This is the audio from the May 5, 2019 sermon, “Learning To SEEK God!”, shared by Tom Lemler at the North Wayne Mennonite Church.
Text: Isaiah 55:6
“Seek the LORD while he may be found;
call on him while he is near.”
Here are the main points from the sermon:
We SEEK God when we learn to . . .
Joshua 24:14 — In a world filled with many voices claiming to be truth, we must choose to serve God in order to seek Him with a whole heart.
Psalm 5:3 — Seeking God wholeheartedly requires that we learn to wait in expectation, trusting God to work in the time that is just right.
Deuteronomy 30:14 — As we grow in our desire and practice of seeking God, we must learn to engage every part of our being with Him.
Psalm 46:10 — Perhaps the most difficult part of seeking God is the simplest part to say . . . be still and know.
Seeking God is not a “once and done” activity but rather a lifetime of learning. When scripture teaches that we should “seek the Lord while He may be found”, it suggests that there could be a time when He can’t be found. Our walk on this earth is the time given to us to seek God. Once we are gone from the earth, whether through death or the Lord’s return, the time of seeking and finding will be over.
This is the audio of session three from the May 4, 2019 Seeking God Prayer Event held at Michiana Christian Camp.
This third session focused on the how of seeking God with an emphasis on the whole-hearted pursuit that God desires from us. When you seek God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, you can be assured that you will find Him. If you don’t really care if God is with you, you will likely not be aware of His presence.
This is the audio of session two from the May 4, 2019 Seeking God Prayer Event held at Michiana Christian Camp.
This second session focused on the where of seeking God . . . both where we seek from and where we seek at. When you realize there is nowhere that you can hide from God, the possibilities of where to seek Him begin to expand exponentially. If you’re not looking for God to be present where you are, you will likely not notice He is there.
This is the audio of session one from the May 4, 2019 Seeking God Prayer Event held at Michiana Christian Camp.
This first session focused on examining what or, more importantly, who are we seeking. The value you place on what you seek will determine how much effort you put into seeking. If you don’t know what you’re looking for, you will likely not know if you find it.
Sometimes I sit and start to think the hardest part of life. Is finding ways each lonesome day to live above the strife. Troubles come and troubles go but do they disappear? It seems that when I turn around I always find them near. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised for Jesus said it’s true. That in this present world and age trouble will be with you.
But even in the darkest hours Jesus left us with some news. Just how we face the troubles is up to us to choose. To follow in their winding path into the darkest night. Or turn and find a lasting peace from One who is the Light. In clinging tight to Jesus He lifts us above the fray. And helps us see more clearly as we follow in His way.
And if it sounds too easy I surely must confess. It requires more of God as I become much less. My thoughts, and plans, and dreams, and such I carry to His feet. And give them all to Him each day as He makes me complete. So on I go through good and bad with eyes fixed far above. And rise above the noise and strife as I’m wrapped up in God’s love.
One of the great things about the gift of writing that God has given me is that it helps me to see patterns in my life. While it reveals some patterns of discouragement in the midst of turmoil I can’t control, it also serves as a reminder of how God has carried me in the midst of those times and continually sets my feet on solid ground as I rest in His presence. Today is one of those days when the mind is swirling and as I went about my morning work this poem showed up to remind me that God doesn’t necessarily remove the storm, but He will always be present with me as we go through it together. I pray that you are encouraged to find peace in God’s presence even in the midst of the world’s trouble.
I was awakened in the middle of the night by the familiar sounds of my daughter in a seizure. After sitting with her and providing some element of comfort through that, I couldn’t sleep and she wanted my place in bed so I headed to work quite early to get started on the cleaning for the weekend. As I walked through the cold rain to my truck and then from my truck to the church building, I knew I was carrying with me a great deal of hurt, pain, and confusion. I soon found myself just sitting in the darkness with God and found this poem residing in my mind. I’ll eventually get to the cleaning, but will do so knowing that the weight of my burdens is being handled by Someone much more capable than I.
This is the audio from the April 7, 2019 sermon, “Mind the GAP!”, shared by Tom Lemler at the North Wayne Mennonite Church.
(I didn’t remember to turn the recorder on until after the sermon introduction, but this audio contains all three main points.)
Text: Ezekiel 22:30
“I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none.”
Here are the main points from the sermon:
As you stand in the gap, you must pay close attention to mind the . . .
Philippians 3:14 — In a world where long-term goals are often set aside in exchange for temporary pleasure, we must avoid falling into the gap that exists between where we are and the eternal goal for which we have been called heavenward.
1 Peter 4:1 — Some say that attitude is everything which makes it critical that we don’t get lost in the gap between a worldly attitude and the attitude of Christ that ought to be ours.
2 Peter 3:9 — When everything around us seems to demand instant results, we must pay close attention to no get caught up in the gap that exists between our timetable and God’s when it comes to His faithfulness in keeping His promises.
As children of God, we ought to be standing in the gap on behalf of the country we live in, our churches, and our friends and families. Not only should we “mind the gap” in our own life, we ought to be helping our brothers and sisters avoid the many temptations that lurk in these gap areas.