Sun, 25 February 2007
Scripture Focus: Luke 4:1-13
There are two paths
in the wilderness. One is a self reliant path. You look
for strength within you and with all of your wisdom and cunning try
to find a way out. You seek for the easy way, the path of least
resistance and find yourself covering the same ground again and again.
Fear grows. Defensiveness grows. Physical forcefulness grows.
But exhaustion leads to despair as you move deeper into wilderness with
The other path looks
always for resources outside you. It is the path that recognizes
weakness and knows that the wilderness cannot be conquered alone.
You look for wisdom beyond yourself. You know that the tests you
face are temporary. You look for strength from the depths of faith
and rely on promises given by the one who faced the deepest challenges
of the wilderness.
To Know: We are weak and need God's help.
To Feel: Hope that God is present and your guide.To Do: Look for strength from the depths of faith and rely on promises of God
Direct download: 2007-02-25_Pastor-Scott-Hackler_The-Road-Less-Traveled_The-Wilderness-Road.mp3
Category:sermons -- posted at: 2:50pm CST
Wed, 21 February 2007
Scripture Focus: Joel 2:12-13, 15-17
The less traveled road is the road of
humility that does what is right when no one is looking. We trust
that our treasures are in heaven and thrive in pleasing God as we serve
our neighbor. On this road we practice our faith without a fanfare
knowing that the immediate reward comes in having a life worth living;
a life of God given identity and purpose.
To Know: We will never receive accolades enough to fill the empty places in our lives.
To Feel: The good and faithful things we do are received by the God who loves us.To Do: Engage authentically in the marks of discipleship.
Direct download: 2007-02-21_Pastor-Scott-Hackler_The-Road-Less-Traveled_The-Humility-Road.mp3
Category:sermons -- posted at: 2:42pm CST
Sun, 18 February 2007
Scripture Focus: Luke 9:28-36<
The transfiguration of Jesus marks a turning point. We get to see the identity of Jesus in context with Moses and Elijah during a mystical moment, but when this event ends he walks with his disciples down the mountain and into life on the flatlands. They are now walking to Jerusalem and the cross.
Jesus is committed to his purpose of redemption and through all of the days ahead will unfold that purpose before his disciples. He will teach, heal, send his apostles as witnesses of the kingdom, pray, suffer, die and rise. His disciples become prepared for their ministry and their memories will serve as the message of Jesus' love for humankind.
We are disciples of Jesus who walk on the flat lands. It is real life and Jesus wants us to face life with a confident faith. It takes our commitment to grow the strength of our faith. Worship, prayer, scripture reading, Christ-centered relationships, giving and serving are at the heart of building a LIFE worship living. Pursue that LIFE…Love God and show him through your commitment to weekly worship and daily Bible reading and prayer. Impact others through giving and serving. Find time for fellowship and stay engaged to an authentic life.
Direct download: 2007-02-17_Pastor-Scott-Hackler_Pursuing-Life_Engage-Authentically.mp3
Category:sermons -- posted at: 12:28am CST
Sun, 11 February 2007
Scripture Focus: Mark 2:1-12
Imagine the scene...a huge crowd gathered around Jesus, making it impossible to get anywhere near him...the room and surrounding area completely full of people wanting either his healing touch, to hear him preach, or simply to be in his presence. You can almost feel the crush of the crowd. And then some men, determined to help their friend, get creative about how they are going to get him close to Jesus. Not only do they fight the crowd, carrying a cumbersome load, but they, when met with difficulty, refuse to give up. All for the sake of their friend who so desperately needs their help.
Are there people in your life who would do that for you? Maybe they already have. Are you a friend like that? What about to those you don't know? Are you one who goes the extra mile for people in need? Do you see the incredible need to connect with others in faith, both to share and receive.
Sometimes it's easier to turn the other way and pretend we don't need others; but we were created by God to be in community. In community we are nurtured for growth and given support to become the person God wants us to be. We are not created to do it alone. We are also called to be in community so that we can give to those who need our witness and help. The life of faith is meant to be done in community. "Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another." Hebrews 10:25 (NIV)
Direct download: 2007-02-10_Pastor-Scott-Hackler_Importance-of-Relationships.mp3
Category:sermons -- posted at: 10:01am CST
Sun, 4 February 2007
Scripture Focus: Luke 5:1-11
Jesus is clear about the purpose of his disciples. They will fish for people. It is our calling. The net we cast is the Word of God that reaches the eyes and ears of people. It is important that we grow to maturity in our faith life so that we see beyond our needs (catching fish to simply sustain our own lives), to the needs of the other's body and soul.
Jesus is also clear that we will not fish for people on the side of the boat that we think should be fished, but where he directs us. We impact others in many ways not the least of which is to put our resources where Jesus tells us to put them into an effort to reach the people of around us.Giving is a response to Jesus' call to fish. All that we are and all that we have is being asked of us to reach others. We give (money, time, talents) in response to the one who gives us purpose. We give generously because of the one who has generously given us our lives and everything that sustains us (full nets). We give because it is a vital part of fulfilling our purposes as Jesus' fishers.