- Proverbs 4
- John 16
- Philippians 4
We’ve all seen the “Life Alert” commercials. “Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up,” is a part of our collective experience. We’ve also been in a place where we’ve fallen and can’t do anything on our own to get up. Listen and hear how God pours life into us even if we feel like dead, dry bones.
The big day is planned. Everyone who is anyone is going to be there and you have an invitation. You are excited beyond belief and couldn’t sleep at all the night before. The time is growing close but you are so sleepy so you decide to take a short nap … and then you wake up and know before you look at the clock that it is too late. You missed it because you didn’t stay awake. Listen in and learn how to avoid falling asleep before the party starts.
A Shunammite woman had lost her son whom the Lord had given her. She was grieved and broken but went to the prophet saying “Everything is alright” because she put her faith in God. Thousands of years later Horatio Spafford had lost wealth, possessions and children in a series of events that would bring anyone to their knees. He penned the hymn “It is Well” as he approached the place where four of his daughters had drowned in a voyage across the Atlantic. Listen in to learn how it can be well with your soul despite life.
Life is overwhelming. There is so much negative crying out for your attention at every moment of the day. Paul has some words of encouragement on how we can combat those worries. Listen in an learn how to conquer stinkin’ thinkin’.
The people of Israel had been in bondage but then were set free. They saw the promised land was going to be hard to take and so they grumbled in fear. 40 years later they were camped out on a mountain instead of inhabiting the promise land so the Lord said it was time to leave the mountain and turn back to the path he had prepared for them. Listen and learn how God has called you to inhabit the promise.
Spies use their own world view to justify their ends. In their mind they are the good guy and without this mindset they would never be able to carry through with their death bringing actions. Listen and learn how to have a Christ view of the world.
Paul talks about a group of people who were in the church but spent their time spying on what he was doing in order to get attention for themselves. In churches today we have people who are focused on their own interests, who look to see what everyone is doing and use this information or gossip and control. Listen and learn how Paul dealt with the spies of his day and how we can do the same today.
The SS Edmund Fitzgerald was one of the largest ships every built to sail on the Great Lakes. November 10th, 1975 it was overcome by a storm and lost with no survivors. We have a similar experience recorded in the Bible. Listen and learn how Jesus’ disciples weathered the storm and avoided a shipwreck.
Once pastor got a beat up old car with the dream of restoring it. He spent hours and hours working on this vehicle. He would beat on dents and scrape off loose paint and rust but he wasn’t an experienced car restorer. The more time he worked on it the worse it looked. Often our lives are like that. We try and try to fix what we’ve done wrong but make it worse and worse. Listen and learn how we can let the Expert restore us.