The Sunday Message

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. – Romans 15:13 (NIV)

On the Christian radio station Air1 they have a segment called “59 Seconds of Hope” during which a pastor gives a short sermon. They have four pastors who participate. They give great short messages that make you think.

The pastors participating include Rick Warren, Louie Giglio, Greg Laurie, and Levi Lusko.

Check it out by going to THIS PAGE. Once there, scroll down to see the different pastors and their short sermons.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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The Sunday Message

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death, sadness, crying, or pain, because all the old ways are gone.Revelation 21:4 (NCV)

On the Christian radio station Air1 they have a segment called “59 Seconds of Hope” during which a pastor gives a short sermon. They have three or four pastors that participate. They give great short messages that make you think.

Air1 plays Christian music that is more for the younger generation, so short sermons are a great way of reaching out to them. By the way, I’m all for short sermons!

I listen to Air1 when I am out for my daily walk/jogs and find that the station lifts my spirits. I am not part of the “younger generation,” just young at heart.

Just the other day one of the pastors said something about heaven that caught my attention. I could not find the exact quote, but he said something like this:

As Christians, our time here on earth will be the worst time we will ever have.

He added something like, so if you are somewhat happy now, wait until you get to heaven.

That was a “Wow!” moment for me.

In Luke 23:43 Jesus says heaven is paradise. I am looking forward to it.

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The Sunday Message

I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. Psalm 104:33 (NIV)

I enjoy music – I am probably a classic rock fan more than anything, but I do like a good pop or country song every so often. Music makes me happy and life would be pretty boring without it.

I try to walk every day to get outside for fresh air to get a little exercise and to get away from the computer for a few minutes. It’s my “alone” time.

When I am on my walk I listen to Christian radio station Air1. Air1 plays Contemporary Christian music kind of like top 40 hits. One of my favorite parts of Air1 is their “59 Seconds of Hope” which is a 59 second mini-sermon played every hour or so.

You can find the Air1 stations in your state by clicking HERE.

Air1’s sister station is K-Love, which also plays Contemporary Christian music but is a little more mellow than Air1. You can find K-Love stations in your state by clicking HERE.

You can also find both stations streaming on the internet.

Both stations are funded by donations which mean they don’t air commercials. That means there’s more music every hour instead of talking!

Have a great week!

Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. – Psalm 95:2 (NIV)

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The Sunday Message

You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.Matthew 7:5

I was listening to Air1 (a Christian radio station) the other day during my daily walk. They have a segment called “59 Seconds of Hope” in which one of three pastors gives a mini sermon. You can see the “59 Seconds of Hope” page HERE.

I’m probably not the typical Air1 listener (I am probably older than most) but I listen to it when I walk. I love their music. I think these “Hope” segments are pretty neat and with only 59 seconds they have to be to the point. Besides, it’s 2015 and don’t we deserve to have our sermons condensed down to about a minute so we can get on with life?

These “Hope” segments are all pretty good, but one stuck in my mind. One of the pastors talked about some Christians being snobs or snobbish. I don’t think Air1 archives the segments, but I wish they did so I could point you to it.

While I was walking I was saying, “He’s right – some Christians are snobs.” If you look up the word “snob” on the Dictionary.com website you will find this definition:

[A] person who believes himself or herself an expert or connoisseur in a given field and is condescending toward or disdainful of those who hold other opinions or have different tastes regarding this field.

Snob is also closely related to the word hypocrite which is mentioned several times in the Bible.

I bet you know some Christians who fit the definition. I know some people, even Pastors, who believe that they have all the truth cornered about God, Jesus, and the Bible – and what they believe is fact. If you dare to disagree, watch out because here comes the snobbery…

These are the same people who years ago would have told you the world was flat.

The hypocrites in the church are the people who are giving churches, Christianity, and religion a bad name. There are literally millions of people who have turned away from God and don’t attend church because of hypocrites in the church.

The answer to this problem is simple. Love one another. Don’t judge. Be a friend.

If people see you following these three things, they will probably want to know your secret…

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The Sunday Message

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. – Philippians 4:6 (NIV)

I like to take walks to get away from it all. Sometimes the anxiety that comes from living is just too much, so I need to get away and walking helps me. I used to log mile after mile running, but the knees are almost worn out so it’s a mile or two by walking these days. I really miss running.

Of course, when I am “getting away from it all” I have earphones in listening to the radio – normally Air1 which plays contemporary Christian music. Then I need to know how far I walked, so I have an App on my Blackberry counting my steps and miles. I also have a timer on my phone to see how long it takes me to get where I am going.

Yes, I really am getting away from it all!

I have found that no matter what I use to get away from it all, God is there. We have some great talks while I am walking along enjoying my time away from it all.

Give it a try!

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)

 

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