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This morning is the first Sunday of Lent. My pray is that most of you are engaging this season with some level of sincere intent starting with this past Ash Wednesday. If not, there is no time like the present to start. This is the time to press into God. If there were ever such a time, this is it. Not only as it relates to the times we live but what God is doing. We’re undertaking a five-part series that will take us to Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter. These hold the key to all God has done, is doing, and will do with the universe, His Creation, you, and all humanity. All throughout history, from the time of the beginning until now, we cannot *ignore that the goodness of God is free and boundless; much of which Lent and the Easter season is all about! Though we must recognize that for many this fact is unknown. You?
This morning is the Sunday before lent which stats with Ash Wednesday. This magnifies our anticipation and reminds us what Jesus' death and resurection truly means. In todays sermon I want to see how we are on our way.
This morning I want us to look at something that seems so much in our face lately. Even for those of us who try to steer clear of the current political and societal sifts, and along with them the tensions felt between peoples, we just can’t avoid being drawn in to some degree. With the practice of civility lacking everywhere, barbs being thrown by one group to another, by one person to another. People making up false stories of abuses to make political points and especially laws being made downgrading life to such an extent that many believe we’re being set up where life at any age will lose its value. How are we as Christians to respond and to act in a climate, for most of us that is so counter to the one we grew up, and seems so unredeemable in its direction. So this morning we’ll look at bridging the cultural divide. I must admit that for those of us over 40 we may find this a bit difficult and may need to look to those younger than us to help us out a bit with this topic since this is the culture they have grown.
This morning being the Sunday after Valentine’s Day I thought we I would look at *something we might have all dreamt about and that is the. Perfect Valentine. But if we’ve been around long enough we realize that there is no such thing or person…or is there? To have a perfect Valentine we would need to know a perfect love. Is that possible? In my estimation there is no more profound understanding in our living out life to the fullest than knowing this *kind of love. Paul prayed in. Ephesians 3:17-19 (ESV) that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. In other words, grounded in the love of God which exceeds anything we may think we may know about *love and living a full life. And as he said earlier. Ephesians 3:16 (ESV) …[that] he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being. Why we know
This morning I want us to recognize something signifigant to out life with Jesusand what it means to our existence. That is...God knows me and what he is doing with me.
Happy Super Bowl! Today the Patriots and Rams face off in the Super Bowl and we pick up that theme in this sermon. We face off and wait for the clock to tick down and claim the ultimate vicotry as we look at God's Game Plan.
Today we finish our post-Christmas series titled 'Yes You Can.' In todays service we talk aboutr being able to accomplish it: whatever it is you need to get done amidst all the rest of lifes complexities.
We’re in a post-Christmas/New Year’s series I’ve entitled: Yes You Can. Three words the Lord gave me when praying about this series. What we’re discovering, hopefully, is a God-dependence which allow us to go through and accomplish things because we’ve learned to put our total trust in Jesus and God’s promises of Christmas and how that affects our futures. We’ve already discovered that we can “Believe” all of what God has promised at Christmas and that we can “Handle” and endure whatever comes at us. Next week we’ll see we can “Accomplish”(Gideon) what God has purposed. This morning we’re looking at why you can overcome it. Whatever that thing is that continually nags at you and won’t go away. In the Christmas Story…Mary and Joseph had to overcome so much, not least of which was the opposition to the birth of Jesus as the promised Messiah. Herod the King looking to kill him.
We’ve started a post-Christmas/New Year’s series I’ve entitled: 1a.Yes You Can. What we’re discovering is a God-dependence which allow us to go through and accomplish things because we have put our total trust in Jesus and what God is doing in sending Him at Christmas, and seeing what that means for the future. We’ve already discovered last week that we can “Believe It”, the story of Christmas, it’s meaning, its promises and how that affects us daily. Next week we’ll see we can “Overcome It”(Esther), and the last week why, you can, *“Accomplish It”(Gideon). This morning though we’re looking at why you can 1b.handle it, or take/bear the load. In the Christmas Story…Joseph was understandably confused, bewildered, and questioning the why of his predicament, and how he could handle it, bear the load of it. But God in His faithfulness, knowing Joseph, was saying “yes you can, handle it.” How could he?
Where royalty meets humility in Christmas. We see humility and power co-exist in the same person.