Posts Tagged ‘Lent’

Day of Atonement — Leviticus 23:26-32

// March 31st, 2016 // No Comments » // Sermons

I want to start off by looking at the way various people reacted when they saw the Lord. What was their first response/reaction?

Adam and Eve were created by God and given the task of working and keeping the garden. However, they sinned and disobeyed God. In this fallen/sinful state, how do they respond to God? Genesis three says, And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.” (Genesis 3:8, ESV). They heard the sound of the Lord God coming toward them. What did they do? What was their response? They hid themselves. Why? I’m not going to give you the answer yet. I want you to spend some time thinking about it. (more…)

Feast of Booths — Leviticus 23:33-43

// March 16th, 2016 // No Comments » // Sermons

One of the major news stories of this year has been the Syrian refugee crisis. I’m sure many of you have been hearing about it in the news and have been hearing conversations about it in school. You’ve also probably realized how this has turned into a politically divisive topic. It’s a big deal. I don’t want to get into the politics of this crisis, but I do want to talk about it a little bit tonight. I want to show you some pictures and go over a quick list of information (taken from this webpage

Whats happening? There are 13.5 million people in Syria need humanitarian assistance. 4.6 million Syrians are refugees, and 6.6 million are displaced within Syria; half are children. Most Syrian refugees remain in the Middle East, in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt; about 10 percent of the refugees have fled to Europe. Children affected by the Syrian conflict are at risk of becoming ill, malnourished, abused, or exploited. Millions have been forced to quit school. A fragile ceasefire began on Feb. 26, allowing humanitarian aid access to civilians who had been cut off for months. (more…)

Feast of Trumpets — Leviticus 23:23-25

// March 9th, 2016 // No Comments » // Sermons

Have you ever found yourself daydreaming in school? The teacher is lecturing on something and you find yourself off in another country. He or She is only five feet away from you and you aren’t hearing a single word that is coming out of their mouth.

I have caught myself in situations like this a number of time. However, contrary to popular opinion, this is not only a guy issue. As many of you know, I have four daughters and a wife. This happens in our home all the time. I’ll be talking to one of them about something. After I’ve about halfway through what I was saying, they will respond by saying, “What was that you were saying?” It’s bad. We’ve even had to ban the reading of books when Rachel and I are gone. Rachel and I are pretty confident that if our girls began reading a book and the house caught on fire, we’d arrive to four girls reading books in a pile of ash, unaware of what just happened. (more…)

Passover Lamb — Exodus 12:1-13

// February 24th, 2016 // No Comments » // Sermons

I’ve been thinking about times in my life when I lived in anticipation for something to happen. There was a time when I lived with the anticipation of going on a vacation. I waited and waited for that day to come. I still remember the agony I went through the last day of school before a trip. It seemed to last forever. Yet, when the trip came, there was a level of peace and excitement. It finally happened!

Many of you have experienced this to some degree. Some of you spent the last month living in anticipation for the Winter Retreat, waiting for it to come, waiting to see how God was going to work. Some of you are living with the anticipation of getting your driver’s license. Some are anticipating Graduation. All of these anticipations bring about a level of joy once the anticipation is fulfilled–once that day arrives. As teenagers arrive for the Winter Retreat I can see excitement buzzing. Or when teenagers drive to youth group for the first time their smile goes from ear to ear. Graduation is the same. (more…)