A REAL Look At the Law (Sermon Audio)

A REAL Look At the Law (Sermon Audio)

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This is the audio from the March 7, 2021 sermon, “A REAL Look At the Law”, shared by Tom Lemler at the North Wayne Mennonite Church.

Text:  Mark 3

The outline for the morning had us looking at Jesus and seeing the . . .

  • Relational look at the law.  Mark 3:31-35
    • We are related through Jesus as we do the things He commands.
  • Exclusive look at the law.  Mark 3:23-29
    • There is no place for division or divisiveness when we follow God’s Word.
  • Authoritative look at the law.  Mark 3:9-15
    • God’s Word must be our supreme authority and whatever authority we have has been given by Him.
  • Loving look at the law.  Mark 3:1-5
    • Our understanding and practice of God’s laws must be through the filter of His love.

Encouragement and Prayer: Integrity As a Lifestyle (03/07/21)

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This is the audio from the March 7, 2021 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

Serving God: Integrity As a Lifestyle

Serving God: Integrity As a Lifestyle

It is my prayer that every Christian recognizes the importance of serving God through the way we serve others.  There are few things, if any, that are as emotionally exhilarating, and draining, as the task of serving others.  Having worked in a variety of ministry settings, including various roles within Christian camp ministry, I understand the excitement that often comes with the beginning of a new ministry or ministry season.  I also understand the weariness than can develop when our focus begins to drift away from the ministry of serving and onto ourselves.

This is day one in the ninth week of devotions from the book, “Serving God: Devotions for Active Worship”.  This devotional book is laid out in thirteen weeks of daily devotions with each week wrapped around an aspect of how we can serve others.  Each of these devotions are designed to help a person spend time with God to see how serving others is an act of worship.

Serving God:
Integrity As a Lifestyle

“Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but keep the oaths you have made to the Lord.’  But I tell you, Do not swear at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King.  And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black.  Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.
Matthew 5:33-37 (NIV)

How would you describe a life of integrity?  How would you live a life of integrity?  What are some things that tempt you to not keep your word?  Why?  How are integrity and justice related?  Can true justice be found without complete integrity?  How should God’s view of you doing the right thing influence the way you serve?  Do you always seek to do right?  Why or why not?  Would your serving of others change if you were to live with integrity as a lifestyle?  

It seems that the longer I live, the more the average person’s response to anything is conditional.  While it may be good that we’re more hesitant to say yes or no, we’re also less likely to stay with yes or no once we’ve said it.  God calls us to live a lifestyle of integrity so that everyone knows that our yes means yes and our no means no.  Living with such integrity as we serve not only represents a God that has complete integrity, but it helps those we serve learn to trust us. 

As you pray, ask God to help you see why you may have difficulty in keeping your word.  Pray that you would realize the importance of integrity as it relates to your witness of God.  Pray that you would be known as a person of integrity.

In prayer,

Tom

Encouragement and Prayer: Guard Your Heart With Obedience (03/06/21)

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This is the audio from the March 6, 2021 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

Serving God: Guard Your Heart With Obedience

Serving God: Guard Your Heart With Obedience

It is my prayer that every Christian recognizes the importance of serving God through the way we serve others.  There are few things, if any, that are as emotionally exhilarating, and draining, as the task of serving others.  Having worked in a variety of ministry settings, including various roles within Christian camp ministry, I understand the excitement that often comes with the beginning of a new ministry or ministry season.  I also understand the weariness than can develop when our focus begins to drift away from the ministry of serving and onto ourselves.

This is day seven in the eighth week of devotions from the book, “Serving God: Devotions for Active Worship”.  This devotional book is laid out in thirteen weeks of daily devotions with each week wrapped around an aspect of how we can serve others.  Each of these devotions are designed to help a person spend time with God to see how serving others is an act of worship.

Serving God:
Guard Your Heart With Obedience

The wicked have set a snare for me, but I have not strayed from your precepts.
Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart.
My heart is set on keeping your decrees to the very end.

Psalm 119:110-112 (NIV)

What first comes to mind when you hear the word obey?  Have you ever been accused of doing something wrong when you were just doing what you were told to do?  How does it feel to be able to pass the accusations on to a higher authority to deal with?  In what ways can obedience protect you as you serve?  How does disobedience put you and those you serve at risk?  How does obedience to God help you serve with confidence?  How will guarding your heart with obedience help you to serve today?

One of our enemy’s primary weapons that he uses against us is accusation.  He is the great accuser but we have a greater weapon in this battle — obedience to the truth of God’s Word.  When we live a life of obedience, God’s authority can be used to refute the accusations that are hurled our way.  When our heart is protected by obedience, we are free to serve without fear.  Our obedience to God, and to those He puts in authority over us, helps us to serve Him, and others, fully.

As you pray, ask God to help you serve with the humility of obedience.  Pray that you would be able to live free from accusations that stick because of your obedience.

In prayer,

Tom

Encouragement and Prayer: Guard Your Heart With Understanding (03/05/21)

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This is the audio from the March 5, 2021 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

Serving God: Guard Your Heart With Understanding

Serving God: Guard Your Heart With Understanding

It is my prayer that every Christian recognizes the importance of serving God through the way we serve others.  There are few things, if any, that are as emotionally exhilarating, and draining, as the task of serving others.  Having worked in a variety of ministry settings, including various roles within Christian camp ministry, I understand the excitement that often comes with the beginning of a new ministry or ministry season.  I also understand the weariness than can develop when our focus begins to drift away from the ministry of serving and onto ourselves.

This is day six in the eighth week of devotions from the book, “Serving God: Devotions for Active Worship”.  This devotional book is laid out in thirteen weeks of daily devotions with each week wrapped around an aspect of how we can serve others.  Each of these devotions are designed to help a person spend time with God to see how serving others is an act of worship.

Serving God:
Guard Your Heart With Understanding

Give me understanding, and I will keep your law and obey it with all my heart.
Psalm 119:34 (NIV)

How well do you understand the purposes behind the rules and policies where you serve?  How well do you understand God’s purpose for giving us His instructions for living?  Do you find it easier to do something when you understand the reason behind doing so?  Have you ever said, or done, something in response to a person that you later regretted when you more fully understood what they were going through?  How will guarding your heart with an understanding of God’s Word help you serve more effectively today?

Years ago I served as a cabin dad and team leader at MCSC for the very first time and had a group of boys that were, well, less than cooperative.  Before the very first night was over, my heart had become angry with one boy in particular and I was ready to call it quits and go home.  The leader of the camp week could see that I was frustrated with the boy, and with him, so he pulled me aside and provided information that increased my understanding about what was going on.  That bit of understanding guarded my heart throughout the week and helped me to serve this boy, and the entire team, well. 

Pray that God would guard your heart with understanding.

In prayer,

Tom

Encouragement and Prayer: Guard Your Heart With Trust (03/04/21)

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This is the audio from the March 4, 2021 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