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Today's sermon was a really good one and it also highlighted what we talked about in my sunday school class. Here's a highlight:
Overcoming Barriers & Finding Forgiveness
What makes you different? We have a tendency to make comparisons. Comparing ourselves to one another can be a very dangerous thing because it highlights our differences. The fact that we are different is not a bad thing, but it can cause barrieres.
Barriers stop progress, and separate us. We need to overcome barriers if we are going to really experience life. We need to be careful not to let social stigmas (race, class, etc.) enter our lives and create barriers that can keep us from having healthy, God honouring relationships.
We looked at Philemon - a sotry of barriers, love, acceptance, forgiveness and reconciliation. I must admit, I had never taken a second glance at this book until today. It is incredible how it deals with real life issues!! Philemon was a slave owner, and Onesimus was a slave who was indebted to him. But the whole letter is about how barriers like this can be overcome, as they were brothers in Christ.
Jesus removes barriers! Luke 4:16-21
Jesus brings freedom! John 8:36
Are there barriers in your life? With Christ, you can overcome them!
1. Rely on Christ (Philemon vs. 4-5): the starting point is faith in Jesus Christ.
2. React in love (v.9): strive to do everything on the basis of love.
3. Respect all people (v. 16-17): a Christian's status as a child of God transcends all other wordly distinctions.
4. Respond with forgiveness (v.14-18): true forgiveness allows treating others as we have been treated...Christ has forgiven and so we should forgive.
5. Reestablish the Relationship (v.17): Christ can transform even the most hopeless relationships to lasting friendships full of love.
Okay, I must admit...I take notes! Hope you were able to get something out of this, as I was!
Our sermon today was on prayer. My husband sang What If His People Prayed. The pastor's sermon was out of Daniel------he has been preaching through the entire book. He asked us repeatedly how much time we spend in prayer and what we spend our prayer time talking about with God. Do we just have a list for God, or do we spend time praising him and thanking him. He also pointed out that God doesn't have an obligation to hear (with an ear to respond) the prayers of those who aren't his children. He may or may not choose to respond. But, if we are sons/daughters of the king, we have the privilage of climbing up into the lap of out Abba (Daddy) and talking freely with him. We should take advantage of that privilage. After all, Jesus tore the veil so we could be in direct contact with our Heavenly Father. It was a really good message.
It was just so good. There weren't many points in the message...just kept going back to Choose This Day! Stop riding the fence, don't be luke warm. God wants us to be either hot or cold. If we're luke warm he will spew us out of His mouth. Make that decision today!
Also our Praise Team sang for the first time in church this morning, and it went well. Very Well! I was happy with how it turned out.
Ok, I listened to the sermon online from Sunday. It was about honoring the lord in our daily lives. Don't go around saying you love him and then filling your day in ways he would disapprove of. Same goes for our spouses. Your actions speak louder than your words when you tell your spouse you love them, then do things that upset them or dishonor them.
That is what I took from it anyway but I am not very good at retelling things.