A Living FAITH! (Sermon Audio)

A Living FAITH! (Sermon Audio)

This is the audio from the September 27, 2020 sermon, “A Living FAITH”, shared by Tom Lemler at the Deer Run Church of Christ.

Text: James 2:14-26, Matthew 25:34-40

When it comes to faith, there are only two real options:  Faith In Action or Faith Inaction.  A living faith requires that we do something with it.  Today’s message will consider how to grow a faith that is alive and well.

A living faith grows when you have a living:

  • Foundation:
    • Matthew 7:24 — We build our faith on a solid foundation when we both hear and put into practice the Word of God.  Knowing God’s Word is great, but it is in the doing of His Word that our faith has a foundation that can be built upon.  Our foundation is not of stone or sand, but it is the living Son of God, Jesus Christ.
  • Attitude: 
    • Philippians 2:5 — When we built a living faith on the foundation of Jesus, we must take on the very attitude of Christ.  Having an active and living faith will only come about when we humble ourselves and are willing to serve for the good of others.
  • Inclusion:
    • 1 John 3:17 — Having a living faith will require that we have a living and active inclusion of anyone that God calls to Himself — which is everyone!  The activity of our faith can have no exclusions of people when we have the ability and resources to help.  Not only is the living inclusion applied to those our living faith would serve, it is an inclusion that doesn’t leave anyone out when it comes to the responsibility of serving.
  • Trust: 
    • 2 Corinthians 9:10 — Having an active and living faith requires that we have a living trust in the living God.  Putting our faith into action will often test our trust as we begin to question if we have enough of whatever is needed.  Our trust must rise about our ability, bank account, and other resources and rely solely on the One who provides seed to the sower.
  • Help:
    • Psalm 121:1-2 — Growing a living faith that is actively serving others should cause you to look to God as the source of the help which is needed.  You have a living help because it comes from a living God.  The help you give others becomes a “cup of cold water” that blesses both you and the recipient when given in the name of Jesus.

So, what do you have and what are you doing with it?  What will your living  FAITH do today? 

In prayer,
Tom

Encouragement and Prayer (9/28/20)

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This is the audio from the September 28, 2020 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

You can find the live video feeds of these encouragement and prayer times on Impact Prayer Ministry’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

In prayer,
Tom

Watch Your Mouth: Choose Pure Words

Watch Your Mouth: Choose Pure Words

Every day you and I give people an impression of who Jesus is by the words we use.  Are they hearing, or reading, words from you which would draw them to Christ or push them away?  Are you using words which draw you into greater relationship with God or words which create distance?  Over the next 15 days I will be sharing from the devotional journal, “Watch Your Mouth”, with the prayer that it helps you discover some of what God has to say about choosing words which honor Him.

Here is day seventeen with an important reminder that watching your mouth should lead you to use words which are pure.

Choose Pure Words

“Though you probe my heart and examine me at night, though you test me, you will find nothing; I have resolved that my mouth will not sin.
Psalm 17:3 (NIV)

How important is purity to you?  Does that answer change depending on what we attach the word pure to?  Are you concerned about the purity of the food and water you eat and drink?  Why?  Have you ever thought about the purity of the words you use, and listen to, being even more important than the purity of your food and drink?  How do you feel when you know pure words are being spoken to you?  How will you use pure words to protect your heart and encourage others?

In today’s culture, sexual purity is probably the first thing that comes to mind when most people hear the word purity.  While that is an important area of purity, God teaches that impurity in any area of our life comes as a result of our thoughts and words.  James says that if anyone could completely control their tongue they would be a perfect person.  As you pray, ask God to help you listen to the pure words that are found in scripture.  Pray that the words that come from your mouth would always be pure in content and intent as you seek to build up others according to their need.

In prayer,

Tom  

Encouragement and Prayer (9/27/20)

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This is the audio from the September 27, 2020 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

You can find the live video feeds of these encouragement and prayer times on Impact Prayer Ministry’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

In prayer,
Tom

Watch Your Mouth: Choose Promised Words

Watch Your Mouth: Choose Promised Words

Every day you and I give people an impression of who Jesus is by the words we use.  Are they hearing, or reading, words from you which would draw them to Christ or push them away?  Are you using words which draw you into greater relationship with God or words which create distance?  Over the next 16 days I will be sharing from the devotional journal, “Watch Your Mouth”, with the prayer that it helps you discover some of what God has to say about choosing words which honor Him.

Here is day sixteen with an important reminder that watching your mouth should lead you to use words which uphold your promises.

Choose Promised Words

“I will come to your temple with burnt offerings and fulfill my vows to you — vows my lips promised and my mouth spoke when I was in trouble.
Psalm 66:13-14 (NIV)

How important is it to you that you keep your promises?  How do you feel when people make promises to you that they do not keep?  How faithful has God been to you in keeping His promises that are found in His Word?  What kind of promises do you make to God?  How consistent are you in keeping them?  Do you view your immersion into Christ as a promise you made to Him?  As a promise He made to you?

When in trouble, people are often quick to promise anything that they think will rescue them from the troublesome circumstance.  When out of trouble, the remembrance of the former promise is sometimes rather vague.  When we become a Christian, we promise God that we belong to Him forever and He promises to be our God completely.  As you pray, ask God to help you recall any promises you have made that you have not yet kept.  Pray that you would speak words of promise that are backed by a firm commitment of doing.  Pray that you would represent God’s faithfulness by the way you share His promises with others.

In prayer,

Tom  

Encouragement and Prayer (9/26/20)

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This is the audio from the September 26, 2020 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

You can find the live video feeds of these encouragement and prayer times on Impact Prayer Ministry’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

In prayer,
Tom

Watch Your Mouth: Choose Prayerful Words

Watch Your Mouth: Choose Prayerful Words

Every day you and I give people an impression of who Jesus is by the words we use.  Are they hearing, or reading, words from you which would draw them to Christ or push them away?  Are you using words which draw you into greater relationship with God or words which create distance?  Over the next 17 days I will be sharing from the devotional journal, “Watch Your Mouth”, with the prayer that it helps you discover some of what God has to say about choosing words which honor Him.

Here is day fifteen with an important reminder that watching your mouth should lead you to use words which are prayerful.

Choose Prayerful Words

“And may these words of mine, which I have prayed before the LORD, be near to the LORD our God day and night, that he may uphold the cause of his servant and the cause of his people Israel according to each day’s need, so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the LORD is God and that there is no other.
1 Kings 8:59-60 (NIV)

How would you describe your prayer life?  Are you an act first, pray later person?  A pray first and act accordingly person?  Or is prayer something that seems impossible for you to figure out?  What is your first thought or reaction when you hear the verse, “Pray without ceasing.”?  Do you think your life would be different if you gave thought to choosing prayerful words in all circumstances?  How have the prayerful words of someone else been an influence in your life?

As one who has an unhealthy fear of people, God has always been the one I could talk with about anything.  But even having that comfort level when it comes to prayer, I must admit that I don’t use prayerful words with others as often as I should.  To use prayerful words more often, we must be deliberate in our listening to God and hearing what people are actually saying.  As you pray, thank God for always listening when you go to Him.  Pray that He would help you remember to seek Him for prayerful words to use in your conversations with others.  Pray that the people around you would value the wisdom that comes from prayerful words.

In prayer,

Tom  

Encouragement and Prayer (9/25/20)

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This is the audio from the September 25, 2020 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

You can find the live video feeds of these encouragement and prayer times on Impact Prayer Ministry’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

In prayer,
Tom