Series: For... given
Sermon: For unto us.
Isaiah 9:6 says, "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders." We often speak of many of the promises in Scripture, but this promise often becomes hidden, buried beneath the pile of the hopes and dreams we have for our future, our family even our faith. This promise, "and the government will be on his shoulders" should reassure us, and bring us hope and peace like little else. However, in the midst of the chaos and disorder of the governments and nations of this world, what does this really mean? Watch, as Kevin explains through an admittedly tricky text how to find light in a seemingly dark time and truth.
We all have the instinct to be great! We want to be great people, great leaders, great friends, great investors. We not only want to be great we often want to be greater. Have greater performance at work, greater than our past, all of us want to be lifted up greater than we were before and higher up than others thought we could get. The truth is that we grow small and weak trying to be great. The Bible shows us that the way up is down and the way to become great is to be humble. Watch, as Kevin explains how the incarnation is not only the exemplification of this but an invitation to us all to develop a grown-up childlike faith.
According to a recent poll by the American Psychological Association. "Holiday stress statistics show that up to 69 percent of people are stressed by the feeling of having a lack of time, 69 percent are stressed by perceiving a lack of money, and 51 percent are stressed out about the pressure to give or get gifts.” Most of us are feeling the pressure of this season, but God never intended for us to to be stressed at a time when we are celebrating his birth! He did not send his Son to save us so that we would feel overwhelmed and overburdened. Jesus saved us so we can enjoy being a son. Watch, as Kevin explains how sonship is a powerful metaphor that speaks to the high calling of sonship given to all of us!
New Years Eve with Pastor Rick Zuidersma
Have you ever seen a child get a gift with such joy and excitement only to throw it aside when they see something better? They look at what others have and want it for themselves. When we grow up we can have the same issues but with different toys, comparing our lives with others can lead us on a path towards discontentment, envy and bitterness.
Psalms 73 teaches us how to have a settled spirit and be content in life realizing what we have in God. Watch and discovery how you can have contentment as you face whatever comes this next year!