Be good to your pastor!

Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.

-Hebrews 13:17

Yesterday my church celebrated “Pastor’s Day”—where the pastor is honored for their service and ministry. Before I continue, let me thank Templo Jerusalen for their care and attention in making sure the day was special. My leaders and members put a lot of work into everything that went into it, which I really appreciated.

It’s important to realize that even pastors aren’t perfect. We all have our imperfections and liabilities, and sometimes even the most anointed man of God fails. However, it is in our weakness that God is glorified.

David was a man chosen by God to be the king of Israel. Yet he failed as an adulterer, murderer, and by being prideful in taking a census of the nation (you can read his story in 1 Samuel 16 onward). Moses was a man chosen to lead the nation out of slavery, yet he was a murderer and could not control his temper (the Exodus story can be seen in Exodus – Deuteronomy). Even Peter, one of Jesus’ closest apostles, denied him three times in despair (Mark 14:66-72). In short, even the greatest men of God are susceptible to failure.


Sermon Recap: Face your Giants Week 4

Text: 1 Samuel 17:28

“When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.”

There is nothing better than having God’s favor on your side. It’s a promise that we were not meant to lose. Even death cannot hold back a true believer in Christ!

However, there will always be obstacles in our way to fulfilling God’s destiny. Sometimes these obstacles will take form in opposition from those who are closest to us, both within our homes and in our spiritual families. In the case of David, his brother Eliab tried to judge him and his motives for being around the place of battle.


Sermon Recap: Face Your Giants

Face Your Giants Week 2

Text: 1 Samuel 16:7-13; 17:12-23, 41-48

The Bible makes it clear that you are called into freedom (Galatians 5:13). You are called into giftedness for service (1 Peter 4:10). You are called into victory (Romans 8:37). No matter the circumstance or situation, you were not destined to lose. Even death cannot hold a Christian back. In short, we are to take dominion as Christ did—we can dominate the carnal nature, the power of sin, and even the power of death through Jesus Christ!

There are two facets to this call that I want to speak to…


1 simple concept to become truly happy!

Don’t love what you have now more than what you’ll get from God in the future!

It’s a simple concept, but one that can lead to many future rewards:

Pastors: We can’t love the people we have now more than the people that God is going to give us in the future. If we do, we will stagnate our churches and ministries. The people who have yet to know Christ through us are just as important as the people who are being reached every week.

Church people: Don’t love what you have now more than what God has promised you. Is investing your time into a ministry now worth it? Anything you do to proclaim God will never returns void (Isaiah 55:11). Is the money that you have now worth more to you than the promised blessing God gives to those who are generous? It seems that the Bible promises awesome blessings to those who give (Malachi 3:10-12; 2 Corinthians 9:7). Do you value your life now more than the life God wants to give you? It seems as though we make a huge mistake, as our future glory surpasses anything that we could imagine now (Romans 8:18, 23; John 10:10).

To those who don’t have a relationship with Jesus: It’s easy to dismiss what God wants to do in your life. Sure, there have been many who have shamed true Christianity with their sexual scandals, lack of financial integrity, or their skewed interpretation of the Bible. However, consider the following:


Sermon Recap: Face Your Giants

Have you ever had a moment where a person, problem, or your past seemed to hold you back from being the person God wanted you to be?

This was the case of the Israelites when they encountered Goliath—a nearly ten foot tall giant who was the champion of the enemy Philistines. He was so big and strong, the Bible describes his armor to weigh 125 pounds and just the tip of his spear weighed 15 pounds. This guy was an intimidating figure.

1 Samuel 17:8-11 records the story of this giant coming out and mocking the Israelite army. When he called them out their reaction was fear and trembling. Goliath was winning the war just by his appearance and words.

This represents so many people, whose fear cause them to fear in the presence of their own giants. Life seems so intimidating, and our problems speak to us and make us want to give up. We lack the boldness not because we’ve lost the fight, but because we’re afraid to enter into the fray.

I want to encourage you today with these three facts. I pray that they help you realize that through Christ, we are MORE than conquerors! (see Romans 8:28).