Sunday, December 01, 2019
Church of the Rock That Old Time Religion
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Pastor Mark Hughes
Canada was deliberately founded as a Christian nation.
The fastest religion now is atheism with no belief in God. Suicides drugs are killing young people. Teachers are carrying guns.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord , plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Jeremiah 29:11 ESV
1. Success is not significant
It's important. It's relative. Success for a 4 year old is not peeing your pants
25 getting married
35 making money
85 being married
95 not peeing your pants
High school reunion question So what do you do now?
Mr Big multiple millions came in a chauffeured limousine
Mr T was a tampon salesman very popular with the women and out of a job but lots of personality.
Success versus significance a good book for men. Bob Buford change the lives of others. Making money is not very fulfilled. Male mental-pause happens at 50. Father had a beautiful wife 5 wonderful kids one exceptional kid.
I don't look 60, do I?
How do you measure success in ministry? I don't care about publicity.
Philip Yancey as a writer interviewed stars and servants. The stars were miserable. The servants had wonderful life to be envied.
We have successful people in church that are ushers and have a purpose greater than themselves. They are achieving significance.
Andrew Brash climbs mountains and many die in the death zone when they are left to die. He rescued someone and didn't make it to the top. He achieved significance.
2. Failure is not fatal
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
Romans 8:28-31 ESV
Not just the good things. All things work for good when God weaves it for good.
God created good from terrible sin. David killed his faithful captain. He didn't get away with it. The child dies. David repented. The next child from Bathsheba was Solomon from where Jesus came.
God has a purpose for you. A destiny. Embrace God's love.
3. Purpose all things work