In Luke 10, we have the story of Jesus sending out 72 people to minister. He sent them out 2 by 2. Jesus knew that together there is greater encouragement, protection, and effectiveness when with someone else. A pair has power!
Many nations set aside a day to remember those who have given their lives to defend freedom. We can thank God for those individuals and their families who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Freedom only comes with a price. There has never been any freedom or liberty without the shedding of blood and great sacrifice.
We may leave our father’s, but our father’s never leave us. They will be in our minds for the rest of our lives. Their voices will keep ringing in our ears, repeating the things we heard him say when we were growing up. The bad thing is that unless we break that cycle, we will reproduce the same thing in our children. We will say the same cutting things and we will do the same damaging acts.
A little girl was talking with her daddy about fear. “Aren’t you afraid of bears, snakes, lightning, or mice?” The dad said, “No, of course not.” The daughter said, “You really aren’t afraid of anything are you Dad, except Mommy?”
What married couples have you met or interacted with lately that displays the ingredients of a good marriage? What was it that you noticed about them? What does God want us to know? The home is a divine institution with great importance to the welfare of mankind.
When we look into God’s word for purpose and direction in life, we will find that He has made it very clear. Our responsibility is to discover it and then to live it out. It’s not always easy, but we can do all things through God’s grace and power in our lives.
Our time on earth is to allow us to be trained and equipped for eternity. Most of the time this happens, not in dramatic or powerful experiences, but in soft words and simple nudges from the Holy Spirit. When we hear His still, small voice, whether directly or through a teacher or preacher, we must cooperate with the Holy Spirit and respond in obedience. Obedience unlocks God’s power in our lives.
So what is God’s purpose for us as individuals and for us as a church? We are going to take our statement of purpose and look into what it means for each of us. My hope is that by the end of this series we will have a better understanding, a great grip and an internal motivation to be involved in pursuing or purpose as a church.
I believe that God longs to bless His children, but often our disobedience stands in the way, as a roadblock, to our ability to be blessed from His holy hand. Today I want to call you to a deeper level of obedience in your relationship with the Lord. It is not about feeling, nor is it without personal cost or sacrifice, but the blessings will come when we obey. I am convinced that God has more for us than we are currently experiencing in our walk with Him. Today I want you to hear the biblical call to go deeper in your relationship with Jesus. The challenge comes from a fishing story that is “tthhiisss biigg!”
Rev. Doug Sider The Wrights singing He's in the Midst Sandra Wingert singing Make My Heart Your Home Gospel Tide Choir singing God is Our Refuge and Strength and Let Your Love Flow Through Me
December 18, 1994 4th advent Maurice Bender Angels and the Christmas Message Sandra Wingert- What Child is This Gilmore Trio- This Child is Wonderful GTH- Praise be the Lord in Heaven on High // Hark the Herald Angels Sing