Easter Sunday Sermon. Rolling Stones. Mark 16:1-9. Often, just a few key events will shape the trajectory of your life. Many of these expose a stone and a tomb – addiction, sin, health or money issues. Maybe you need a miracle to roll away the stone and escape your tomb. The miracle of Easter shows us how the faith-filled life NEVER asks that you move your own stones. When was your last miracle?
Jesus rode into Jerusalem and within a week he would be dead, condemned to be crucified by the voices of the same crowds lauding him as the coming king, but why? Jewish leaders condemned him for what he had been saying and doing, and the crowds for what he ended up NOT doing. They lost faith when he did not save himself. They couldn’t see the bigger picture.
Is your life all about getting “Likes?” One of the curses of our age is convincing people that they must be great to have value. David never pursued greatness, greatness pursued David. He allowed his life to be crafted by God. Let God take you to the place you were meant to be. You might just find peace and rest there, instead of chasing Likes.
Joy to the World: Part 1. …MORE than Happy. Hebrews 12:1-3. The Christ following life is meant to be characterized by Joy. While we often expect Joy to be a natural byproduct of Christ following, it actually takes work. It also requires changing your heart and removing hindrances that strangle Joy. Pastor Adam begins this Christmas season with a template for creating a heart that manufactures Joy.
Prayer is eternal and the Our Father prayer that Jesus taught us to pray is a spiritual transaction and private conversation with God, our Father. Prayer cements your temporal life into reality to make earth more like heaven. Jesus says that when we pray we get rewarded, but that doesn’t mean we should pray to get a reward. We should pray to build relationship with our Father.
When Jesus begins with “Our Father…” in teaching us how to pray, it was intended to change our perspective of God. Jesus used the word “Father” six times in this scripture to help us dismantle the far away, angry God framework. God as Father is one of the most radical religious concepts known to mankind. When you understand and digest God as your Father, it changes everything. We can then pray to an approachable loving Father and walk in the assurance of faith.
Jonah Flees from the Lord. Jonah 1. What do we do when life takes an unexpected turn? God does send storms into our life, but many storms are of our own conjuring. Sometimes, even little things we do can be the first wind in a storm of own conjuring. God “provided” a whale, giving a path for Revival, Repentence, Obedience, and showing His Compassion. He does that for all of us, even today.
Dancing in the Desert. Thirst is one of the most basic needs. All of us are quenching our thirst somewhere. David was able to quench his thirst in a place where there is no water. David built personal sanctuaries and had the ability to live antithetical to his surroundings. He was able to renovate his surroundings through worship and praise.
Saul and the Witch of Endor. To quote Sting in a classic song by The Police, “We are spirits in a material world.” The materialist worldview denies this. How do you balance your spiritual life with your material life? Do you ever experience or acknowledge the spiritual battle going on around you? God wants us to experience the spiritual world on His terms and through two primary revelators – Holy Spirit Revelation and God’s Word.