Monday, August 30, 2010

Thou Shalt Not Fear

When Pastor Max Wilkins was a boy, he went to visit his great Aunt Ruth's house to spend the night. It was a large, spooky old three-story house where the floors creaked when you walked on them, like a haunted house you'd see in the movies.

That night he went to his bedroom on the third floor and climbed into bed. He was about to close his eyes when he saw something that startled him. There was enough light coming through the window that he could see a man standing in the corner of the room!

Max was terrified. He figured the man must have been hiding in the closet when he came into the room. Max decided to lay there and pretend to be asleep, but ready to run if the intruder approached him. All night long he nervously laid in bed with one eye open, watching to see when the man in the corner would make his move.

Max remained still for hours until the sun came up, and as it got brighter in the room he could see that the man in the corner . . . was just a coat rack with a hat on it! He spent all night in torment because he chose to believe his fears.

Fear torments us by making our imaginations run wild. Fear is actually negative faith--a perversion of faith that believes the worst will happen to us. Placing our trust in God is the only way to conquer fear. David said, "When I am afraid, I will put my trust in Thee. In God I will put my trust. I shall not be afraid."

What is it that you fear the most? If you'll trust, you won't worry. But if you worry, you won't trust. It's your choice. If you want to be free from fear, choose to believe that God will provide for you and protect you. Trusting God will make life a whole lot easier.

To listen to the entire message on fear, go to
"Thou Shalt Not Fear"

Keep looking up!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Building a Better Nest

A buzzard and swan fell in love. Mr. Vulture, also known as Buzz, had never seen a bird as beautiful and as graceful as Swannie. And Swannie hadn't ever met any bird as rugged as Buzz. After a whirlwind courting relationship, Buzz and Swannie joined wings together and committed themselves to a lifetime of bliss.
They got into their first argument when they tried to build their new nest. Buzz was raised in a nest made with sticks high up in a tree, and that's how he wanted to build the nest. Swannie had grown up in a nest made of grass on the ground by the lake, and that's how she wanted to build the nest. When dinnertime drew near, Buzz flew over highways looking for roadkill, just like his father had raised him. His favorite meal was fillet of skunk. But Swannie loved fresh fish for supper, just like her mother had taught her. Their different tastes created even more arguments.

Buzz and Swannie decided to see a marriage counselor, so they visited with Mr. Owl, who was the wisest bird in the forest. Owl said, "The answer to your problem is obvious. The nests you grew up in each have something good to offer. Choose the best ideas from both nests and you will build a better nest than the one you grew up in."

Do you have conflicts in your marriage because you were each raised differently? You can build a better nest if you will sit down together and choose the best points of each nest. You might need to come to the realization that the way you were raised wasn't the best way to do things. Be humble and honest, and the Lord will help you build a better nest.
To hear the entire sermon on this topic go to and click on
"Relationships, Part 4, The Marriage Repair Shop."
You can also download the PowerPoint slides for this message.