Sermon for Sunday May 27, 2018
1 John 2 (NIV)15
"Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father[d] is not in them. 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh,the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever."
On this Memorial Day weekend, we set aside time to focus our thoughts on those who have sacrificed their lives for others. Each life lost has its own unique story, so I won’t attempt to generalize about their sacrifices beyond what I’ve already said. I will, however, specifically call to your attention where we focus our thoughts, and not necessarily to ideas like honor, respect etc. While those ideas may be in the forefront of your thought, each person will have different things they focus on while thinking about those who have died.
The most important thing is that our thought, our attention, is given to those who have passed on. There are special experiences, things you need to experience for yourself, that I won’t define for you here, which occur when you offer your thought, sincerely, to someone who has passed on. I encourage you to stop and experience this for yourself at some point during this memorial holiday.
Sermon for May 20, 2018
Under stress, we begin to revert to our most ingrained, practiced, behavior. I was very aware of this when I was a police officer because you see so many different extremes of human experience. I watched myself, other officers, and suspects/victims prove this over and over. For example, an officer in a mildly stressful situation might easily employ his training. He stays above the emotion of the particular situation and relies on his training and experience to deal with things calmly. However, put that same officer in a situation that overwhelms him, is different than what he has experienced and trained for in the past, and you will see some more deeply ingrained behaviors appear. You will see more elements of the officer’s personal tendencies, and less of his training. He will appear more like a person and less like an ‘officer’. Police departments try to train officers for varied situations, but the reality is that you can’t train for everything. At some point, you accept you can’t train for every specific situation and you focus on the underlying commitment to certain basic principles that underlie most behavior.
Sermon for May 13, 2018
Boxers often say it isn’t the punch you see that knocks you out, it’s the one you don’t see. When you get hit by something you couldn’t see coming, your whole world is shaken. It’s not like rolling with the normal punches life gives us. This experience is transformative. It changes the game for you from that point on. For those who’ve experienced this, there is no questioning, no doubt, when you’ve been hit by something like this. It changes you.
What you do question are all the things you found you relied on before because, if this could happen when you thought you had things under control, what else are you missing? Where is the next unseen shot coming from? How you respond to these moments in life will determine if they become destructive, or transformative.
On Thursday May 10th, Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers, in Highlands Ranch Colorado at 1108 Corporal Max Donahue Lane, will be donating 15% of all sales, from 4-10PM, to Quiet Grace Mission. All you have to do is mention us, and the fundraiser, when you go to eat there and they will use your sale to go toward the fundraiser.
100% of what we raise will go to the family of Presley Mae (pictured above). She is a little warrior and is battling SMA, Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Her family needs as much love and support as we can give so please spread the word. If you can't go to the fundraiser, please donate whatever you can via their GoFundMe page here -
You can also read more about the specifics of what Presley has to go through just to do simple things you and I might take for granted. I know we all see things, almost daily, we'd like to donate to and that it can be overwhelming. This is a chance to make a real difference for a little girl who doesn't have a choice in what she is facing.
Thank you to everyone for the support and please SHARE this far and wide! Keep Presley, and her family, in your daily prayers!
God's Grace- Pastor Rob
Sermon for May 6, 2018
A few months ago, I was attending a casual event with my family. Another person, sitting next to me, saw something occur at the event and began explaining to me what was happening and why. Keep in mind, this person had no idea who I was. It doesn’t matter what the event was regarding, so I won’t mention it, but I could have been the international expert on this topic and he never would have known. For whatever reason, he clearly made an assessment that I was probably not on his ‘level’. I politely smiled and listened to his explanation but I had to laugh a little bit afterward because it was just so eye opening to have someone define me with such confidence, and lack of information. It made me look at myself and my own assumptions that much more closely.
On another occasion, while driving home, I had apparently done something to cause another driver to have some road rage issue- to this day I have no idea what exactly set him off and I suspect it doesn’t really matter anyway. As we approached a red light, he sped up to pass me, stuck his head out of his window, and motioned for me to follow him. My assumption was, and I think it was accurate, that he wanted me to follow him so we could pull over and have some type of confrontation. Again, this person had no idea who I was, what my skill level was in whatever type of confrontation he was looking for etc. Fortunately, he turned the opposite direction and I kept on my way in my direction. Again, seeing this behavior in another made me even more aware of my own temptation to think I accurately see others and their intentions. Even in this case, I could be wrong about whatever his intentions were.