Our Prayer for the Monday After: Pressure Points: The Pressure of Retaliation

TheMondayAfterPrayerEach Monday we’ll be bringing Sunday into the work week by sharing a prayer for the week based on the Sunday sermon. You can now catch the sermon blogs written by our blogging team Wednesdays, where they’ll offer a mid-week shot of espresso to help re-energize, encourage and challenge us in the midst of our work weeks! 

The Monday After Sunday, March 22, 2015: Pressure Points: The Pressure of Retaliation

Yesterday, Pastor Joe Boerman taught from the book of James on the pressure point of retaliaton.

We looked at James 5: 1-12

“Look here, you rich people: Weep and groan with anguish because of all the terrible troubles ahead of you. 2 Your wealth is rotting away, and your fine clothes are moth-eaten rags. 3 Your gold and silver are corroded. The very wealth you were counting on will eat away your flesh like fire. This corroded treasure you have hoarded will testify against you on the day of judgment. 4 For listen! Hear the cries of the field workers whom you have cheated of their pay. The cries of those who harvest your fields have reached the ears of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

5 You have spent your years on earth in luxury, satisfying your every desire. You have fattened yourselves for the day of slaughter. 6 You have condemned and killed innocent people, who do not resist you.

7 Dear brothers and sisters, be patient as you wait for the Lord’s return. Consider the farmers who patiently wait for the rains in the fall and in the spring. They eagerly look for the valuable harvest to ripen. 8 You, too, must be patient. Take courage, for the coming of the Lord is near.

9 Don’t grumble about each other, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. For look—the Judge is standing at the door!

10 For examples of patience in suffering, dear brothers and sisters, look at the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 We give great honor to those who endure under suffering. For instance, you know about Job, a man of great endurance. You can see how the Lord was kind to him at the end, for the Lord is full of tenderness and mercy.

12 But most of all, my brothers and sisters, never take an oath, by heaven or earth or anything else. Just say a simple yes or no, so that you will not sin and be condemned.”

3.23.15 blog Patient EndurancePastor Joe highlighted a few things:

1.”When it comes to retaliation, our choice is not a difficult one to understand but it is a difficult one to obey. We have the ability through the Holy Spirit in you to choose patient endurance over retaliation.” -Pastor Joe Boerman #retaliation

2. “We can have patient endurance when our trust is in a God who promises to make wrongs right. ” – Pastor Joe Boerman, #icPressure #retaliation

For the next seven days:

Consider the difference it would make in our lives, our world if we each chose to trust God to right the wrongs we face.

Our Prayer for the Monday After: Pressure Points: The Pressure of Conflict

TheMondayAfterPrayerEach Monday we’ll be bringing Sunday into the work week by sharing a prayer for the week based on the Sunday sermon. You can now catch the sermon blogs written by our blogging team Wednesdays, where they’ll offer a mid-week shot of espresso to help re-energize, encourage and challenge us in the midst of our work weeks! 

The Monday After Sunday, March 15, 2015: Pressure Points: The Pressure of Conflict

Yesterday, Pastor Josh Petersen taught from the book of James on the pressure point of conflict.

We looked at James 4:1-10:

“What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? 2 You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

4 You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us? 6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:

“God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble.”
7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”

Blog 5.16.15 Ambassadors of Christ

 

Pastor Josh highlighted a few things:

1.”Conflict begins and ends with you.” -Pastor Josh Petersen

2. “The key to conflict resolution is humility. That’s the combatant — humility before God and humility before others.” – Pastor Joe Boerman, #icPressure #conflict

3. Jesus reconciled us to the Father. If we’re emulating Christ, conflict resolution isn’t about winning; it’s about reconciliation.

For the next seven days:

Take seriously the idea of being an ambassador of reconciliation to the world. “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” James 4:10

 

Our Prayer for the Monday After: Pressure Points: The Pressure of Words

TheMondayAfterPrayerEach Monday we’ll be bringing Sunday into the work week by sharing a prayer for the week based on the Sunday sermon. You can now catch the sermon blogs written by our blogging team Wednesdays, where they’ll offer a mid-week shot of espresso to help re-energize, encourage and challenge us in the midst of our work weeks! 

The Monday After Sunday, March 8, 2015: Pressure Points: The Pressure of Words

Yesterday, Pastor Joe Boerman spoke about the pressure point of words.

We looked at James 3:1-8:

“3 Dear brothers and sisters,[a] not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2 Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.

3 We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth. 4 And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong. 5 In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches.

But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. 6 And among all the parts of the body, the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself.[b]

7 People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, 8 but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison.”

blog 3-8-15 Psalm 19:14

Pastor Joe highlighted a few things:

1.”The tongue can worship or curse. This kind of hypocrisy is not consistent with the Christian life. James calls us to be consistent with our speech.” -Pastor Joe Boerman

2. “There is hope for taming the tongue and our hope comes from above.” – Pastor Joe Boerman, #icPressure #partiality

For the next seven days, consider your words:

  1. Think before you speak
  2. Talk less
  3. Build others up
  4. Have heart surgery –  “If we want to speak words of life we’ll need a different heart, and the good news is that Jesus specializes in heart transplants. Psalm 19:14 says, ‘Let the words of my mouth and meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight o lord my strength and my redeemer.'” -Pastor Joe Boerman

 

Our Prayer for the Monday After: Pressure Points: The Pressure of Partiality

TheMondayAfterPrayerEach Monday we’ll be bringing Sunday into the work week by sharing a prayer for the week based on the Sunday sermon. You can now catch the sermon blogs written by our blogging team Wednesdays, where they’ll offer a mid-week shot of espresso to help re-energize, encourage and challenge us in the midst of our work weeks! 

The Monday After Sunday, March 1, 2015: Pressure Points: The Pressure of Partiality

Yesterday, Pastor Joe Boerman moved us into a discussion about the pressure point of partiality.

We looked at James 2:1-13:

“My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. 2 Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. 3 If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” 4 have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?

5 Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? 6 But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? 7 Are they not the ones who are blaspheming the noble name of him to whom you belong?

8 If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,”[a] you are doing right. 9 But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. 11 For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,”[b] also said, “You shall not murder.”[c] If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker.

12 Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, 13 because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.”

Lord, give us your eyes to see other people:

Pastor Joe highlighted a few things:

1.”Those who show partiality are being guided by wrong thoughts — partiality shows a disregard and devaluation of a person’s soul … Partiality is a sin.

To be like Jesus is to stand on the level ground at the foot of the cross and live out our lives for his glory. This is our call and this is our privilege.” – Pastor Joe Boerman, #icPressure #partiality

2. Today I want to celebrate you, people of Immanuel, because we are a diverse people. God has given us a church that more and more has become a melting pot and when God does it it becomes a thing of beauty to behold. Keep it up. Don’t stop. Continue to live in a way that is countercultural and love the people who are different from you because they deserve and want to be loved. – Pastor Joe Boerman, #icPressure #partiality

This week, outside the walls of Immanuel, spend some time with someone with whom you wouldn’t typically relate:

1. Go out of your way to broaden the circle of people you call friends.

2. Literally, take a chair and move it to a new location. Intentionally be with someone you normally wouldn’t sit with.

3. Recognize that one thing is true of everyone here: everyone has a soul that has been engineered by God.

Our Prayer for the Monday After: Pressure Points: The Pressure of Temptation

TheMondayAfterPrayerEach Monday we’re bringing Sunday into the work week by sharing a prayer for the week based on the Sunday sermon. You can catch the sermon blogs written by our blogging team Wednesdays, where they’ll offer a mid-week shot of espresso to help re-energize, encourage and challenge us in the midst of our work weeks! 

The Monday After Sunday, February 22, 2015: Pressure Points: The Pressure of Temptation 

Yesterday, Pastor Josh Petersen continued the Pressure Points teaching sermon series by talking about The Pressure of Temptations, which he said, was really an extension of the pressure of trials message from the week prior.

We continued reading in the first chapter of the book of James:

blog 2.22.15“9 Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. 10 But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wild flower. 11 For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business.

12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

16 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.”

Pastor Josh highlighted a few things:

1.”We are tempted when we are offered something temporary. We go after things that don’t last … But the hunger comes back because the fulfillment we get from it fades. When we fail to put our hope in things eternal we try to find fulfillment in the temporary.” -Pastor Josh Petersen

2. The only way to struggle with temptation less is to desire God more.

This week, when you feel tempted:

1. Stop – identify the desire

2. Spot – place it appropriately and invest it wisely; temptation becomes an opportunity to express our desire for God.

3. Set – Set your eyes on God.

 May God Himself give you the strength and courage to realign your heart and set it upon Him!