Conduits of Glory

Conduits of Glory Sermon Audio Here

2 Samuel 7:1-11

God is creator of glory; what’s our part? Solar tube for Jesus!

How Do We Honor God Everyday?

Don’t Miss The Amazing!
2 Sam. 7:1-11 God’s Message To David

  • v1/3 Intro: I should do build a house for God!
  • v4-7 God: Did I ask for that?
  • v8/11 God: I’ve been with you; I made your name great; I will provide; I will give rest; I will build a house for YOU, David!

=> How often do we think we have to do something amazing for God, and yet miss that God has already done amazing things for and IN us?

Give Back the Glory!
Rom. 16:25-27 Return the Honor God’s shown to you

  • v25 God establishes us through Good News of Jesus
  • v26 made known in Scripture, so all would believe
  • v27 God gets glory from us THROUGH Jesus

God gives us life and glory because of Jesus. We give God glory right back through Jesus; in living for Him, focusing on Him, lifting up Jesus, we confirm that God’s choice of us was RIGHT! (He knew that, we didn’t)

Practical Sanctification

Practical Sanctification Sermon Audio Here

Isaiah 61:1-11
A farmer, when training a new hand, says: “watch me; pay attention”. The new hand WILL be expected to do the job for which he is being trained.

How is God Making Us Holy?

Through The Mission of the Messiah
Isa. 61:1-4 What did Jesus come to DO?

  • v1 HE binds hearts, proclaims freedom, sets prisoners free
  • v2 shout grace & warn wrath, comfort the mourning
  • v3 provides for the grieving; exchanges beauty for ashes, gladness for mourning, praise for despair
  • v4 result for those who receive His ministry: righteousness that withstands storms for God’s glory
  • v5 THEY become rebuilders and restorers, they will renew the world by God’s grace

By The Means of the Messiah
Isa. 61:8-11 How did Jesus’ faithfulness effect us?

  • v8/9 Yahweh to Messiah: HIS righteousness releases HIS faithfulness in us
  • v10 Messiah to Yahweh: God prepared Jesus as Messiah
  • v11 God does that same prep work in US as well!

With The Method of the Messiah
1 Thes. 5:16-24 What does this prep work look like?

  • v16/18 joyful prayers of thanksgiving always (joy: NOT happiness; a trust in the rightness of God’s plan which leads to a sense of well-being)
  • v19/20 don’t limit the work of the Spirit in you; listen for His voice!
  • v21/22 Double check what you hear; hold the good, reject the bad

Close: v23/24 God is making you holy; He does – we watch. We learn, we help, but He does the work IN & THROUGH us.

Holy in the Meantime

Holy in the Meantime Sermon Audio Here

Isaiah 40:1-11

          Over the triple doorways of the cathedral of Milan there are three inscriptions spanning the splendid arches. Over one is carved a beautiful wreath of roses, and underneath it is the legend, “All that which pleases is but for a moment.”
          Over the other is sculptured a cross, and there are the words, “All that which troubles us is but for a moment.”
          But underneath the great central entrance to the main aisle is the inscription, “That only is important which is eternal.”

If we always realize these three truths, we will not let trifles trouble us, not be interested so much in the passing pleasures of the hour. We should live for the permanent and the eternal.

To Make The Most of Our Meantime, Remember:

SOMEDAY All Will Be Set Right
Isa.40:1-11 Isaiah: God loves us too much to abandon us

      • v5 the glory WILL BE revealed
      • v6/8 we might not see it; we’re short-lived
      • v10/11 Lord comes with power and compassion, close to His heart

SOMEDAY Might Not Be TODAY
2 Pet. 3:8-15 What to do while we wait?

      • v8 God’s view of time and ours aren’t the same
      • v9 God patiently waits FOR US
      • v10 Day of the Lord is unknown and world changing, SO…
      • v11/12 live holy lives, set apart for God’s use
      • v13/14 new heaven & earth: WITH GOD –

His patience means our salvation, so while we wait, prepare for His presence!

Blowing Out The Dust Within

The Backell family suffered a tragic, yet completely preventable loss this last week…

a very dusty computer

a very dusty computer

Our living room media server died. It was a slow, lingering, complication-filled battle that led to its demise.
Why am I bringing this up here? Because when I opened up the computer box, I discovered that it was full of dust. Such a simple, small thing… but left unchecked, it choked the life out of our computer. The fix would have been simple – take the computer outside, blow it clean with fresh air, and make sure that all its parts are well-connected.

Are you seeing the correlation between my media server and our spiritual lives yet?

All too often, we let little things, small things, pile up. We think, “oh, that’s not that important, I’ll deal with that later”… and then, before we know it, we’re getting clogged with the little things and we’re unable to breathe.

Please note – I don’t have anyone specifically in mind, but the warning is sound: if we allow little things, small sins, to accumulate in our lives, they cause more and more complications. Those little things can grow to have devastating consequences.

I was reading the Desiring God blog, when I came across this quote:

“We sin because we forget God’s steadfast love and abundant mercy. When we are not ravished by him, we forget the superior pleasures that there are in God and give ourselves to the inferior pleasures of sin. And this is why David says, “Against you God, you only have I sinned.” He goes deep with his confession because he knows repentance is the way back to fellowship with God.” (Rick Gamache, from his sermon “Whiter Than Snow”)

As we wrap up the summer of 2014, please take the time to deal with the simple things, the small things that might be accumulating in your heart. Bring them to God and ask the Spirit to blow fresh air through your life so that you’re renewed and ready for however the Lord calls you.

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. ~ Psalm 51:10-12

Keep Following Jesus,

Pastor Ed

Shaped By A Savior: Gifted with Grace

Gifted with Grace Sermon Audio Here

Isaiah 64:1-9
The Father is the Master Sculptor our lives. Sculptures are meant to be viewed; different lighting shows different details in the work. The Old Testament shows new light to illuminate the gospel, and helps us to see God at work in us, bringing the image of Jesus to the surface.

There are Three Presents We Must Unwrap NOW:

The Powerful Presence of the Lord
Isaiah 64:1-5a What does it look like when God shows up?

  • v1/3 look at the expressions of power: Nature reacts
  • v4 difference in little “g” gods and Lord Almighty? God Acts.
  • v5 righteousness and remembrance of God is key

The Significance of our Sin
Isaiah 64:5b-9 How do we respond in the presence of the Lord?

  • v6 self-generated righteousness is a bloody filthy mess
  • v7 our sin repels God; our fault, not His
  • v8 He loves us IN SPITE of our sin
  • v9 request: admit relationship AND repentance

The Gain of Grace
1 Corinthians 1:3-9 How does God compensate for our sin?

  • v3/4 Grace is given, not earned
  • v5/6 we’re enriched when Grace is at work
  • v7 y’all don’t lack WHEN TOGETHER
  • v8 He gives us all strength; together, we are un-accusable (not subject to Devil’s lies)
  • v9 fellowship with Jesus shows God’s faithfulness among us

Sculptors & Home renovation shows: both take great care in choosing the correct material for their projects. God, the master craftsman, has SPECIFICALLY CHOSEN YOU (flaws and all) to demonstrate some of His best work!
 

The Steadfast Engine

The Steadfast Engine Sermon Audio Here

Ecclesiastes 12:9-14
To Deal With Despair, Remember

The Point to Our Purpose
Ecc. 12:9-14 After all is said and done, WHY?

  • v9/10 gather wisdom to give it away
  • v11 given wisdom is from the Shepherd
  • v13 “the whole of man” not duty, but purpose
  • – to love God is why we’re here!

The Steadfastness of the Shepherd
John 10:11-18 look at who He is; what He does; and what He has

  • who He is: v11,14 He is the good Shepherd (protector, provider, pathfinder)
  • what He does: v14,15 He knows us, He knows the Father, He lays His life down for us
  • what He has: v16,18 He has ONE flock, He has ONE life, He has authority lay it down and take it up (cf. 10:10) ABUNDANT LIFE!

Mars Rover Opportunity was only designed to function for 90 days using solar power. When its solar collectors got covered by dust, it would shut down; whenever a strong wind would blow the dust off, it could once again receive energy from the sun. It’s now been going almost 11 years past its expected duration.

Our lesson: no matter how tough life gets, let the wind blow, and stay in the Son!

Trust Before Experience

Trust Before Experience Sermon Audio Here

Ecclesiastes 11:1-10

There is no situation I can get into that God cannot get me out. Some years ago when I was learning to fly, my instructor told me to put the plane into a steep and extended dive. I was totally unprepared for what was about to happen. After a brief time the engine stalled, and the plane began to plunge out-of-control. It soon became evident that the instructor was not going to help me at all. After a few seconds, which seemed like eternity, my mind began to function again. I quickly corrected the situation.

Immediately I turned to the instructor and began to vent my fearful frustrations on him. He very calmly said to me, “There is no position you can get this airplane into that I cannot get you out of. If you want to learn to fly, go up there and do it again.” At that moment God seemed to be saying to me, “Remember this. As you serve Me, there is no situation you can get yourself into that I cannot get you out of. If you trust me, you will be all right.” That lesson has been proven true in my ministry many times over the years. (James Brown, Evangeline Baptist Church, Wildsville, LA, in Discoveries, Fall, 1991, Vol. 2, No. 4.)

How Do We Put Trust Into Practice?

Engage the Activities of Life
(With Ability) ~ Ecc. 11:1-6

  • v1 cast bread – double meaning: 1) sowing seed unexpected return 2) care for poor w/o regard for repayment
  • v2/4 we don’t know outcome; we can’t use it to decide
  • v5/6 engage various ventures; only God knows outcome

Enjoy the Choices of Life
(With Responsibility) ~ Ecc. 11:7-10

  • v7/8 enjoy life, whether sunny days or dark
  • v9 whatever your choices, realize their eternal worth
  • v10 set aside worry, and live well as you can (meaning isn’t found in being young or old)

Share the Blessings of Life
(with others) ~ 2 Cor. 9:6-11

  • v6/7 willingness is key
  • v8 you are surrounded with grace So That you bless others
  • v9 callback to Ecc. 11:1 “cast bread”
  • v10 NOT give to get, but give to give more
  • v11 We Are The Means God Uses To Teach World re: Grace

Psalm 34:6 – taste & see the Lord is good! We have to be willing to step out in faith and trust first SO THAT we learn how Good God can be.


Pastor Ed Backell

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