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The Birth of Joy

I have included an excerpt from a sermon that I preached over 4 years ago and I hope you enjoy it as we prepare our hearts this advent season to look at what it means to find joy in all things. The year was 1809. The world was in an upheaval. Napoleon was sweeping through Austria and soldiers from many countries were dying on the battlefield. The fate of entire kingdoms and nations hung in the balance and the world seemed on the very edge of collapse It was 1809…And in that same year, several significant people were born. In Britain, there was William Gladstone –...


The Hope of a City

Anticipation, it can be agonizing or glorious. Think about waiting for test results of that mole that was removed by the doctor, agonizing. Or, those final moments when you will finally be face to face with someone you love that you have not seen in years, glorious! This Sunday will mark the beginning of the season of advent for us here at LifePoint. We wait in eager anticipation of celebrating the birth of hope, joy, love, and peace. We know this man now as Jesus, king of kings, Mighty Counselor, Prince of Peace, etc… However, to the people and the time He was born into, he...


Developing Supernatural Hearing

The BIG GIVE – 2018 – Week Four Missions Spotlight Weekend For years, I have been slowly learning how to acquire supernatural hearing. I have heard a countless number of Christians share about how “God spoke to me” especially when I was a young Christian. I would think about what it would be like to have God speak to me! “How come they are so special, getting to hear God’s voice,” I would ask myself? I began to grow in my faith and got involved in small groups, Sunday morning Sunday school classes, and even took notes in the church service when the preacher preached!! On numerous occasions...


The Atoning Resurrection

This weekend we’ll be wrapping up Paul’s letter to the Corinthians as we dive into 1 Corinthians 15 & 16. So far, we’ve seen Paul address divisions in the American Corinthian church, sexual purity, how to eat food, how we they should use spiritual gifts, how we they should behave in gatherings, and how we they should treat each other. In chapter 15, Paul presents foundational information surrounding the resurrection of Christ and our resurrection promise in Christ. Pagan beliefs and Greek mythology of the time was influencing the Christian Corinthian and affected the way they spoke of the resurrection. The Greeks would have readily accepted...


Tongues, Prophecy, & Silence

We are near the end of Paul’s letter to the Corinthians and he is going to exhort them to focus on condition orderly services, pursue the gifts of the spirit that build up the whole church not just the individuals, and finally he is going to make some statements regarding women in the church that have reverberated for centuries. They have caused great debate, been used to suppress, and cited as proof that Paul affirmed that the female species was lesser than the male species. In fact, as I asked around this week I found that everybody has some idea in their heads as what women...


Angels Cymbals & Love

This week we will look at the famous love chapter of 1 Corinthians 13 and also the instruction given on the order of service in chapter 14 as the two tie together. Please enjoy this excerpt from N.T. Wright as you ponder and prepare your hearts for this weeks message: “When Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a young man, living with his father Leopold (himself a fine musician) in Vienna, he is said to have played a trick on him from time to time. Young Wolfgang would come home from spending a riotous evening with his friends; his father would already be asleep in bed. Wolfgang would...


So Gifted

This week we will be reading from 1 Corinthians 12, here Paul starts a new discourse in his letter to the church at Corinth and begins to discuss the “body of Christ.” He describes the way in which it operates, works to accomplish the purposes of the Father and serves the community. Paul is going to spend some time talking about the different gifting’s mankind are endowed with by their creator, in fact he is going to talk about this many times to many different churches. This has of course become a topic of argumentation and discord amongst believers as we put values and importance on...


Your Hearts Desire

What are you passionate about? What is it in life that makes your heart race and you know that you would walk through fire to obtain? It is a well-known fact that anything worth having in this life requires self-control and discipline. At any given moment there are a dozen things commanding your attention and fighting for your heart. So how do you remain faithful, and keep the prize or goal in mind? In 1 Corinthians 8-10 Paul is instructing the people on how to accomplish all that he has previously spoken of, and just where exactly they will find the strength to do so. The...


Grace Over Tolerance

What is the difference between showing grace and being tolerant? Take a moment and think about that question. We do not live in a culture that preaches grace, rather we preach tolerance. Just what is tolerance? Tolerance is to say, “nobody has the truth.” Tolerance is the moral absolute that nobody’s morals are absolutes. Timothy Keller has a beautiful way of saying this: In the modern world tolerance says, “We’re only going to get along if everybody admits everything is relative, that truth is socially constructed and personally constructed, that there really are no transcendent moral absolutes by which one person can say this religion is...


The Suffering Servant

It is said that Jesus Christ was the suffering servant, (Isaiah 53). What was it about his suffering that revealed the wisdom of God?? Was it necessary for him to suffer in order for us to be set free? What does it mean for me to enter into his suffering as his disciple? These are the questions laid out before us in the fourth chapter of Corinthians. In this chapter, Paul is bringing to light the necessity of suffering and the inherent power of recognizing that it is just as much a part of the Christian life as salvation. There are many who have found this...