Some sins appear, at least superficially, to be more easily avoided than others. Think of murder or adultery; these seem to be pretty ordinal. You either commit them or you don’t.* But when the Bible commands us to “put away anger”, hmm, that presents a real problem for us. Anger is an emotion every human being experiences. And every human responds to that emotion, or lives out that emotion is some fashion or another. So what to do? For one, you can listen to Randy’s talk about it.
Music. Songs. Singing. There is something about music which moves us in ways little or nothing else can do. Think of The Ohio State fight song; the lyrics alone may move some one a little, but combined with the music and you can have a whole lot of people energized! People who follow Christ are similarly moved, energized, consoled, and much more, with songs and singing. In fact, the Bible commands it, as Pastor Jeff explains.
The concept of an inheritance might seem a bit strange for St Paul to be discussing so early in his letter to the church at Ephesus. Pastor Alan helps us see the rationale for, and the benefits of getting our focus on the inheritance that is awaiting all who look to Jesus as their Savior.
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.
Prayer. Its something we all do, but do we really pray as much or as well as we might? Pastor Dan suggested that our prayers might be like our computers: we only utilize a small percentage of their capacity. Prayer should be a key part of our daily walk as Christians.
Several weeks ago Mike Mattes of CCO was talking with Stonebridge about college students. He said that everyone deals with these four questions each day: “Who am I? Why am I here? Why is the world gone wrong? And What can I do to make it better?” In today’s sermon, Pastor Dan is addressing the last of these two questions. One primary reason the world is gone wrong – not the only reason – is that Satan and his ‘forces’ are arrayed against all of nature, and specifically against anything aligned with God. He is a powerful foe, yet God has provided us with adequate armor to protect us and help us stand against Satan and evil wherever we are.
Sermon Text: Eph.6:10-17
” 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. Continue reading Stand Against the Devil – Eph 6:10-17 (Sonnenberg)
Labor Day Sunday. Interesting how it just so happens that today’s sermon is on the subject of Labor Relations. Some will understand that as Providence! The Apostle Paul has a lesson both for those who ‘labor’ and those who supervise: Do what you are called to do ‘as unto the Lord”. Workers – think of your work as being for the Lord. Supervisors, consider that you too have someone over you.
Sermon Text: Eph.6:5-9
5 Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, 6 not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, 7 rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, 8 knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a bondservant or is free. 9 Masters, do the same to them, and stop your threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him.
Earlier I sang the words of Moses from Ps. 90:17, Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands! (in Keith and Kristyn Getty’s “Before You I Kneel: A Worker’s Prayer”). Continue reading Labor Relations – Eph 6:5-9 (Sonnenberg)
Husbands. Wives. Now teaching [primarily] for children. What is the Apostle Paul’s reasoning? Three-fold: its the right thing to do, they will benefit from the wisdom and experience of their parents, and God promises benefits for your life. But there is also a lesson for parents. Parents have an awesome responsibility to rear their children for their best benefit. Impossible to do perfectly, but a command to parents nonetheless.