“Pressing on or Drop it like it’s hot”

We are adding a new addition to Pastorsponderings, podcasts!
Today, we’re going to add our first podcast offering – “Pressing on or drop it like it’s hot”.

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http://scottstrissel.podomatic.com/entry/2015-04-22T09_49_30-07_00

But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in[a] Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.

12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Phillippians 3:7-14

Questions to consider: 
Do we do that in our service to others?
Do we do that in our service to God?
Do we go through the motions, but inside it’s just real work without passion?
Do we sometimes struggle with this commission God has given to us?

Prayer:
Dear Lord, help me to serve you with everything that I’ve got!
I don’t want to grudgingly serve you.
I don’t want to throw my services on the floor because I have to.
I want to serve you because I love you.
I want to serve others because of your love!
Teach me.
Fill me.
Renew me.
Give me your eyes for those around me.
Help me see where your love abounds and where I must go to share that love with others today.
In your name I pray.
-Amen.

http://scottstrissel.podomatic.com/entry/2014-10-26T14_33_04-07_00

Sermon Podcast – “Check Your Spiritual Engines!”  Give this a listen!
If you are ever in the Brainerd Lakes Minnesota area, stop in and visit us!
208 S. 5th Street Brainerd.  Worship services begin at 10:45am Sundays.

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Sermon Podcast – “Who are you really?”

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Who are you really?.

Who are you really?

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9

Introduction:
Who are you really?
When the makeup is removed, when you go home and no one else is looking. When you look in the mirror and look at your face…who are you really?
If someone were to sum you up with just a few sentences what would they say about you? What would they use to describe your character and your personality? Who are you really?
1. It’s about our identity: WHOSE are we?
Chosen
Abram is chosen to be the father of many nations…Isaac sacrifice….
Samuel is chosen by God…Eli was old.
Royal.
David is anointed by Samuel chosen by God to be the king…
Solomon – David’s son is the richest royalty to ever live…chosen by God

Holy.
The day of Pentecost came and the disciples were praying in the upper room…
A persecutor of Christians was on a road when God chose Him for a holy purpose…
• Set apart

God’s Special Possession.
• You’re His!
• Not someone else’ possession
• Your name is written: See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands. Always in my mind is a picture of Jerusalem’s walls in ruins. (Isaiah 49:16)

2. It’s about our Purpose: What we should be and do!
Purpose of our “chosenness” – “That you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”

Questions:
Do you know whose you are?
Do you know who you really are?
Or do you have an identity crisis?
Do you know the purpose for which you’ve been called?
or are you wandering around aimlessly from one thing to the next?
What are the things that are preventing you right now from living as a Chosen child of God?

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“Walking with a Stranger”

Sermon Podcast – “Walking With a Stranger”
Date: April 27th, 2014 At The Brainerd Lakes Salvation Army Corps.
Also available for free download via itunes/podcasts/brainerdcorps

Luke 24:13-35 (NIV) 13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognizing him. 17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?” They stood still, their faces downcast. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you only a visitor to Jerusalem and do not know the things that have happened there in these days?” 19 “What things?” he asked. “About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.” 25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. 28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus acted as if he were going farther. 29 But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them. 30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” 33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34 and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.

 

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