Pastor Casey begins his simple sermon with specific emphasis on verse 11 of Acts chapter 1. “…This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go.” “This same Jesus”- the sameness of our Jesus; the assurance of His return; the reality of His finished work on the cross. We need to recognize that the enemy can never undo the work of the cross. Satan’s only power against us is to try and convince us that; Jesus didn’t really do what the Word of God tells us or the Word doesn’t really mean that. This is an effort to get us to stray away to a different Jesus, a different Gospel. We need to know that Jesus is ever and always the same. He always loves us. Jesus is always near us.
In Hebrews 13:8-9 We are told, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. For it is good that the heart be established by grace,…”. Our perspective can change and things may look different. Our emotions change and we may feel differently, but Jesus never changes! Pastor Casey reminds us that our lives must be based on the consistency of our God. He goes on to encourage us with other scriptures and examples. Listen in, you’ll be blessed.
Do you ever feel like you only want to follow Jesus if you know the results of doing so? Sometimes you might think that only a big task with big impact is worth your time and effort. Yet, you never know how God will use your willingness to follow him wherever he leads. Whenever you say yes to God a ripple of influence starts to move through the community.
In the Christmas story, there is mention of a man named Simeon. One day, Simeon knew God was telling him to go to the local temple. Simeon didn’t know why God wanted him to go, but when he arrived he became part of the greatest story in history. Had Simeon cared only for the big jobs, he would have missed out on something bigger.
Listen as Evan teaches to not get stuck on trying to figure out how God will use you, but instead be willing to follow him. As you learn to follow Jesus, God will work out how your obedience through his power will impact the audience.
The commandment to honor mom, command number five, is the first of the ten commandments which deals with relationships between people. When you honor someone, you regard them with great respect. Can you say that you respect your mom? If you don’t, you might have reasons to act that way. If you do honor your mom, the next question is, does your mom know it?
Show honor to moms and you show honor to God. To honor her is to recognize the dignity given her by God, thereby honoring God and setting yourself up for honor to God in other ways. If I honor my mom, I honor God. Practicing honor is a practice to love others more and harm them less. Jesus said all the Law is summed up in two commands, “Love God and love others”. Showing honor to mothers helps us fulfill that law and obey God.
Be encouraged as Evan reminds why honoring motherhood is so important.
Scripture references: Exodus 20:12; 1 Peter 1:15-16
St Patrick’s Day is not just a holiday to celebrate Irish culture. It is a day to remember the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The light of God came to a whole nation of people because of Patrick’s desire to take the gospel to Ireland. Sixteen hundred years ago, Patrick was stolen from his home as a child and made to live as a slave to tribes in ancient Ireland. Through a miracle of God he escaped and returned home to ancient Britain. Why would he go back to the land of his captivity to help the people who cared nothing for him?
The story of Patrick confronts us with the question, “How is your love for others?”
Do you only love the people you like? Are you willing to forgive the people who have failed to love you? Can you, like Jesus did, love the unlikable? St Patrick’s day is a reminder for us to love like Patrick because Patrick loved like Jesus. Be encouraged as Evan shares how Patrick’s story can inspire to love God more and love others well.
Scripture references: 1 John 4:7-21; Romans 5:5-11; John 3:16; Matthew 22:35-40