Grieve Well (July 27)

Pastor Gary continues the summer Sermon Series Life Skills.

Grieve Well (1 Thessalonians 4:13ff.)

Our culture’s approach to grieving (handling loss) leads to despair.

  • Step 1: We are to stop feeling badly and bury our feelings.
  • Step 2: We are to replace our losses, and fix the pain quickly.
  • Step 3: We are to grieve alone.
  • Step 4: We are to give it time; time heals in and of itself.
  • Step 5: If there’s unfinished business, we are to accept a life of regret; there’s nothing that can be done.
  • Step 6: We are to wall up and never trust again.

 God’s approach to grieving leads to healing.

  • Step 1: Feel your feelings and express them.
  • Step 2: Don’t just replace the loss, review the loss.
  • Step 3: God’s approach is to grieve in community.
  • Step 4: Only the Holy Spirit, called the Comforter, will heal.
  • Step 5: God’s approach says we can still express our regrets.- Romans 12:18
  • Step 6: Christians are capable of recovering from any loss that comes their way – If we make Christ our treasure …

How will we choose to handle loss?

 

I Spy (July 20th)

Rev. Roger Vezeau shared with us on Sunday, continuing our sermon series, Life Skills

I Spy

Finding God in the mundane and the marvelous

Question:   Does God reveal Himself and if He does – How?

I think most of us here today would say, “without a doubt, God reveals Himself”

Premise:  God’s loves to reveal Himself to us to help us understand Him more fully.

This is a part of our summer series called Life Skills.  It is my desire it that through God’s Word we all might “Learn to detect the movement of God in everyday and unexpected places.”    When we do, I hope it will be a bit like the effect of wearing or not wearing 3D glasses during a 3D movie.

 

When the Roll Is Called Down Here (July 13th)

 

Romans 16

For us, as we read Scripture, and we come to lists like this, it’s easy to skip over them, and get on to something else. Something more meaningful… But perhaps this passage has something for us this morning. Our memories are wrapped up in names.

“I thank my God for all my remembrance of you.”

What do I do with this?

 

Making Good Decisions (June 29th)

Pastor Gary preached from the book of Acts.

 

How do we receive guidance from God for dealing with life decisions?

  1. Resolve to do God’s ______________. (Acts 21:10-14)
  2. __________________ constantly on God’s principles for your life.
  3. Be ___________________ to events in your life and your mind. (Acts 15:6-7)
  4. Speak to God constantly, specifically, about your ________________.
  5. Observe a regular plan for _____________________. (Acts 23:11)

After you’ve taken these steps, with certain decisions in your life, God’s will for you will be: you __________________ what to do.

Follow God’s Financial Plan (June 22nd)

Pastor Gary preached on the importance of wise financial living.

Let’s lay out 10 commandments that help us develop this life skill for wise financial living.

  1. Thou shalt remember who the _______ is. (Psalm 24:1, Deut. 8:17-8)
  2. Thou shalt embace thy _____________. (Psalm 128:1-2)
  3. Thou shalt not fall into ______________. (Proverbs)
  4. Thou shalt teach thy_______________ about money. (Psalm 34:11)
  5. Thou shalt have a ________________. (1 Corinthians 16:2, Proverbs 21:20)
  6. Thou shalt declare, “___________!” (Proverbs 30:15).
  7. Thou shalt find an alternative way to keep_____________. (James 2:1,5)
  8. Thou shalt look _______________. (Proverbs 19:17)
  9. Thou shalt seek wise___________. (Proverbs 11:14)
  10. Thou shalt look forward to thy final___________ (Luke 12:48)