It is amazing what you can discover in a famine when you must learn to make do with what you have. Better yet, it is amazing who you can discover is present with you in the famine. When you have a “what” shortage, there is a shortage of supply. When there is a “who” shortage, there is a shortage of a source. In this sermon, we ask the question: How do we worship God when even when He appears to be in short supply?
When there are more mouths than there are mashed potatoes, grandma always said to “add some water.” The quickest way to stay in a famine is to hold on to what you have left. But, the quickest way out of a famine is release, or give, what you are holding on to. In this sermon, we discover from 1 Kings 17: 7-24 that there are two ways to give. First, we give out of what we have. Second, we give out of who we are. This sermon challenges us to “add some water” and give thanks in the famine.
For many of us, when we think of Thanksgiving we imagine a feast. It is from of that feast we learn to give thanks. What do we do when Thanksgiving arrives during a time of famine? In this sermon, we explore what it is to be in a famine with God. We also learn how to give thanks in midst of that kind of famine.
“If you see a good fight, get in it!” The question is not are you fighting something or someone but rather is the fight you are in worth it? We all have been in fights that we can look back on and see that they were not worth it. But, if we determine the fight is worth it, then by all means get in it! In Mark 5: 21-43 we encounter two different people in two different kind of fights. According to Jesus, these two people have one thing in common: Faith. In this sermon, we learn together how to fight with faith even when the outcome is not what we expect.
There is still life after the crazy. Craziness has a way of entering into each of our lives. When it does, we often find ourselves sucked into the cycle of crazy: rejection, isolation, limitation, desperation and repetition. Jesus has come to speak order to our crazy. When He does, everything changes!
There is still life after the storm. On the shore, we learn to follow Jesus because of what He can do. In the storm, we learn to follow Jesus because of who He is. In this sermon, we discover together the different kind of storms we face in life. Ultimately, every storm, stands in opposition to the destination. The key to facing the storm is to fight fear with faith. For, God’s promises will always overrule our problems!
There is still life after the ruins. In this sermon, we are reminded of both the process to God’s rulership and the promise of His rulership. It is in the ruins where we learn to trust God to rule our lives. And it is in the ruins that we learn to speak, think, and see a reality that is different than our own.