practices: Part II

Spiritual Practices – Sept. 17, 2023 “If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.” – C.S. Lewi Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart I have a soul Everyone has spiritual hunger God initiates then waits Hosea 7:14, 16 They do not cry to Me from their heart When they…

Spiritual Practices: Part I

Spiritual Practices Let pain be a sign Genesis 2:7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. I have a soul “Secularism is a cultural framework that works against belief and undermines anything supernatural. Secularism is built on doubting. Secularism is set up to make you doubt.” (Mark Sayers).  Mark 8:36-37 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but…