As a follow-up to the worship message each Sunday, Pastor Tom (or whoever preached that Sunday) jots down some additional thoughts for us to ponder. We hope these thoughts enrich your time as you meditate on Sunday's message and on God's Word.
*Sermon Afterthoughts from December 2010 through June 2012 can be found on our Facebook page in the Notes section.
A follow-up to Sunday's sermon (1/31/16) entitled, "The Simplicity of Solitude" by Pastor Chris Sicks (Luke 4:1-14):
Here’s a little “how-to” that might help you as you practice solitude. In solitude, your first goal is to flee from:
-- worldly distractions (from outside ourselves) — i.e. “the created things that trap, worry, and oppress us; and
-- inner compulsions (of our heart and mind) — Pay attention to where your mind wanders. Ask yourself, “Why is that so important to me? Why is this so hard to release? What is my heart really after in these things?" Such questions help uncover the static in your soul.
Now that you have addressed external and internal distractions (as best you can), seek to find rest in Christ. Preach the gospel to yourself. Thank the Lord for making you His child. Meditate on some recent scripture you’ve read. Worship Him for Who He is. Remember that you aren’t trying to accomplish anything specific, not developing an illustration for small group, etc. Just rest, as Mary was content to sit at Jesus’ feet and simply be with Him.
A follow-up to Sunday's sermon (1/3/16) entitled, "The Simplicity of Prayer" by Pastor Tom Holliday (Mark 9:14-29):
The story of the desperate father found in Mark 9 offers profound lessons for all who will learn. The father was clearly desperate over the condition of his son, who was in bondage to an evil spirit.
Desperate people pray with an urgencey. His prayer of faith, "I believe, help my unbelief,'' demonstrated that his faith was not in his own faith but in Jesus. A repenting faith is part of real prayer. God always responds to this kind of humility. He is attracted to weakness.
The father also had a persevering faith in his prayer life. He never stopped seeking help for his son. From childhood his son had suffered and yet he never stopped looking for deliverance.
Are we desperate enough; are we humble enough, to cry out to God who alone can deliver us from the power of the enemy?
A follow-up to Sunday's sermon (12/13/15) entitled, "A Child i\Is Born; A Son Is Given" by Pastor Tom Holliday (Isaiah 9:1-7):
"For to us a child is born, to us a child is given." Isaiah 9:7Spurgeon commented on this verse: "The child is not born to you unless you are born to this child.” He goes on to say that this verse is not redundant — there is a difference between a birth and a gift. That the child of God was born to the world centuries ago is undeniable. But the question remains, "Have you received the gift of this child in your life?" The apostle John states, "to everyone who received Him (Jesus) He gave the right to become sons of God."
So, the question of all questions is, "Have you received the gift of God’s Son as your only hope for your salvation?"
A follow-up to Sunday's sermon (12/06/15) entitled, "Anticipating the Builder of Community" by Pastor Chris Sicks (Jeremiah 33:10-18, 25-26):
Through Jeremiah, God promised restoration to those facing desolation. Not restoration of a physical kingdom, but a spiritual kingdom. Not a temple of stones, but one permanent temple built of many people. It is Jesus who builds us into one. He promises that when we come together in worship, He inhabits us, as a connected, mutually dependent community.
We are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that we may proclaim the excellencies of him who called us out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once we were not a people, but now we are God’s people; once we had not received mercy, but now we have received mercy. (1 Pe 2:9-10)
A follow-up to Sunday's sermon (11/22/15) entitled, "The Deep Roots of Joy" by Pastor Tom Holliday (Habakkuk 3:17-19):
''Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor the fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail, and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.”In today's world, we might say, "Though the stock market has crashed, I have been terminated from my job, I have nothing left in savings, and I have no income of any sort coming in, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation."Only one explanation is possible — we have found real joy in the only God who forgives, who heals, and adopts us into his family. Habakkuk found this joy; have we?