Interviews with Missionaries

SOTM: Those Who Mourn

Beatitudes – Divine Joy and Perfect Happiness.  Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4 1. Mourning the Losses You’ve kept track of my every toss and turn through the sleepless nights, each tear entered in your ledger, each ache written in your book. Psalm 56:8 2. Mourning Our Sinfulness “Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy.”James…

SOTM:Poor In Spirit

PROBLEM One of the problems with growing up is that we learn to hide. For some reason when we get older, we are no longer comfortable letting the truth be known. When we were little, it didn’t matter. If we were afraid we’d quickly say I’m scared and we’d take the hand of our mom or dad or older brother or sister, because we were scared. But as we get older, we become reluctant. And we turn from that kind…

Ignite Your Spiritual Passion – Through Waiting

Sanctification- The act of becoming more like Christ God is not in a hurry, you are. It’s why you’re anxious and stressed and disappointed. Trust that what was meant to be yours, will be yours. There are times of considerable waiting in the Bible Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14 Just because God feels silent, doesn’t mean God is absent.…

Ignite Your Spiritual Passion – Optimism

Passion is a strong desire that can get you to do amazing things. Passion is an emotion to be acted upon. Without action, passion yields no worthwhile results. Passion is the fuel in the fire of action. A negative outlook never leads to a positive life. One of the most spiritual things about you is the attitude you choose to have and the way in which you think.  • Optimism is NOT a denial of reality. • Optimism is NOT…

Ignite Your Spiritual Passion – Sin

SIN PROBLEM CONFUSION sin is actually very poorly understood by both Christians and non-Christians alike as simply being “bad things people do.” 2 GROUPS The first plank in the Gospel is you cannot do what virtually everybody else does. You cannot divide the world into two groups, good and bad. HYPOCRITES when religious people call other folks sinners, shows that they feel very superior to all kinds of people, they dehumanize.  FRUSTRATION OF SIN I’m fearful that I can’t change—that…

Ignite Your Spiritual Passion – Kingdom of God

The Kingdom of God PROBLEM MESSAGE Many think that the gospel of Christ is only about Jesus. Many focus almost entirely on the messenger, and overlook the message he brought. KOG The emphasis of Jesus’ teaching was the kingdom. In Matthew he mentions the Church twice and the kingdom of God fifty-five times.  Garden of Eden loss. Rebellion. Mark 1:15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” GOD…

Ignite Your Spiritual Passion – Suffering

Suffering PROBLEM I watched as a friend praised God through a very hard time in her life. I had not understood how she could praise God when her world was falling apart. She had a spiritual insight that I needed You never know how you’re gonna react in the face of trauma and pain.  GOD Philippians 1:29 For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him…

Ignite Your Spiritual Passion – Fear of God

The Fear of God PROBLEM Fear drives me to do what I do. I’m not talking about the fear of a snake or the fear of a spider, or the fear of something else, I am talking about the fear of God. Unfortunately, many of us presume that the world is the ultimate threat and that God’s function is to offset it. How different this is from the biblical position that God is far scarier than the world ….. an…

Ignite Your Spiritual Passion – Need for Passion

Need for Passion Because spiritual passion is the antidote to spiritual death God is preparing for a future date on the calendar. But our role is to be prepared every day. Not just because of a future day but also because God still has work to do until that day. Today is the destination. Many here have a sense of what God has called them too. But some have lost their spiritual fire. 2 kinds of people The wise, who…

Ignite Your Spiritual Passion – Living with Passion

Living with Passion But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless 1 Corinthians 15:57– 58 NLT Enthusiasm is not the product of environment, it is from the posture of the heart. You didn’t lose your passion, you left it. It is a choice and…

Free To Serve

Scripture: John 8:36 – “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” Greetings and blessings for all. Happy 4th of July! It is a joy to be with you. Pastor Greg, thank you for the invitation. Before continuing, I would like to invite you to join us for a BBQ in the Spanish worship room after the service. Introduction    Today marks a very important national holiday in American history. July 4, 1776, was the day on…