Monday, March 31, 2008
We are heading to the TN Smokies Ballpark in Sevierville on Saturday, April 12 for a Smokies baseball game vs. the Jacksonville Suns. We will meet at the ballpark entrance at 7:00 p.m. If you have plans to attend, you will want to bring $8 per person to class with you this Sunday so we can purchase the tickets in advance (ticket sales benefit STAR).
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
This historical event is a familiar one. Jesus sees the crowds, asks Phillip where could they buy enough food to feed the people only to hear Phillip give an accounting of how much money they don't have and the impossibility of ministering to such a body of people. A young boy willingly gives Jesus all he has, 2 fish and 5 loaves. Jesus prays, gives thanks to God and through a supernatural miracle feeds 10,000 plus people with enough leftovers to fill 12 baskets. The people were filled (vs 12) with food, the gorged themselves, had as much as they wanted at the all you can eat fish and bread buffet and were satisfied.
Fat, dumb, and happy the crowds forget all about Jesus until the next morning when their stomachs begin to rumble and their hunger reminds them of the guy, who the day before, provided their lunch for them.
Time and time again we are told that the three basic necessities of life are food, clothing, and shelter. Yet Jesus blows this thought to bits as He tells the crowds the truth, "you are only here because you are hungry, because you are looking for a handout, because I gave you a free meal." He seems to say. "You aren't here because you recognize me as God but because you want breakfast."
Over and over again and again Jesus tells us not to work for or to struggle for, or to continually think, hope, and dream for the temporary , the things that are passing away, those things that can never satisfy. Instead He tells the people to labor for the food that endures throughout all eternity, Jesus Christ Himself.
Jesus is telling us not to feast on the things of this world that are fading away, that are temporary and that can never satisfy yet over and over again and again we see people, we know people, and we are guilty ourselves of seeking happiness, satisfaction, fulfillment in life in everything except Jesus. We look to find love in lust, to find satisfaction in our careers, to find completion in our families, and to find fullness in food. Ultimately we end up divorced, jobless, at odds with our loved ones, and fat.
Jesus says that none of these things can satisfy, they are temporary, they are lies, and apart from Him they lead to destruction and death.
The crowds who followed Jesus are much like us today, they were more concerned with the bling than they were with the King. More concerned with their 401ks than they were with John 3:16 and they were more interested in 20" rims than they were with the 9" nails being driven into the hands and feet of Jesus who hung dying on the cross on their and our behalf.
"Don't waste your life on these things" Jesus cries! Instead He invites us to feast on what truly satisfies, Jesus Christ Himself. Jesus said 35“I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst."
This isn't some short time food high taken from a Chinese buffet with 99 items! No matter how good the kung-pao chicken or the egg rolls are our stomachs empty and once again we are hungry, looking for more.
What Jesus is telling us that He is the only source of fullness, the true source of love (1 John 4:16) dying on the cross in our place. He completes us as He transforms us into the men and women we were created to be (Philippians 1:6). He gives us fullness and abundant lives as we follow His will for our lives (John 10:10) serving Him and others over ourselves and He gives us the kind of satisfaction that can bring joy in the face of trials as James speaks of and in suffering and anxiety that Paul speaks of in Philippians.
No, Jesus purchased us to a new life, a full life, one of submitting ourselves to His authority, one of seeking and obeying His will for us which includes serving others, giving generously, taking risks for the advancement of the kingdom, sharing the gospel, being in the world but not of the world, knowing our Bibles, praying continually to God for ourselves and others, and following Jesus where ever He leads even in times when it doesn't make sense.
Tonight we will be worshiping at the Lord's table and my question to you is where are you seeking to be satisfied? Is it at the table of the world where you can never get enough, and where you can never be satisfied or is it at the Lord's table where He satisfies no matter what the situation?
Some in the crowds asked Jesus 28 “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” 29 Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”
My main this morning is to lift Jesus up to you, to make Him so glorious that you don't want to serve anything else, that you wouldn't dare seek after anything else to take His place, that you would love Him and worship Him and enjoy Him forever as Savior, as King of your life going anywhere He leads. Do you believe in Him whom God has sent?
Next Sunday we will come again to this place and worship Jesus on Easter Sunday. The day we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. What do you hunger for this morning? Is it for a deeper relationship with the King? Are you seeking out His face and His will for your life? Or are you looking to the world for temporary riches placing your hope in things that fade and in the end lead to death?
Jesus is the bread of life and the living water and only He satisfies.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
I. Jesus said He was sent by God to do God’s mission.
John 8:42 / John 6:38
II. Jesus said He came to fulfill the Old Testament.
III. Jesus came as bold, confrontational, truth telling prophet.
IV. Jesus said He came to preach.
V. Jesus came to be our high priest.
VI. Jesus came to be our Lord or King.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Our goal was to read the scriptures, to look at God's promises and then look at how God fulfilled His promises in Jesus....just like He said He would.
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Saturday, March 1, 2008
Everyone enjoyed pizza and couples' ping-pong and pool tournaments. The champs are...Billy and Summer (ping-pong) and Justin and Angela (pool). Each winner will be receiving a free ONE T-shirt from the ONE online store.
The kids enjoyed playing with bubbles and watching Dumbo theatre-style.
We rounded out the evening with lots of laughs playing Joel and Jen's board game, 30 Seconds.
Thanks to everyone who came and made the evening such a blast! If you missed out, don't worry, we will have another fun event again soon.