Sermons on The Gospel

Parable of the Seeds | The Story Behind the Story Part I

God is Jealous  Psalms 135:15-18 The idols of the nations are silver and gold, made by human hands. They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see. They have ears, but cannot hear, nor is there breath in their mouths. Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them. If you worship an idol who can’t hear, you will become deaf to voice of God  Isaiah 6:1-3 I saw the Lord, high and…

How to Change Your Reactions | Wonder of It All Part III

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 | Wonder of It All Part II

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? | Wonder of It All Part I

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 …

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…

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…