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.
If you were to ask different people around the world those four questions, you would get a lot of different answers. But how you answer those four questions are of utmost importance. Let’s take origin for example. If you are here because of a cosmic accident, through billions of years of struggle, mutation, and chance, then what does that say about your identity, purpose, and destiny? Let’s just say it’s not so encouraging.
$430,000,000. That’s how much the Los Angeles Angels, a Major League Baseball team, will pay their star player, Mike Trout, over the next 12 years. $430 million. At my current salary as a Youth Pastor at West Pines Baptist Church, it would take me over 8,600 years to make what Mike Trout will make in the next dozen. I don’t think I’ll live that long.