Last Sunday at First Christian Church, I spoke about temptation and how Satan works to bring destruction in our lives. The message was based on Matthew 3:16-4:11. Here’s the video, as well as a few highlights and key thoughts from the message:
I’ll bet that if you and I were to sit down over coffee and I asked you if anything is worrying you or stressing you out, you’d be able to rattle off a handful of things without even thinking about it. I could too. There are a few things I’ve lost more than a little sleep over.
Maybe you can relate to this: sometimes there are extended periods of life where it feels like that’s my reality. It’s more than just a season or a phase…stress just becomes part of the routine. You’ve most likely experienced the same feeling.
We explain it away, try to ignore it or brush it under the rug, or do what we can to endure it. But worry is toxic. It’s a slow-moving poison that is deadly. And because it tends to creep in a little at a time, we usually don’t do anything about it until it’s too late.
The past few days have made me sad. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, comment threads on news articles, conversations outside Starbucks…everywhere I look, everywhere I am, I hear anger. Hatred. Even rage.
At the same time, I hear hurt. Pain. Sadness.
In the wake of the recent Supreme Court decision regarding homosexual marriage, it’s all over the place. I know you’ve seen it too.
I’m not assigning a certain behavior, action, attitude or feeling to one “side” or another. I see it all on both “sides” of the issue.
This past week, I’ve heard one phrase more than almost any other. I’ve seen Christians, even well-intentioned, compassionate, grace-giving Christ-followers, use this phrase:
“Love the sinner, hate the sin.”
If you were in my workshop at Summer in the Son and you’re looking for the devo pages to download and save/print, here they are! (If you weren’t in my workshop and want them anyway, help yourself.)