This morning I’d like to begin a journey through Ecclesiastes. We will conclude the journey next Sunday. Today’s sermon is titled “A Life Worth Living”. We are going to be learning about a man who tried to live life to the fullest. This man’s name was Solomon.
In a nation that easily forgets, we are to be stones of remembrance, monuments baring witness to the power and the promises of God. We are Living Stones. The challenge is before us. Not to be remembered, but to be stones of remembrance rising past our own achievements and successes, and humbly pointing others to the one true, immortal God.
What if we started to think for ourselves? Do our research. I’m not saying we ignore the information being brought to the table, but instead listening to some else’s fear, instead of just thinking the worst, what if we ask the question we most often avoid, “What does God say? What does God want us to do?”
What if we looked at the ground we live on as holy? What if we walked outside and stopped to appreciate the ground we have been given, the ground we live on and serve on? What if we looked at it as God’s holy ground with a mission, a purpose, a beautiful thing that was given to us for a purpose.
What’s going on in our country right now should make us want to go to our knees and listen for God all the more.
Those of us who name Jesus as our Lord and Savoir must step up to the basic command to love our neighbor as ourselves and to wake up every single day grateful for our rights, and then decide I am going to stewarded them well by not simply leveraging them for myself, but for the people around me.
Your suffering and your pain and the bumps in the road really are not the exceptions. They are part of the story. And Jesus made it all too clear; it’s an important part of the story.
Where is God nudging you? What is God urging you to do? Are you willing to do what you know how to do and trust God to do what only God can do?
Our friends determine the direction and quality and the depth of our faith in God, because God uses providential relationships to impact and to grow our faith in Him.
We are in the 3rd week of the series called Five Things God Uses to Grow Your Faith. Today we’re talking about the word discipline, which is not always our favorite word. Truthfully, it’s the thing that we all love to avoid. My personal definition of discipline is “the things you’re supposed to do that you don’t want to do.” Things like eating healthier, exercising more, saving more money, getting the job done, and getting your schoolwork done. The list…