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Today’s Sermon

Today the pastor was a gust speaker, who worked as representative of Shepherd’s College. As a result of his job, his sermon did seem to be a bit of a advertisement for Shepherd’s College (a college helping those with intellectual disabilities). That aside however, the actual passage he chose to preach on was 2nd Samuel 9:1-8.

Given that we had communion on this particular Sunday, and that they were trying to fit in a promotional video for Shepherd’s College (as well as a few stories about the people who had been changed by it), the sermon only had one point: We should love others, regardless of any disabilities they may have, just like David cared for Mephibosheth in spite of the fact that he was crippled.– To phrase it differently: In the same way that God showed His love for human kind by giving His son for us, in spite of our sinful nature (which must have looked to God much the way that a mental or physical disability in a fellow human looks to us), we should show love to others regardless of how they appear to us at the moment.

 
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Posted by on August 4, 2013 in Todays Sermon

 

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Today’s Sermon

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Today the pastor preached on Luke 12:13-21. Throughout the sermon, he gave various illustrations to help in making his point. One such illustration that stuck with me was of an Industrialist and a fishermen who were having a conversation. The industrialist asks the fisherman why it is that he only catches, “Just enough,” fish to live on, rather than catching enough to make a profit, and perhaps eventually build up a fleet of ships to fish for him. The fisherman replies, “Then what?” to which the industrialist says, “Then you could take life easy and relax.” The fisherman ends it by saying, “But that’s what I’m doing now.” The point the pastor was making by this, is that we shouldn’t need stuff to be happy, like the rich young ruler whose talked about in the passage seems to. Anyway, here are the main points he gave us:

  1. The warning against regarding materialism. See verse 13.
  2. Life is not defined by our possessions. Review verse 13 if you wish.
  3. Truth in a parable. See verses 14-19.
  4. Sobering conclusion of a life focused on possessions. See verses 20 and 21.
 
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Posted by on July 7, 2013 in Todays Sermon

 

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Sunday’s Sermon

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The pastor preached on Luke 12:1-12. He had the following six points:

  1. Because we know God’s truth we fear no false teacher. See verse 1.
  2. Because we walk in God’s truth we fear no exposure (i.e., exposure of what we’ve done).  See verses 2 and 3.
  3. Because we are free in Christ we fear no judgment. See verses 4 and 5.
  4. Because we are valued by God, we seek comfort in no other place (than in God, that is… It’s somewhat awkward phrasing). See verses 6 and 7.
  5. Because we have experienced God’s redemption we speak openly about Him. See verses 8 to 10.
  6. Because we trust God we have confidence He will provide in time of need. See verses 11 and 12.
 
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Posted by on June 30, 2013 in Todays Sermon

 

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Today’s Sermon

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Today the pastor preached on Luke 11:33-36, and had the following four points:

  1. God’s light shines everywhere.
  2. Unbelief is the problem for not seeing the light.
  3. Believing you see when actually you do not.
  4. The blessing of really seeing.

In the first point, the pastor talked on how Jesus is, “God’s light,” by taking us to John 1:1-5. In the second point, he talked on how unbelief is the cause for an unbeliever to not be able to see Christ. He used the Pharisees as an example of this, by referring to how they (in the previous passage in Luke (Luke 11:29-32)) asked Jesus for sign to prove that He was the Messiah. Of course, He had already done many miracles that proved Him to be the Messiah, and so it was their unbelief that blinded them.

Unfortunately the memory of the other two points has somewhat faded from me, but overall it really was an enjoyable sermon, which was centered upon Jesus.

 
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Posted by on June 16, 2013 in Todays Sermon

 

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Today’s Sermon

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Today’s sermon was in Luke 11: 29-32. The pastor’s main topic was on what exactly the, “Sign of Jonah,” is. The main point was on how the, “Sign of Jonah,” was pointing forward to Jesus’ death and Resurrection.

For example, when Jonah disobeys God and takes a ship in the opposite direction he was supposed to go, God sends a storm. At first, the sailors try to row their way to safety-they try to find salvation through their works. However, the storm didn’t stop until they accepted that, in order for them to live, Jonah would have to be thrown overboard. Of course, this isn’t a perfect comparison, as the storm came due to Jonah’s sin instead of the sin of the sailors, but there is a comparison none-the-less.

Another comparison he made was on how Jonah was in ‘the belly of the whale’ for three days and three nights, before miraculously shot up to land on the third day. He tied this in with how Jesus was dead for three days (and nights), but on the third day, was miraculously risen to life and ascended to Heaven.

I believe he made some more comparisons as well, but that is all I kind remember for the time being.

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2013 in Todays Sermon

 

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Today’s Sermon

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Today the Pastor preached on Luke 10:38-42. He said various things on the passage, but the main take-away I got from it was this:

We shouldn’t “classify” people are a “Martha” person, or as a “Mary” person… That is to say, we shouldn’t judge people based upon if they seem to us to be listening to God or going their own way. Rather, we should accept that some people simply are less mature than us in their faith, and that some people are simply more mature than us in their faith. However, we should never assume one or the other. It is very possible for a strong believer to simply be going through a bad time, while someone who normally is not at all mature in their faith can be going through a time of closeness with God.

So then, how did the pastor apply this in a way that could be actually used to benefit us? He said that, though we shouldn’t judge others, we should try to determine if we ourselves are like Mary in or faith, or if we’re like Martha in our faith… Meaning that, are we currently listening to what God’s will for our life is (like Mary), or are we kind of just going or our own way (like Martha)?

I think that’s a question we should all be asking ourself. However, I also think it’s important to always keep in mind that we can only grow in our faith, because of what Jesus has done for us. Indeed, in my opinion it’s only by focusing on Jesus’ finished work for us on the cross that we can ever mature in our faith.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2013 in Todays Sermon

 

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Today’s ‘Sermon’

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Today’s sermon didn’t appear to come out of any one passage, per se. The verse he started out with though was Hebrews 12: 1. Also, the pastor didn’t have any “official” points, but his main point was rather obvious: We should try to live a holy life through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Now, while I do certainly agree that we should want to live a life holy and pleasing to the Lord, I wish he had focused in on and expounded upon what he said in his first couple of paragraphs. i.e. that we cannot possibly live a life holy, but through the work Christ did for us, we can now live a life holy and pleasing to God. Instead of doing this though, he proceeded in essence to give a lecture on living a holy life. It was a rather good lecture, mind, but it wasn’t a sermon. A sermon requires there to be an uplifting of Christ, while a lecture can often be more effective at lifting up our response to the cross as being more important.

In conclusion: There wasn’t anything all too wrong with the lecture today, but when I go to a Church, I really do hope to hear an uplifting and Christ filled sermon.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2013 in Todays Sermon

 

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Today’s Sermon

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Today the pastor preached on Isiah 9:7. He brought several points: Mainly, though, he talked on the differences between God’s kingdom, the differences between the World’s king and our king, and on how we can become a part of God’s kingdom. To show us the main differences between God’s kingship and that of the World, he took several parts of the passage and showed us how they applied to God (of course none of the names are said in the actual passage, but are the names that we associate God with when He shows us some of His attributes):

1. Wonderful counselor.

2.  Everlasting father.

3. Prince of peace.

4. Mighty God.

No mortal king can ever be as great as God. Therefore, no mortal kingdom and can ever be as great as God’s. He went on to show us how God’s kingdom isn’t bound by time (it isn’t temporal) and how it isn’t “local” (i.e. it isn’t regulated to one little area of the World as all Earthly kingdoms are).

He finished by telling us how we can become a part of God’s kingdom: The only way we can become a part of this great and vast empire, is to accept Christ’s death and Resurrection for us. We need to realize how wicked we were, and then see how awesome Jesus is, and that He can save us and help us out of the pit we’ve dug our-self into.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

 
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Posted by on January 13, 2013 in Todays Sermon

 

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Today’s Sermon

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Today we had a “step-in” pastor, who had been a missionary in various parts of the World for the majority of his life. He preached one of those “touch-and-go” type sermons, where he talked on various points, and then brought in a scant bit of the Bible to support one or two of his points. That being said, he did also preach good doctrine, that the Bible does teach (not that you might know that the Bible taught them after listening to the sermon). He taught us the “high-five”, in which I believe every finger represents a different Biblical principle. They were the following:

First, the thumb is to represent love, without which the Church would perish. Second, the pointer finger is to represent hope, which sustains the Church. Third, the index finger is to represent joy, which keeps the Church going. Fourth, the ring finger is to represent respect. Finally, the little finger is to represent truth.

He mainly used stories from his life as a missionary to demonstrate each point, but what I took away from it was this: firstly, that it’s only by Jesus’ ultimate display of love for us, when he died for us on the cross that the Church can keep from perishing. Secondly, it’s only by Jesus, our hope of glory, that we can be sustained. Thirdly, it’s only by our joy in our redeemer that we can keep going. Fourthly, we can live respectfully/obediently to God because of the strength that Jesus gives us. Finally, we can only find truth in the truth, the way, and the life: our savior, Jesus Christ.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2012 in Todays Sermon

 

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Today’s Sermon

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Today the Pastor preached on Matthew 6:9. He had already preached through the entire book of Matthew, but decided to go back to the Lord’s prayer, and preach five sermons on that.

Perhaps somewhat obviously, his focus in the sermon was prayer, though in the beginning of his sermon, he did also talk for a bit on gay marriage (and how it is wrong). I suppose that was simply what was on his heart at the moment. Regardless, the main message was on prayer. His main points where these:

  • Prayer should be done while expecting to receive a response.

Here, he brought out how whenever Jesus’ disciples talked to Him, they were in a sense, “praying.” e.g. His disciples didn’t say, “Lord, who sinned that this man was born blind? Him, or his parents?” Only to walk off before Christ answered them. That being said, the pastor also noted that not all conversations Jesus had where prayer; the Devil wasn’t praying to Jesus in the desert while tempting Him to sin. The difference between His disciples and the Devil, being that His disciples where “communing” with Him, while the Devil most certainly was not.

  • Prayer is our way of talking to God.

This may be seen as an obvious point, but the pastor brought out here that talking to God really is no small matter. We often take our ability as Christian’s to talk with God for granted, because we can’t actually see God, and therefore sometimes feel He doesn’t deserve the respect of someone who we can see, even if the person we can see isn’t the being that created you and then died for you. – The pastor’s main point here was to bring out that we should treat prayer with great respect.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2012 in Todays Sermon

 

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