Archive for January, 2008

Sunday ReCap (Week Three)

January 24, 2008 1 comment

This past Sunday I preached on the topic of “Closer: Our Holy God.” This is the third part of a series looking at the attributes of God.

I have become well aware that everyone, including Christians, have lost our perspective on how seriousness of sin. You may hear foul language, view violence on television, or listen to gossip about another and not even realize that you participated in sin. We have become numb and due to this it has become extremely difficult for us to see the impact of sin in our life.

Imagine if man would have never sinned. How would your life be different today? I believe that because of sin our world has been impacted significantly. There would be no need to work because God would have provided it for us. There would be no physical diseases because each of them have resulted in some way from man’s sin (i.e. pollution). There would be no addictions because we would have a fulfilling relationship with God and need no other substitute. There would be no war or violence because God created us to live in peace with one another. These among many other reasons are how sin has caused us to have a disconnected relationship with God.

Due to the reasons given above, I am convinced that we cannot even begin to grasp the concept of holiness because sin has marred our lives.

In the lesson I try to answer the following questions:
1) What is holiness?
2) Why do we consider God to be holy?
3) Why should we be holy?
4) How do we become holy?

Due to technical difficulties we were not able to record this sermon, but I will attempt to re-record in the next couple of days and post it in the media player below. I hope you are blessed by what you hear and learn.

Categories: church, holy

Random Thought

January 23, 2008 Leave a comment

“There is a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results. ” -Kenneth Blanchard

Wouldn’t it be amazing if all of us Christians were committed to Christ and His church instead of just being interested?

Categories: church, faith

Sunday ReCap (Week Two)

January 16, 2008 Leave a comment

This past week we continued the sermon series entitled “Closer.” In this series we are looking at the attributes of God with the purpose of seeing how God wants His people to react to each other. The lesson this week focused on the love of God.

Love is a difficult term to define. Depending on your family background or the relationships you have been a part of, the word love really may not mean much at all. Its meaning could totally be lost because of the abuse you received repeatedly.

In this lesson I seek to answer four questions:
1) What is love?
2) How does God love us sacrificially?
3) How does God love us unconditionally?
4) How does God love us permanently?

I hope you get a chance to listen below in the provided media player.

Categories: church, love

New Feature

January 8, 2008 Leave a comment

You can now listen to my sermons on this website. If you scroll to the bottom of the page you will see a media player for your convenience. Just click play on the sermon of your choice. I hope you are blessed by what you hear.

Categories: church

Sunday ReCap (Week One)

January 8, 2008 Leave a comment

Over the next several weeks I will be preaching about the various attributes of God. This series has been titled “Closer”. I believe this is an important study because we usually only think of three qualities when discussing His attributes: omnipresence, omnipotence, and omniscience. These are awesome qualities of our God, but He is so much more than that.

One of the reasons that God reveals Himself so vividly is because He wants His children to follow the example He has set. This not only shows His wisdom, but gives us no reason to live as if we don’t know what God expects of us.

The sermon this past week was called ‘Our Faithful God’. I answered the questions: What is faithfulness? Why should we trust God to be faithful? and Why does God expect His followers to be faithful?

I hope you have an opportunity to listen.

Categories: church, faith

The Mystery of Sunday Morning

January 2, 2008 3 comments

I have been a member of several congregations in my lifetime and two issues that always seem to be debated are “What time should worship start on Sunday morning?” and “How long should we worship?” I believe these are valid questions, but the attitudes behind the question can become negative and selfish.

“What time should worship start on Sunday morning?”
This question can be answered in so many ways depending on who you are talking to. It really does not make a difference as long as a godly attitude is behind your decision. From my experience, congregations have later worship times on Sunday morning because it is hard for people to get up early. I do understand that reasoning, but I have never been able to understand why Monday through Friday people can get up early for their job, Black Friday, school, exercise, etc. without complaint, but then when Sunday morning worship comes around have a problem with getting up to worship before 10 a.m. I am not advocating for having a 7:00 a.m. service, but am making the point that our priorities can really be unhealthy at times.

“How long should we worship?”
As a minister I cringe each time I hear this question. I am not sure why it bothers me so much, but don’t understand why we are so adamant in having to “cap” how long we should spend time in worship to God.

I have been told by many people that the culture we live in is not conducive to worship being more than an hour. I am not sure where their beliefs on this come from. I do know, however, that when people feel that something is important they will spend time doing it.
How many of you sat through the Lord of the Rings trilogy? How many of you have attended a 2-3 hour graduation just to hear the name of your loved one called? How much more important is it then to spend some time worshipping our creator?

I believe the biggest issue lies in a heart problem. There can be an attitude that when we come to worship everything must fit what is best for me. It has to be my songs, my style of worship, my length of sermon, my favorite sermon topic, and done in less than an hour so that I can get home. I know this is a very cynical, but you have heard the excuses before just like I have.

When we truly have a heart for God then we lose the right to demand what is the most convenient for our particular situation. We will be more concerned about glorifying God regardless of what time of day that it is. I think He deserves it too. God has never put a “cap” on our blessings or only been available to us when it suited Him. Why do we feel we have the right to respond to Him that way?

So what do you think? Am I crazy (Probably a bad question) or am I just missing something here?

Categories: church, worship