Hope that is Magnanimous and Humble

When we live with hope, we begin to move beyond our circumstances. In the New Testament epistle of Hebrews we read these words:

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (Hebrews 12:1-3, NIV)

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Immediately before this, the writer had addressed heroes of the faith who pursued God with faith and hope during their earthly lives even in the face of challenging circumstances and though, at times, they never fully experienced God’s blessing in this life. Building from that, the writer calls his readers – and us – to hopeful perseverance by looking at the examples of Jesus.

When we look at Jesus hopeful approach to His earthly life, we see two companions of hope – two attitudes or approaches – that marked His life. Read More »

What If? (Find Your Place, part 2)

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This weekend at Eastbrook Church, we continued looking at the theme of finding our place within the church. Last weekend I talked about how Jesus sets the tone for our service, but this week I focused on the question, “what if someone does not step forward to serve in response to God’s invitation?” I looked at six aspects of humble service from the lives of Mary, the mother of Jesus, and Ananias, a disciple from Damascus.

You can listen to the message at the Eastbrook web-site here. You can also follow the RSS feed for Eastbrook sermons or follower Eastbrook Church on Twitter or Facebook.

The outline for the message is included below:Read More »

Our Focus (Find Your Place, part 1)

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This and next weekend at Eastbrook Church, we are focusing on the theme of finding our place within the church. This weekend, I talked about how finding our place within the church begins not with understanding our spiritual gifts or natural abilities, but with having our focus in the right place. The message was based out of Philippians 2:1-11.

You can listen to the message at the Eastbrook web-site here. You can also follow the RSS feed for Eastbrook sermons or follower Eastbrook Church on Twitter or Facebook.

The outline for the message is included below:Read More »

Saturday Prayer 49

When I saw Him, I fell at his feet as though dead. (Revelation 1:1 NIV)

Jesus,

You are complete in Your glory –
there is no other who perfectly displays the Father
there is no other whose very life sings forth the perfect mixture of goodness and greatness

You are overwhelming in Your power –
when the world was made, You were there
as the Word of the Father through whom all things were made
when lives are touched with the redemptive work of God,
You are the Word who brings new life and salvation

You are startling in Your humility –
not considering Your glory the sort of thing to cling to
You stripped down into earthy servanthood,
You considered the Father’s will worth living for
and humanity worth dying for.

I praise You.

[This is part of a series of prayer posts in 2012 that began here.]

Saturday Prayer 43

Have mercy on me, O God; according to Your unfailing love; according to Your great compassion, blot out my transgressions. (Psalm 51:1)

Search through my soul, O God.
Reveal my hidden sin.
Cut through my self-deception,
And cleanse me from within.

Apart from You our souls are lost.
We’re blind to our wrong ways.
We trick ourselves to walk a path that leads
to our disgrace.

So lead me on the path of life,
And purify my soul.
I kneel before You;
I give myself to You.

[This is part of a series of prayer posts in 2012 that began here.]