Below you will find my sermon from this past Sunday, preached at Midpoint Baptist Fellowship in Marikina, Philippines.
The sermon is posted here for anyone to view or download and use it ministry as they see fit.
Verses Used: Ephesians 1:3-14, Romans 8:17
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America is great, not because of her location, geography, military, or money. America is great because of her ideas.
On July 4, 1776, Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence was set forth by a “band of brothers” – the founding fathers of the United States – in the face of the mighty British empire.
I started a blog to write, but I have become disenchanted with the amount of time to takes to “layout” a blog post. I did not set out to become a master-curator for pictures and headlines. I write because I love to express ideas, because I love ideas. Ideas change things.
Imagine there is a missionary who works for 30+ years. At the end of his ministry he has a team of people around him helping him. Everything from clerical to financial to ministry was taken care of – all led by competent, professional servants of God. Compare that to another missionary, who at the end of his 30+ years has only one person left on his team; only one person who has remained with him until the end. How would you compare the two?
I’m all for providing clean water and food for the needy. Really, I am. Our team in the Philippines operates daily feeding centers and other humanitarian efforts. But that’s not our mission. Our mission is much more important than that.
We live in a world of amusement. Thinking is not a valuable proposition in our world. But Christians are to be a thinking people. The very nature of our doctrine demands that we think deeply about some things.
“The man who has no inner life is the slave of his surroundings.”
Every year, churches wrestle with this question: “what is the right use of technology in the church?” Too much and you’ve gone overboard. Too little and you are left in the dust. A large number of pastors are now preaching from iPads and other tablets. Is this good or bad?
Our technology is outgrowing our ability to filter it, as I recently discovered on an international flight. It was during this flight that I realized a new enemy is present for parents who want to protect the innocence of their children: lack of control.