Take This, Not That

If you were ever stranded on a deserted island, what would be the essentials you would want to have with you? In an article on MentalFloss.com, survival expert Tony Nestor says these are the essentials: a machete, a cell phone, a mirror, a hammock, and a family photo.

The Christian life is a long journey, not a short sprint. Imagine the Christian life to be a trip to a distant place in which you could only carry a few essential things. What would those things be?

In this message I share 6 essentials for the Christian life while also encouraging you to leave some things behind. Take this, not that!

In this message I also share 4 questions you can ask in Bible study that will help you get great application from any passage.

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Do You Know What Your Name Means?

There are some odd names in the Bible. As odd as they are, they are very meaningful, especially those that are associated with Christmas.

We are familiar with the prophecy of Isaiah 9:6-7 that often appears on Christmas cards, dramas, and even in Handel’s Messiah, of a child who would be born whose name is called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. But we live in a world filled with bad advice, that tells us there is no God, and with so many broken situations we have to ask, is Christmas really working? Prince of Peace; all we see is chaos in every store.

So what does His name mean?

Does Prayer Help?

We’ve all prayed and wondered, is this really going to help? In this recent message I shared at the church I serve as Lead Pastor, I show you how prayer not only helps the things and people that you pray for, but how prayer helps those who are praying.

Did you know that using an organized prayer list will help your prayer life tremendously. Here’s how and why.

The Bible Says to Love You, But What If I Don’t Like You?

The Bible’s command to love one another seems out of touch and impractical when some people give you good reasons to hate them. Hate involves hurt, and there is a lot of hurt that brings about hate. Some people are abused. Some are hurt by words. Many have been hurt in church!

How can you love someone when you don’t even like them (and maybe even hate them)? I’ll give you some insight from 1 John 4 in this message I shared recently at Liberty (www.LibertyBaptistChurch.ws).

The Bible Says to Love You, But What If I Don’t Like You? from Liberty Baptist Church on Vimeo.


Content from the Week

I have not been writing and posting this week, but I have been busy preaching. We had a few days of revival at our Liberty Fort O campus and I am grateful for everyone who came out to be a part of it and for everyone who responded. Here are two of the sermons from the week:

The Situation is Bad but The Lord is Good from Liberty Baptist Church on Vimeo.

Psalm 107 tells of four bad situations, each resolved by desperate prayers to a good God. There are numerous stories from the redeemed of how a good God has helped in a bad situation.


A Whale of a Tale from Liberty Baptist Church on Vimeo.

For the cynic, the story of Jonah being swallowed by a whale is one of the most laughable stories of the Bible. Yet Jesus reflected that He not only believed it, but likened His death and resurrection to being an experience much like Jonah’s. Why did Jesus liken himself to a story that seems like such a stretch?

Last night I had a great discussion with our Next Generation’s Pastor at Liberty about teens and sexual identity. With the release of the film Love, Simon parents need some tools on how to talk to their teens in a culture that questions and confuses sexual identity. Here is the link to the discussion.