My neighbor is going to hell!

Some people enjoy great relationships with their neighbors. They visit each other and BBQ together. Their kids get together. It’s like one of those episodes of “Leave it to Beaver”… the perfect neighborhood.

And others have those not-so-nice neighbors that stare at you. Or drive by your house slowly just to let you know that they have their eye on you. All of which leaves you with that weird feeling every time you throw out the garbage or get your family in the car.

And let’s not mention the fighters, the music blasters, or the partiers… (Some say its God’s way of developing patience in us!)

However, there is one important point to consider… Without Jesus, they are going to hell. They are destined to burn in torment for eternity without the salvation that Christ offers.

And this neighbor analogy not only serves to describe our neighborhoods, but our communities and nation as well. The point is that we need to be aware of the current state of spirituality around us.


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Victory! – A sermon recap

On Sunday morning, I had the pleasure of preaching this message to our church during our “youth month.” I hope that you find the following valuable in your walk with Christ…

“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” Romans 8:37

Introduction

Paul wrote to the Romans, a people who knew firsthand the meaning of “conquering.” They were a people of triumphs, of spoils of war, of taking slaves, of subjugating their enemies, of seeing foreign kings in chains, of worshipping their emperors because of their great victories. The Roman Empire, even at the time of Paul’s letter to the Romans, was a force to be reckoned with.

And to these people he writes that through Jesus, we are “MORE” than conquerors! The following points go onto explain how this transpires:


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How culture can kill your Christianity.

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees;for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” -1 Samuel 16:7

The context here is David and Saul, but the point I want to make is that God sees things differently than we do. While we obsess over external elements, God is concerned about our heart. Hebrews 8:10 reinforces this point when talking about the New Covenant, stating: “I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”

I don’t want anyone to miss the mark when it comes to pleasing God! I know that many sincerely desire to be the best Christians they can. So let’s consider the following:


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3 ways that you can biblically overcome hard times in your life.

It’s sometimes difficult to hear Christians speak about issues of faith and life. They express themselves as though we should never have problems, feel pain, or should be discouraged. They act as though Jesus is the magic formula for living a life without pain.


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Dear Templo Jerusalen Youth

Words cannot express how proud I am of our youth group this evening. As I write this (at 2:30 AM), I’m convinced that through the leading of God we are seeing the beginning of something great at our church.


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