Sunday, March 24, 2024

Stonewall New Life Church

Pastor Rusty: 
Imagine there's no heaven

The world is a deeply broken place. It's a struggle. At 42 I'm having a midlife crisis. Now going downhill. 

Why is the world the way it is? 
Sin mars everyone everything
They had joy hearing God's voice and then they hid after they sinned. They were now angry at God. You God are at fault for putting this woman here. 

Man has now become a judge of others and themselves. Shame. Feeling bad about what you are. Broken self image. 

The place that was supposed to be a place of harmony became a place of alienation. 

You have become at war with creation. Nothing escaped the corruption of sin. Pain and toil are now part of life. You will die. 

Not now? They died spiritually. Romans 5:12. Through Adam we have been made sinners. 

An apple tree bears apples because it's an apple tree. 

We are by nature sinful. I'm an impatient person. Bumper to bumper traffic on the 401 showed me that I'm an impatient person. 

Genesis 3 is the saddest chapter in the Bible. God did not abandon the world. He sent his Son to redeem the human race to adopt us to sonship. 

Jesus crushed Satan. 
God made you alive with him. God provided clothing from the skin of an animal. The first death. It's the foretelling of Jesus death. 

Now we get more than a second chance. We are God's handiwork created to do good stuff. Ephesians 2:10. God will make you alive. Take away the heart of stone and give us a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36:26

What does this mean for us? Try hard? We can't. No one is righteous enough. We can trust that God is at work in us. 

We can say look at what has come to the world. 

Revelation 21:1-4 new heaven and a new earth. Every tear wiped away. That's what is to come. No more death. 

New Christian said to be in the Life Group I feel I can just be me. Harmony is being restored. 


Raymond Dueck
LifeLight Founding President

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