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I mentioned last Sunday that while I was in India, the spiritual oppression and darkness was loud. Our text this week in Acts tells us about how the early church existed in a world that was filled with darkness and spiritual oppression and manipulation. What can we learn from this text for how we deal with this darkness in our own world? Listen this week and find out!
This week we are honored to have Pastor Casey Danley join us and share from God's Word. Casey was pastor of CCC from 1988 to 1998 and currently serves as director of our district retreat center Rock River. Casey will speak from Isaiah 6 on how to engage with God.
My love of Star Wars is well known. One of the things I love about Star Wars is the focus it places on passing on what you have learned. Be it from Obi-Wan and Yoda to Luke or then Luke to Rey in the newest movies, passing on what you have learned is vitally important in the galaxy far, far away.
It is just as important in our own galaxy. Our text this week has three different occasions where people pass on what they have learned. What can we learn from that? Listen to this week's sermon to find out.
What does Paul have to say about our darkest days and deepest fears? Listen this week to find out!
Our text this week opens with Paul troubled by the idols all around him. We tend to think that idolotry was something that happened in days past. However, our world is likewise filled with idols. What can we learn from Paul in how we respond to idols?
We live in a time where the reach of a preacher is limited only by how far the internet goes. In the days of Charles Spurgeon, thousands of people had to cram into his church to hear him proclaim God's Word. Today, you can open your smartphone and download sermons from churches all over the world. That is wonderful because you can hear from tremendous Bible preachers regardless if you can see them in person.
It's also risky because you don't know if the preacher your friend recommends is a preacher you should actually listen to. This week, as we look at the next portion of the book of Acts, we see that Paul and the others are accused of "turning the world upside down". What sort of preaching and evangelism does this? This Sunday, we'll find out the three things that this sort of preaching contains.
Sunday is our Annual Business Meeting. Meetings are seldom our first choice as a way to spend a Sunday afternoon, but it is important that you are there to help guide the future of the church. It's also a great time to check in our goals and see where we are headed as a church. Our text this Sunday is one that allows us to do just that. As Paul continues to take the gospel to those in his path, we'll see four things that Christians when faced with four common circumstances.
It's been said that when God closes a door, he'll open a window. Is this true or is this another folk story? And if it is true, does Heaven have a really big utility bill? I don't know about that last question, but I think our text this week begins to answer the first one.
This is a joke I've told before, but it is a good one:
A young woman brings home her fiance to meet her parents. After dinner, her mother tells her father to find out about the young man. The father invites the fiance to his study to talk.
"So what are your plans?" the father asks the young man.
"I am a Bible scholar." he replies.
"ABible scholar? Hmmm," the father says. "Admirable, but what will you do to provide a nice house for my daughter to live in, as she's accustomed to?"
"I will study," the young man replies, "and God will provide for us." "And how will you buy her a beautiful engagement ring, such as she deserves?" asks the father.
"I will concentrate on my studies," the young man replies, "God will provide for us."
"And children?" asks the father. "How will you support children?" "Don't worry, sir, God will provide," replies the fiance. The conversation proceeds like this, and each time the father questions him, the young idealist insists that God will provide.
Later, the mother asks, "How did it go, honey?"
The father answers, "The bad news is, he has no job and no prospects, but the good news is he thinks I'm God."
Does the Lord provide to do the work he's called us to? Listen this week to find out!