Sermon Blog - Entries from October 2015

    SunSundayOctOctober25th2015 Freedom: In Finances
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    Where is Jesus in your life? Would He rank important but maybe only as high as #3 or #4? Jesus didn’t die on the cross to make it in our top 10. He desires to be #1

    “If God ceases to be the Lord of all, He will eventually cease to be the Lord at all.” – Perry Noble

    One of the most difficult arenas to put Him first in is our finances. This is an area where many Americans are wrapped up in bondage.

    • The  #1 cause of divorce is conflict over finances
    • Families are drowning in consumer debt
    • 70% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck (Wall Street Journal)
    • Christians are giving 1-2% of income (on average)
    • Most U.S. workers (over 53) have less than $25,000 for retirement

    However, Jesus came to set us free. 

    “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed,” (Luke 4:18, ESV)

    What if we looked at the way you spend money? Would it reflect that God is the Lord of all? Today's sermon looks at a time when the Israelites had a problem making God the Lord of all. From their example we will learn how surrender is not when we give God something - it’s when we give Him everything.

    NEXT STEPS

    1. Do you have a monthly budget you can track? If not, start this week.
    2. Set a deadline for you and your household to get a working long-term plan. Seek wise counsel to help lay out an effective plan.
    3. Ask God to help you have a healthy view of ‘your’ stuff. Review what the Bible says about money, debt, giving, and finances.

     

    Audio 10-25-15.mp3
    SunSundayOctOctober18th2015 Freedom: From Worry
    byJeremy Flanagan Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment
    Matthew 6:34 tells us, "So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today."

    I wish that we could all simply worry about today but most of us worry about the future, the present, and even the past. How worthless is it for us to worry about things in the past that we certainly can't change? How fruitless is it for us to worry about things in the future that we can't change or have very little chance of even occurring? But many of us still worry about countless things.

    43% of adults suffer from health problems due to worry and stress. Worry has been linked to many illnesses or conditions such as heart disease, cancer, and more. Worry robs many people of the sleep they desperately need which in turn causes more illness or makes them less effective in their daily life - both of which increase stress. Worry can become an obsession and a self-fulfilling prophecy. The more we worry about something, the less able we are to handle it. The more we spend time worrying, the less time we spend preparing. The more we focus on our worry, the less we focus on our faith in God to handle any situation.

    Today's sermon from Matthew chapter 6 will help us get a better understanding of why we worry and how we can rely on God to take this life-draining activity away from us.
    Audio 10-18-15.mp3
    SunSundayOctOctober11th2015 Freedom: In Fulfillment
    byJeremy Flanagan Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment
    If you've come to this sermon post looking for the resources we recommend to help you discover what areas of life might be fulfilling because they match up with how God has created you, they are described below. A description of the sermon will follow.

       
    One of the resources that I recommend reading is Cure for the Common Life by Max Lucado. In addition to it being an excellent book, it also contains a "Sweet Spot Discovery Guide" at the back of the book that takes you through a number of steps to help find the place in your life where what you do (uniqueness) + why you do it (glory to God) + where you do it (everyday life) intersect. Click HERE for a link to purchase the book.

    For a more in depth evaluation of how to match your skills / interests / personality with a career, you can visit www.assessment.com for more information. The MAPP (Motivational Appraisal of Personal Potential) career assessment has been used by millions of people to help find what types of occupation you are suited for. Nothing can take the place of seeking God's direction for your life, but tools such as these can help you better examine how He made you.



    The sermon "Freedom in Fulfillment" tackles the issue of unhappiness that many people face every day.
    • Unhappiness on the job affects ¼ of the American work force
    • ¼ of employees view their jobs as the number one stressor in their lives
    • 43% of employees feel anger toward employers, often for being overworked
    • 70% of us wake up daily without enthusiasm or passion for what we do
    • Most suicides occur on Wednesdays and most heart attacks on Monday morning
    Our main problem lies in that we often seek our fulfillment in our careers instead of God. While you may not necessarily be matched up with a career or place in life that is also in tune with how God has created you, even in less than desirable circumstances you can still find happiness by serving God through where you are now. It's not wrong to look for a change in your future, but you shouldn't feel that you are unable to make a difference where you are now. God can use you anywhere and you will only find happiness when you allow Him to work through you.
    Audio 10-11-15.mp3
    SunSundayOctOctober4th2015 Freedom: From Busyness
    byJeremy Flanagan Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment
    All of us have certain things that we struggle with but most everyone deals with a lack of time to accomplish everything we want to do each week. This problem of being too busy doesn't just make us lose sleep or time with our families, it can keep us from nurturing a strong relationship with God and from serving Him. Today's sermon will help us identify a few areas where we can start to make changes in our life as we look at two examples from Christ on how to set priorities.

    If you'd like an extra resource to help you address this area, we suggest the book "Crazy Busy" by Kevin DeYoung. You can can that book HERE.

    Luke 10: 38-42
    Mark 1: 29-39
    Colossians 3: 1-2
    Audio 10-4.mp3

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