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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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:
- The warning against regarding materialism. See verse 13.
- Life is not defined by our possessions. Review verse 13 if you wish.
- Truth in a parable. See verses 14-19.
- Sobering conclusion of a life focused on possessions. See verses 20 and 21.
The pastor preached on Luke 12:1-12. He had the following six points:
- Because we know God’s truth we fear no false teacher. See verse 1.
- Because we walk in God’s truth we fear no exposure (i.e., exposure of what we’ve done). See verses 2 and 3.
- Because we are free in Christ we fear no judgment. See verses 4 and 5.
- 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.
- Because we have experienced God’s redemption we speak openly about Him. See verses 8 to 10.
- Because we trust God we have confidence He will provide in time of need. See verses 11 and 12.
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!
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!
Today the pastor preached on Isiah 8:22 and 9:3-4. From these passages he got five main points:
- 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.
- Illumination. The pastor talked here about zeal for the Lord. i.e. That our zeal for the Lord will spread Christ’s light.
- Celebration. Here he talked about how all nations are blessed by Christ.
- 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.
- 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!
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.
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!