The Hunger to Know [Hungry for God]

During Lent at Eastbrook Church, we are exploring how our hungers lead us to God in order to find true rest for our souls. The series, “Hungry for God,” parallels the season of Lent, and has a companion daily devotional that you can access here.

This weekend I explored the hunger to know. This is a very wide-ranging topic but I decided not to go deep into philosophical issues, such as epistemology, and instead focus on four key aspects of the hunger to know:

  1. The hunger to know ourselves
  2. The hunger to know the created order
  3. The hunger to know others and be known by others
  4. The hunger to know God, or the divine

I then turned toward Moses’ dialogue with God in Exodus 33-34, marked by an especially memorable request from Moses: “show me Your glory.”

You can view the message video and sermon outline below. You can follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast.

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The Hunger for Greatness [Hungry for God]

During Lent at Eastbrook Church, we are exploring how our hungers lead us to God in order to find true rest for our souls. The series, “Hungry for God,” parallels the season of Lent, and has a companion daily devotional that you can access here.

This weekend I explored the hunger for greatness by looking at a quirky story in Mark 10, where James and John ask Jesus to give them a special place of honor when He returns in glory. The other disciples are incensed and it provides an opportunity for Jesus to discuss the nature of true greatness.

You can view the message video and sermon outline below. You can follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast.

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The Hunger for Love [Hungry for God]

St. Augustine of Hippo famously wrote near the beginning of Confessions: “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.”

This past weekend at Eastbrook Church, we began a series that explores how our hungers lead us to God to find true rest for our souls. The series, “Hungry for God,” parallels the season of Lent, and has a companion daily devotional that you can access here.

This weekend I explored the hunger for love by walking through the story found in John 4 of Jesus’ conversation with a woman at Jacob’s well in Samaria.

You can view the message video and sermon outline below. You can follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast.

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Becoming Students in Prayer [30 Days of Prayer]

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“Teach me your way, Lord.” (Psalm 86:11)

Prayer begins by drawing near to God in response to His invitation.  The next step, however, is to act upon that invitation with a desire to learn from and grow with God. Throughout the psalms, we encounter expressions of trust in God that lead into active growth with God. Psalm 86:11 is one of those statements: “Teach me your way, Lord.” This apparently simple declaration articulates a deep desire within the soul to know God and live in His ways. Here, encountering God turns into active pursuit of God.

That same desire is echoed in Psalm 25:

Show me your ways, Lord,
teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long. (Psalm 25:4-5)

Do you hear the desire for growth expressed by the psalmist in this rhythmic statements: “show me…teach me…guide me”? Like the psalmist, we too must step forward in prayer by actively desiring to grow with God in our daily lives.

We do not grow in the life of prayer by pretending we know more about prayer than we do. Rather, we develop in the life of prayer by expressing our dependence upon God and our hunger to grow in our relationship with Him. We admit our need and express our desire to God. We have very little else to offer to God but this humble confession and yearning expression. Why not stop right now and tell God how much you need Him and long to learn about prayer from Him?

Lord, teach me Your way
  and show me Your paths.
Guide me with the light of Your Word
  and instruct me by Your Holy Spirit.
I long to become a person of prayer
  who begins and ends my day by calling out to You,
and walks closely with You
  through all my minutes and hours.
I need You, and I long for You, God,
  more than a deer pants for
  streams of rushing water.

[This post is part of the “30 Days of Prayer” devotional. Read other posts here.]

Pascal on the Infinite Abyss

Blaise Pascal

I came across this quoted Pascal in his work Pensées as I prepared for my message this past weekend. It is one that I have shared in previous messages, but it is so relevant to our searching for identity:

“There was once in man a true happiness of which there now remain to him only the mark and empty trace, which he in vain tries to fill from all his surroundings, seeking from things absent the help he does not obtain in things present? But these are all inadequate, because the infinite abyss can only be filled by an infinite and immutable object, that is to say, only by God Himself.

You can access this specific section here, as well as the entire work at the Christian Classics Ethereal Library.

Christopher Yuan: Out of a Far Country

cy imageThis past weekend at Eastbrook Church we continued series “Holy Sexuality” with special guest Christopher Yuan with his parents, Angela and Leon Yuan, sharing their family testimony entitled “Out of a Far Country.” This was a powerful reflection on the redeeming power of God in our lives through the Yuan’s story. If you missed it, I highly recommend you take a look or listen to it. Also, you may enjoy hearing more through the book Christopher and Angela wrote together of the same title, Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son’s Journey to God – A Broken Mother’s Search for Hope. Christopher also joined us for an evening session last night, which we hope to post later today.

You can view a video of the message below or listen to the message via our audio podcast here.

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God’s View of Sexuality

HS 4This past weekend at Eastbrook Church I began our series “Holy Sexuality” with a message entitled “God’s View of Sexuality.” The message was my attempt to lay the foundations for our next few weeks, by providing a clear approach to the story of God revealed in Scripture and how that relates to our sexuality in contrast to other cultural stories by which we could order our lives.

You can view a video of the message and the accompanying outline below. You can listen to the message via our audio podcast here.

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