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spk1121
spk1121
Steve K
Mon, Nov. 7th, 2005 11:13 pm
Sermon notes

My dad preached an interesting sermon tonight entitled Using Time Wisely.  It was based on Psalm 90:1-12.  In particular, he focused on the last verse: "Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom."  Dad pointed out that in the traditional Biblical sense, the heart is the center of being, not just where love comes from.  Your true essence is your heart, so the author is asking God to make him holy and to do things accordingly to His will.

Why are you?
As Christians, we are called to serve as example of Christ's love.  Dad brought up the fact that everyone asks each other questions of introduction that include how, what, who, and where.  However, you rarely hear "why" in introductory statements or inquiries.  We are here to give love, honor, and glory to God.  That is why we are here, so then the question comes: How do we accomplish this?  Right teaching and learning, and holy living.  Just as a fantastic employee who helps you makes you want to do business with a particular company again in the future, we should be living in a way that shows God working in us and appealing to those who don't fully know Him yet.

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
This is the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray.  "Hallowed" refers to honoring and glorifying God's name.  "Thy will be done" shouldn't just be an empty expression, but a plea to God to work within us and in the world around us.  Thus, we are made holy -- not sinless, but fully dedicated to the Lord and His purposes.  We have the ultimate example in Jesus himself: "I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do." (John 17:4)  Just living in a God-pleasing way and fulfilling our duties gives honor and glory to God.  You don't have to be a millionaire or travel halfway around the world on a pilgrimage to satisfy the Father.  Martin Luther pointed this out, as well as the reiterating the fact that God is with us when we're alone, with others, at work or at play.  If he is with us always, we should be acting in a way that makes Jesus glad to be with us!  Dad said we should make sure we aren't behaving in a way that causes Jesus to feel awkward, to frown, or to even cry.  Since he is with us and we can pray sincerely to him, we will have what we need to accomplish His will and to fulfill our goals as followers of Christ.  The kingdom, the power, and the glory are His forever indeed.

(If you are interested, please check out my Apostles Creed poll on poll_a_day!)

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sauoceangirly
sauoceangirly
Deena
Tue, Nov. 8th, 2005 02:58 pm (UTC)

what church does your dad preach in? Is it in Fort fun?


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spk1121
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Steve K
Wed, Nov. 9th, 2005 04:03 am (UTC)

Fort Fun, indeed. Holy Cross Lutheran Church, to be precise!


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sauoceangirly
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Deena
Wed, Nov. 9th, 2005 04:26 am (UTC)

ok yeah, I know where that is. My mom teaches at Central Lutheran in New Haven


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ashen_butterfly
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Magnanimity
Thu, Nov. 17th, 2005 04:48 pm (UTC)

So here is a question..

Right now I am trying to answer this one - "Would God call us to do something we hate?"...

I say yes.. but I am trying to scripturally back that one up... Got thoughts, and milk... but mostly thoughts


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spk1121
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Steve K
Wed, Nov. 23rd, 2005 02:09 pm (UTC)
Something we hate

"Would God call us to do something we hate?"...
Sure He would! A great example is Jonah from the OT -- everyone remembers he spent three days in a large sea creature, but oftentimes don't really know the surrounding context. God told Jonah to go to the Assyrian capital, Nineveh, to preach and tell them to repent. Not only did Jonah resist, he was so opposed to the idea that he fled by ship in the opposite direction! God caused a storm to rise and Jonah was tossed overboard, but he survived and eventually made his way to the city and preached the word of God. A bit of a roundabout trip!

There are many other examples along these lines. Jesus himself pleaded with God to "take this cup of suffering from me" shortly before his trial and execution on the cross. He didn't want to die, but he knew it was necessary. In the end, he was victorious and rose again.

The point is that we are very flawed human beings who resist God's will on a daily basis. (I certainly include myself!) We either don't know what God's will is, or even actively resist it. That doesn't mean He isn't still working through these "fragile jars of clay" that make up the human race. We may not understand or even be outright hostile to God's intentions at first, but if we keep an open heart and are willing to be guided by the Holy Spirit, then I think the sky's the limit! :)


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