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    ThuThursdaySepSeptember14th2017 Work Heartily
    byMikel Berger Tagged Sermons Work 0 comments Add comment

    I think we are blessed to sit under good preaching every week at Kossuth and have been for decades. If I’m honest though, most sermons don’t stick with me much beyond 7 days when I hear the next one. This isn’t all bad. I’ve heard the analogy used that I can’t remember what I had for dinner on a Tuesday six months ago and no one is upset about that. The dinner sustained me for a time until I had breakfast the next morning. But we do have those special meals that we remember for a lifetime. Maybe the meal is at a fancy restaurant or you had the opportunity at the dinner to catch-up with a long lost friend. Those sorts of meals stick with you.

    A few weeks ago I was “fed” in a spiritual way that has stuck with me. Drew’s sermons from James 4 and 5, for some fairly clear reasons, were relatable to me. When introducing James 4:13, Drew made it clear that you don’t have to have explicitly made plans to go into a new town to make a profit for these verses to apply to you. But I have pretty much done that before. These verses are speaking directly and clearly to me!

    The remainder of James 4 that week was a great reminder of who ultimately knows the outcomes of any of our plans. James 5 in the following sermon was a convicting warning about conducting our plans in honorable and righteous ways.

    The Holy Spirit has reminded me of those sermons and those sermons, even more importantly, have reminded me of those verses on an almost daily basis since then (enough that when I realized I was up to write for the blog this week it was the first topic to come to mind).

    I know Drew well enough to know he labors diligently in the preparation of each and every sermon. Some stick with me, but many, in my limited view, sustain me for a week or less. Should he only labor diligently on the ones that will benefit me for a long time?

    Of course the answer is, no! I’m not the only one to benefit from the preaching of the Word on Sunday mornings at Kossuth. You might be reading this article wondering what I’m talking about. You were in church the same mornings I was, but those particular sermons didn’t stick out to you. You’re wondering why I’m not writing the same thing, but about a sermon two months ago that you’re still pondering.

    But even more than there being lots of people in the congregation, there’s a better reason for Drew to labor diligently each and every week. He’s not working to just benefit our souls. He’s working ultimately for the Lord and not for us, the men and women in the pews.

    Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, (Colossians 3:23 ESV)

    That verse is true not just for the preaching pastor of a church but for each and every Christian. If your job is writing code, washing windows, teaching children, or selling houses, you do that work for God. In doing the work you reflect our creator God. But the work itself is also part of God’s redeeming work when done in service to him.

    Don’t lose sight of that fact when it seems, yet again, that your work is having no impact here on earth. The real impact you are to have is much greater than that.

    ThuThursdayAprApril20th2017 3 Reasons to Stay Home the Next 20 Weeks
    byDrew Humphrey Tagged James Sermons 1 comments Add comment

    This Sunday morning, I’ll walk to the pulpit, tell the assembled masses, “Good morning,” and then issue these instructions for the first time of many: “Please open your Bible to the book of James.”

    Having made it through Exodus (and more recently, our 5-week Easter series), it’s time to turn our attention to what’s next. And what’s next is a book that you’ll probably want to avoid if you can at all help it.

    Usually, at a time like this, I’d write a hyped-up article about why our new sermon series will be wonderful and life-transforming and something not to be missed for any reason whatsoever. But I feel like being a bit more honest and realistic this time around. So instead, I submit to you a few reasons why I’d advise that you stay home every Sunday morning until this series in the book of James is over (which, according to my current calculations, will take around 20 weeks).

    1. James will go where you don’t want to go.

    Everyone knows it’s not polite to talk about money, right? Well, apparently James never got that memo. In this book, it takes him exactly nine verses to dive into the subject of poverty and wealth. And that’s just the first of many unflinching forays into the topic, culminating with this bombastic exclamation in chapter 5: “Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you.”

    Seriously, you may just want to stay home.

    Whether it’s money, suffering, judgment, or church seating arrangements, James appears unfazed by the things we consider taboo and unfit for discussion in polite society. He draws our attention to things we might prefer to ignore. He doesn’t care about the things we consider off-limits.

    2. James will hit you way too close to home.

    We love it when the Bible talks about those big sins. You know the ones I’m talking about—the really sordid, heinous things we’d never dream of actually doing. When we read about those, we can enjoy the luxury of getting all righteously indignant without having to feel guilty.

    But James has a knack for talking about those other sins—the sins that make themselves at home in our lives, the sins that snuggle with us on the couch and drink milk straight out of the carton, the domesticated sins that we live comfortably with every day. Like prejudice. And careless words. And laziness. And boasting. Oh yeah, and greed.

    This won’t be the kind of series you can sit through while nodding, smiling, and looking out the corner of your eye at that bad, sinful person sitting next to you. Sooner or later, you’ll get pelted right between the eyes. And that’s no fun.

    3. James will challenge your theology.

    If a guest speaker showed up in our church and taught, “A person is justified by works, and not by faith alone,” we’d all run that guy out faster than you can say, “Heresy!” But lo and behold, James shows up in our Bibles and says exactly that (see Jas. 2:24).

    Or what if an elder showed up at your front door when you’re at home sick, wanting to pour some oil on your head and pray for your healing? Think you might be wondering what kind of crazy cult you’ve gotten yourself into? Well, prepare to wrestle with James 5:14: “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.”

    Apparently James played hooky a few too many times during seminary.

    Hopefully you’re getting the point. If you like carefree Sunday mornings, you should probably start making alternative plans. Find a nice brunch spot. Go hiking in the woods. Put your Netflix subscription to use. Pull the covers over your head and sleep in. But whatever you do, don’t come to Kossuth.

    See you Sunday.

    WedWednesdayNovNovember30th2016 Four Stories, One Savior

    On my bookshelves, I have a paperback volume by Alan Jacobs titled The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C.S. Lewis. It’s a terrific biography of one of my favorite people. It’s informative, insightful, and well-written. For the person who wants to know more about C.S. Lewis and why he was such an important figure, this book is a helpful resource.

    But I also have another book on my shelves about the same man. It’s by a man named Terry Glaspey titled C.S. Lewis: His Life & Thought. This particular volume is quite a bit shorter than the Jacobs book and not as in-depth, but nevertheless it provides a window into the forces that shaped the life of this great thinker—and a window into how this great thinker shaped the lives of others.

    Oh, and then there’s Derick Bingham’s book, A Shiver of Wonder, which tracks the remarkable process that transformed C.S. Lewis from an intellectual atheist to one of the most prolific Christian authors of all time. Bingham’s book helps us see what C.S. Lewis saw, and in so doing, it helps us understand how he came to be the man that he was.

    Now here’s a question for you: Why on earth do I need three different biographies of the same person? (And by the way, this doesn’t even count my copy of Surprised by Joy, the book Lewis himself wrote about his own spiritual journey.) Why isn’t one biography enough to satisfy my curiosity about the details of this man’s life?

    The answer to that question has to do with the fact that one biography means one perspective. And one perspective means that although I’ll have access to true facts about the individual, I’ll nevertheless miss out on other facts which are equally true—but only discernable from a different vantage point. When I read multiple biographies about the same person, I’m able to see him from various angles. I’m able to learn from complementary points of view. And in so doing, I’m left with a more comprehensive, nuanced, intricate portrait than I would ever get from only one biography.

    For readers of the Bible, this is an important realization. After all, you may have noticed that your Bible contains four different accounts of the life of Jesus. We call them the Gospels—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. And at first glance, all of that may seem a bit redundant.

    But I believe God was intentional in giving us four different Gospels, written by four different men, who each had four different purposes and used four different styles. The multiplicity of voices gives us a richer insight into who Jesus was. It allows us to behold his glory more fully. And perhaps in no way is that more pronounced than in the ways that these four Gospels present the incarnation.

    This Christmas season at Kossuth, we want to learn from these four different accounts of Jesus’ arrival as we dive into a 4-week sermon series called “Four Stories, One Savior.” I’ll be teaming up with Abraham Cremeens and Will Peycke as we spend a week in each of the Gospel’s accounts of the coming of Christ. Together the three of us will do our best to highlight the unique perspectives and points of emphasis in these four Gospels so that we can grow together in our appreciation for the significance of Jesus’ birth.

    In the midst of the holiday hustle and bustle, I hope you’ll make the time to join us each Sunday for these times of worship and study. We look forward to celebrating this season as a church family! 

    WedWednesdayAugAugust3rd2016 The Greatness of God in Exodus
    byDrew Humphrey Tagged Exodus Sermons 0 comments Add comment

    Take a moment to watch the video below for a preview of our upcoming sermon series, beginning August 28, 2016. I'm looking forward to it, and I hope you'll join me in praying for God to work through the preaching of his word as we embark on this new study.

    The Greatness of God in Exodus from Kossuth Street Baptist Church on Vimeo.

    ThuThursdayJulJuly14th2016 Reflecting on Acts
    byDrew Humphrey Tagged Acts Sermons Updates 0 comments Add comment

    You might find this hard to believe, but the end of our sermon series in Acts is right around the corner. Since March 1 of last year, we’ve been walking through this great book and learning from its account of God’s work in and through the early church. It’s been a long journey, and some of you may have been wondering whether we’d ever actually make it out of Acts. But with just a few sermons left, the forecast is starting to look promising.

    Personally, I've found our time together in Acts to be remarkably rewarding. I’ve been challenged and confronted. I’ve been strengthened and encouraged. I’ve been motivated and pushed. I’ve been stumped and confused. From week to week, my own interaction with this book has been richly diverse, and yet through it all, my chief response has consistently been worship. The God who stands behind every detail of every story recorded in the book of Acts is a God who is supremely worthy of praise. He loves sinners lavishly, he builds his church intentionally, and he squashes opposition mightily. How can one not worship such a glorious God?

    But as I’ve reflected upon the ways that the book of Acts has shaped and influence me, I’ve naturally started to wonder: “How has the book of Acts shaped and influenced others?”

    You see, God never intended for us to be independent learners. Yes, we all need to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. But that personal relationship has corporate implications. As we grow in our knowledge of the word and seek to become more like Christ, we don't do so entirely on our own. We do so in close proximity to other people who are doing the very same thing. And often, we’ll find that our own growth and sanctification are fueled by the growth and sanctification of others.

    Practically, what this means for me is that it’s not enough to think only about my own gleanings from Acts; I need to hear the perspectives of others as well. No matter how much time I spend studying the Bible, my vision is always going to be limited. But by exposing myself to the perspectives of other brothers and sisters, I’m able to gain new insights that I might otherwise have missed.

    In a few weeks (August 7, to be exact), I plan to preach the final sermon from Acts, reflecting back on some of the main things we have learned along the way. But given my own limitations and blind spots, I’m realizing that I need help. And that's where you come in.

    If you've been following along with this study, I want to hear from you! Sometime between now and the end of July, I’d love it if you would shoot me a quick email ( and answer any (or all) of the following questions:

    1. What is one way you’ve grown in your understanding of the gospel as a result of your time in Acts?
    2. What is one area of your life you’ve given greater attention to as a result of your time in Acts?
    3. Is there a particular section or story from Acts that stands out to you or has left an impression?
    4. How would you articulate the overall message of Acts in your own words?

    I’m hoping to incorporate your responses in a few weeks—not just to fill space in my sermon, but to help other people appreciate the wide-reaching impact that a book of the Bible can have on such a diverse group of people as we have at Kossuth. Think of it as one way among many that we can learn from each other.

    Thank you for learning and growing alongside me. I’ll look forward to your emails! 

    ThuThursdayNovNovember12th2015 Glimpses of Grace
    byDrew Humphrey Tagged Christmas Grace Sermons 1 comments Add comment

    Many years ago, my family took a trip to Colorado. It was a great vacation, but ironically what I remember most about it is the drive out there. It was long. And flat. And painfully monotonous. A kid can only stare at the plains of Kansas for so long before he loses interest.

    But somewhere along the way, the boredom was interrupted by a subtle vision of something ahead on the horizon. At first, it looked like a distant bank of clouds. But as we got closer and it slowly came into view, it became clear that the object stretched out on the horizon was in fact the very earth itself. And not just any part of the earth. It was the great and mighty Rocky Mountain Range!

    From then on, the drive took on a whole new feel. The ground around us may have been flat (and unexciting) as a board, but that no longer mattered. Our eyes were fixed up ahead as that impressive line of mountains off in the distance grew larger. And larger. And larger. Until finally we found ourselves no longer looking ahead at the Rockies but looking around at the Rockies. What once appeared to be a hardly-noticeable disturbance on the horizon was now a many-peaked giant, towering above us in all of its colossal splendor. We had arrived in the heart of the mountains.

    In the opening chapter of his Gospel, John wrote of the incarnation of Christ, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John wasn’t being dramatic. He literally saw this. With his own two eyes, he witnessed the glory of the only Son. The grace and truth he speaks of were perfectly embodied in front of him in the person of Jesus, his teacher, friend, and savior.

    But for generations before him, the things that John saw up close and personal could only be glimpsed from a distance. The people that lived before the birth of Christ did not have the privilege of seeing the Word made flesh. The grace-and-truth-filled glory which John witnessed was not yet available to them. Their eyes never had the privilege of resting upon God in human form, walking among them and accomplishing their eternal salvation.

    Yet despite this fact, the Old Testament believers were not left without foretastes of this tremendous sight. Like a boy straining his eyes to see the Rocky Mountains on the horizon, the people of God were able to cast their gaze forward and see a distant picture of the coming salvation.

    How did they do this? Not by some mystical or superstitious trance, but by simply taking up the Old Testament and reading it. Right there in the Scripture, they were able to find wonderful glimpses of the grace that was to come.

    Beginning this Sunday, we’re going to enjoy some of those glimpses together as a church. From now until Christmas, we’ll be walking through a short sermon series together called, “Glimpses of Grace: Seeing the Savior in the Psalms.” The book of Psalms was the hymnal of the Old Testament, and it’s full of foretastes of the glory that John would one day write about. By focusing on just a few examples, I think we’ll be able to have our appreciation of Christ’s arrival enhanced.

    If you want to call this a Christmas series, you’re welcome to. But really it’s much more than that. This is a celebration of God’s sovereign, eternal plan to bring salvation to his people. So join us at 10:30 each Sunday as we study these grace-glimpsing Psalms. And consider inviting a non-Christian friend or neighbor, as well. I look forward to worshiping Jesus along with you!

    WedWednesdayOctOctober14th2015 4 Tips for Listening to Sermons
    byDrew Humphrey Tagged Church Sermons Worship 1 comments Add comment

    How many sermons do you think you’ll hear in your lifetime?

    If you’ve been in a church service most Sundays since birth (like I have), and if you live to be 80 years old, then simple math would predict that you’ll hear over 4,000 sermons. Supposing an average length of 40 minutes per sermon, this means you’ll sit through approximately 2,667 hours of preaching during your life. And that doesn’t even count all the other times you’ll listen to Bible teaching (at retreats, at conferences, on the radio, on podcasts, or in classes).

    The point is that if you’re going to be involved in a church, you’re going to listen to a lot of preaching. And if you’re going to listen to a lot of preaching, wouldn’t you like to make the most of it? Nobody wants to waste 2,667 hours of their lives!

    Although there are many things that could be said to help you maximize the hours you’ll spend in the pew, here are four quick ideas that will get you started:

    1. Prepare your heart. When properly understood and practiced, a sermon is not a collection of the preacher’s thoughts and ideas; it is a message from God’s word for God’s people. This means that you can prepare for it by cultivating an attitude of humility. Through prayer and reflection, get your heart ready to listen to God. And if you find that task to be difficult, then use the singing time to help you warm your heart to the goodness of God in the gospel so that you are ready to listen to him in his word.

    2. Prepare your mind. Having your heart in the right place is important, but you also need to get your mind ready to engage ideas and follow along with what is being said. For some this might be as simple as going to bed earlier on Saturday night. For others this might mean putting the phone away before you enter the sanctuary. Maybe you need to start taking notes to help you follow along—or stop taking notes, because you get too wrapped up in writing down every minute detail. The goal is a mind operating at full capacity.

    3. Know what you’re doing. When the preacher is 20 minutes into the sermon, and you’re starting to get drowsy, it’s always good to remind yourself why you’re there. You’re not there to pass time or do your weekly religious duty. You’re not there to frantically memorize all the sub-points or merely make it to the end with your eyes still open. You’re there to understand and respond to God’s word. That’s a sacred task! So focus on that and let the significance of the task inform your attitude and outlook.

    4. Make a return trip. If you walk out of the sermon and do nothing with what you’ve heard, then guess what – you’ll end up doing nothing with what you’ve heard. So if you took notes, find a time to review them later in the week. If you want to process a part of the sermon more slowly, go back and listen to that section again online. And perhaps most importantly: find ways to use the truth of the sermon in your daily conversations—with your family, your friends, your care group, or anyone else. This will help translate the truths you’ve heard into real life practice.

    These are simple suggestions. But I’m confident that they can go a long way toward helping you get the most out of all those sermons you’ll hear. May God continue to use his word to bless his people! 

    WedWednesdayJunJune17th2015 Gospel Wakefulness
    byAbraham Cremeens Tagged Gospel Sermons 0 comments Add comment

    I don’t remember what the class was, but I remember the setting very clearly (although it was nearly 18 years ago). It was a large lecture hall of 300 people. The lights were dim and the overhead projector fan (that’s right, transparency sheets and all) was blowing.

    My college habits didn’t include sufficient hours of sleep. I mean, who sleeps in college, right? So, there I was, listening to the eternal lecture of boredom multiplied ad infinitum. If you sat next to me, you would have seen my eyes slowly falling closed like a distant sunset. The funny thing was, my hand kept writing on my blank sheet of paper as I took notes. But, what started out as words slowly, then rapidly, turned into a scribbled line that eventually went off the page. Startled, I jerked back awake…at least for a few minutes until the next episode of sleepiness settled in.

    It’s a humorous story, isn’t it? But that same boredom and fatigue can creep into our lives as it relates to the gospel. “I’ve heard this before.” “Haven’t I graduated from this?” “Give me the meat of spiritual disciplines.” And so the gospel gets put in to the closet like an old shirt no longer desirable because, hey, I have more exciting clothes to choose from now.

    Enter chaos. Enter confusion. Such things come when we disconnect from the gospel and its truths that impact every part of every day of all of life.

    If the gospel were a lecture hall, would there be scribbled ink on your page or a wealth of attentive writing, full of interest, excitement, and focus? I believe the choice is ours every minute of every day. How I react to, look to, and focus on the gospel is my decision. And the reward of gospel wakefulness is significant.

    The idea of gospel wakefulness comes from the title of a book by Jared Wilson. I’ve had it on my shelf (actually, my electronic shelf of e-books) for some time. And while the author seems to use the term in a slightly different way than I will, the foundation is the same. The Christian must be attentive to the gospel with joy and delight as he treasures Christ. This impacts all of life in wonderful ways.

    I have the privilege of preaching this Sunday and the week after. On the occasions that I preach, I will be walking through the book of Galatians. And the intent is to see a stirring in my own heart, and your heart, toward gospel wakefulness.

    Paul gives attention to plenty of things in this letter. But his primary focus is to call the churches of Galatia to a gospel attentiveness and alignment. Somewhere along the way in their Christian life, these Christians had been knocked off their horses with lies of an insufficient Jesus. I believe we Christians today face these same lies. Lies that suggest faith in Jesus was a good start, but we need more, more that we ourselves can and should contribute.

    I look forward to how God will use Galatians to waken us to the truths of the one and only Jesus Christ, who alone saves us and leads us in all of life.

    Please join me this Sunday.

    WedWednesdayFebFebruary18th2015 Acts: Faithful & Fruitful
    byDrew Humphrey Tagged Acts Sermons Video 1 comments Add comment

    In this special video edition of the Elder Blog, I'd like to invite you to join me in prayerfully anticipating our upcoming sermon series in the book of Acts, which we'll be starting at Kossuth on March 1. We have a tremendous journey ahead of us, and I can't wait to begin it along with you! So let this video serve as a catalyst to pray and prepare for the work that God will do among us through his word. 

    WedWednesdayMayMay7th2014 The Greatest Family Threat
    byDon Whipple Tagged Family Parenting Sermons 1 comments Add comment

    What is the greatest threat to your family?

    There certainly is no shortage of reasons to wonder if the family as designed by God and defined in the Scriptures has much of a future. Some leading candidates for “greatest family threat” could certainly be the propaganda being taught in the human sexuality classes at some of our schools, or the seemingly convenient option of divorce, or the all-out assault to redefine marriage in terms not limited to one man and one woman, or the proliferation of sports, religious, and media heroes who provide such dismal examples of family values. There are so many more that could be mentioned, right?

    When it comes to protecting the family, there is a lot to get angry about. Before we hurt ourselves anymore by gnashing our teeth (Acts 7:54) at these serious and treacherous threats, let’s let a Puritan from the 17th century weigh in on our topic. Richard Baxter was a pastor and author who served in Kidderminster, England, over 300 years ago. Baxter did not shy away from controversy and was known as a great preacher and pastor who worked hard for the holiness of his people. His importance is somewhat measured by his writings, as his book The Reformed Pastor is still in print today and considered essential reading for any pastoral student.

    Baxter begins his book Duties of Parents with this statement: “Ungodly parents are the greatest servants of the devil in all the world, and the bloodiest enemies to their children's souls! More souls are damned by ungodly parents, than by all other instruments!”

    So Pastor Baxter has landed. He thinks that ungodly parents are the greatest threat to the family. As a parent with 38 years of experience, I agree with him. The greatest threat to my family, marriage, and children is me. The potential for my sin and stubbornness to scar my family is enormous. However, the opportunity to model and teach the gospel of grace, forgiveness, joy, and transforming power is even greater. The gospel of grace and power in Christ Jesus is God’s remedy for the greatest threat to your family.

    Sunday, as the Lord allows, we plan to begin a 5-week series on the family using the Proverbs as a launching pad. Please pray that God will allow us to effectively call each other to a renewed gospel-focused obedience to family life. We are weary of assaults from the outside. We are fearful and insecure because of making complex decisions while lacking experience. We are ashamed because we have fallen down at times even when trying our hardest. In Jesus we are not loved based on performance; we are given fresh starts daily by grace and empowered to love God and others in supernatural ways. This good news is the essential stuff of our family and parenting existence. Please pray and invite some friends to attend with you.

    A closing though from Pastor Baxter on parenting – what is your favorite line?

    Let it be the principal part of your care and labor in all their education, to make HOLINESS appear to them the most necessary, honorable, gainful, pleasant, delightful, amiable state of life; and to keep them from apprehending it either as needless, dishonorable, hurtful, or uncomfortable. Especially draw them to the love of it—by representing it as lovely. The whole skill of parents for the pious education of their children, consists in this—to make them conceive of holiness as the most amiable and desirable life—by representing it to them in words and practice—not only as most necessary, but also as most profitable, honorable, and delightful.

    WedWednesdayNovNovember6th2013 A Different Spirit
    byDon Whipple Tagged Encouragement Sermons 0 comments Add comment

    Have you ever felt like your life could be captured best by the picture of our house after a full day of having our four grandchildren (5 years old and under) visit? A bit messy and overwhelming?

    Messiness has to be one mark of a healthy church. You may or may not agree, but the older I get, the more suspicious I am of people or groups who work hard to maintain an appearance of having it together. Jesus was consistently clear in his choices to target those who are most transparent about sin and its consequences (Mark 2:17).

    Messy simply means that God has lovingly and carefully brought our lives to a point of crisis where we have to choose to either trust him in ways we never have before or continue to try to keep things together on our own. Another way to describe it is that state of life where we know what God wants us to do, but as much as we want to do it, it seems impossible to do.

    The hurt is too real. The bitterness is so deep. The necessary change is so huge. The reasons to be afraid are overwhelming. Caleb, the leader of the tribe of Judah appointed as one of the 12 leaders to investigate the promised land of Canaan, faced this same kind of messy crisis of faith. Ten of the twelve leaders said Caleb was wrong to trust God when faced with following God into a land of overwhelming opposition and huge vulnerability (Numbers 13-14). The point of the story directs the reader through the impressive confidence of Caleb to the trustworthiness of God.

    Over the next 3 Sundays Abraham Cremeens and I plan to preach a series of sermons based on the life of Caleb entitled Following Our Faithful God. Our desire and prayer is that we will see and grow together in our appreciation of the trustworthiness of God as revealed in Caleb’s response to not only the overwhelming fears of Canaan but also the discouragement of being in the clear minority among his friends regarding obedience to God.  

    Please pray for this sermon series that God will grant specific encouragement to those deeply entrenched in their own lands of fear and giants. Pray that God will cause each of our hearts to expand significantly around bigger thoughts of his trustworthiness. Pray that God will grant us a fresh sense of energy and love necessary to truly serve each other in the messy times that require a courageous reliance on God.

    If you want to prepare your heart a bit for these times in God’s Word, Abraham and I will be teaching from Exodus 15, Numbers 13-14, and Joshua 14-15. Let’s seek God together through this series that we will learn and be shaped to have a “different spirit” (Num. 14:24) that follows God fully, especially in the messier times of our lives.  

    WedWednesdayAprApril25th2012 Introducing 1 Corinthians
    byDon Whipple Tagged Revival Sermons Video 1 comments Add comment
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