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.
Saul Takes His Life 1 Samuel 31:1-13 What are you preparing for? Saul, preparing his entire life, finally met the moment he prepared for: failure and destruction. When your moment comes; preparation is over! The preparation and decisions we made in the lifetime leading to our moment will be brought forth into a reality in just moments. Preparation needs to be focused seeking to know God and running to a place of worship when our troubles chase you.
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.
Join Pastor Adam as he explores the person of Abigail. She is a woman of both beauty and inelegance, worthy to rule alongside David. She provides us a model of what God intended for women. Abigail provides us with inspiration and a model that women and men will benefit in immeasurable ways to learn.
As David was fleeing from Saul, refuge was his rescue. Rather than rushing in to fight a battle, he chose a safe place to hide. We are always looking for a way out, but the way out is to go in #InvokeThePresence. David was a master at avoiding traps. Traps are meant to catch us by surprise and put us into bondage – financial, relational, physical, emotional, and cultural traps. For David, power was a trap. But instead of seizing power, David allowed the Lord to give Him the victory.
Everything is Meaningless. Ecclesiastes 1:1-11 – If Solomon was the world’s most successful person, then why would he write Ecclesiastes, a book filled with discontentment? Enough is never enough. What brings meaning is not what you have or what you have done, but the values that lie as the foundation of both.
God has a funny habit of giving us what we want. This is especially true when what we want goes against what is best for us. Israel wanted a king rather then walking the more liberating faith journey of only serving God. They paid a price for this in the end. In this sermon I talk about being all you are called to be and the temptation to take the easy way out.
Many in society are pushing not only to blur the identity of fatherhood, but to eradicate the need of it from the family structure. God has a special role for the father. Join Pastor Adam as we explore what and how discipline is a key component of the fatherly relationship structure that God envisions for our lives.