I Have Seen With Joy!

Finding Joy Sermon Series

November 4th, 2018

Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Pentecost.

Reverend Dan is preaching.

1 Chronicles 29:10-18

It all comes from the LORD.  Why is it that God would give so generously to all of us?  We know that we are far from the people that God has created us to be and yet as the psalmist writes, “My cup runneth over.”

How is it that we can live lives that spill over for good into the lives of people around us?  It is in our giving.  We see joy when we see how the gifts that we give back to God are used to change the world for Him.

There is joy in giving because we are giving back to the GIVER in a sure and certain hope that those gifts will change the world.  When we give like that, there is always joy in the giving.

Though now for a little while ...

Finding Joy Sermon Series

October 28th, 2018

Twenty-Third Sunday After Pentecost.

Reverend Dan is preaching.

1 Peter 1:3-9

Death hurts.  There is no getting around that.  It could be the finality of it.  It could be the new normal that we are all forced to create in the wake of losing someone we loved so dearly.  That pain and that suffering is something that, “though now for a little while” can speak to as we go through those difficult times of death and loss in our lives.

If we have an eternal perspective on the lives that we live here, we can say, “though now for a little while” in regards to the hurt and pain we feel.  In the text for today we are being called into the eternal as we live lives that are all terminal.

Do you exist in the eternal or in the terminal?

Finding Joy in Jubilee

Finding Joy Sermon Series

October 21st, 2018

Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost.

Pastor Paul is preaching.

Leviticus 25:8-13

You perhaps noticed a theme developing thus far in this series, the realization that joy is not obtained through accidental encounter but rather through intentional pursuit.

In the early years of the nation of Israel, God would remind His people of the need to pursue joy by instituting the “Year of Jubilee”, a time in which people were liberated, property was restored, and life was intentionally simplified.  Perhaps there’s something of value in this tradition even for Americans today, namely that joy can be found just as sufficient in the act of giving things up and simplifying our lives as it is by adding to them.

Have you created space for joy in your day to day?  Let’s consider together.