Sermon "Skill in Your Hand & God in Your Heart"

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

You're not lucky, you're blessed!

Happy St. Patrick's day! Do you know the story behind that? Well, St. Patrick was born in Great Britain in the 5th century AD. At 16, he was captured by Irish raiders and taken to Ireland to live as a slave. He escaped, but later became a Catholic Bishop and returned to Ireland to lead the Irish to Christ.

St. Patrick used a plant common in Ireland, the shamrock (we typically know as a clover), to teach the lost souls of Ireland about the Trinity, the three persons of God in one. Through his dedication to his call to witness to the lost, and his simple, yet effective methods of sharing the gospel, St. Patrick to this day endures as the champion for taking Christianity to Ireland.

Over the centuries, people all over the world have come to celebrate the story of St. Patrick. However, it has been blended with other Irish traditions, like the folklore of the leprechaun, and the shamrock has been reduced to a symbol of luck.

If you are having a hard time understanding the concept of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as three persons in one Godhead, just think of the shamrock. Remember, all we have to do is call out in faith to God, and you will have the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit on your side. The Father who is the creator of all, the Son who is the savior of all, and the Holy Spirit who gives power to all. And when you do, you will know that you are not are blessed!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

He Did It For You!

Isaiah 53:5 "But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed."

Have you seen the movie 'The Passion of the Christ'? I was amazed at the lengths the producers of this film went to in order to be historically, geographically, and culturally accurate.  I think the most gripping element of the film was its portrayal of Christ's suffering which was, although graphic, very accurate. 

As I was staring at that huge screen, drawn in by the drama, watching them beat my savior, I remember thinking...why?....why would they do that?...why would He let them do that? Jesus could have stopped it at any time He wanted to. In fact, He could have avoided the whole thing if He so chose. But He didn't, and the fact is.....He Did It For You!

He was wounded, and you are spared. He was bruised and you are healed.  He was innocent, and you are guilty, yet He was punished and you are pardoned.  Doesn't seem fair, does it? Doesn't seem like justice, does it? Well, it's's grace.

God tells us in John 3:16 that He loves you so much that He sent His only Son to take all of that cruelty and pain, and ultimately death...for you. He did it so that you can go to Heaven, even though you don't deserve to. So, if you think you can stand to watch it, rent that movie, and as you see the stripes He bore, the tears he cried, the blood He shed, and the life He gave, just remember...HE DID IT FOR YOU!