People are beautiful. People are also beasts. Ultimately, we do not get to experience one without the other in relationships with people. In the book of Genesis, we encounter components of relationships that reveal both the beauty and the beast of people. These stories of Scripture teach us how to live with both through lives of faith. In the story of Cain and Abel, we learn that comparison has the power to make us better or it has the power to make us bitter. God will use the relationships in our lives to reveal what we need to change and what we need to be content with. In the end, we all must learn to live with the mark of God’s beauty placed on us through the love of Jesus Christ.
In every relationship there is beauty and there is the beast. We all want the beauty without the beast. The secret is learning to live with the latter in order to also experience the former. One area we must learn to live with the beast in order to experience the beauty is in communication. The first sin in the Garden of Eden was a sin of miscommunication. Communication not only has the power to create but miscommunication has the power to destroy what has been created. In this sermon, we discover together how to move past the beast of communication and experience the beauty of it. And thanks to Jesus – grace is still the word that wins!
In this sermon, we look back and celebrate what God has done in our church in 2017. Our desire is not just to be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Our desire is that our capacity for His fullness would also grow. When it does not, we will be at our worst. When it does, we will be at our best. We look forward to what God has for us in 2018!
“For to us a child has been born, to us a son has been given, and his name will be Everlasting Father.” Israel had many great leaders throughout their history but they had never had a Father. In Isaiah 9, the Israelites were acting as child who did not know the goodness of a father. They had become the rulers of their own lives. Eventually, this led to them being ruled. Isaiah 9:6 was a call back to living under the rule of God’s goodness that would come through the birth of a child. We know his goodness was ushered in to this world through the person of Jesus Christ. Christmas celebrates more than the birth of a child. It celebrates the birth of a brand new kingdom – a brand new way to live, under the goodness of our heavenly Father. In His kingdom, goodness cannot be hindered by evil.
Desperate waiting will make one weak. But, it is not the act of waiting that will make us weak. It is the reason for which we are having to wait. The longer we have to wait on God to show up and deliver us, the weaker we can become. It is in these weak moments that the pressure placed upon us will reach its greatest intensity. It is our in weakest moments that God is at His mightiest. He will give us a word that works, that when we believe it by faith, our faith will activate the work of God into our weakness. What a beautiful name it is…for by his very nature, He is Mighty God!
Enough money only happens when we learn to live within the limits God has placed on us. It is an easy concept to understand but much more difficult to practice. When it comes to money, most of us view money one of two ways. We either view it as a means to an end or an end to the ends. Solomon reminds us that neither one leads us to satisfaction in our finances. In this sermon, we discussed practical ways to help us better live within the limits of our money. When we do this, we will find satisfaction.
God calls each of us to work. While each of us gets the choose the work we do, none of us get to choose whether or not we work. In this sermon, we discover what it means to be satisfied in the work God has called us to. The secret to enough work is to never lose sight of the purpose of work when faced with all the profits of work. When we remember our purpose, God will multiply it in ways bigger than us.
Time is God’s gift to us. In this sermon, we will discover how to better manage our time. There are two questions that should govern our schedule. First, what time is it? This question recognizes that we are able to do certain things in this season of our life that we could not do previously or in the future. Second, what is God doing? This question seeks the purpose of God for this season of our life. When we understand what the right time is and we follow that with the right action, we will find satisfaction. Our schedules will then reflect what it means to have “Enough: Time.”