I consider it such an incredible privilege to open up God’s Word and proclaim the life changing grace of God. It never fails that every sermon is aimed at my very heart as well. On Father’s Day, I had the wonderful opportunity to open up Mark 8:1-13 where Jesus feeds the 4,000. I believe we see there that it’s not so much what we bring to the table as much as it is who we bring it to. My heart needs to be regularly reminded of the goodness, faithfulness and provision of God, especially in trying times. Perhaps yours does as well.
When it comes to Christmas, we often picture the shepherds worshipping and celebrating the newborn baby Jesus. Luke presents a couple other people that were celebrating the birth of the baby, now 8 days old, as well. Their celebration is a reflection of a faithful, promise keeping God. His promise continues to hold true today and is our great hope heading into 2017.
Ever wish for better circumstances? Are you tired of being where you are? The message of Christmas is a message of hope. In the midst of troubling circumstances, there is a very real hope that is not based upon wishful thinking, but a child that was born. Into this broken world with its troubling news and at times heartbreaking situations, a Son has been given. Because of that gift, there is hope in the midst of every situation.
Below is a sermon I gave on December 4 at Southern Lakes Evangelical Free Church on Isaiah 9:6-7.
God is the giver of every good gift, which includes work and rest. Did you ever think of rest as being a godly habit? Most of us probably don’t because productivity is so highly elevated. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with productivity. In fact, productivity is good. However, productivity at the expense of rest, intentional, godly rest, is detrimental.