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Lord’s Supper: Suffering (Luke 22:14-19; 1 Peter 2:21-25)

Today, we are going to observe the Lord’s Supper. There are a lot of important themes, subjects, and lessons that come from the Lord’s Supper. Lessons that address sacrifice, forgiveness, self-examination, the Lord’s return, evangelism and outreach, thankfulness, community, the blood of Christ, the sinless life of Christ, and unity to name a few. This morning we are going to focus on the theme of suffering. We are going to think about and remember what Jesus suffered for you and me and what it means to suffer for Jesus as well. Continue reading

Jesus: Mountain Moving Faith (Mark 11:22-25, Part 3)

When you are going through life you are going to face many mountains. Your mountain may come in the form of a difficult marriage or divorce, financial mountain of debt that you had no control over, mountain of concerns for your children, mountain of resistance due to your faith in Christ, mountain of anxiety, fear, or depression. Mountains can take many forms. They seem permanent and immovable. You feel so small and helpless because of them. But you do not compare the size of the mountain to your size, you compare the size of the mountain to the size of God. Every mountain seems small and easy when compared to the greatness of God and the power of God. Continue reading

Jesus: Mountain Moving Faith (Mark 11:22-26, Part 2)

I want to talk to you about speaking to your mountains. There are some obstacles in life that God will give you His authority and command you to use that authority to remove a mountain in your life.

In the Bible God uses mountains to represent those things in life that are too big for us to handle alone. As you follow the Lord, you will come up against some mountains in your life but some of those mountains God will remove. Continue reading

Jesus: Mountain Moving Faith (Mark 11:22-26, Part 1)

Today I want to talk to you about mountain moving faith. In life we all face mountains. It may be a mountain in your marriage, you don’t see how you will stay together. A mountain in your finances, it doesn’t look like you will ever get out of debt. Maybe it’s a mountain in your health. The experts have said you are never going to get well. Maybe there is a mountain in your way of sharing the gospel with someone or becoming a missionary or taking mission trips. Continue reading

Recognizing Anxiety

Over the years I’ve had great men and women of God come to me and say, “Pastor, I am a follower of Jesus. I pray, read God’s Word, worship with other believers, and I’m involved in ministry and helping others grow spiritually. I love Jesus. Yet, I struggle with anxiety. I feel worried about things I shouldn’t worry about, and I can’t relax. Is there something wrong with me? I don’t know any other Christians who struggle with discouragement as much as I do. Things can be going great and yet on the inside I feel afraid and anxious. I feel like I’m not in control.” Does that sound like you or someone you know? God is keenly aware that His people struggle with anxiety. One of the first steps in managing anxiety is to recognize it when it is present. The earlier you are able to recognize it the sooner you can apply God’s help to your unique anxiety.[i] Continue reading

Have Faith in God (Mark 11:22)

Today, I want to talk to you about faith. Specifically, faith in the middle. It’s easy to have faith at the start. When you marry that beautiful person. When you have that new baby. When you start that new business. When you graduate and start that new career. That’s exciting.

It’s easy to have faith at the end, when you can see the finish line, the dream is insight, you have fought the good fight. Having faith at the start and having faith at the end can be easy. The real challenge is having faith in the middle. Continue reading

DisFIGured (The Fig True, Mark 11:12-14, 20-21)

Today, I want to talk to about fruitfulness. When God saved you, He gave you everything you need to live for Him. He called you to Himself. He loved you. He blessed you. He equipped you so you could represent Him. He wants you to speak for Him in your relationships. He wants you to bring the fruit of joy into those relationships. He wants you to bring the fruit of love and peace to your workplace, to your church, and to your places of influence. You are to bring the fruit of God’s kingdom to a spiritually hungry world. Continue reading

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