Posts tagged Sermon
PAUSE: Communication is Key in a Relationship

Communication is the key to a healthy relationship with God.  Cultivate relationship with God by using your time and energy wisely.  To cultivate a relationship with God one must choose from among the good, what is best.  Vegging out on your phone looking at Instagram posts, playing Fortnite for hours or binging on episodes of Narcos are time sucks.  While not bad, these distractions can fill up our waking hours.  The Christian must make choices.  The Christian must be responsible for their relationship with God. 

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PAUSE: Be Still & Know God (Intro)

Ever have one of those days where you've said, "Just when I thought nothing else could go wrong..." Life is busy for most everyone. The typical day for many involves getting the kids to school on time, taking them to various different sport practices, piano rehearsal, ballet, math tutoring, youth group, snatching a quick bite to eat (many times in the car) and then home for homework before bed. Mix into these tight schedules doctor appointments, caring for elderly parents or grandchildren, shopping for groceries and vehicle maintenance. Then busy productive people come to church and the Pastor encourages them to read their bibles and pray. The response is often thought, if not spoken, "Ain't nobody got time for that!" There doesn't seem to be time for God personally—we get our families and ourselves to church but there doesn't appear margin left for anything else! Add even more with serious illness, relationship breakdowns or job crisis and it can seem the world is descending into chaos.

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The Voice of the Good Shepherd Leads to Life // John 10:9-10

The number of voices calling out to us in life is deafening. Facebook, Instagram, email, Twitter, news feeds, blogs, vlogs, YouTube Channels and more are 24/7 communicating information to us. We literally have to "un-plug" to get away from it all. In the midst of all this noise there is the still small voice of God calling out to us. With so many messages bombarding us, it's easy to allow it all to become white noise and we become numb. The Christian must work to intentionally tune into the voice of God.

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Jesus is the door to life // John 10:9

Everyone is trying to find meaning, purpose and ultimate fulfillment in life. Life provides many doorways to what we believe will give us satisfaction, identity and peace. These doors promise great things. You can hear the sounds on the outside and what's inside seems alluring. People will guide you, entice you and show you all manner of doors in life. These doors could be labeled financial riches, fame or popularity, entertainment, religion, sex, career, travel, food, drugs/alcohol/escape or even suicide. What can keep me up at night as a father is worrying about which doors my kids are toying with going through, drawn to or have gone into. Each door holds behind it a set of consequences; we can't un-see what we've seen or un-experience what we've experienced. But Jesus appears...

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Jesus Completely Satisfies // John 6:31-35

What is it that you hunger for? Deep down inside of your gut and I'm not talking about pizza; is it peace, justice, the humane treatment of animals or stability in your home? What is it that you thirst for? Do you long to be known and really understood? Do you thirst for meaning, to be loved or even have someone to love? Jesus speaks through time and from the pages of John's Gospel (John 6: 31-35) to announce that He is the bread of life and in Him is complete satisfaction of both hunger and thirst. 

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