Contributed on Feb 15, 2021
We often think that our emotions are a burden, rather than a blessing, but nothing could be further from the truth. God created us with emotions so our lives might be enriched. But we do need to learn how to embrace and employ our emotions in a way that is helpful, not harmful.
A. There was once a young man who, in his youth, professed his desire to become a great writer. 1. When asked to define what he meant by a “great writer,” he said, “I want to write stuff that the whole world will read, stuff that people will react to on a truly emotional level, stuff that will ...read more
Contributed on Feb 22, 2021
God has given us the ability to feel guilt and shame when we have done what is wrong so that it might lead us to forgiveness and the freedom from guilt and shame. Satan wants to destroy us with the burden of guilt and shame, but in Christ our guilt and shame have been removed.
A. In the Spring of 1959 an Air Force major entered a Texas mental institution for the second time. 1. He had tried to commit suicide twice and he had been arrested for forgery and robbery. 2. For years he had been drinking heavily and his marriage had disintegrated. 3. Yet, only 15 years ...read more
Contributed on Mar 7, 2021
God has made us with the ability to experience fear as a part of His loving provision for us. When properly embraced and employed, fear can protect us from harm, motivate us to action, and cause us to reach out to God for the help we need.
A. Years ago, fear began to take hold of the people of Moline (Mo-lean), Illinois. 1. First came the stories of a wild cougar on the loose. a. The news sent women and children into hiding, and even made brave men tremble. 2. Next came a similar story about a huge beaver, estimated to be 80 ...read more
Contributed on Mar 15, 2021
God has given us the ability to feel anger for good reasons. But these feelings of anger need to be controlled and channeled in the right direction.
A. One day a woman was telling her friend that she had called her husband at work to tell him she had been in a fender bender with their new car. 1. Her friend asked her if her husband got mad. 2. The wife said, “Well, he didn’t say much, but his boss later told me that the smoke alarm went off in ...read more
Contributed on Mar 22, 2021
Even the emotion of sadness is given to us by God for our good. But what should we do when sadness turns into despondency and depression? These three biblical examples show us what to do.
A. I came across this humorous list of truths children learn – let me share a few with you. 1. Truth #1: No matter how hard you try, you can’t baptize cats. 2. Truth #2: You can’t trust dogs to watch your food. 3. Truth #3: You can’t hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk. 4. Truth #4: The ...read more
Contributed on Mar 29, 2021
Bitterness is an emotion that can eat us from the inside out like poison or cancer. Like the biblical character Joseph, there are things we can do to keep bitterness from destroying us.
A. Abe Lemons was head basketball coach at the University of Texas for six years starting in 1976. 1. Lemons turned the Texas Longhorn basketball program around, but when DeLoss Dodds took over as the athletic director they soon were butting heads, and at the end of the 1982 season, Dodds fired ...read more
Contributed on Apr 5, 2021
God has given us the ability to feel the emotion of hopelessness, so that we will look for the ultimate source of hope. I believe that the resurrection of Jesus is the greatest source of hope in the universe.
A. Happy Easter to everyone – I’m so thankful we get to worship the Lord on this Easter Sunday! B. As we get started, I want to share this cartoon – it really tickled me. 1. The cartoon shows Jesus telling the angel that resurrection morning: “I want you to fold up my burial clothes, wait for ...read more
Contributed on Apr 12, 2021
God has given us the ability to feel the emotion of pride so that we can benefit from good pride and avoid the destructive nature of bad pride. It is important to know the difference between the two kinds of pride.
A. Once there was a guy named Zeke who had so much pride he could never admit he was wrong. 1. One day Zeke wandered into the blacksmith shop with sawdust all over the floor. 2. A few minutes before Zeke arrived, the blacksmith had been working on an uncooperative horseshoe, and had beat on it ...read more