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Pastor Alix preaches about those of whom God is not ashamed. Are you among them?
Using David's confession in Psalm 51 as a guide for how we enter into confession: conviction, response of responsibility and asking for help, and willingness to teaching.
What will the person who feeds on God's creatures do with the strength God provides? What will the person who works in God's vineyard do with God's wine? He will get drunk and pass out naked. Thus ends the generations of righteous Noah.
We have been talking about advent as a season of Hope. Scripture says that we can have have hope because God is a gracious God who personally cares for His people. This theme is present in many places in scripture but perhaps none capture it better than the Christmas story of Zechariah and Elizabeth. They are an older couple who have been childless for many years. The hope of having a child was long past when God meets Zechariah in the middle of what would have been the highest honor of his role as a priest to personally address him and their lack of a child. God personally cares for all His people and is creating an amazing tapestry out of our lives. We may only see the struggles and difficulties of the back side but someday we will see the masterpiece that He has made as He weave our struggles in with His great plan.
Man was created to live in a joyful, intimate relationship with his Creator and with one another. But, sadly, man turned his back on his covenant Lord in a self-willed act of idolatrous rebellion. Consequently, both relationships are now marked by separation, fear, dread and shame. The eternal Son of God became man in order to take away our shame.
What if we told our stories? Isolated. Ashamed. Guilty. Confused. Angry. Alone. Those and many other words are how many of us feel, at one time or another, in our lives. For some, "at one time or another" may be right now. Why does this happen? A simplistic answer; a War is raging and our only enemy (Satan) wants us to feel trapped in those ways. This is where the beauty of God's Story comes in. God's Story does not ignore pain and heartache. God's Story looks our fallen world right in the eye and says you will not have the last word. Because of this fact, our broken stories (the sum of our lives to a given point) can find redemption in God's Story. When this happens, our story needs to be shared. So what if we told our stories? There would be a lot less isolation, shame, guilt, confusion, anger, and aloneness. Instead there would be communities (churches) of broken people who realize their God is a God of grace and no “story” is beyond repair. Indeed, many more would acknowledge their need for help and say, “take my broken story and give me a new one”. This new story would be the same in many ways, but with a twist – the twist of redemption and therefore purpose. In this audio you will hear an individual share part of his story which includes being abused sexually as a child. Sexual abuse is far more prevalent than many realize. Yet our God is a God of redemption. May God give us the grace, strength, and compassion to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those impacted by past abuse.
God's good dominion is clear. Heaven and Earth, man and woman are together cultivating goodness in God's good creation and it is all blessed. The story should go well from here, right? No. Instead, we believe the wrong story told by the wrong guy over the wrong meal. When we get out of order, all hell breaks loose.
This message deals with the story of the woman caught in adultery in John 8. It examines shame and judgmentalism from the perspective of the woman, Jesus and the Pharisees as well as the implications for us as people who experience shame and/or take up "stones" of judgment towards other people.