On Monday, I preached a very personal message in high school and college chapel. The primary audience was those who have grown up here at Fairhaven, and the subject matter is very important to a successful Christian life. I believe it is critically important. It is a much-needed message. Pastor Armacost got up and reinforced the sermon with 7-10 minutes of personal testimony afterward also.
Since then I have had numerous people in a wide range of ages mention that the sermon was a blessing to them. Often enough, one or two people will thank me for a message, but never have so many in such a short amount of time. Since so many other believers have been blessed by it, I want to make sure you are aware of it, and I hope you will take the opportunity to listen to it. I suggest that you find some uninterrupted, undistracted time to listen.
If you use the SermonAudio app, here is the link to the sermon there. You can download the sermon to your app and then listen even when there’s no WiFi.
Since Monday, I’ve had a related conversation about making decisions when we’re old enough do that ourselves. Here’s part of that conversation:
Just because you are old enough to make your own decisions, doesn’t mean you should decide to do what you want. Being old enough to make your own decisions means being old enough to decide to do what your parents (or other authorities in your life) want you to do without them making you do it. It’s analogous to being free from the law of God to live in the Spirit. We’re not free to do what we want. We’re free to do what God wants.
Often, you need to talk to the authorities in your life so you know what they are thinking (not to let them know what you are thinking) 😀. Too often, people go through life deciding to do whatever they want while hardly considering the people God put in their lives. None of those people want to totally control your life. But all of them have been given to you by God to help you through life.
I hope the sermon and these thoughts will be a help to you.