There is not an age at which we magically mature. A person may turn 21, be able to drink, vote, and move out on their own, but it doesn’t mean they are mature. Adults can act like children with behavior such as selfishness, tantrum-throwing, impatience, name-calling, bullying, gossiping, overdramatizing, shirking blame, and problems with impulse control. The apostle Paul saw much of this go on in the church in Corinth. So, he calls on Christians to mature in their faith. We will explore this portion of scripture in a message titled “Spiritual Grownups.”
Some Christians believe if God wants us to do a certain thing, he will open a door for us; if God doesn’t want us to do it, he will shut it. This sounds simple and true, but many times it is not. There are times when God calls us to walk through adversity. Moses discovered this when he was asked in retirement to go back to Egypt and free the Hebrews from slavery. Jesus called us to love our enemies, forgive those who hurt us 7×70 times, and much more. In a message titled “Swim Upstream,” we will contemplate God’s tendency to not go with the flow but to struggle upstream against the current of life.
Happy Father’s Day to the men who helped raise children! During Jesus’ day, children were accorded a low status in society. They were sometimes seen as property. The Disciples thought the children were a nuisance and tried to keep them away from Jesus, but Jesus would have none of that. We will look at His priority for children in a message titled, “Not a Nuisance.”
Some people think that the Church is similar to a cruise ship. It’s all about the church meeting their needs. And, if the cruise ship doesn’t measure up, they’ll go looking for one that does. But this isn’t a biblical view of the church. The perspective is more like another ship. Can you guess which one?
Sometimes Christians can come across as self-righteous. They can develop a holier-than-thou attitude. This attitude turns people off to the Christian faith. Jesus saw this and compared the self-righteous Pharisees to the washing of a dirty cup. So how can we avoid the trap the Pharisees fell into when they thought they were living out their faith effectively?
The people you choose to be close to can be your greatest spiritual asset or be your most significant liability if they are destructive. You may have toxic relationships in your life. You may be thinking about somebody right now who is toxic. In this message, we will talk about how to deal with toxic people.
This Sunday we start a three-week sermon series on toxic thinking, toxic relationships, and toxic behavior that harms our life. Many people don’t feel good about themselves. Some would rather not look in the mirror. Motivational speaker zig Ziglar calls it “stinkin thinkin.” How do we deal with destructive thinking? In this message we will talk about some solutions.
It is challenging to be a good mother. Especially when difficult circumstances arise and unexpected problems happen. Many of you could tell stories of mothers who sacrificed a lot for your well-being. They listened to you. They modeled compassion by serving you when needed, even though it might’ve been challenging at times. This message will give thanks for mothers and children who deeply love each other, like Naomi and Ruth.
Have you ever been to the valley of dry bones? Some of you have. You’ve been in the midst of a bad marriage. One day you woke up, and all around you were dead bones where a loving relationship had been. Some of you are surrounded by dry bones at work. Or maybe you can see the dry bones when you ponder the relationship with your children. For some of us, it happens as we age. The prophet Ezekiel asks, “Mortal, can these bones live?” It doesn’t seem possible. The bones are so dry. But Ezekiel has a message for us that we will explore on Sunday.
What is your defining story? It is the framework we use to determine how we understand our life mission and ultimate destination. It can guide how we face adversity and how we put into context all the suffering we see around us. This defining story can have tremendous power over us and be positive or negative. Easter gives us a chance to establish a positive life-altering narrative based on the resurrection of Jesus.