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I’m very sorry I haven’t been posting lately, and I’m aiming to fix that. School is about to start up again, and combined with some other things I’ve started doing recently, I’ll mainly have to return to posting on the weekends again, or when I have time to.

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2013 in Delivered Through Love

 

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Today’s Sermon

Hello again!

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 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 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 the pastor preached on Isiah 8:22 and 9:3-4. From these passages he got five main points:

  1. Oppression. Here the pastor talked on how people tend to turn to the wrong things to find solutions to their problems. He said they tend to go to the “Earth”, instead of to Christ.
  2. Illumination. The pastor talked here about zeal for the Lord. i.e. That our zeal for the Lord will spread Christ’s light.
  3. Celebration. Here he talked about how all nations are blessed by Christ.
  4. Liberation. Here the pastor talked about how the people in Isiah’s day would have known what it was like to have a “bar across their shoulders. He said that we too had a bar across our shoulders – one of sin, but that it was lifted from us and put on Jesus.
  5. Incarnation. Here the pastor concluded by talking about how Jesus is the fulfillment of all the previous four points: Jesus bore unimaginable oppression  He was the very light of the World. He is the reason we can celebrate, and He has freed us from our sins (we are liberated).

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

P.S. I apologize if the points don’t seem connected. I assure you they were connected quite nicely in his sermon, but I couldn’t quite remember the finer details of the sermon.

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2012 in Delivered Through Love

 

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Today’s Sermon

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Today the pastor preached on Luke 2: 8-20. His main point was that we should, “let the Angel’s song encourage us to:

  • Find Wonder in God’s Presence (vs.16).
  • Let Our Wonder Become Contagious (vs. 17-18).
  • Worship God with Wonder and Awe (vs. 20).

His point was that we, as Christians, often lose the wonder of how Jesus gave His very life for us. The sermon encouraged us to regain the wonder we had for the amazing work Jesus has done for us.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

 

 
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Posted by on December 16, 2012 in Delivered Through Love

 

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Today’s Sermon

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Today the pastor preached on Luke 2:25-38. It was a very good sermon, I did have to somewhat “translate”certain things which he said in order to fully grasp the idea, (for example, at certain points he treated the birth of Christ as though it accomplished the same things as His death), but over all it was a very good sermon. Here were his three main points:

  1. Jesus’ birth prepares us to die.
  2. Jesus’ birth gives us a purpose for living.
  3. Jesus’ birth brings us to surrender.

Of course, all of those things are actually done at the cross, but the pastor did certainly preach in a manner where you could simply “translate” parts of it to their actual meaning. – It’s nearing Christmas, you can hardly blame Pastors for wanting to incorporate Jesus’ birth into their sermons.

All that being said, here is what I remember about the three points:

In his first point, the Pastor focused on Simeon. The part I remember in particular is where he told us about how we can see our example (as to how Jesus’ birth prepares us to die) from Mary. This is because, in his blessing, Simeon tells Mary that a sword “will pierce her heart too.” He then talked for a little on how this did indeed happen at the cross: when Jesus’ heart was pierced, I have no doubt it was as though Mary’s heart had been pierced too.

 

In his second point, the Pastor told us that Christ’s birth gives us a purpose for living because Christ’s coming gives us hope and a task. The hope being the hope of eternal life, and the task being that of spreading the good news of Christ to those around us.

In his third point, the Pastor told us that Jesus’ birth should bring us to surrender. He said that it’s never too early, that it’s never too late to surrender our-self to Christ. Concerning the “it’s never too late” bit, he reminded us of Simeon again, who had waited his entire life for Christ’s birth. He told us that there was surely points when Simeon must have thought he was too weak to keep waiting, but he never gave up hope. Concerning his point about how it’s never, “too early”, the Pastor reminded us of how women were often married very young back then, and so Mary may well have been no older than a teenager when she devoted her life to carrying for Christ. After saying this, he encouraged all the children there to, ‘devote their lives to Christ today, because we don’t know if there will or won’t be a tomorrow.’

Anyway, it really was a great sermon, and a real breath of fresh air after all the self-proclaimed “Churchs” my family and I have been going to lately. I hoped you enjoyed reading about it as much as we enjoyed hearing it.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2012 in Delivered Through Love

 

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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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