World-Changing PRAYER

Week 2 of the World-Changers series and this week's topic is World-Changing Prayer.  The key thought for this week's message is this:  what you PRAY FOR reveals what you BELIEVE ABOUT God.

Pray for small things?  Then you probably believe in a small God.

Pray for selfish things?  Then you probably believe that God is here to serve you and make you happy.

Pray for nothing?  Then you probably believe that God doesn't really care.

Jesus didn't come back from the dead just for a celebration; He came back on a mission and with marching orders for us to continue that mission.  If we're serious about being World-Changers (like Jesus was and like His original followers were) and getting that mission done, it's going to need to start with our prayers.

World-Changing FAITH

"When Jesus came back from the dead, He didn't come for a celebration.  He came with marching orders."

One week removed from the Feast of the LORD's Resurrection and the question on everyone's mind is....NOW WHAT?  What next?  Back to life as normal?  Or was that whole Good Friday/Easter Sunday thing supposed to make a real difference in my life somehow?

I believe the answer is YES!  Absolutely, positively, 100% yes!  If you look back at the guys who lived through the Resurrection the first time, you'll see that this one event ushered in a whole new era of life.  The weak became strong, the timid became bold, and the doubts turned to faith!  The Resurrection did make a difference...A LIFE-CHANGING AND WORLD-CHANGING DIFFERENCE!

I believe the same is meant to be true today as well - for me and you.  Easter may be over and the food may be finished, but the marching orders are still in full effect.  Take a look at the video below and see for yourself what happens when we actually believe that that is true.

Do Not Be Afraid (sermon video)

Christ is risen!!!  WOO-HOO!!!!  And by His death, He has defeated death itself and given life and hope and joy to all those who believe Him and walk in His ways.

Because of that, the one expression that should fill the hearts and the mouths of His followers during these blessed days is DO NOT BE AFRAID.  But unfortunately, that isn't always the case.  Despite the fact that Christ defeated our greatest enemy (death), many still walk in fear today.

That's why I'm posting this sermon video today.  The title is simple: DO NOT BE AFRAID.  It was a sermon I gave on the first Sunday after Easter several years ago and I think it could speak powerfully to many people today.

Hope you enjoy!

I Am the Resurrection and the Life (I AM Part 1)

"Who do you say that I am?"   Jesus asked a lot of questions during His time on earth, but none more important than that.  The answer to that question will impact both your life on this earth and your eternity.

That's why we started a new series yesterday called I AM.  The series will look at 5 of Jesus' I AM statements and we'll use Jesus' own words to help us answer the question of "who is Jesus?"

Here is the first message in the series - based on John 11:25 - where Jesus said "I am the Resurrection and the Life."

Preparing for Holy Week (sermon video)

I'm back online!  Sorry for being out of touch all last week.  We were getting our house ready to be put on the market for sale - so I was wrapped up with that all day, every day, last week.  

But now, thanks be to God, we're done and I am back and more pumped than ever!  Lots of stuff I can't wait to share with everyone out there in the blogosphere so stay tuned... But for today, I wanted to share the video of the message that I delivered yesterday: PREPARING FOR HOLY WEEK.

NOTE:  if you're not Orthodox and you're wondering why we're preparing for Holy Week now, it's because we are on a different calendar than you.  You celebrated Easter a few weeks ago; but we don't get to it till May.  So you can look at it as we are a month behind the rest of the Christian world, or as I prefer to see it, we are about 11 months ahead. :) 

Either way, check out the video and hopefully this helps get you in the right frame of mind - regardless of when you celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord.