Contributed on Sep 17, 2007
The hope that God has given to us can fill us with joy even in the worst of circumstances.
The other day I watched some video of the 2004 World Series (won by my Boston Red Sox). When I watched that game live, I was very nervous (many times I had to turn the channel when Boston was in the field). The Red Sox hadn’t won the World Series in 85 years. But now I can calmly watch because I ...read more
Contributed on Sep 24, 2007
What I believe ought to affect how I live.
What gets you excited? • Sports? • Your home? • Vacation? • Shopping? • Your job? • Money? • Hope? The main topic of 1 Peter 1 is our hope through Jesus Christ. Chuck Swindoll said, “We can live several weeks without food, days without water, and only minutes without oxygen, but without ...read more
Contributed on Oct 2, 2007
Knowing and obeying God’s Word will result in deep love for my brothers and sisters in Christ.
Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi was once asked what it took to make a winning team. This was Lombardi’s answer: “First, teach the fundamentals; a player’s got to know the basics of the game. Next, you’ve got to keep him in line; that’s discipline. The men have to play as a team. And ...read more
Contributed on Oct 15, 2007
When life is difficult, think about the amazing blessings that are yours because of Christ and thank Him.
Remember: The original readers of 1 Peter were facing persecution. The Big Idea: When life is difficult, THINK about the amazing blessings that are yours because of Christ and THANK Him. 1. There is nothing more important that our RESPONSE to Jesus. “As you come to him, the living ...read more
Contributed on Oct 23, 2007
Our lifestyle, including our attitude and actions toward the government, will either glorify or shame the name of Christ.
Our Identity: We are people who do not BELONG to this world. “Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world…” (v. 11a). “Aliens” = a permanently resident alien (example: a Permanent Resident, formerly known as a Landed Immigrant, in Canada). “Strangers” = a foreigner who ...read more
Contributed on Oct 30, 2007
We are to react to mistreatment the way Jesus did.
“Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect [for God], not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. For [the reason for submitting] it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God. But how is ...read more
Contributed on Nov 20, 2007
It’s worth following Jesus—even if it brings mistreatment—because, in the end, there will be victory.
THE BIG IDEA: It’s worth following Jesus—even if it brings mistreatment—because, in the end, there will be VICTORY. Think about how absurd Christianity sounded back when it was brand new (in the first century): Christians worship a man who was executed as a criminal and who they claim came back ...read more
Contributed on Nov 26, 2007
Satan wants to destroy your faith through suffering, but stand firm in your faith because God is more powerful than Satan and will keep your soul safe.
For a weekly sermon by email: email@example.com My blog: http://pastorjonathan.blogspot.com/ Our website: www.fhfbc.org WHO IS THE DEVIL? Two first graders were walking home from Sunday School where the lesson had been on the devil. One of the boys asked, “Do you really believe all ...read more