David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. Soon his brothers and all
his other relatives joined him there. Then others began coming—men who were in
trouble or in debt or who were just discontented—until David was the captain of
about 400 men.1 Samuel
____________, you have to be connected ______________.Andy
Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NLT)
are the obstacles that keep me from living in community?
Lack of trust
8 Soon afterwards he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. The twelve were with him, 2 as well as some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, 3 and Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them[a] out of their resources. Luke 8:1-3 NRSV
2018 is the 200th year anniversary of the carol “Silent Night, Holy Night”. The song captures our hope for peace and light for the world. This sermon celebrates the carol’s message on Christmas, and highlights its call for our lives.
“I’m bursting with God-news; I’m dancing the song of my Savior God. God took one good look at me, and look what happened— I’m the most fortunate woman on earth! What God has done for me will never be forgotten, the God whose very name is holy, set apart from all others. His mercy flows in wave after wave on those who are in awebefore him.” Luke1:46-50 The Message
#1 But look at their hope.
It is hope in God.
#2 Their hope is in a God who meets them where they are.
“He bared his arm and showed his strength, scattered the bluffing braggarts. He knocked tyrants off their high horses, pulled victims out of the mud. The starving poor sat down to a banquet; the callous rich were left out in the cold.” Luke 1:51-53 The Message
#3 If Christ – not Caesar – is King, then there truly is hope for everyone.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5 Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
“Calm and Bright “ 2018 is the 200th year anniversary of the carol “Silent Night, Holy Night”. The song captures our hope for peace and light for the world. The Advent worship series will celebrate the carol’s message over the entire season of Advent, and highlight its call for our lives. A message that can guide us all year long.
This sermon is based on selections from Isaiah 2 and 9. The following graphics were shown during the sermon.
Time’s Up! How Jesus’ Use of Time Guides Us sermon notes
Luke 5:15-16New Living Translation (NLT)
15 But despite Jesus’ instructions, the report of his power spread even faster, and vast crowds came to hear him preach and to be healed of their diseases.16 But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer.
Luke 6:12-13New Living Translation (NLT) Jesus Chooses the Twelve Apostles
12 One day soon afterward Jesus went up on a mountain to pray, and he prayed to God all night.13 At daybreak he called together all of his disciples and chose twelve of them to be apostles.
Luke 22:39New Living Translation (NLT) Jesus Prays on the Mount of Olives
39 Then, accompanied by the disciples, Jesus left the upstairs room and went as usual to the Mount of Olives.
How can I live my life in a rhythm of peace as Jesus did?
Pause in my busy day of life as Jesus did.
Asked direction in all things big and small as Jesus did.
#1 One of the worst uses of time for Christians is Worrying.
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]? Matthew 6:25-27 NRSV
#2 True gratitude leads us to trust the greatest blessing of all: Jesus love for us.
31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:31- 34 NRSV
#3 Apathy is never a Christian option. True gratitude always leads us to to gracious action.
We are not designed to go constantly. Just as in music, “rests” are important for us. One of the 10 Commandments is “remember the Sabbath Day”. Do we remember why this is a commandment, and how do we follow it?
Sharing Christ's warm transforming love with our community, our state, our nation, and our world