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The sermon from January 29, 2017. Listen and share. Many blessings to you as always. Michelle
Matthew 5 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
5 When Jesus[a] saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2 Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5 “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely[b] on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
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Here is the sermon from January 22, 2017. Please enjoy and feel free to share on your favorite social media or email.
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Come and See – John 1:29-42
Richard Dye, Pastor, presents this sermon from Sunday, January 15, 2017.
Please take a few minutes out of your day to listen to this message and may God bless you in your day to day.
And, here we are…
We’ve made it through another Christmas. We’ve made it through another year. And we’re already starting to talk about what we’re going to do next Christmas. And we’re talking about what we’re going to do differently in 2017. We call those New Year’s resolutions. What new Year’s resolutions are you talking about? What New Year’s resolutions are you going to make? And, then, what New Year’s resolutions are you going to make an effort to keep? And, finally, is there a New year’s resolution that, even remotely, might actually work out for you?
In 30-some odd years of teaching and coaching, I have learned to set goals, make resolutions, for which I might have a chance to enjoy some success. In football, we always wanted to win a state championship. But that’s a lofty goal, when set before the season starts. We learned to set goals like these—in this order: Be at practice every day. Practice hard. Play well. Make the playoffs. Win a district championship.
As you can see, we can set loftier goals as we achieve our simpler goals. I know we all have goals for our spiritual lives, and for our church. In our personal lives, I always look at the words of the song from the 1970s musical Godspell—“Day by day, day by day, O, dear Lord, three things I pray: to see thee more clearly, love thee more dearly, follow thee more nearly, day by day.” We can all do those. Any other personal goals are up to you.
We all want our church to grow. But as we know, and sometimes to our chagrin, change—good change—comes slowly. What goals can we set for our church to facilitate beginning to reach some of the loftier goals? We can become a warmer and more welcoming church. I know we do a good job of that already, but we can always do more. We can encourage those who work very hard in our church. I know we do that, and that we are truly and sincerely appreciative, but we can always do more. And we can keep looking—looking hard—for more opportunities for ministry. I am proud of the things that we do now, but we can always find more opportunities.
Since I arrived in June, I have always said that our measure as “church” would be our ability to expand our focus outside the walls of this building, to focus outwardly, and not inwardly. I truly believe that God is providing opportunities to live out this mission, to live out the Gospel of our Lord, Jesus Christ, right here in Plainview, Texas, America.
One of the slogans when I was coaching was “Give Great Effort.” I feel like we are trying. I feel like we are working hard. I feel like we are praying hard. I feel like we are all working together. But, in the end, we can’t be “satisfied,” we can’t rest for very long, and we can’t all rest at the same time. There is always more to do—always.
Here is what I want each of us to do: 1) Pray for yourself, your family, your church, your community, and this nation. 2) Read the Bible more. 3) Invite a friend to church. Notice that I said, “US.” I would never ask anyone to do anything that I wouldn’t do myself. I think we can cover these things.
Without doubt, God has indeed blessed my family and me in 2016. You, both individually and as a church, have been a blessing to both Sarah and me. We are indeed grateful for the opportunity and the responsibility that you have laid before us. I ask you to continue to pray for me and for all of us in our shared ministry in God’s little outpost on the north service road, and to pray for Sarah as she begins to make the transition to our new life in Plainview.
Blessings and peace in the New Year.