I was blessed to be able to get some time off last week. I tried to follow the Parks and Rec advice and “Treat Yourself” so you can see all the various coffee shops and other fun places. On Tuesday night, I went with my Mom to see the Collingsworth Family in concert. On Thursday, I took in a Cardinals spring training game. So there was lots of slow time to read and unplug. Meg made this possible, in many ways, by holding down the home front and our busy lives with kids. And I’m grateful to my brother, his wife, and Mom for their hospitality on the Orlando front.
This weekend, my sermon at Crestview was from Job 19, Questions in Suffering. Job 19 is best known for its “I know that my Redeemer lives” section. I tried to show how Job’s answer to Bildad’s accusation in chapter 18 opened the door for some questions we face in suffering. We dug into many applications related to suffering, the church, and Jesus. I hope it encourages you.
My 2/5/23 sermon, Problems in Suffering (Job 9), is online. It got into some hairy parts of the question of suffering, like God being in control, ways we try to escape, and even ways we fail to understand what God might be up to. But, as always, I hope it exudes mercy and serves to encourage you.
My 1/22/23 sermon at Crestview, Job’s Journey Begins (Job 1-2), is online. My first sermon was more of a pastoral explanation as to why this study was needed for us. This sermon got us into the actual text of Job and helped us have some considerations to weigh when we find ourselves suffering. I hope it encourages you.
On January 15, 2023, I preached my first sermon in a shortish series on the book of Job (pronounced with the long ō (not like your work kind of job). This opening sermon, Introducing Job, used James 5:11 as a springboard for our study and gave my pastoral heart to studying such a book. I hope this sermon and subsequent weeks help encourage you.
Another year is upon us, meaning another Week of Prayer has begun at Crestview. On 1/1/23, I kicked off the Week of Prayer with a sermon called A Jesus Project Prayer Direction (John 15:16). The specific direction I laid out said: “Jesus’s initiative and heart lead to dependent asking.”
We rolled out a Week of Prayer guide, which includes simple prayers to help you for each day of the week.
We also shared our 2023 Community Prayer Calendar.
We had a fantastic day at Crestview Bible Church on Sunday, December 18, 2022. So many people came together to contribute to this morning of worship through music. Mandy previewed this on our Flipside Podcast episode On the 2022 Children’s Christmas Program. And we had instrumental numbers, memorable songs, the use of many different instruments, congregational singing, and a program presented with excellence and selflessness.
My short sermon sought to continue our series on O Come, O Come Emmanuel using a verse as a springboard.
O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, freehttps://hymnary.org/text/o_come_o_come_emmanuel_and_ransom
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny;
From depths of hell Thy people save,
And give them victory over the grave.
I did a quick teaching piece on Acts 10:34-43 (the first time the Gospel is proclaimed to the Gentiles) to connect Emmanuel and the Good News. This passage showed that what Peter declared was the same message angels gave to shepherds appearing in the fields. If you have the time, I’d go back and watch the entire program. I hope the morning encouraged you.
My second installment in Crestview’s 2022 Advent series, Emmanuel and Us, is online. I was using the verses of O Come, O Come, Emmanuel that discuss a longing for the Dayspring and Wisdom to come to draw our heart into our need for Jesus to give glorious brightness and a way to live. This direction got us into Luke 1:76-79, Isaiah 11:1-2, and Hebrews 1:3. The significant point is that Emmanuel’s coming changes us. I hope the sermon encourages you.
We kicked off Advent 2022 at Crestview this past weekend. My opening sermon was Emmanuel Comes To Rescue. I tried to work hard in this sermon to dig into our longings in a holiday season like this, especially as it comes at the end of a year and wraps it up. For some, that doesn’t mean there’s a bow on top — the year has been rough! But passages like Matthew 20:28 show us that Jesus’s intention in coming was to affect change in people like us.
I hope this sermon and season affect your adoration of Jesus Himself.
On Sunday, 11/20/22, we wrapped up a short series to orient the people of Crestview around our purpose to know Jesus and make Him known. The fourth installment in this series was yesterday’s focus and what this looks like for us as a corporate people to live this out. Jesus Project 4 is online and ready for your engagement. I hope it encourages you.