In today’s world there is so much to fear: terrorism, global warming, economic insecurity, mass shootings, conflict with Iran and fears regarding our family and health. President Franklin Roosevelt once said, “There is nothing to fear but fear itself.” The Bible’s response to this is to say over and over, “Do not be afraid.” In this sermon series we will discover ways to build our faith so that our fear might be diminished.
We have all experienced guilt. Guilt reminds us we need to make something right. If we don’t make it right, we end up carrying the burden of guilt into all other relationships. In this message we will look at a solution that helps us put down the burden of guilt.
As we grow older we learn to modify our behavior. We learn what to say to get a job or to get a date. We learn what to say to keep a relationship going and to make life work. But Jesus challenges us to go deeper. He wants us to examine our soul which causes us to say the things we do. He even challenged his listeners to pay more attention to things of the heart than other things they were focused on.
We use heart monitors to keep track of our heart beat and it’s rhythm but do we monitor what is on our heart? Do we monitor the emotions that we feel? Because it is those emotions that drive our life. Do various emotions like jealousy rule our heart and guide our life? Then how might we clear our heart of envy?
Dogs often do what they shouldn’t do. When left alone they tear up the couch or eat the cupcakes left on the kitchen counter. The Apostle Paul said that he also had the problem of doing what he knew he shouldn’t do. It seems that dogs and human are a lot alike regarding temptation. Fortunately God is out to rescue us from this tendency.
Dogs are well known for their unconditional love. They express selflessness, loyalty, faithfulness and even sacrificial love. Some dogs have even given their lives to save someone. Have you ever bothered to think that dogs exemplify the love God has for us?
Every worship service includes singing. It is an important component of worship. Have you really thought why we sing? There is more to singing than you might think.
When Jesus calls some fisherman to follow him they leave their business and father immediately. There is no hesitation. In some ways this seems irresponsible. We may read this story and worry that Jesus might ask us to do the same but the writer has left out some important details. So what is the rest of the story?
A diverse group of people were drawn to Jesus. Tax Collectors, Sinners, Pharisees and Teachers of the Law were all interested in Jesus. Some thought they were unworthy of God’s love and some thought they had earned their way into God’s love. Both these assumptions turned out to be wrong. Those who knew they were lost were on the right track and those who thought they weren’t part of the lost group were in jeopardy of being lost. In the lost and found chapter of the Bible, Jesus reaches out to both types of people.
God loves you and there is nothing you can do that will make Him love you any less.
We frequently see conflict between opposing forces. The Republicans battle the Democrats. The Conservatives oppose the Liberals. The Left attacks the Right. These forces are seen in our country and in our churches. How do we deal with the fact that these groups even do battle within the Church? In this message we look back to what Jesus did when confronted powerful conflicting forces.