We live in dangerous times with a big, bad wolf wanting to blow our house down and have us for dinner. Are we building a house of straw or wood? Or are we safe in the house our Father is building on the Rock? We take a look at how we can live without fear in spiritually dangerous times.
Outsider! No one likes to feel like an outsider, but it happens to all of us. God's house is the one place where everyone is welcome, no one is an outsider. God's house is not a building, but ordinary people who trust God's love and come together to be with Jesus. Everyone is welcome in God's house!
We like to think we trust God - especially if we call ourselves "believers." But everyone, including believers, struggle with doubts. Do we have good reason to doubt God? This is a longer conversation than just one sermon, but in this sermon we look at some of the good reasons we have to trust God.
If we feed only our bodies - and not our souls - why would we be surprised we struggle with contentment, love, and importance? Come to the feast of "soul food" our God has prepared for us! Apologies for the sound quality - I failed to unmute my mike so the control booth had to use a distant microphone. I hope this can still encourage you.
All of us have been challenged to re-evaluate our priorities during these last 6 months. What are our real treasures? What is our pearl? We know what it should be. How do we get there? Maybe the more important question is how does our God get us where we personally value what is truly most important?
People can be so frustrating! Why doesn't God just clear his garden of all the problem people so us "good people" can live in peace and joy? Jesus gives us a few surprising answers and food for thought on how we look at being "entangled" with people who follow their own gods.
God's love and forgiveness are free. This does not mean being his child is easy or popular. Jesus helps us deal with the negative reactions people have to us as we share God's love and forgiveness with people.