Sermon Blog - Entries from April 2012

    SunSundayAprApril29th2012 Recharge
    byJeremy Flanagan Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment

    God wants us to push forward in this life and He has given us an example that can be a constant source of encouragement.  But we’ve all been at this place before.  We make a decision to change our life, we know the “BIG PICTURE” verses that talk about following God – finding joy in Him – and all that other greeting card stuff.  But how do we practically make that happen?

    Let me tell you a secret about practical:  It’s BORING.  Don’t think so?  If you are single or if you can remember back to when you were single – picture this:  Your friends keep trying to fix you up with someone and they’re all excited about this new person they want you to date.  And when the describe him to you they say,   “He’s practical”.    Get’s your heart racing now doesn’t it?  But for those of you who’ve endured exciting, impractical relationships before, practical doesn’t sound half bad.  But is still doesn’t excite you.  But practical is necessary for success. 

    It’s definition is:  Likely to succeed or be effective in real circumstances

    So if you want to be successful in your spiritual life, you’re going to have to make some practical choices.  If you want to RECHARGE, you need to plug in to the right source.

    Audio Pathway_2012_4_29.mp3
    SunSundayAprApril15th2012 Re-Evaluate
    byJeremy Flanagan Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment

    Last week we started our “REFRESH” series as we take a look at starting over in life.  Not that everything in our past has been bad, but we want to take advantage of the fact that God gives us the opportunity to not only have a new life in Christ by placing our faith in Him, but also a renewed life when we ask God to forgive us of our sins and put us back on the right path.    But that still sounds like I’m saying this whole idea of being “REFRESHED” or “RENEWED” is somehow just a fix for those who are completely broken.

    Let me ask you a question:  at your job, do you ever have an evaluation?  Sometimes personal, sometimes you all get together as employees and talk about the direction of the company.  I’ve been through both.  When you actually get people to stop and evaluate what they’re doing and how they’re doing it, things get fixed.  So why don’t we do that in our personal lives?  Why not in our families?  How about church?

    The setting for this Psalm consists of God’s disciplinary reproofs in David’s life (vs 8-11).  We are not told when this occurred or of that which the discipline consisted. We see only that David felt the heavy hand of God in his life and was in great emotional and spiritual torment.

    Audio Pathway_2012_4_15.mp3
    SunSundayAprApril8th2012 Refresh
    byJeremy Flanagan Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment

    Today on Easter Sunday as we celebrate the gift of Jesus Christ, we’re beginning a new series called “Refresh”.  God wants everyone to be dead to sin, but more importantly he wants all of mankind to be alive to God in Christ Jesus.  Yes, that starts with a person placing their faith in Jesus.  When we do, the Bible says we are reconciled to God.  That means that we have a debt, one in this case that we can not pay.  Jesus didn’t forgive the debt – He PAID our debt for us.  That’s what His sacrifice means.  And if you’re debt is still unpaid then you can’t call yourself a child of God.

    Past our faith in Him as savior, God wants this new life to mean so much more.  As we go through this series we will see how the gift of God is more than a destination, it is a new start for today.  A new direction for our life.  A clean slate that allows us to live freely in Christ.

    Audio Pathway_2012_4_8.mp3
    SunSundayAprApril1st2012 April 1, 2012
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    Audio Pathway_2012_4_1.mp3

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