February 24, 2018

Sermon November 24, 2013: The Challenge

DSCN9621Today’s scripture reference is 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Barriers to Rejoicing:

  1. Sickness (I don’t feel up to it)
  2. Circumstances (If I can just …, then …)
  3. Regrets (would’ve – should’ve – could’ve)
  4. Suffering – Read Romans 5:3-4.

Prayer Barriers:

  1. Guilt
  2. Busyness
  3. He doesn’t answer (God answers every prayer with one of four answers: yes, no, slow, or grow.)

Thanksgiving Barriers:

All of the above, plus discouragement.  Everyone gets discouraged!  Here are some discouragement antidotes from scripture:

  1. Perspective – John 14:1-4
  2. Endurance / perseverance – James 1:12
  3. Share the load – Galatians 6:2

“Remember, man does not live on bread alone; sometimes he needs a little buttering up.” – John Maxwell

The Word is alive.  It speaks to us.  Read 1 Thessalonians 2:13.

Take the 15 minute daily challenge: open your bible each day for 15 minutes, no distractions, and let the word come alive.  Pray like a 2 year-old.

Do you want to do God’s will?

Songs: This Is My Father’s World, Your Everlasting Love, Ten Thousand Reasons, I Am Free, and Come To Jesus

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  1. Ladonna Doane says:


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