Monday, August 28, 2017

The Pursuit of Joy Sermon Series


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PurposeTo share the Good News of Jesus Christ by reminding my flock that God made them with intent to love them and for them to experience joy because they are worthy as children of God.  To share practical ways of discovering the goodness placed deep in their soul and to shape the memory of their soul through worship.  Current events of Charlottesville led Week 3 to include a retelling of the Pee Wee Reese / Jackie Robinson story of 1947.   Week 4 moved us from observing joy (disciples observing Jesus) to experiencing joy (disciples sent on mission).

Videos of sermons in this series can be found at … August 6, 13, 20 , 27, 2017.

Week 1:  Creation  (Genesis 1:26 - 2:3)
You are …. CREATED   •   BLESSED   •   NAMED GOOD
God gave us the sabbath to rest / renew / remember we are good

Week 2:  Worship  (Psalm 95)
Worship is . . . the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for God.
Worship shapes our soul’s memory by reminding us we are created, blessed, named good.

Week 3:  Incarnation  (Matthew 1:18-25)
Incarnation is . . . the embodiment of the goodness created by God.
Pee Wee Reese & Jackie Robinson 1947

Week 4:  Mission  (Luke 10: 17-20)
Mission is . . . a sending, setting at liberty to embody love & joy given by God.

Copyright - Dr. James R. Brooks

Use freely if referencing sources

Monday, August 14, 2017

An Ode

by Dr. James R. Brooks

It is said by many ancient and wise
that the Lord Almighty created us
from the overflowing love
spilled into our soul.

guilt, unworth, outcast
broken, ruined, ashamed
least of these in our siblings eyes
tarnished well beyond our own gloves repair

Soul beyond the dust, dirt, dangle and ding
blessed by sacrifice of Son
Spirit Holy bouys
Jesus Christ saves us.

For the Lord is good
all praise and honor God
for the Lord our God is eternal

for the Lord God is ultimately good.