Saturday, June 16, 2018

Sermon Notes: When Your Hustle Is A Hassle

Title... When Your Hustle Is A Hassle

Text... Exodus 18:13-27 *Follow link to the scripture*

Introduction: We are familiar with Moses as a hero, but in our vernacular he was a hustler. Work didn't intimidate him. Moses was a man's man, who had a hard time bringing his life into balance.

Transition: Single life gives you freedom to pour yourself into whatever you desire to, but when you are in a committed relationship, you have to make sure that your hustle doesn't become your hassle...

Exposition: Here are the signs you should beware of...

1) Your methods are antiquated
A Walkerism: "Struggle is a mentality. Change the way you think/act and better living is the result." If everything around you is growing and moving on, but you remain the same, demolition will be imminent.

2) You're everyone's first call
When you are everyone's crutch, there's no need for them to heal. You've effectively crippled them, by teaching them that you'll always be there to catch them when they fall.

3) You don't have time for yourself
Spending all of your time helping others is noble, but it's not wise (Reference Mark 14:7). It's important to your health and sanity, to learn how to say NO! Their problem doesn't have to be your priority.

Take-A-Way: Jethro's advice was critically constructive and lovingly shared, then he went back home. Stop trying to shove your advice down other people's throats!

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Sermon Notes: Parts Unknown ~ Be Careful With Me

Title... Parts Unknown ~ Be Careful With Me (Anthony Bourdain, Cardi B & Psalm 55 collide)
Text... Psalm 55 

Three Primary Assertions:
1) Often life is hard and lonely... verses 1-3
2) Disappearing is an unhealthy thought... verses 4-8
3) There's deliverance for those in despair... verses 16-19, 22-23

Anthony Bourdain:
We all have Parts Unknown that even those closest to us, have no clue exist. Deep, dark and damaging parts, that cause us to be dysfunctional when left to ourselves. It's not always about being unhappy or being depressed; some people are just impulsive, tired and others feel like their out of options.

Cardi B:
Success is not a shield against being hurt and broken. Life is just as hard for the rich as it is for the poor. So Cardi makes lot of sense when she says:
I gave you everything, what's mine is yours
I want you to live your life of course
But I hope you get what you dyin' for
Be careful with me, do you know what you doin'?
Whose feelings that you hurtin' and bruisin'?
You gon' gain the whole world
But is it worth the girl that you're losin'?
Be careful with me
Yeah, it's not a threat, it's a warnin'
Be careful with me
Yeah, my heart is like a package with a fragile label on it
Be careful with me.

Psalm 55: Be honest with God, so God can help you. Don't bottle up your anger/aggression (verses 9-14), because some things need to be talked out. There's nothing wrong with having a pastor and a therapist! You need to pray and take your pills! Health begins with honesty, with yourself, with God and with other people.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Sermon Notes: Nobody Knows You, When You're Down & Out

Title... Nobody Knows You, When You're Down & Out
Text... Matthew 26:31-35 Matthew 26:69-75 (New Living Translation) *Blue scriptures are links*

Introduction: Anthropology is a branch of science, that studies humans, their behavior, how they relate to each other and their evolution. People are interesting...

Transition: Everyone has the proclivity to slip up when the conditions are right...

Exposition: Wisdom is what you do with knowledge; let's learn from Peter and the other disciples...

1) When things are good, people are good
References... Matthew 16:21-22 (Sacrifice), John 13:6-9 (Service)

2) Your struggle isn't their scene (verses 69, 71)

3) The rooster is just a reminder of broken promises (verse 75)

4) Peter always gets the attention for denying, but the deserters were just as bad (verse 31)

5) John (the only disciple around the cross): some things can't be helped, but do what you can
Reference... John  19:25-27

Take-a-way: Life phases people in and out, but don't allow emotional phases to be the end of rich relationships. Know the difference between leeches (connected to subtract) and the loyal (connected to add).

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Sermon Notes... Justice: Speaking Truth to Power

Title... Justice: Speaking Truth to Power

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poorHe has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.

Introduction: Pentecost (50 days after Easter) isn't merely a celebration of when the church began, but also a recollection of why the church exists. We're not to be fearful, or hide under and behind bushes, or remain silent. Like Christ, whose name we bare, we must be justice seekers! Christians should stand for what's morally right and fair.

Transition: Our text transpires post the Holy Spirit leading Jesus into the wilderness (physical deprivation for spiritual development), to fill Jesus with the power to proclaim an old truth in a new time. It's presentation was pleasing, but the application is what made the congregation become violently aggressive.

Exposition: What was it that Jesus was filled for, and what was Jesus led to say?

     1. The poor finally gets Good News
     2. The captives can be released
     3. The blind will be able to see
     4. The oppressed will be set free

Justice is not political, it's biblical! Jesus was on the side of the helpless, hopeless and homeless!

Conclusion: At what time will these injustices will be made right? Now! The Lord's favor/grace has come through Jesus Christ!

Take-A-Way: The Holy Spirit is still leading us and filling us, to be on the right side of justice, by speaking truth to power and by putting feet to the faith we claim to possess!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Mother's Day 2018: Being Mom

Title... Being Mom
Text... Genesis 21:8-21

Introduction... Motherhood is an exclusive, but not passive sorority. Being Mom, requires voluntary activity.

Transition... Our text is tense, drama-filled and is definitely a tale from the hood. Genesis 21 is the forerunner of Jerry Springer and Maury Povich...

Exposition... When a woman is really Being Mom, at least three facts are proven:

1) You become familiar with PRESSURE.
Hagar has been evicted (verse 10) and now she's lost (verse 14). Pressure was building and Hagar was aware; but she didn't think it would end like this. She feels the pressure externally (Sarah), relationally (Ishmael), and internally (Hagar's own thoughts). There's no greater pressure for a woman, than to think she's covered, only to find out that the man she was trusting in has left her to fend for herself.

2) FEAR is something you hide but can't help.
Hagar is so hurt, hot and helpless that all she could do was cry. She's afraid: there's no more water; she doesn't want to witness her son's death; and she feels like a failure. There are no super-moms! From time to time, we all feel afraid, because we've gone as far as we can and don't know what else to do. When you're isolated in the desert of life, understand that children are smarter than you think and that heaven hears everything! (verses 15-17 a)

3) When there's JOY it's divine!
If there was ever any doubt, about God being water in dry places, this should ease your mind! Joy has come to Hagar, and it was the Lord's doing. She doesn't have to die or watch her son die; he has a future that has God's fingerprints all over it. Don't get besides yourself, thinking you've been Being Mom all by yourself. When you thought it was over, God steps in and trades your tears for joy! (verses 17-21)

Monday, May 7, 2018

Must Hear Alert! Give it ALL to God video

Yesterday's message is a must hear! Follow the video link below, and allow this word to bless your socks off! Listen, learn & share!

Give it ALL to God! *Sermon Video Link*

1 Peter 5:7 "Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you."