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Last Sunday, June 18, 2017, was Father's Day, and Pastor Ed Allen preached a sermon for fathers from Colossians 3:21

Our hearts long for a father.

Colossians 3:21 says, "Fathers, do not embitter your children or they will become discouraged."

Six Ways to Cause Bitterness in Your Children:

1)  Overprotection.

You're controlled by worry.

2)  Favoritism

3)  Pushing achievement beyond reasonable bounds

Think how it would be if God expected us to act beyond our capacity.

4)  Absence of encouragement

We all need significance and security.  Tell your kids, "You've got this!" and "You are lovable!"

5)  Using love as a tool of approval or disapproval

6)  Physical or verbal abuse

Result:  They will become discouraged.

The opposite is hope and confidence.

As Americans, we have a love affair with confidence, but we're in love with a fantasy, a vapor.  When life assaults us, our confidence doesn't sustain us.

Paul wants fathers who build God-confidence, which can't be overcome.  This is what our heavenly Father does for us.  He gives us confidence in His love for us.

2 Corinthians 1:8-9 - we "rely not on ourselves, but on God, who raises the dead."

The best way to encourage this kind of hope and confidence is to be this kind of person.

Why Is Holiness So Important?

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Last Sunday, June 11, 2017, Pastor Ed Allen continued his sermon series on Holiness, answering the question "Why is holiness so important? with 7 reasons.

1)  We must be holy because God commands it.

Matthew 5:20, 48.  Our faith is not essentially about behavior.  I Thessalonians 4:3; I Peter 1:15-16

2)  Our holiness is a part of why Jesus came.

It's part of God's purpose for us.  Jesus died to make us holy.  Titus 2:14 - Jesus died to purify us and to break sin's power.

3)  Holiness is the evidence that we have a connection to Christ.

Matthew 25 - this is the only real evidence.  When we're made right with God, our behavior begins to change.  Our obedience shows we love Christ.  John 14:15

4)  Our holiness wins the world around us!

I Peter 2:11-12

5)  Our holiness provides us with a sense of God's presence in our lives!

I John 2:3; 3:19

6)  Our holiness is the ultimate source of our true and utter relief!

Our well-being and well-doing are linked together.  It's a relief to stop our struggles with sin.  We need wholeness and holiness.  God's commands set our hearts free (Psalm 119).

7)  We were designed for holiness.

It's what our lives are supposed to look like.  Ephesians 1:4  What you see in Jesus is what he's after in you.

The way of holiness asks:  How can I please God?  How can God most be reflected in my actions?  What would Jesus do?

Far too often, we decide via:  What do I want to do?  I should be able to do what I want to do.

We're at our best when we do what God wants.

Holiness can be costly.  Deeply so.

It's worth every penny of the cost.  It gives us a sense of God's presence.

Assignment:  Take a step toward holiness this week.  An active step.  A practical step.

3 ideas:

1)  Have a week of devotions with friends.  Arrange it this week.

2)  Take a 4-hour prayer retreat.  Pick a book of the Bible and read the whole thing.

3)  Take a 30-minute walk every day this week and memorize the first half of Romans 6.

Or:  Something that works for you.

 

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