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How The Holy Spirit Helps Us

Themes from Jesus’ last conversation with his disciples Expect trouble God will take care of you Serve others in humility Love one another God would answer their prayers Send the Holy Spirit is to guide them This sermon – John 14 What does it mean to have a relationship with Jesus? What does it mean to continue his life on earth? How will this be possible for me? What does it mean to have a relationship with Jesus? John 14:2-3…

Everything Is Changing

1. Expect Trouble  John 13:12-17 NIVWhen he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have…

Rollercoaster?

Why is my life such a roller coaster ride?   Why do we find ourselves in that position of being so easily swayed in our emotions and the deep parts of who we are?   O Lord, I give my life to you. I trust in you, my God! Do not let me be disgraced, or let my enemies rejoice in my defeat. Psalm 25:1-2 None who wait for you will ever be put to shame, but disgrace comes to those…

So far away?

God, Why do you seem so far away?  … The wicked relentlessly pursue their victims.They boast that neither God nor men will bring them down. Their mouths spout out cursing, lies, and threats. They say to themselves, “God is not watching while we do this. He doesn’t even care!  We can get away with it!” Psalm 10:2,7,11 “Now is the time to arise, Lord!… You, Lord, are King forever and ever! Psalm 10:12,16 ”Make no mistake about it, God will never be…

Complain to God?

How to Complain to God?  Complaining also keeps people from taking action. It gives excuses to procrastinate and keep from achieving goals. It’s always much easier to complain than to find a solution. Another reason people complain is to avoid responsibility. A Maskil of David, When he was in the cave. A prayer. Psalm 142 God frequently expects us to experience pain, and therefore frequently express our pain  I cry aloud to the Lord; I plead aloud to the Lord for mercy.…

Perspective

Perspective Problem Time of unprecedented change, glad to be in silicon valley.   Seeing the end makes all the difference some things are not going to change. Example of indian managers and their caste system – nothing changes. Sometimes we can feel that way about God. Amazingly Psalm 73 is about exactly that.  Asaph’s autobiography. Vs. 1-3  Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.  But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I…

New Normal

New Normal week 4 Crisis reveals you, but crisis can also reset you.  The kingdom without the King not only can’t save you it will crush you. And it leads to hopelessness and emptiness Your true identity isn’t achieved, it’s received.  Put to death (in Greek-KILL, get rid of put behind of you forever) therefore whatever belongs to your earthly nature: Colossians 3:5 “What is an idol? It is anything more important to you than God, anything that absorbs your heart…

Finding Identity After a Crisis

Crisis Reveals you Crisis reveals you. And it can reset you. It’s hard to go back to normal when normal disappeared.  Some of the things you lost in the disruption aren’t worth keeping. Other things are worth building your life on. Cultural Narrative Storyline: -You were born good.-Something happened, and your inner self was wounded. -To find your true self is your life’s purpose and the ultimate pathway to true happiness, satisfaction and pleasure. -Any form of difficulty, commitment, push back or restriction…

Stepping into the New

We’re in an uninvited, disruptive, new normal that arrived without an invitation Or any warning Uncertainty is our future new normal. Grief does not change you… It reveals you.-John Green, The Fault in our Stars Questions: What are you learning about yourself?What are you learning about God? What if… in all this disruption… there’s an invitation? Job 1:13-22One day when Job’s sons and daughters were feasting at the oldest brother’s house…  a messenger arrived at Job’s home with this news: Your…

Finding The Truth

PROBLEM I would be embarrassed for MLK to see us now.  We hear comments like “you’re free, white and 21” Sometimes when people try to tell us how they feel, we disregard how they feel and insist they see things our way instead.  (self-centeredness) This is sinful and self centered of us. GOD John 8: 31-32 (NKJV) – “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make…

Pentecost Sunday

Pentecost Sunday! Pentecost means 50 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.Acts 2:1-4…

The Way The Truth The Life

I am the Way the Truth and the Life “If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explaiation is that I was made for another world.” C.S. Lewis 1“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if…