This morning, Pastor Casey starts with a short word about the crushing in life. For his sermon, he begins in Acts and points out there must be a recognition that because of Christ, we have something. Yet we cannot know what we have until we know who we have. Always there is the call to better know our Lord Jesus Christ. We cannot give or share what we don’t have and of course God doesn’t expect that of us. But we do have a responsibility to share what we have been given. Just to name 2 things we have because of Christ– salvation, Ephesians 2:8-9 and peace with God, Romans 5:1.
Pastor continues on showing more scriptures revealing God’s gifts to us. How are we making use of these gifts to change our world? Join in and be encouraged.
Fathers don’t often get a lot of credit, yet they help form identity. Pastor Casey shares that he knew being a rancher, gathering cattle, was part of his identity–because that’s what Dad did. For others, perhaps Dad was rough and tough and “men don’t cry”. When looking in the Bible, we can find this is not true of Godly men. Not all of our identity is correct. Many times we are disconnected from God our Father because we do not know how much he loves us. We struggle with shame, fear of not being good enough. Jesus came as the Son of God to show us how our “real” Father looks and operates. In this generation of so many fatherless, what can be done to bring true identity?
Listen as Casey encourages us that the work of Jesus is capable of restoring the family; bringing sons and daughters of God back to the Father.
Developing a picture in years past took time and a “dark room”. During the process, we could only wait and hope the pictures would turn out well. Pastor goes on to share how his great grandfather planted a tree that he, Casey, and his family now enjoy. He planted during drought and depression. This is what faith looks like. Praising God before breakthrough, before we know how it will come out.
In Acts 16, we see Paul patiently enduring the slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination, calling out for many days, waiting, before he took action. The ensuing uproar found Paul and Silas in prison. While in the darkness of the prison, in pain from a beating, they sang and prayed. It may be easy to pray or praise when things are going well. What happens with us when life is tough, days are dark? Pastor Casey points out that we must predetermine our response to life regardless of the situation.
When Paul and Silas experienced breakthrough- chains falling off, prison doors opening, people getting saved-it was no longer a sacrifice of praise. Pastor goes on to encourage us to determine to offer God a sacrifice of praise before breakthrough. Morning will come! Ps 30:5