Now just how much “good” needs to happen to you for you to recognize AND do something to express your thankfulness? In today’s sermon Pastor Mike focused on the one unlikely person who recognized just what an amazing event had happened, and who expressed this gratefulness to the Man who caused it.
Where do you find your security and safety? We often try to find it in our 401K, or insurance, or that relationship. We should be looking to the Lord our God. Isaiah the profit preaches on the same topic, and Pastor Mike helps that message to us today.
You cannot take advantage of “better things” if you stay in the present, or even worse, on the past; or where you have been. God called Joshua to lead his people forward, across the river, into the land of giants; and without doing so, they would not have experienced the success and victories that God had planned for them. Pastor Mike suggested that the same is true of us today.
St Paul encouraged the believers in Corinth and he encourages us today to “Keep the Faith”; Do not lose heart!
It is one week after Easter. But in Pastor Mike’s sermon, he recounts the story of two Jesus followers on the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus that first Easter Sunday. We don’t know for sure, but even these who had walked with Jesus failed to recognize him as he joined their Journey. But when he did reveal himself to them, they were lit up and unstoppable.
What is your Emmaus journey like?
It certainly is interesting that God elected to announce the coming of the Savior of the world to shepherds. Back in the day, shepherds were pretty low on the social scale, if not right at the bottom. And true to form, when the ‘messenger’ comes, they almost die with fear. Yet the work God sends them is the same as he has sent to humans over the millenium: Fear not! When God injects himself into history it usually is because He is about to do something amazing, something wonderful for the human race.
How do we view our wealth? Visiting pastor Mike Frison explores this area of our lives in his sermon from James 5:1-5:
2016 has seen a significant increase in tension between African Americans and the rest of the population. Race has been an issue in most cultures throughout history. Pastor Frison challenged us to engage in the dialog, engage in our community, engage with believers ‘who don’t look like us’. The best hope for progress is if Christians can demonstrate the power of Jesus to break down the wall that separates races in America.