This Sunday, August 25, we will be wrapping up our summer series on Seeing Jesus. As we study the life and minstry years of Jesus (only 3 years), we see His heart for people on display. We have seen His investment in the men who followed Him as His disciples, His love, His compassion, His ministry mindset of serving others, His commitment to the truth, and His answers for life's greatest challenges. It's been a great series.
Each summer in Cooperstown, New York, the Baseball Hall of Fame welcomes in a few new members to a very exclusive club. The Baseball Hall of Fame is a place reserved for the best of the best. Only those who accomplished something special are part of the museum in Cooperstown. People who make it to any "hall of fame" are special people who excelled in something.
2 Samuel 22:18-20 says, “He rescued me from my strong enemy, from those who hated me, for they were too mighty for me. They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the LORD was my support. He brought me out into a broad place; he rescued me, because he delighted in me.”
A lighthouse is a tower designed to radiate light and to serve as a navigational aid for boaters and captains at sea. The lighthouse is used to mark off dangers that may be unseen on the coastlines, such as hazardous shoals, reefs, or rocks. The lighthouse can also be used to provide safe entry back into a harbor from a treacherous storm.
This past week I was reminded of Aesop's fable, “The Tortoise and the Hare”. Most of us know, understand, and would even agree with the premise of the fable and yet, so many of our lives are marked with distractions, busyness, interruptions, and hurriedness.
This rushed and hasty culture has infiltrated our churches
“Regardless of anything that I’ve done, I can do whatever. I sin daily, and Jesus still loves me. It’s all washed, and if the Lord doesn’t judge me, and it’s all forgiven, then no other man, woman … can judge me.”
The above quote may look innocent at first, but if you think about it and understand the context, it’s anything but innocent.
If I had a dime for every time I’ve heard that phrase, I’d be a rich man. Instead I got Tabasco sauce in my mouth and whoopings on my rear end! For good or for bad, for better or for worse, we fight for things all the time. What do you fight for? I would guess that you fight for some of the following:
We all know that certain things are true and yet we, at times, will risk great loss and consequences when we refuse to live in light of what we know to be true. (Read that again please )
Let me illustrate: A few days ago, my lovely, precious, smart, charming daughter was heading to the beach. It was a hot and sunny south Florida day. As she left, I said, "Don't forget the sunscreen." Why would I need to give her such a reminder? She's an adult. She's smart. She's been sunburned before. She knows what to do. She knows it's true - the sun will burn you.
And yet, even with all that, she, at times, refuses to live in light of what she knows to be true and risks the consequences. (Sunburn is a bad thing, people!!!)
West Pines Baptist Church has five key words in its purpose statement:
These five words are taken from Acts 2:41-47 where the life of the early church is described. What did the early church do? What did the early church promote? What happened on a daily, weekly, yearly basis in the early church?
Influence is the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something, or the effect itself.
This Sunday we will be celebrating Father’s Day, which is an opportunity to honor the dads in our lives that have influenced us with their wisdom, insight, and experience. The influence of a father is overwhelming, as shown by recent data collected by Promise Keepers and Baptist Press. The research shows that if a father does NOT attend church, only 1 child in 50 will become regular church attenders.