This Week’s Radio Programs
Week 14 – 7/25/2016
The Most Famous Sermon!
This Week – Is there one sermon that you’ve heard that you remember more than any other? There is for me. I was “frozen” in my seat after hearing a sermon in Columbus, Ohio years ago. Others around me were standing for the closing prayer, I couldn’t get up. That’s how powerful that sermon was for me! This week we begin a series within a series in Luke, looking at what is called the “Sermon on the Mount”. Truly, it is the most famous sermon ever given, because of the One who delivered it.
Monday – We tell of a preacher from the African country of Kenya who shares of his visit to the United States and American churches in particular. He compares the American churches to decaffeinated coffee that we drink. Decaffeinated coffee looks like real coffee, tastes and smells like real coffee; there is only one problem. There is no “power”!
Tuesday – A veteran psychiatrist makes a statement about mental health and says the Sermon on the Mount just may say more about mental and spiritual health than any other document! That is really a powerful statement. If that’s true, is the sermon on the mount a part of your life and worldview? Many Christians can’t even quote a complete thought from it!
Wednesday – Dr. Charles Allen from Houston, Texas would say years ago that Americans have the “most” of everything in our world today, yet are miserable. We lead the world in divorce, suicide, crime, and mental illness. Is it possible that the spiritual foundation in Christ is simply not there in people’s lives? I think so. Think about your own family or circle of influence.
Thursday – Perhaps the biggest problem in people’s lives is this: we don’t hunger after a relationship with the living God! We hunger after money, things, better food, power, and influence. And yet we hunger little for the Lord. One of the most profound thoughts anyone ever shared with me is this: the desire for righteousness (a right relationship with God) IS righteousness!
Friday – The Sermon on the Mount was meant to have an impact on your life, not just your mind! What Jesus taught interfaces with every part of your existence, it really does. When you recognize that, the Sermon on the Mount ceases to be a collection of quaint sayings, but becomes a force for good in your marriage, your family, and your job!
This Week’s Visual Story
One never knows the impact of a story until it’s told. This story produced a response from people that I wasn’t expecting. It produced feedback from people who had never responded before. Maybe it will speak to you about what really is important in your life. You won’t know for sure until you listen to this story, told by a woman by the name of Evelyn Burch of Martinsburg, West Virginia.