This message, inspired by recent protests and troubles in our country, looks at how the church might seek the good of the city as ambassadors for Christ.
Since the 17th century millions of people have read the thoughts of a simple, uneducated man named Nicolas Herman, better known as Brother Lawrence. Brother Lawrence’s spent his whole life trying to converse with God continually. This message looks at some of his secrets to discovering the presence of God in your life.
How do you know if you love money? How do you conquer your love for money and be content? Hebrews 13:5-6 gives us the answer: the presence of God!
2 Corinthians 3:18 contains a teaching at the heart of Christian growth: that we are changed by “seeing” Jesus in the gospel. But how does this work? This message looks at this idea of beholding Christ in the gospel and being changed in the process.
In 2 Corinthians 9 Paul the Apostle is taking a collection for the poor in Jerusalem. In his exhortation to the Corinthians to make good on their pledge to donate, he also reminds them that God does not want them to give grudgingly or reluctantly. Because God “loves a cheerful giver” (9:7).
This message unpacks this idea of being a cheerful giver and gives practical steps for beginning to give.
Does it ever feel like God is a million miles away? Have you felt alone in this experience? Have you wondered if it was something you did to push God away? Psalm 13 shows us an aspect of normal Christian experience: that God sometimes seems to be “off the air.” This psalm also shows how its author, King David, went from questioning God’s care and presence to rejoicing in God at the end.
David, who wrote Psalm 27, knew the pleasure of God’s presence. In fact, seeking God’s beauty and presence were the “one thing” he wanted above all things. This message focuses on Psalm 27:4 and offers some direction in seeking the presence of God.
Do you associate the presence of God with pleasure? Would it rank on your top 10 list of pleasures in life? This message looks at the benefits of being in God’s presence: joy, satisfaction, delight, and pleasure.
Romans 1 teaches us an indispensable truth about ourselves: sin messed up our thinking–especially our thinking about God. This is called the “noetic effects” of sin (from the Greek word for mind: nous). This helps us appreciate what God’s grace does for our minds in salvation.
Psalm 139 shows us the pervasive presence of God. Everywhere you go, there he is. This might sound scary or “Big Brother-ish” but David, who wrote the Psalm, loved the idea that God was intimately acquainted with him.
In fact, he found it a cause for complete transparency and openness to God. Hopefully this message will encourage you the same way.