Don’t Lose Your Fire!

Charles Spurgeon, one of history’s greatest church influencers, is quoted as saying in his Lectures to My Students:

“Do not enter the ministry if you can help it. If any student in this room could be content to be a newspaper editor, a grocer, a farmer, or a doctor, or a lawyer, or a senator, or a king, in the name of heaven and earth, let him go his way.”

It seems to be a huge indictment against serving in ministry. But the reality is that Christianity—especially the ministry—can be difficult. At times it will wear you down. There will be times that you want to quit and forget about God.

The myth that God will save us and that all of our problems will go away is completely and utterly false!

Consider the prophet Jeremiah and his ministry. He was called the “weeping prophet” because he saw the judgment of God was coming to an unrepentant Israel. He was heartbroken because they refused to listen. He grieved because his pleas fell on deaf ears and hard hearts.

Such was the disappointment in ministry that Jeremiah writes:

If I say, “I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name,” there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot.

Jeremiah 20:9


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A real relationship with Jesus

Seeking God is more than just a system of traditions and rituals. He is a loving father who was willing to sacrifice his very self in order that we might all have a pathway to salvation! At its essence, Christianity is not just about church services or following a prescribed code of conduct, but it’s about having a relationship with Jesus Christ.

I’ve met many who feel as though they can’t come to church. In their own estimations, they are not perfect enough or do not meet the church’s perceived level of holiness. They are afraid of being judged because they smoke, drink, are living together without being married, or have a less than perfect family situation.

The truth is that we are all messed up in some way or another. Even the best pastor or church member is struggling to be holy. Even the Apostle Paul, who is one of the primary writers of the New Testament, shares “For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.” (Romans 7:15). Every great man of God, whether it is Moses, David, or Paul, had flaws in their character yet was able to be close to God (we call this grace).

If you do not know Jesus as your savior, but you want to connect to God, please do not feel as though religion will get you there by itself. Please don’t feel as though you need to be perfect. Please don’t feel bad about anything. God wants to have a relationship with you!


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The Glory of God

Here’s my sermon from 1/26, entitled “The Glory of God”

Thanks for listening!



“Decide For Jesus”

Here is a link to my sermon this past Sunday… God bless you!

 

(Please forgive the sound quality… we’re working on getting the very best sound possible)

 

 



Perspectives…

1 Corinthians 2:9: But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”

Many times our Christian imperative is based on our perspectives. If we believe that our Christianity will lead to the very best life possible, then we will be willing to obey God in all things. Conversely, if we think that our best outcome stems from my own leading, then we will have trouble being faithful.

God is our father. He loves us. He wants to lead us into an abundant life. Are you willing to trust God and receive his promises for your life?