Showing posts from February, 2011

My Sermon Recap: "Love's Greatest Hits" Week Two

“You can’t buy me love” All people are religious, which means they think they can justify themselves in one of three ways: 1) Loosely religious people assume they are living a good enough life so that no spiritual devotion or extra effort is required on their behalf for God to be pleased with them when they stand before him at the end of this life. 2) Secular religious people work very hard at some social cause because they think that they are good people and need to overcome the evil of bad people who are ruining the world. 3) Devoutly religious people work very hard at keeping the rules of a particular religion in an effort to justify themselves as good and obedient people in the sight of God.” Religion, in any of these forms, is utterly bankrupt and totally dependent upon our behavior. Jesus explained this to the rich young ruler in His day. “As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up to Him and knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do

My Sermon Recap "Love's Greatest Hits" week one

Beginning this week we have started a brand new message series entitled, "Love's Greatest Hits". Each week we'll be looking at a different challenge of love by using a popular love song as our launching point. This past week our MSBC band rocked the monster love ballad, "I want to know what love is" by Foreigner to kick off the sermon. In case you have forgotten the song, check it out here before moving on to my sermon notes. “I want to know what love is” It’s Feb. 13th so we’re told by advertisers everywhere that love is in the air. Big red hearts are everywhere we turn and we’re told over and over that everyone must have someone to love on the 14th or else…. But if you're human then you know the desire to love and the need to be loved doesn’t begin and end on Valentines day. All of us, no matter of age, sex, religious beliefs, background, education - everyone has deep seeded desire to be loved. Ex. We are born with the need for love - Hard sci

My Sermon Recap 1.30.11

Jesus and the Disciples on the Emmaus Road Luke 24:13-35 • What has happened leading up to the story: Jesus death and resurrection. • Walk through Luke 24:13-24 • 16 - Jesus was the original undercover boss • 19-24 The men simply explain what they feel happened to Jesus and how they fell about it. They're open and honest. • Feelings include: hopelessness, lack of patience, discouragement, doubt, overwhelmed, and is God really in control. • Vs. 25-26: Jesus connects the dots, reminder of promises found in scripture • Was what happened to Jesus a mystery? Should it have taken anyone by surprise? NO. Not if they had remembered the scriptures. • I wonder how many times we are at a loss as to what God is up to when the answer(s) could be looking us right in the face if we’d only open our Bibles. • How many times do we doubt, get discouraged, beat ourselves up, get depressed, frustrated, and lose patients with God when most or all of that could have been avoided if we had onl