Sermon Blog - Entries from May 2015

    SunSundayMayMay31st2015 Wasteland
    byMitchell Neldon Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment
    We all go through difficult phases of life. It may be hard to find purpose and hope in these rough patches, but God has given us purpose in hope - even in the wasteland. Audio 5-31-15.mp3
    SunSundayMayMay24th2015 Next Step
    byLawson Albey Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment
    Each week at Pathway we give you a couple "Next Steps" on the back of your connection card to challenge you to take what you heard during worship and apply it in your everyday life. This week we wanted to put the pen into your hand and let you write the next step. What do you feel is the next step the Holy Spirit is asking you to take to increase your walk with Christ. Maybe it is something you have been fighting for a while now. Maybe you have no idea what that next step is. We looked to scripture for guidance on why we should take that next step and what to do even if we do not know what that next step looks like. Audio 5-24-15.mp3
    SunSundayMayMay17th2015 Family Dynamics: Practical Advice
    byJeremy Flanagan Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment
    The audio file for today's sermon was incomplete so instead we are giving you more notes than normal to pass along what was shared in the final message of our "Family Dynamics" series.

    In today's message I want to show you that there while there are some resources on parenting that are worthless, a lot of the research done on the family from a completely secular viewpoint comes to the same conclusions that we can already glean from scripture.  Truth is truth whether we find it by faith in the Bible or when researcher accurately looks at the world around them and is brought to the same conclusion.  The key is that we always need to evaluate what we find outside of scripture to make sure it doesn't conflict with God's Word. So for today's sermon I wanted to take a simple article on parenting tips to use to show how God's Word also gives us advice for how to strengthen all our family relationships.


    Proverbs 3:5-6

    Trust in the Lord with all your heart;  do not depend on your own understanding.
    Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

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    he article I drew from was recommended by someone through a resource at the University of Arkansas Health and Consumer Sciences department.

    http://time.com/35496/how-to-raise-happy-kids-10-steps-backed-by-science/

    Ten Things You Can Do As A Parent

    1.      Get Happy Yourself

    a.      Don’t let our problems defeat us. If we allow failure or struggles to lead us to hopelessness, we will settle in to a cycle of depression. Our kids pick up on that. We need to show them that with God’s help we can overcome obstacles. We need to give them hope that just as God is our strength, He will be theirs as well.

    b.      Psalms 40:1-3 “I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD.”

    c.       Philippians 4:8

    2.      Teach Them To Build Relationships

    a.      John 13: 34-35, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

    b.      Philippians 2: 1-4, “Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? 2 Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. 3 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. 4 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.

    3.      Expect Effort, Not Perfection - Philippians 3:12-14

    a.      12 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

    4.      Teach Optimism

    a.      Proverbs 17:22 “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.”

    5.      Teach Emotional Intelligence

    a.      Galatians 5: 16-17, 24-25  “16 So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. 17 The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions.  24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. 25 Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.

    6.      Form Happiness Habits

    a.      Set goals to increase social support and social pressure (accountability)

    b.      Hebrews 12: 1-2, 12-13 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.”  “12 So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees. 13 Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong.”

    7.      Teach Self-Discipline

    a.      Proverbs 12:1 “To learn, you must love discipline; it is stupid to hate correction.

    b.      Proverbs 15:32 - He who neglects discipline despises himself, but he who listens to reproof acquires understanding.


    8.     
    More Playtime

    9.     
    Rig Their Environment For Happiness

    10.   
    Eat Dinner Together

    Proverbs 3:5-6
    Trust in the Lord with all your heart;  do not depend on your own understanding.
    Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
    SunSundayMayMay10th2015 Family Dynamics: Dedicating Our Families to God
    byJeremy Flanagan Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment

    Heroes in stories always have to risk their lives and often go through trials or loss…. No different for parents. If we want the job of being someone’s hero, that’s the price to pay.

    Audio 5-10-15.mp3
    SunSundayMayMay3rd2015 Family Dynamics: Enduring Connections
    byJeremy Flanagan Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment

    We have turned the parenting relationship upside down and are more concerned with being their friend than giving them structure.  In these cases we can find parents who are striving for acceptance from their children actually putting the kids feelings above the importance of the husband / wife relationship.  While a good parent should be willing to give their lives to protect their children, they should not sacrifice the health of their marriage to please their children.  What it tells our children and everyone around us is that God’s picture of marriage – how Jesus provided for and cared for His church – it’s important but it can be superseded if we feel something is more important.  Today’s message looks at creating enduring connections in a way that provides long term health for our families.

    Here are some online resources I came across while researching today's sermon:

    http://www.focusonthefamily.com/parenting/schoolage-children


    http://www.focusonthefamily.com/parenting/effective-biblical-discipline/approaches-to-discipline/handling-disrespect


    http://www.gotquestions.org/raising-children.html

    http://www.familyfacts.org/briefs/15/a-wise-investment-benefits-from-families-spending-time-together

    Audio 5-3-15.mp3

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