Relentless Community - a special sermon from South Africa

  • Hebrews 10:23-25 “23 Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. 24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”
  • Live your life each day with a purpose, to stir one another to acts of love and good works.
  • Why do you wake up each day? If you don’t ask yourself this question, you are purposeless which is like lifelessness.
  • Community isn’t a story, it’s an experience and filled with story after story after story. It’s why I came here for my surgery.
    • I knew I would be
      • Loved
      • Not judged
      • Encouraged
      • Filled with hope
  • God’s plan for your life is to wake up each day and…
    • Choose hope (v23)
      • Because he is a promise keeper, and there is nothing we need to fear
      • But this isn’t the kind of hope...
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Relentless Grace - a special sermon from South Africa

    1. Relentless Grace
      1. No matter how far you run away or how disobedient you are, God still loves you and bathes you with His unending grace
      2. Phillip Holmes wrote, “He’s not ignorant of all the ways we’ve sinned against him. He knows everything we’ve ever done and is able to stomach it. His knowledge of who we really are will never hinder his love for us. He’s even aware of the evil behind our righteous deeds. The intimacy by which the Lord knows us but is able to lovingly embrace us as his children is supernatural. God’s grace is mind-blowing. Every time I think of this reality, I’m brought to tears because I serve a God whose love and grace baffle me.” https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/gods-grace-is-mind-blowing
      3. I blatantly rejected the voice of the Holy Spirit
        1. Heaviest - 138 kilograms
        2. I’ve lost 18 kilograms in three weeks
        3. No pain, no recovery, no problems of any kind!
      4. Joel 2:12-14 'But there’s also this, it’s not...
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Your Story Matters John and Erin Kadleck

Have you ever wanted to quit on your relationship, because you feel like it’s just too hard?  We’ve got another episode of Your Story Matters today, meet John and Erin Kadleck.

  1. Your story is God’s story.  He gets the glory for your redemption.

  2. They rushed to get married, because he was getting deployed to Afghanistan.

    1. “He came back a different person.”

    2. “He was keeping things from me to protect me.”

  3. As he withdrew, she felt more rejected and felt like it was her fault.

  4. John would drink himself to sleep every night.

  5. Poor communication spiraled out-of-control.

  6. Sometimes our hearts are in the right place, but we have poor execution.

  7. John’s fear was that if he shared his struggles or fears, Erin would reject him.

    1. Holding the secrets from her, was a dark cloud in their relationship.

    2. After he shared, all Erin did was hug John.

  8. Erin had a strong commitment, and it was her commitment to the marriage and...

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Benefits of a lion attack - sort of

I am the survivor of a vicious lion attack.  It happened this past June, and it may be the reason our family is closer than ever.  What is the secret to a close-knit family?  Unfortunately, many times the answer is painful, scary, frustrating, or humiliating…but we’ll give you the answer coming up next.

SHOW NOTES

  • This is one of the great legacies my father left me after he graduated to heaven.
  • The secret to a close-knit family is…Trauma, camping, accidents, basically…when things go wrong.
  • Families who play together stay together.
  • But much of the bonding depends on how your family handles the hard times.
  • Treasure hunting your trials
    • How has God improved us through this experience…how has it made us better
    • How was God faithful
    • What did we learn
    • How might God use this in the future to help others
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What if she does come back - Hero's Guide to Winning Back Your Wife

It’s the ninth show in our series called, The Hero’s Guide to Winning Back Your Wife! It is the final show (until Seth reminds me that we need to do a wrap-up show) of the series. Last show we had to walk you through the possibility that your wife won’t come back. This week we get to give you the most important things you need to do if she does come back. This is going to be way more positive…which always makes me happy. And, you’re going to learn exactly what you have to do each day, each week, and each year moving forward so your relationship continues to get better.

SHOW NOTES

If you want to listen to all the episodes in this series, just click here.

  • What if she does come back
  • You’ve taken all the things we’ve encouraged you to do, and it’s worked!
  • But now, you really do need to be like a hero
    • Celebrate, but don’t settle
    • You must become a lifelong learner
    • You need to keep discovering and becoming a PhD of your wife
  • What...
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