SERMONS & BLOG

Current Sermon Series:
A series in which we look at the mysterious but absolutely foundational reality of The Trinity.
 
 
 
 

Apr 26, 2020
Kingdom Come
Matthew 28:16-20
 
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  • Apr 26, 2020Kingdom Come
    Apr 26, 2020
    Kingdom Come
    Matthew 28:16-20
     
  • Apr 19, 2020Signs of the Kingdom
    Apr 19, 2020
    Signs of the Kingdom
    Matthew 24
  • Apr 12, 2020Long Live the King
    Apr 12, 2020
    Long Live the King
    Matthew 27:62-28:1-15
  • Apr 10, 2020The King is Dead
    Apr 10, 2020
    The King is Dead
    Matthew 27:32-61
  • Apr 5, 2020The King’s Entrance
    Apr 5, 2020
    The King’s Entrance
    Matthew 21:1-18
  • Mar 29, 2020The King’s Mercy
    Mar 29, 2020
    The King’s Mercy
    Matthew 20:29-34
  • Mar 22, 2020Standing in the Storms
    Mar 22, 2020
    Standing in the Storms
    Series: (All)
    Luke 6:46-49
  • Mar 15, 2020Be Still My Soul
    Mar 15, 2020
    Be Still My Soul
    Series: (All)
     
  • Mar 8, 2020The Servant Kingdom
    Mar 8, 2020
    The Servant Kingdom
    Matthew 20:20-28
  • Mar 1, 2020Come to Me
    Mar 1, 2020
    Come to Me
    Matthew 11:28-30

Blog Posts:

Expectations

I spend much more time than I’d like to admit trying to navigate other people’s expectations of me. In any given decision, responsibility, or scenario I wrestle with what it would mean to others for me to respond in a particular way. The truth is, I want others’ approval, a pat on the back, a ‘you go girl’ for every time I do exactly what people want, when they want it, and how they want it. This plays out in my friendships, with family, at work, in community involvement, and even within in the church.

It isn’t wrong to consider others in our decisions. After all, how we live and the choices we make often don’t just affect us; they affect those around us. It is wise and necessary to care for others in such a way that we are mindful of how we respond, what we say, and what we do. The bible even instructs us in these things.

Romans 14:17-19 “For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. If you serve Christ with this attitude, you will please God, and others will approve of you too. So then let us aim for harmony in the church and try to build each other up”.

Philippians 2: 3-4 “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests but take interest in others too”.

However, when we live wrapped up in the expectations of others our lives become about performance and people pleasing. We suddenly find our confidence, our hope, and our joy blown about in the wind from circumstance to circumstance and person to person. We lose our identity in what others expect of us rather than in the freedom and love of Christ Jesus.

Colossians 3:23 “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people”

Proverbs 29:25 “Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety”.

I challenge us to examine our hearts and pray boldly that the Holy Spirit would reveal to each of us our true motivation. May we find joy, hope, value, and purpose not in the approval of others but in the everlasting approval found in Jesus’ sacrifice for us and His promises toward us.
 
-Rushia

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Too Busy?

Probably one of the most common phrases we hear from others is “I am so busy”. Perhaps it is even one of the most common phrases from our own mouths. In some way or another how busy we are, how much time we don’t have, and how much more time we wished we had is brought up in conversation quite often. 

 
One of the things I love about our culture is the expectation and freedom we have to take part in the things we enjoy. Even the things we call obligations or the things that aren’t always so enjoyable like work, caring for loved ones, running errands, etc. carry a certain beauty in the freedom and means we have to be able to achieve them. I believe all of these things are blessings from God, grace from God, and ways in which we are made in His image. 
 
But if we are honest, we tend to use our busyness as a means to compare our lives with others. I have listened to and been part of conversations where to-do lists are stacked up next to others in hopes that one can prove how much more valuable and purposed their life is from the next. We compete against our brothers and sisters and this puts us in a negative cycle of pride and of performance.

Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Philippians 2:3

And if we are honest again, we spend so much time running around and thinking about running around that we don’t exactly take good care of ourselves, cultivate the relationships that matter most to us, and ultimately we neglect spending meaningful time with the Lord. 

As Jesus and His disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what He taught. But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me”. But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken from her”. Luke 10:38-42

I wonder what life would look like if we were people who valued our relationships more than we did our to-do lists; if we were people who practiced the discipline of silence often; if we were people who saw intentional time with the Lord as the most important and necessary part of each day always.
Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth Psalms 46:10
 
As I write this, I face conviction in my own heart and reflect upon the many conversations I have had with others recently who have felt similarly. I am thankful to God for to-do lists because they aid me in being a good steward in the time He has given me. I’m thankful to God for the obligations and the enjoyment that I am blessed with. But I pray for us all that we wouldn’t forget that we are called to encourage one another and that we wouldn’t forget the mission at hand. 
 
-Rushia

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