Sermon of the Day: Why Jesus Still Bears the Scars
Jeremiah 9:23-24 NIV
23 This is what the Lord says:
“Let not the wise boast of their wisdom
or the strong boast of their strength
or the rich boast of their riches,
24 but let the one who boasts boast about this:
that they have the understanding to know me,
that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness,
justice and righteousness on earth,
for in these I delight,”
declares the Lord.
Good Morning Men!
This verse is pretty clear, no need for any translation here.
However what I would like to focus on, is the reflections of our own hearts.
Is there something on this list that you have a tendency to boast about? Or maybe it is a subcategory of one of these major areas?
My encouragement men is that we all examine our hearts, our minds, our activities and our intentions. Maybe we don’t directly boast about something, but is there a tendency to disguise our boast with some other action?
I know I am guilty of this, I just caught myself trying to boast about something through my actions yesterday. So let’s be honest with ourselves and learn to look to Christ rather than self.
Lets have the understanding to know God. Lets pray and ask God for an increasing desire to know Him more! Build up your spiritual disciplines to spend time in His Word. Make it a daily routine of opening the Word of God, to hear from God. God will speak to you through His Word. He says in Jeremiah 33, “call on me and I will answer you...”. So call on Him!
Men, finally how awesome would it be for the God of the universe to delight in you. To delight in the way you are loving your wife, loving and raising your children to know Him. That God would delight in your relationships, how you deal with work and so many other areas of your life.
God wants to use every single one of us to boast of Him. To shine His light too so many lost souls that do not know Him, or reject Him. This world is hurting, people are searching for answers.
We hold every answer in Christ. We hold the key to peace, love and joy through God’s Holy Spirit. Stop messing around with unfruitful works men. Lets grow in Him, be a light, be a blessing and serve those around us with the love of Christ.
Lets learn how to take our eyes off ourselves, and place them on others. Let’s stop boasting of ourselves and lets compliment and praise others. This takes work and tons of practice, not to many of us talk, live and act this way. We have never been taught, and we definitely don’t see this being modeled anywhere. But through Christ, through the Holy Spirit we can change this.
Brothers, ask and you shall receive. I call these slam dunk prayers. When you pray and ask God to be used by Him, its a slam dunk. God wants this heart in all of us. It may take time, because we need some refining, reshaping and renewing. But trust me, its coming if you really mean it and you really seek Him first.
Father, help me to put you first in my life. Cleanse my mind and my heart of everything that is not of You. Help me to see you in a new light, in all Your glory and splendor. That I may be in awe of you. Teach me to understand and know You. Amen.
Sermon of the Day: The Resurrection Body
18 Who is a God like You,
And passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage?
He does not retain His anger forever,
Because He delights in mercy.
19 He will again have compassion on us,
And will subdue our iniquities.
You will cast all our sins
Into the depths of the sea.
20 You will give truth to Jacob
And mercy to Abraham,
Which You have sworn to our fathers
From days of old.
This is a powerful, and deep passage of scripture. I just read a four page commentary from Dr. J. Vernon McGee expanding on this passage, so to give it’s full duty will not happen on this message. However, I can share how this passage is helping me.
First of all there is no god like our God. There is only one God, and the only way to Him is through His son Jesus (John 14:6). All others are man-made gods and idols. Just in case you missed that, all other gods or man-made gods and idols.
God’s compassion and mercy are so abounding. To be forgiven by God is a miracle that came at a unspeakably enormous price. Jesus, the son of God chose to lay down His heavenly robe and give His life as a ransom for all. His blood, my brothers, paid for our sin and all sin that ever was and ever will that come under the submission of faith in Christ.
What this thought reignited in me, was severe gratefulness. A gratefulness that is so tied to who I am, my unworthiness, my sinful thoughts, words and actions. My constant failures, yet God looks at me and says, Come. I will forgive you, not because of who you are, but because of who I AM.
Men, if each of us could really wrap our heads around that, our lives would be radically changed forever. We offer God nothing, He offers us everything. He saves us because of His name. He is holy, righteous, and never wavers on a promise.
Men can I challenge you, to write this concept on a card, or notepad somewhere were you can look at it everyday. Multiple times per day.
I will forgive you, not because of who you are, but because of who I AM.
…He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit…
Mediate on this fact that despite the way we think and act, God still loves us. Despite how many times we have rejected Him by our words or actions, He says come.
Psalm 106:8 NIV
Yet he saved them for His name’s sake,
to make His mighty power known.
Sermon of the Day: The Power in the Blood
Matthew 25:14-30 18
But the servant who received the one bag of silver dug a hole in the ground and hid the master’s money.
The Lord spoke this on my heart yesterday morning:
Do not be the man who bury’s the money, the man of mediocrity.
I knew the Lord was not talking only about money. He was also talking about my gifts and strengths.
Men, God has given each and every one of us amazing gifts and talents. Every human being was created in the image of God, and therefore is an amazing miracle of creation. There are so many verses throughout scripture that God talks about how fearfully and wonderfully He has made us.
The question really boils down to, what are you doing with your life?
Do you know that you have a purpose? Do you know that God created you to do amazing things, and touch lives in amazing ways?
He really has my brothers. God wants every single one of us to have such powerful impacts on this earth for His glory.
If you read through the entire passage, Matthew 25:14-30, you will see that the stories talks about three men. However there are really only two kinds of men.
Men that challenge themselves to be greater. Men that don’t.
The heart and soul of this ministry is to help men, be better men in Christ, better husbands and better fathers.
This is an active pursuit. It takes a daily renewing of your mind. It takes daily time spent in God’s Word and in prayer. It cannot be done alone, you need men that are willing to be alongside of you. Telling you the things you need to hear.
Men, can I challenge you this morning?
Can I challenge you not to be the servant who digs a hole and bury’s your masters money or talent in the ground. It does not matter if others seem to have more. God created you exactly how He needed to, so that you can fulfill your calling on your life.
The first steps is to humble ourselves before the Lord. Confess our sins. Admit our wrongs. Ask God to remove the distractions of this life. Our sinful habits, our wrongful mindsets. Start plugging in to this ministry. Plug into your church. Find a small group you can start attending. Men we will never live our full potential isolated from everyone, not wanting to hear anything difficult. Avoiding the hard truths does not make them go away. By doing this you are just digging your hole and burying the silver.
Heavenly Father I want to change. Please help me, teach me and guide me by Your holy spirit. Help me to renew my mind. Cleanse me of all my sin, wash me and make me new in You. Help me to live a life of purpose for your kingdom. That I will impact lives for You. In Jesus name, Amen.
By the way, a wise friend of mine says, “don’t pray for it, if you’re not willing to pay for it.”
Sermon of the Day: The Other Dark Exchange, Homosexuality, Part 1
Lord, Whatever It Takes, Discipline Me
When I was a child, I asked my dad for a lot of things. But I never asked for discipline. Unfortunately, “I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child” (1 Corinthians 13:11). That meant, by and large, corrective and conditioning disciplines were to be avoided.
I enjoyed an orderly house, tended yard, prepared meals, clean clothes, and a loving, respectful, peaceful atmosphere in my boyhood home. But I didn’t naturally enjoy the disciplines required to achieve these things. I often sought to evade them. I also enjoyed the idea of performing well in school, sports, and music, but didn’t naturally enjoy many of the exercises required to develop my skills. I shirked them too often.
If my external authorities — my parents, teachers, and coaches — hadn’t wisely and lovingly imposed upon me unpleasant and often undesired disciplines, I never would have realized many of the benefits they brought me. And I would have realized even more benefits had I been mature and wise enough to appreciate and welcome their discipline more and avoid it less. I did not see, or did not believe, the long-term gain of short-term pain.
Maturity Welcomes Discipline
But “when I became a man, I gave up childish ways” of thinking about such discipline (1 Corinthians 13:11). Well, that’s an overstatement. However, I have learned to value the benefit of submitting to discipline far more than I did as a child and to welcome it — especially the discipline of the Lord.
Around age 20, I became keenly aware I was helpless to achieve the kinds of transformation I needed in my character and affections on my own. Even my efforts at self-discipline, while needed, still could not bridge the gap between what the Scripture described and my experience. So I began earnestly asking my heavenly Father to discipline me, whatever it took.
God lovingly answered with a convergence of events I never could have orchestrated or even imagined, resulting in a prolonged season of very difficult and painful spiritual wrestling. Not only did God work me over in areas I knew needed change, but he also addressed areas I wasn’t even aware of. Most wonderful of all, God met me in personal and powerful ways as he deepened and strengthened my faith. Afterward, I saw clearly how the benefits outweighed the painful struggles.
This experience has encouraged me in subsequent years to repeatedly pray, and at times fast, for my Father’s discipline when I’ve needed breakthroughs. And he has lovingly and faithfully answered. Some of his discipline has been more severe than that first one, and some less. But regardless, I have never regretted those prayers, nor have I stopped praying them. For through them, God has pressed my love for him to depths and heights I otherwise never would have known.
I’ve learned that asking God to discipline me is a Christian Hedonist’s prayer; it’s asking him for a greater capacity to enjoy him.
The Lord Disciplines the One He Loves
This is the whole point of Hebrews 12:3–11, the clearest explanation in the Bible of the profound good we receive when God disciplines us.
We often don’t recognize God’s discipline when it sets in, even if we’ve prayed for it. That’s because it usually looks different than we expect. Therefore, we cry out to God in our distress and disorientation. And God answers,
“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” (Hebrews 12:5–6)
In other words, “Don’t be afraid. This is from me, and it’s because I love you.” We often respond, “But Father, this is too hard! Please stop!” And God replies,
It is for discipline that you have to endure. [I am] is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Besides this, [you] have had earthly fathers who disciplined [you] and [you] respected them. Shall [you] not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? For they disciplined [you] for a short time as it seemed best to them, but [I] discipline [you] for [your] good, that [you] may share [my] holiness. (Hebrews 12:7–10)
In other words, “I love you too much to stop the good coming to you through this discipline.” We might respond, “I want your good, Father, but I don’t think I can endure this! It’s too painful!” To which God says with kind, wise, loving firmness,
For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. (Hebrews 12:11)
In other words, “Trust me. My grace will be sufficient for you in this pain and afterward you will never regret the painful training” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
The Lord disciplines the one he loves. That means there are dimensions of God’s love we can only know through his discipline. And there are dimensions of peace and godly fruitfulness we will only know through his wise, rigorous training, a program individually tailored by him for us.
Whatever It Takes, Lord!
That’s why a Christian Hedonist prayerfully welcomes and even pursues the Father’s discipline. It is a sign of spiritual maturity, desiring real treasure more than passing pleasure (Hebrews 11:25–26).
If we wish to avoid our Father’s discipline, and don’t ask him for it for fear that he just might answer, we are thinking and reasoning like spiritual children. We are, in effect, saying “no thanks” to God’s offer of mind-blowing, soul-enriching, faith-strengthening, joy-increasing good — the inexpressible joy of sharing God’s holiness and all the benefits it brings. We decline the gain of being strengthened to comprehend the love of God that surpasses knowledge because it costs us short-term pain (Ephesians 3:18–19).
Sermon of the Day: Do You Have a Grudge with God?
And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature…”
Good Morning Men!
Our Sermon from yesterday really hit home and impacted me. So,I wanted to pull one of the most powerful and misunderstood commands in the Bible for the Christian.
Pastor Adrian will explain this much better than I would in that sermon, but since everyone is not fully on-board of listening to our sermons I wanted to reach everyone. On that note, men what you put in is what is going to come out. I could not stress enough the importance of plugging in to these sermons. If you want to experience more growth in your relationship with Jesus Christ, plug-in. I know we are all busy, it is difficult, I get it. But you can do it. You choose to make time for what you want to do. For what you feel is important. If you can trust me even just a little bit, this is extremely important.
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So, the above verse is simple brothers. The most important word for me is “Go”. Nothing happens if we do not go. The greatest intentions in the world do not make any changes.
What are some of the reasons we as men choose not to obey this command? Oh yeah by the way, this is not a suggestion from God. It is a command. Any command that is not obeyed will have some very serious consequences brothers. Lets not take any chances and find out what they are when we are face to face with almighty God.
Excuses not to obey, I mean reasons:
“I do not feel like I know enough of the Bible.”
This is a common one and very understandable. However men, the best way to know more is to read more and spend more time with God. Even more powerfully is once you start putting yourself out there and sharing your story and your faith, the pressure to know more pushes you into God’s Word.
“I am worried about what others may think.”
Although most of us would never admit this to anyone, it is real and alive in all of us. Just remember what Jesus said:
And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
We are so blessed in this country because no one will kill us for our faith. We are getting close to being arrested for saying certain things. But until then what are we really afraid of. Our worldly image? Men lets get to the place in our walk where we are more afraid to shame the name of God by our words and actions. Rather than shame ourselves.
“I’m not a preacher, I do not have any gifts or talents. I’m not a missionary.”
This can be very legitimate excuses on the surface. But brothers we just need to start in our home. Start at work. Start in our social circles. We have people all around us that do not know Jesus. Jesus says the only way to the Father is through Him. How are they going to get to God if you don’t tell them about Jesus?
Grow in Him. Rescue the Perishing. Listen to your audio. Love you.
Sermon of the Day: Rescue the Perishing
15 Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound!
They walk, O Lord, in the light of Your countenance.
16 In Your name they rejoice all day long,
And in Your righteousness they are exalted.
17 For You are the glory of their strength,
And in Your favor our horn is exalted.
Good Morning Men! This psalm had several nuggets that I really enjoyed. Many verses previously were talking about the sovereignty of God.
That concept alone always blows me away, the fact that God is completely sovereign over this entire universe and everything in it. Wow!
However this morning I wanted to focus on the above passage. I want to break down each verse individually and what they mean for the Christian today. If I could summarize it in a nutshell, this passage is about the Christian influence and focus.
Do you know the joyful sound of the Lord?
The sad thing is brothers many of us do not know His voice as well as we should. If I were to hear my dad yell right now I would instantly recognize his voice. I have spent enough time with Him to recognize it.
As blood bought Christians we have the power to hear the voice of the God of the universe. What a joyful sound to hear. What a blessing to have God speak directly to your heart.
The Bible teaches that God is light. God is holy, God cannot lie, God is all-knowing and all-powerful. When we walk contrary to any of this we no longer are in the light.
There is a direct connection with hearing the joyful sounds of God, and remaining in His light. Walking against the ways and darkness that tempts your hearts everyday.
Men, can we be honest right now. What do you rejoice in? What brings you the most joy today?
Is it the name and power of the Lord God? I am sad to say that this is probably not the case for many of us. Everything else around us gets us far more excited than the name of God.
Here is how we can change that! The Bible teaches us that our righteousness is as filthy rags before God (Isaiah 64:6)! In fact this filthy rag is translated from the Hebrew as a used menstrual rag. I know its graphic, but its the truth. When we try to be righteous on our own effort, merit and strength that is how God views it.
But when we recognize that we are sinners. Filthy sinners, that desperately need a savior. We now depend on His righteousness. Then and only then can God move in us and through us. That is why God says He opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Only a humble heart can fully surrender the reality of our sinful nature. Daily.
Now all these points beautifully come together in God’s Word. It is all about God’s glory. Our strength to overcome, to be victorious, triumphant and longsuffering is all for His glory. Not our own. God is so delighted and so overjoyed when we can make this connection in our heart, our mind and our lives.
I pray this message sinks deep into your heart.
With Love, your brother in Christ.