The Violent Take It By Force

This morning, I want to begin the lesson by asking a question. I’m going to show you two pictures, and I’d like for you to choose the picture that you think best describes people who are entering the kingdom of God. This first picture is a shot taken on Normandy Beach during the D-Day invasion.…

Our Journey With Jesus (8) — Remembering

This morning, the last discipline that we’re going to look at is “remembering”. Well, that’s not quite accurate. We’re actually going to be looking at a couple of other disciplines that will help us to remember. But first, I want to talk a bit about the importance of remembering because I’m not sure that we really appreciate…

Our Journey With Jesus (7) — Listening

This morning, we want to want to talk about the discipline of listening. Someone has said that in the first year of marriage, the man speaks and the woman listens. In the second year of marriage, the woman speaks and the man listens. In the third year of marriage, they both speak and the neighbors listen…

Portrait of a Godly Father

This morning, I want to take a break from our series “Our Journey With Jesus” because as I’m sure you’re all aware, today is Father’s Day. I heard about one little boy who was asked to define Father’s Day and he said, “It’s just like Mother’s Day except you don’t spend as much on the…

Our Journey With Jesus (6) — Forgiving

If there is a discipline which is more difficult than confessing, it would have to be the discipline that we’re talking about this morning. You could say that it’s the flip side of confessing. When we do wrong to others, we need to confess. But when others do wrong to us, we need to forgive…

Our Journey With Jesus (5) — Confessing

This morning, I’ll be talking about what I think is perhaps the most difficult of all the disciplines in this series – confessing. More specifically, confessing sin. We’re familiar with what John wrote in I John 1:8-9, where he said, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us…

Our Journey With Jesus (4) — Resting

This morning, get your pillows out. We’re going to be talking about the spiritual discipline of “resting”. And some of you are saying to yourself, “Finally! A discipline that I can get excited about!” Before we get started, though, I need to confess to you that I’m tired…

Our Journey With Jesus (3) — Friending

Darryl Tippens said that a young minister once told his father about an exciting new mentoring program that was being introduced in his congregation. After listening to this young man’s enthusiastic description of this new program, Darryl’s father said, “We used to have a program like that in my church when I was growing up…

A Mother’s Love

Let me begin this morning by wishing a Happy Mother’s Day to all of our mothers who are here! In just a moment, I want to do something special for all of you. My goal this morning is to honor our mothers. To honor the commitment of those women who love their husbands, who are…

Our Journey With Jesus (2) — Welcoming

I love the story I heard many years ago about the new preacher who loaded up his car with his large family and drove out to visit an old deacon on the farm. After everyone in the family had introduced themselves, there was an awkward pause as the unexpected guests looked for chairs to sit on…