Our own GO Ministry Gatherer, Amy Kinney, has been installed as pastor at her first church, Union UCC. Pastor Tress gave the sermon at her installation service. How did she, and how do we, reach?
When we forget our strength and size in the Kingdom of God, living life here on earth, we allow all the events, people, feelings, self-talk, and our past, to bind us down. RISE UP! Shake off the dust. Do not be afraid but be strong and courageous! Sometimes we hand the ropes to people and events of the past... here tie me down with this! Sometimes they bring their own ropes to keep us from being who God is calling us to be. RISE UP!
Below are two parts to this message. I encourage you to sit in the quiet to bask in the truth of Part One. Then take a little lesson away from Part Two.
Ephesians 6: 10-12 And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.
13-18 Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.
19-20 And don’t forget to pray for me. Pray that I’ll know what to say and have the courage to say it at the right time, telling the mystery to one and all, the Message that I, jailbird preacher that I am, am responsible for getting out. 21-22 Tychicus, my good friend here, will tell you what I’m doing and how things are going with me. He is certainly a dependable servant of the Master! I’ve sent him not only to tell you about us but to cheer you on in your faith. 23-24 Good-bye, friends. Love mixed with faith be yours from God the Father and from the Master, Jesus Christ. Pure grace and nothing but grace be with all who love our Master, Jesus Christ. (The Message)
A little bit different message for tonight. Bringing in medical and scientific truths to the suffering death of Jesus. How can we refuse His love?
Pastor Tress's last message at Union Church. Ephesians 6:10-24 MSG