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"God's Love is Greater than our Doubts," Ephesians 3:20,21 Sermon

[This sermon was delivered at Mt. Hope Congregational Church September 30, 2018] 
“God’s Love is Greater than our Doubts!” Ephesians 3:20,21
Introduction “So certain are you?” Yodo told Luke Skywalker, when convinced was he that he was a Jedi. Only the very young and the very foolish believe they have unlocked all the mysteries and solved all the riddles of life and faith. If the life of faith is a pilgrimage then we must embrace the mystery of faith. No right-minded pilgrim, no explorer, has ever out on his or her journey already knowing everything about the places they will travel. Imagine if Lewis & Clark had headed west through Montana and Wyoming already having decided there were no geysers in Yellowstone?
An explorer, a pilgrim, is certain of his cause, his mission, not the details of that which he will encounter along the way. “I don’t know if we can pass the continental divide, but I have faith in the value of trying. This certainty of the value of this mission is worth the ri…

We need one another...

"God as willed that we should seek and find His living Word in the witness of a brother, in the mouth of man. Therefore, the Christian needs another Christian who speaks God’s Word to him. He needs him again and again when he becomes uncertain and discouraged, for by himself he cannot help himself without belying the truth. He needs his brother man as a bearer and proclaimer of the divine word of salvation. He needs his brother solely because of Jesus Christ. The Christ in his own heart is weaker than the Christ in the word of his brother; his own heart is uncertain, his brother’s is sure.”[1]
[1] Life Together, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, (Harper San Francisco, copyright Harper & Row 1954), page 23.

God's Word is a wellspring of Truth! I Peter 1

Psalm 118:24 Devotion

"This is the day the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it." - Psalms 118:24 (NLT)




Be judgmental about sin... OUR OWN!

"Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged. "And why worry about a speck in your friend's eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying to your friend, 'Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,' when you can't see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend's eye." (Matthew 7:1-5 NLT)



Psalm 44:23-26 See Defeat Differently!

See difficulty and defeat differently! "Awake, O Lord! Why do you sleep? Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever. Why do you hide your face and forget our misery and oppression? We are brought down to the dust; our bodies cling to the ground. Rise up and help us; redeem us because of your unfailing love." (Psalms 44:23-26 NIV84)




“God’s Love is Greater than our Weakness!” Ephesians 3:14-19

Sermon Audio on my Podcast at anchor.rm



Sermon Manuscript. [Delivered at Mt. Hope Congregational Church, Sunday 9/23/2018]


“God’s Love is Greater than our Weakness!” Ephesians 3:14-19
Introduction When I am weak, then I am strong. You just saw me telling the children about the Holy Spirit changes our inability to ability. God’s love pours out to us; His presence floods us and fills us. His love is greater than our weakness.
Transition That’s what we’re going to talk about this morning. My aim this morning is to highlight principles directly from this passage that can be directly applied in each one of our lives. In our weakness He is strong.
CIT/CIS:The foundation of our strength is the unshakable love of God. The weaker we are the more power we have access to!
Exposition:[1] 1. (3:14-15) Prayer: This passage is a specific and most purposeful prayer. “Ffor this cause” refers back to the eternal plan of God and the life of the Christian believer. Paul is referring back to the great salvation wh…

Proverbs 23:4 The right kind of busy!

"Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint." (Proverbs 23:4 NIV84) Busy can be ok. Just make sure its the right kind of busy!



Daniel 9:9 God is forgiving of all our sin!

"The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him." (Daniel 9:9 NIV84)





Sermon 9/16/2018 "God's Love is Greater than our Sin!" (Text / Audio)

“God’s Love is Greater than our Sin!” Ephesians 3:11-13



Introduction The story is told about Benjamin Franklin and an overpriced whistle. When he was seven years old, a visitor gave him some small change. Later, seeing another boy playing with a whistle, young Benjamin gave the boy all his money for it. He played the whistle all over the house, enjoying it until he discovered that he had given four times as much as the whistle was worth. Instantly, the whistle lost its charm. As he grew older, Franklin generalized this principle. When he saw a man neglecting his family or business for political popularity, or a miser giving up friendship for the sake of accumulating wealth, he would say, “He pays too much for his whistle.”
We too pay great prices for something that looks so good and promises so much. Fish are hooked because they are attracted to something that looks like food and would make a good meal only to become food themselves.
We are all possessors of overpriced whistles because w…