Sunday, January 30, 2011

Msg: Life Is Temporary: Are YOU Ready?

   Certain things we remember. Whether it's scent, a touch, or a photo, there some things that evoke a memory from our past that comes rushing to our mind that can be either from a painful or joyful moment in our lives.Many of those moments come from the unexpected things in life, while others are from something we longed for which finally came. Some things we are commanded to remember and the reason for it is to be ready and prepared for what will come our way.
   Last week we heard that Jesus said "Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." How we spend our time, where we store our treasure, and how we use our talent are all indicators of what we truly believe. You can't live one way and say Oh I love Jesus and be believed if the two don't line up. As we continue from where we left off last week in Luke 12, Jesus tells stories about being ready. Some people live life thinking "maybe someday I'll get right with God" but the Bible tells us to be ready now, because we don't know when Jesus is coming back. It could be too late. And remember, life is temporary, so are YOU ready?

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Msg: Life Is Temporary: Where is your treasure?

   The world we live in today can give us a lot of things to worry about. The question is, are you looking for something to fall back on when times are tough, or Someone to lift you up? Worry is something we were never meant to live with. The truth we read from God's Word is that He cares for even the lowly, despised, and weak things in the world - and you mean so much more to Him!
   As we look again at the life of Jesus from Luke 12, we see Jesus explaining the relationship between worry and faith. Worrying gets you nowhere in life. Worrying is not something a Christian should do, because it shows a lack of faith. Our Father in heaven wants to bless us and knows our needs. Begin today to live life differently, trusting in a God who loves you, cares for you, and wants you to believe He will supply your needs. And remember, life is temporary, so what are you living for?

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Msg: Life Is Temporary: What are you living for?

   Do you like being around people who worry a lot or who are always anxious? Me neither. What if it's you? The source for a lot of worries in life comes from our pursuit of stuff. What's going to happen to my stuff?
   In today's message we go back to the story in Luke 12 we started two weeks ago. Jesus is talking to his disciples and someone in the crowd of thousands that has gathered shouts out for Jesus to tell his brother to share with him. Jesus replied by telling the crowd a parable about a farmer who was blessed with more than he could use and chose to tear down his barns to build bigger ones to store it all instead of sharing with others in need. Jesus then turns back to his disciples and shares the story we look at today.
   Near the end of the message, I shared a video from 12 Stone Church in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Click here to watch that video. After listening and watching, ask yourself, "Where is my treasure?" Remember - life here is temporary, so what are you living for?

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Sunday, January 09, 2011

Msg: Life Is Temporary: Special Guests Randy and Toni Fennig

   Today we had special guests at Park: Pastor Randy Fennig and his wife Toni . If you listened to or saw last week's message, the Fennigs have been living as "Traders" for years. They are temporarily back in the US on furlough and will be returning to Sierra Leone in West Africa soon. You can learn more about the work they are doing in Sierra Leone as part of Global Ministries by clicking here.

   We were blessed to have them come and for Randy to share an encouraging and challenging message from God's Word. As you continue making the change to live life as a trader, what will you do with the little bit that you have? Remember - life here is temporary, so what are you living for?

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Sunday, January 02, 2011

Msg: Life Is Temporary: Will You be a Trader?

   We started off the new year with a question: What are you really living for? The world gives us lots of ideas about the meaning of life and what we should pursue with our time, energy, and resources. But is that the best there is? What does the Bible give as a suggestion here? What does the God who created us and loves us think? What should our perspective on life be as we consider the days we have left to make a difference here?
   During the message you will hear from a powerful video clip from the RightNow Campaign. You can view the video on their website by clicking here. So the question we ask you is this: Will this be the year you become a trader?