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

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

My Fatherly Advice!

As a father of two daughters, it troubles me to see the image some young ladies are presenting of themselves on social media. All these selfies either from a high angle to show cleavage or darn near dislocating their shoulder trying to get a pic from the rear view to show...well the rear view.

To the young ladies who might read this, know that it is with the love of a father from the heart of a father when I say this to you. If all you show of yourself to the world is butt and boobs, then all the world will see of you is butt and boobs. Then one day when you realize you are more and you want to be seen as more, your reputation will have set like concrete and it will take a sledge hammer to change it. Then you will regret those choices and feel like...a butt and a boob.

The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 6:20 "For God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body." Are you glorifying God with how you present your body? I know it's a natural thing to want the attention of people and to desire the praise of others. But I pray that you will come to a place in your life where you will realize that what God thinks of you outweighs the opinion of the whole world.

Now go cover up and delete some of those pictures.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Let Go and Trust God!

Would you ride in a car that could drive itself? If you've ever watched the Jetsons, or if you're too young, then perhaps Will Smith on iRobot, you've probably have at least once thought how cool it would be to kick back and let the car do the driving.

Well, what was once science fiction is pretty much available now. A few different car companies sell models that will park themselves. Google and other companies are testing cars that are fully autonomous, as they call it.  There are a few cities with driverless cabs. One company drove a car, or it drove itself, across the US. Not sure how that worked out.

I think the technology is ready for the task, but I’m not so sure we’re ready for the technology. Why?, you ask.  Well, because I don't know if we have it in us to let go of the wheel. I'm not sure if I could trust a car enough to drive for me, no matter how smart it may be. So, I'll let you test it out first, and then let me know how it goes.

You know, that applies to our spiritual lives as well. We say God is all powerful; we say God is in control; we say we trust God…but we have a hard time letting go of the wheel. Carrie Underwood sang “Jesus Take the Wheel, take it from my hands, cause I can't do this on my own..”. She probably should have said “Jesus,  PRY it from my hands..”, because we have a hard time letting go.

Are you familiar with the story of Moses' mother? She was presented with a situation where she had to decide if she would let go. Pharaoh made a decree that all male, Hebrew babies under two be put to death. She wanted to save her son, but she had no way to hide him. She was down to two options, trust God or not. She decided to trust God.

She put her baby Moses in a basket, walked down to the Nile River, put the basket in the water, took her hands off the wheel, and trusted God.

Can you imagine the faith it took for her to do that? The fears she had to swallow? Do you have faith like that? Yeah me neither. But we can develop faith like that. If we'd just let go of the wheel and trust God.

Are you going to let the Lord do the driving today? I know it's scary because there are so many obstacles to drive around. But just remember that God knows all, God sees all, and God is greater than all. So trust Him today...and let go of the wheel.