In the face of great turmoil we often retreat. C'mon - if you can't win, get out, right? That's not what happened after Jesus was killed by folks who didn't want any of it. Instead God doubled down on those who were broken. They were dusted off, set on fire, and sent out to spread peace wherever they could. If you want to hear my sermon about it, you can click here or listen below.
We talk a big game. If you could bottle all the angst, joy, advice, and wisdom on social media and turn it into actual action, we could get something done. But no. We have trouble actually connecting our faith and our works. If you want to hear my sermon about it, you can click here or listen below.
Paul seems so happy sitting in prison. What's his secret? He tells the Philippians to rejoice, even as he knows he may never see his friends again. How's he do that? Well, Paul's heart is at peace. It wasn't always that way, you know. Once his heart was at war with God and Jesus followers. But somewhere along the line he went from war to peace. If you want to hear my sermon about it, you can click here or listen below.
It doesn't take much to get me started. Sometimes it feels like I go through my day looking for people to make me angry and if I don't find them then I'm sure I can conjure some kind of fantasy argument with a long dead relative just to get my blood boiling. We are SO QUICK to move from peace to war. Even Peter! Good 'ole Peter who always seems to get it right decides in Luke 22 to drive a wedge between him and Jesus. All those justifications don't mean much when you realize how much God loves you in spite of your mistakes. If you want to hear my sermon about it, you can click here or listen below.