Lead Pastor Don Jackson preaches from Esther 4 on Mother’s Day 2018, highlighting some key qualities of hero from Esther’s example.
May 7 – Matthew 24
LOOK: The disciples asked Jesus how they would know when the end of days would come. Jesus talks about the signs that the end would be coming including wars and natural disasters. Jesus also talked about the general decline in the genuine faith of His followers. Jesus teaches that no one knows the day or hour of Christ’s return.
LISTEN: It must have been an interesting moment of teaching when the disciples finally realize that Jesus knew the future and what would unfold. I imagine that everyone there was rapt with attention, listening to every word. We would all like to know the details of the future partly because we are prone to be self absorbed at times. However, it is a natural curiosity to wonder about the future. God chose to tell us what we needed to know and not every detail or timeframe.
LEARN: One thing you should know about your future is where you will be spending it. Have you secured your reservation for the future?
Lead Pastor Don Jackson continues the God the Sustainer series, teaching from Daniel 6 and reminding us of God’s power to protect and rescue us.
May 5 – Matthew 23
LOOK: Jesus warns the religious lost about their showy religion. He tells them how much He does not like the way they put themselves out there to be seen and admired by men. Jesus then warns us not to be putting men up to be honored above God but instead that every minister must be a servant and humble instead.
LISTEN: We can see how much Jesus demands that we put self to death and learn humility. We need to be reminded that the opposite of love is not hate…it is selfishness and pride. The Great Command is to love God and love people more than we love ourselves and that is impossible to do when we are self absorbed and selfish.
LEARN: When is the last time that you put others above yourself? How are you doing at taking up your cross and denying yourself?
May 4 – Proverbs 18
LOOK: “An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends
and against all sound judgment starts quarrels.
Fools find no pleasure in understanding
but delight in airing their own opinions…
The lips of fools bring them strife,
and their mouths invite a beating.
The mouths of fools are their undoing,
and their lips are a snare to their very lives.”
LISTEN: I’m reminded when reading these verses about the “fools” that I have ministered to over the years. I’m not trying to be nasty but I’ve counseled my fair share of people who were living arrogant, disobedient lives and they constantly refused to listen to Godly advice. Typically, those who are living willful, sinful lives become angry and are their own worst enemies.
LEARN: Beware of the fool…they will cause damage!!