Every message I preach I preach because I believe it’s the specific word God has given for the specific people I’m speaking to. Every once in a while a message I’m preparing hits me as more significant than others. This message was one of those messages.
I really believe that brutal honesty painted on the backdrop of ruthless trust is necessary for us to be free and to reign in life (Rom 5:17).
A lot of people feel entitled to things going well for them.
This is shown true by how ripped off people feel when things don’t go well for them and how ungrateful people feel when things do go well for them.
If things going poorly lands as injustice to you, and things going well doesn’t land as a gift to you, then you are living with a dangerous sense of self righteous entitlement.
God takes knowing him pretty serious. This message explores why it’s so important.
The bible has some fascinating things to say about the giants that used to walk the earth, especially the Nephilim, but even more fascinating is the men who defeated them.
This week’s message was about three men who defeated giants: Caleb, Joshua, and David.
This week’s message was preached on Father’s Day. I spoke on the need to not just be motivated by God’s grace and love, as wonderful as they are, but also by the fear of the Lord. Paul exhorts us to note both the kindness and severity of God in Rom 11:22.
When we are not “feeling the love” we say with Joseph, “How could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?” (Gen 39:9)
I have really been inspired and moved by some recent comments from Tullian Tchividjian in a recent apology he issued on his blog. Here’s a few highlights:
“One of the things that the gospel frees you to do is to never have to bear the burden of defending yourself… When you feel the need to respond to criticism, it reveals how much you’ve built your identity on being right… Because Jesus won for you, you’re free to lose…and last week I fought to win. I’m sorry you had to see that. Lord have mercy…” -Tullian Tchividjian
The particular phrase “Because Jesus won for you, you’re free to lose.” was particularly impactful to me.