Does your personal history propel you to the future or imprison you in the past?
The irony of following Christ is that we ascend by descending. We go up by going down. We become exalted as we humble ourselves. We prepare for kingship by learning to be a servant.
Some have said the God of the New Testament is a God of love and peace. I’ll follow that God and I won’t follow the God of the Old Testament who is mean and wicked. Many have tried that. But it won’t work. Let’s find out why today.
In Paul, we see a man with a mission, a man who lived by priority, a man who did a million things, yet who could say, “I do one thing.”
“If the God of the Bible commands that innocent women and children be killed, how can I trust him? How can I trust the bible?”
If evolution is true, why do we need God?
Paul lived as he did because he knew how to evaluate things. He was like an expert jeweler with a special eyeglass who would look closely at diamonds placed in front of him and say, “this one is a piece of rubbish” but “this one is priceless”.
It is not a question so much about miracles as it is a question about God because if God exists then miracles are no problem. What are the evidences for God? Let’s learn some today.
A great man once said, “Paul had enough morality to keep himself out of trouble, but not enough righteousness to get himself into heaven!” What about you?
Are you experiencing conflict in your life? Perhaps with your spouse or children. Maybe it is with other church members or someone at work. How do you want them to be toward you? How do you want them to act? What kind of attitude do you want them to have? Whatever it is, you must model it.
God wants to show you off to the world. He wants to say, “look at my children. These are my children that I have purchased.”
“More things are wrought in prayer than this world dreams of.” Those are the words of the great English poet Alfred Lord Tennyson, and I believe them.
Men, today I want to talk with you about managing your home well. When you get a handle on this, you will take a big step in becoming a man who is above reproach.