Prepare yourself! The only sure thing about your day today, is that there will be MANY voices clamoring for your attention… And all those voices will have distinct opinions about what kind of person you should be. Those voices will come from advertisers, bosses, friends…. Even from folks that are no longer in your life at all but at one crucial moment, a long time ago, said something to you that still shapes your self-image today.
There is a sermon that I would REALLY like for you to hear... I know that your time is short, especially this time of year. But I don’t usually ask a lot of you do I?
If you didn’t get a chance to hear Jacob Vandiver’s sermon from Psalm 100 this past Sunday at City Fellowship, trust me when I say that it will bless your soul (you can find it HERE, if you are so inclined). I have heard a lot of sermons in my day, but every now and again, one just hits you where you live… And it just sticks with you.
When Pastor Russ challenged us all to read through the gospel of John together over the last two weeks, he suggested that we read two chapters a day. Well I’ve already fallen behind on that, which is something that would’ve made me feel like a failure even ten months ago. But not today. Because what God is speaking to me through John is “nothing”.
The first day we started reading John was like Christmas Day! I have spent many months reading through the Old Testament in my reading plan and I finished on the day we began reading John. What perfect timing. The Old Testament leaves you acknowledging the hopelessness of humanity and the dire need for a “fix” that God alone could supply. And John immediately brings the hope of Jesus, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:5