Imagine a war-zone. Maybe you can imagine World War 2. Watch the struggle between soldiers on both sides. There are bombers flying overhead. Anti-Aircraft guns light up the night sky. Explosions and bullets everyone.
What’s the difference between the person who hears and obeys Christ’s word and the one who doesn’t?
We naturally (and correctly) think, “The one who hears and obeys Christ’s words, his life can endure the storms and the winds. His life will endure till the end. The person who does not listen to Christ and does not obey, when the storms come, they will have nothing left.”
Yes. That’s exactly correct. Now notice what’s similar between them: the storm.
Every year Americans gather together for Thanksgiving to fill themselves with good food, gravy, and gratitude (on a side but serious note: don’t eat romaine lettuce this Thanksgiving, they have found e.coli in it). But how can we as Christians gather with a joy that is deeper than just a holiday. How do we have lasting, unshakable joy and gratitude?
A lot of times, we think spiritual growth should be fast and easy. We think if we just go to a conference, if we hear the right message, if we feel “blessed”, then we will grow. But that’s not the case. What we see over and over in the New Testament is that spiritual growth (the process of being more like Jesus) is a slow, painful, plodding experience. Sanctification is not like driving along an empty superhighway in a Bugatti sermon speeding along while you hold a Disneyland fastpass.
"We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves." 1 Thess 5:12-13
Several weeks ago, I mentioned in a sermon that a doctor at Harvard posted an article about stress and high blood pressure (Hypertension). She wrote that though stress alone might not cause high blood pressure, it certainly can raise blood pressure levels. Stress can be very dangerous!
It’s already October which means Halloween is coming up and 2018 is already almost over (How was January so long this year and the rest of the months so short?????)!
As we enter a new month, a new week, and a new day, it’s easy to be discouraged and fall back into the grind of life. I wanted to use the example we had in yesterday’s sermon and encourage you all to face today with an Eternal Perspective.
Whether you’re a student, film maker, house wife, sister, brother, mother, paramedic, or any role in your live, each of you walk in a different world in which the light needs to shine so that others knows that Christ is there
It’s easier to look down on the mistakes of others rather than facing our own mistakes. It’s easier to focus on what other Christians are doing wrong rather than dealing with our own secret sins. It’s easier to diagnose than to heal.