Pressing Toward The Prize With Paul—Philippians 3:10-14

INTRODUCTION

 

Isn’t it great that the performers we enjoy watching—whether it be in sports or music or whatever—practice hard at what they do? 

 

What would a football game be like if the players only suited up on Sunday, ate whatever they wanted, and only occasionally worked out at the gym?

 

What if you went to see a concert pianist who practiced only a couple hours a week? (Instead of at least a couple hours per day)

 

A few years ago, an author named Malcom Gladwell wrote a book in which he identified the traits of highly successful people. One thing that he noticed was that anyone who is really good at something will have spent at least 10,000 hours practicing it before becoming great (that amounts to about a decade). It makes sense when you think that a NFL football player will have been playing football since middle school. Great athletes, musicians, authors, and so forth take their craft seriously and work hard at it. As a result, it’s fun for us to go and see them perform.

 

Who do you know that is really good at being a Christian? I know that might be a strange question to some of you, and my aim is to show you from the Bible that it shouldn’t be strange.

 

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A Study In Angels #3

It’s the function of angels being messengers that we think of first when we think about angels in the account of Christ’s birth. Let’s go through the birth narrative, in both Matthew and Luke, to see how angels functioned as messengers during the birth of Christ. We are going to focus on what the angelic message was to Mary, Joseph, and the shepherds.

Read the Full Sermon:
LDM-Angels-A Study In Angels #3-20181223FBCAM-SERMON-Levi Durfey.pdf

A Study In Angels #1

INTRODUCTION

 

Angels are a popular topic. I googled “angel” and got 2.5 billion results. People love to love angels. I have a book with dozens and dozens of stories about people meeting up with angels. Here’s an example of one told by Norma Dearing: 

 

Some of you might remember a time when gas station attendants pumped gas for their customers. We would simply pull into a gas station and stay in the car while the attendant filled the tank. When attendants became obsolete, there was a time of transition when we had to learn how to pump our own gas.

 

…I didn’t know which grade of gas to use, how to turn on the pump or how to pump it…Standing beside the car, I stared at the gas pump. A panic came over me because I realized I didn’t know what to do. 

 

Suddenly, at the height of my panic, an old rattletrap car pulled off the busy road and sidled up alongside me. A man was driving, and a young girl sat beside him. After rolling down his window, he called out, “The pump you want is that one.”

 

 I turned around to see which pump he was pointing to and thought, How does he know what I need and why did he pull off a busy road to help me? I turned to thank him, but he was gone—along with the car and the little girl. I stood there trying to sort out what had happened. That is when I realized he was an angel sent by a loving God to help His daughter in need.⁠1

 

Did an angel really help her? Or did the old man just disappear around a corner quickly? If it was an angel, why was there a young girl in the car? Why was there a car…an old rattletrap, to boot? 

 

I am not sure what to do with these kinds of stories. Are they true? Perhaps some are and others aren’t. How do we know? 

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