Contributed on Jun 7, 2010
When we are at the point of burnout, we are forced to reconfigure our priorities and re-examine the attitudes that destroy us.
Time to Bail Out? (Numbers 11:1-17, 24-25) 1. There are people who complain and people who do what needs to be done, even if it involves sacrifice -- sometimes the sacrifice of their own lives. 2. This, being Memorial Day weekend, is a time when we honor not the complainers, but those who ...read more
Contributed on Jun 7, 2010
When our attitude toward God turns sour, everyone ends up disappointed.
When God Gets Aggravated, It’s Not A Pretty Picture (Numbers 11:18-20, 25-35) 1. Last week we learned a number of lessons from Numbers 11. While I was preparing last week’s sermon, I could see we had too much material to handle in one week. 2. Today, I would like to continue on with this ...read more
Contributed on Jun 22, 2010
Many of us are so desperate to feel significant that we have a hard time with authority at any level. If we found our significance in the Lord, we would be less tempted to fault others for our woes.
Undermining Authority: The Self-Importance Factor (Numbers 12) 1. Many Americans think they can run our country better than our elected officials. They may or may not be correct. But of one thing I am sure: I don't want the job! 2. Aren't you glad you do not have to solve the oil spill ...read more
Contributed on Jun 28, 2010
If we want to interpret life and the decisions of life reasonably, we need to develop the Biblical virtue of wisdom, a wisdom that comes from adjusting to God's Word.
Interpreting the Facts (Numbers 13:1-33) 1. Joe Friday: "Just the facts, mam." 2. A lot of what is presented as facts are really interpretations of fact. When we are taught interpretations of facts as actual facts, we become biased and blind to the difference between what we have been ...read more
Contributed on Jul 6, 2010
Human beings love to blame their leaders for all their woes, but often our unbelief is the core issue.
Blame It On the Leaders (Numbers 14:1-25 and Hebrews 3:2,12-19) 1. Clear-thinking people are often interesting people. One woman shares this story: When my 88-year-old mother was called for jury duty, she had to submit to questioning by the opposing lawyers. "Have you ever dealt with an ...read more
Contributed on Jul 12, 2010
Many decisions are truly crossroads: you cannot reverse them or their consequences, try as you might. Therefore, we need to take decision making seriously.
Irreversible Decisions (Numbers 14:26-45) 1. The most important thing about you is your God and your relationship to him. This is more important than: education, health, vocation, family, intelligence, talent, riches… 2. Near the top of the list, perhaps second, is who you are. The ...read more
Contributed on Jul 19, 2010
Those who lead are accountable for their failures, but so are followers who stress out and aggravate their leaders.
Moses Messes Up (Numbers 20:1-13) 1. Let me share my preaching schedule with you. Next week, Luke will be preaching. The week afterward, we will look at the Bronze Serpent incident here in Numbers. The week after that, we’ll look at a midrash on this whole section from I Corinthians 10 ...read more
Contributed on Aug 10, 2010
We never get to the point where we do not have to resist temptation – at least while at home on earth in our mortal bodies.
The Miseries of Surrendering to Temptation (I Corinthians 10:1-13) 1. In the Spring, Marylu and I spent a day at one of our State Parks, McCormick's Creek (my personal favorite). But we could not go into the cave there because of a deadly disease that is annihilating bats. 2. This week, ...read more