Sun, Jul 07, 2013
Duration:50 mins
My son, keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you; keep my commandments and live; keep my teaching as the apple of your eye; bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart. (Proverbs 7:1-3, ESV) In Proverbs 5-7, there is a central and important theme that Solomon urges his son to understand. In fact, he tells his son the failure to grasp these truths are a matter of life and death. What could be that important? His understanding of and place of sex in his life. Generally the modern church seems to have taken one of two approaches to this subject. Either with red faces, we have avoided the subject at all costs pointing to politeness or piety. Or we have acted like junior high school boys, snickering in the corner in having discovered a forbidden curiosity. This week we want to look at these chapters and deal with sexuality in the Proverbs clearly, honestly, and most importantly biblically. My goal with this sermon is to be frank, but not vulgar, because this subject is vital in our day to think rightly about. (For those with children, I will leave it to your discretion for your family to look at the following website which has been a help and encouragement in my preparation): I believe that in these texts, God has work to do in our lives, hearts, relationships, and marriages. I encourage you to take some time over the next few days to slowly read Proverbs 5-7.
Sun, Jun 30, 2013
Duration:36 mins
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. Proverbs 17:17 Friendship and brotherhood is such an important principle of faith. God is so concerned with it that 6 of the 10 commandments deal with our relationships to one another. How do we become good friends? What unites us in our friendships? This week we will look at what the book of Proverbs has to say about this.
Sun, Jun 23, 2013
Duration:39 mins
In the fear of Lord one has strong confidence and his children will have a refuge. Proverbs 14:26 This week, we will be seeing what the proverbs have to say about parenting. What is the spiritual responsibility of the parent? How are we to raise them in the fear of the Lord? God has given us clear directions on both of these topics. Please be in prayer as we open our hearts to the Lord and humbly seek his guidance.
Sun, Jun 16, 2013
Duration:52 mins
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits. (Proverbs 18:21, ESV) All of us carry around powerful weapons. I'm not talking about the "bullet" variety. And everyday we will use them either for "life or for death." With our words we can encourage and help those around us, or we can shred people to bits. Unless you take a vow of silence, you can't avoid this reality. This week, we take a look at what the Proverbs have to say about our speech, and it's a bunch. I want to encourage you to take some time to prepare your heart for our time. Not sure where to start? Chapter 6 is filled with long sections on this subject. Take some time to slowly read and consider it.
The Wise, the Simple, & the Fool
Sun, Jun 09, 2013
Duration:54 mins
Does not wisdom call? Does not understanding raise her voice? On the heights beside the way, at the crossroads she takes her stand; beside the gates in front of the town, at the entrance of the portals she cries aloud: (Proverbs 8:1-3, ESV) I love to go to baseball games. I'm not a big baseball fan, but I love the atmosphere, and most of all, the food. The vendors that wander the aisle of major stadiums are always great theatre as they weave through the crowd, hollering out, and literally pitching their product to the needy crowd. I can hear their cries of 'Peanuts!' But the one thing about these vendors is that they always seemed elusive. When I want peanuts, he's on the other baseline. When I want an ice cream, he's in the upper deck. They remind me of Solomon's description of wisdom. She is both obvious and elusive. She can be found calling out from the busy street corner. But she must be searched for like precious treasure. The question before us is - are we looking? This week, we are going to meet several of the characters of Proverbs. That's right, characters. Solomon helps us to understand wisdom and folly by personifying them. Check out chapter 8-9 for a preview. And come ready to find wisdom from God's word.
Toward Wisdom & Into the Fear of God
Sun, Jun 02, 2013
Duration:54 mins
Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles.(Proverbs 1:5-6, ESV) Common sense seems to be not so common anymore. It seems like every time I see the news, another story is popping up that I just shake my head in response. I thought we were supposed to be getting smarter. This week we start our summer series Proverbs: Uncommon Sense. In it, we will unfold the source, nature, and content of real knowledge as we examine the book and many of the subjects it covers. If you want to begin to get a handle on it, an easy way to start is to read one chapter each day corresponding with the date. (i.e. chapter 1 on June 1). Hopefully we will all become wiser as we listen and learn from the wise.
Sun, May 19, 2013
Duration:58 mins
So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. (Matthew 5:23-24, ESV) I think reconciliation is like flossing or exercise. We know that we should do it but we never seem to get around it to it. We feel guilty that we don't, but it's just easier and more comfortable not to start. But, we have been learning through the journey of Philemon that reconciliation is not only necessary, but a beautiful picture of the gospel. This week we will close out our series by asking the question, "How do we get started?" What baby steps can you take to begin a path toward reconciling with those you are in conflict with?
Sun, May 12, 2013
Duration:50 mins
Accordingly, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do what is required, yet for love's sake I prefer to appeal to you-I, Paul, an old man and now a prisoner also for Christ Jesus- Philemon 8-9 While the words I heard were, "Yes, sir" and the action I saw was doing what I asked, I could sense from both the clenched muscles and attitudes, that obedience was more forced than willing. As someone has said, "She was sitting down on the outside; but on the inside she was standing on her chair in defiance." We would like to think that our obedience to Christ is not that way. With our hearts tuned to the Spirit, we are gently led by Him. But honestly, it just isn't true, especially when it comes to reconciliation. It goes against our inclinations and emotions to move towards those that have hurt and betrayed us. Yet, that's what we are called to do. This week, we will continue in our series, Reconciled. In this section Paul's appeal is not out of authority but driven by a deeper motive. I want to encourage you to read through the short 25-verse book again and note the basis for his appeal.
Broken and Betrayed
Sun, May 05, 2013
Duration:53 mins
I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, because I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints, and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ. (Philemon 1:4-6, ESV) Broken. Betrayed. Hurt. Bitter. Stung. When I read those words, my mind is flooded with the faces of people who have moved through my life and left destruction behind. Maybe, you can relate. Maybe, you are gun-shy to enter into relationships because of your history. Enter the gospel. When it enters our life, it hits the 'reset' button on our primary relationship with God. And when that happens, it must impact our relationships with those around us. In May, we will take a couple of weeks to examine the small personal letter of Philemon. In it, Paul writes to his friend, Philemon, who had been betrayed by his slave Onesimus. We will get a front row seat to see the how the gospel reorients our relationships and makes them a living demonstration of the cross. Don't miss it. Get a preview by reading through the short book of Philemon before Sunday. It's just 25 short verses.
Walking with the Whys
Sun, Apr 28, 2013
Duration:43 mins
Now when Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet, saying to him, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died." When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled. And he said, "Where have you laid him?" They said to him, "Lord, come and see." Jesus wept. So the Jews said, "See how he loved him!" (John 11:32-36, ESV) I should have had something to say. After all, I am THE pastor. But I was speechless. Everybody was. All anyone could think to say was "I'm sorry." The moment was heavy and tears were abundant. We all just sat and cried. Ever have a moment like that? It seems when tragedy strikes friends and relatives, we are paralyzed. What do we do? We want to provide comfort and words of encouragement, but we often have no clue on how to do it. This week we are going to close out our series, Habakkuk: Why do Bad Things Happen to Bad People, by talking about those moments. What can we do? What should we say? I want to provide some practical help for you about "How to Walk with the Whys. "
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