I concluded our series on the book of Daniel last weekend at Eastbrook Church by focusing on the final words of the book found in Daniel 12:5-13. This concludes the final vision of Daniel, which is also the longest vision, stretching from 10:1-12:13. This message brings together themes of persevering in our faith and the hope of the resurrection.
Gabriel Douglas, our Middle School Pastor and a ministry resident with my for preaching over the past year, continued our series at Eastbrook Church, “Who Am I?”, by looking at the topic “I Am Unfinished.”
If you were not able to be there, I strongly encourage you to watch this message by Gabriel that brings home strong ideas about how life is a journey with God until we see Him face to face.
This past weekend at Eastbrook Church I concluded our series “Unshackled: Joy Beyond Circumstances” on the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Philippians. I took us through the last section of the letter, Philippians 4:4-23, where Paul draws together some final exhortations and personal reflections. This section has some of the most well-known verses in the entire letter, which makes it both a delight and a challenge to preach in its context.
There are times in our lives when we feel like running away. I still remember when I was an elementary school kid and one of the bullies came after me during a recess football game. I definitely felt like running away…and I did! As fast as I could go.
As I’ve grown older, however, I’ve encountered much more threatening things that make me and others want to run away. I’ve seen a father of four crushed by lack of work. I’ve seen parents helplessly lose a child they love. I’ve seen a single mom struggle to parent teenage children in rebellion. I’ve seen students feeling overwhelmed by confusing decisions. I’ve seen churches challenged by dire situations. These things and more can make us feel like running away.
I continued our series, “Revealed,” this weekend at Eastbrook Church by looking at the letter to the church in Philadelphia (Revelation 3:7-13). I built this message, “Faithful in Philadelphia,” around the metaphor of open doors that God put before the church in Philadelphia that also apply to us today.
The message outline is included below.