Posts Tagged ‘advent’

Finding Joy–Witnessing While Waiting Where We Are– John 3:22-30

// December 7th, 2016 // No Comments » // Sermons

I’m not sure how many of you know this, but I have worked a ton of different jobs in my life. I’ve had many people laugh at me when I start to talk about the number and the odd jobs that I have worked. I have worked at bait shops, vet clinics, cabinet shops, various farms, construction, a factory, as a car salesman, ran a dock business, and finally found my calling as a Youth Director (and that’s not all of them jobs I’ve had over the years). However, over the past few days, I’ve been thinking about one of those jobs in particular–the car salesman. I started the job with excitement about my ability as a salesman and the potential of making a lot of money and making it “big.” Yet, as this job worked itself out, I absolutely hated this job. I quickly found out that everyone of the salesman in the company were fighting to “make it big.” They all wanted to move their way into a sales position that was “higher up” and had more prestige (and more money). I also found out that they were willing to do anything to get there. They were going to bite, kick, scratch, and cheat their way to the top. Some of the people I thought were close friends cheated me out of sales and stole from me. I wasn’t willing to do that. My managers were trying to force me to do it and we had some heated conflicts. So, after a few months, we had a frank conversation about ethics and the way they treated employees and I walked out the door. (more…)

Kingdom Blindness — Advent #2

// December 10th, 2014 // No Comments » // Sermons

Recently, I’ve found myself in the midst of a wrestling match. Not a wrestling match with another person or an organization but a wrestling match within myself. I’ve found myself walking through each day looking at the world around me, constantly saying, “This isn’t the way it’s supposed to be.” We can look at the obvious turmoils in our country and think the same thing: the increasing chasm between political parties, the rising tensions over gun control, the rising tensions over racial reconciliation, the rioting and protesting, the increased rate of school shootings, the wave of laws/policies concerning sexuality. All of these things have me, and the rest of us, thinking, “This isn’t the way it’s supposed to be.” If you spread your vision outside of the United States, things don’t change much. We see the Ebola epidemic, the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, the threats by North Korea, and the continuing terror of ISIS. This isn’t the way it’s supposed to be. (more…)

Waiting for Restoration — Advent #1

// December 10th, 2014 // No Comments » // Sermons

[Create a long, awkward pause before I walk to the stage. Allow the silence and the length of time cause them to squirm a little :-)]

This past Sunday, Arlan Koppendrayer preached to us about Silence. He said that things get real quiet right before God is going to speak. The silent night set the tone for the chorus of angels to explode. Theres another thing silence does. You just experienced it. Silence causes an expectancy. Silence causes people to begin looking around for something to happen. When things are silent we get this anxious feeling, waiting for the silence to break. It’s that aspect of silence I want to talk about tonight. (more…)

Stay Awake! — Advent

// December 12th, 2013 // No Comments » // Sermons

Yesterday, I went with one of our elders to visit some people at the hospital. We had talked about what time he would swing by my place, but we hadn’t set a specific time. At least I knew he’d be coming within a relative time period. Now, realize that I hate to keep people waiting. It’s something that’s been bred into me since I was young. It’s possible I’m this way as a reaction to waiting for my mom. We always had to wait for my mom and I hated it. So, where does that leave me? That means I know someone is coming to my house sometime over the next hour and I don’t want them to wait. What do it end up doing? I end up pacing back and forth in front of the window, waiting to see if they have arrived, constantly looking out the window. Have you ever been there? (more…)