Giving Thanks in All Circumstances

This Thanksgiving is likely to be very different for you than the celebrations of years past. You may still have turkey, and stuffing, and cranberries, and pumpkin pie, but you may not see as many people from outside your household, if you see any at all. Not only that, you may find your plans changing at a moment’s notice! This is why Paul’s instruction in 1 Thessalonians 5:16–18 – to “Give thanks in all circumstances” is particularly poignant this year.

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Three Kings

Even the best and most revered of Kings in this world are fallible and sinful. The memory of their failings sometimes fades over time even as the memory of their virtue grows. Jesus is different. He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Psalm 95:3-5). Jesus cared deeply for those who were poor, weak, or vulnerable. He chose a humble birth to common parents. His early years were spent as a refugee living in a foreign land. He chose fishermen and outcasts as his band of disciples. He healed those who were sick, even touching the unclean. Finally, he cared for you in your spiritual sickness and poverty. Though he was rich, for your sake he became poor (2 Corinthians 8:9).

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Using our Talents in God’s Kingdom

We are called to be missional stewards of God’s resources, be it time, talent, or treasure. God has entrusted each of us with resources that he expects us to use for his glory and the expansion of his kingdom. Today we will focus on the “talent” aspect of stewardship. “Using one’s God-given abilities wisely and productively is a vital aspect of discipleship and will be rewarded with additional opportunities to serve God faithfully and fruitfully” (ESV Study Bible). What are you doing with what God has given you?

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Preparation for the Wedding Feast

When we put our faith in Jesus, it is a decision that changes our lives daily and forever. Faith is not like a life insurance policy that you choose once and file away. As Christians, we can’t make a decision to follow Christ and then tuck that away as a memory and live our lives as we did before. We need to continue to pursue Christ for the rest of our lives.

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How to Vote as a Christian

Why should we, as Christians, be involved in worldly politics?
Trevon Wax, Sr. VP of Theology and Communications at Lifeway – “Our involvement in the political process is a way that we love our neighbors. It’s a way that we care for the world that God has entrusted to us, for the culture and the society that’s around us. ” In this sermon we will reflect on how we should discern our election decisions as Christians, as well as how we can be salt and light in a politically polarized world.

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Our Eternal Home

One of the most important ways that our Good Shepherd watches over us is by bringing us home. First of all he brings us into the fellowship of the Church where we can be a part of his flock. When we die, he brings those who have trusted in him to an eternal home, the Father’s house.

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Trusting Our Shepherd

We talked about the abundant life that Jesus offers us last week. Part of this abundance is the ability to live without anxiety when we trust in him. We can always trust Jesus to be our guide, our protector, our provider, and our salvation.

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He Is Our Shepherd

In the coming weeks, we will dwell in this shepherding image. We will remember God’s faithfulness and how we can trust him. We will remember how he reigns over all things. We will remember how he cares for each of us individually, as well as for his flock, the church, collectively.

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Joy for the Sinner Who Repents

Who do you identify with in the story of the laborers in the vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16)? Are you the one who worked all day or the one who signed on at the 11th hour? There is a temptation to become prideful about our own obedience to Christ, this pride often comes with looking down on others. Pride can also lead to anger when we think we are not being properly recognized for our achievements.
This parable is begun and ended with the same phrase. “The last will be first, and the first last.”

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Avoiding Enmity

People don’t handle conflict well. Either they take the passive, rumor based approach, or the aggressive argumentative approach. Both end in pain and broken relationships. Jesus provides a better way in our Gospel passage this morning.

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