This is the audio from the February 4, 2018 sermon, “The DESIRE of Your Heart!”, shared by Tom Lemler at the North Wayne Mennonite Church.
Text: Psalm 37:4
God promises that when we delight in Him, He will give us the desire of our heart. While it is easy to jump to the thought that God will give us what we want, the larger promise is that our delight in God will put within us a new desire that could only come from Him.
Our delight in the Lord will give us the . . .
Direction of our heart.
Expressions of our heart.
Surrender of our heart.
Inclination of our heart.
Rejoicing of our heart.
Endurance of our heart.
When God transforms the desire of our heart through our delight in Him, we become more like Jesus with each passing day!
This is the audio from the January 28, 2018 sermon, “DELIGHT Yourself in the Lord!”, shared by Tom Lemler at the North Wayne Mennonite Church.
Text: Psalm 37:4
We often like the idea of God giving us the desires of our heart but it is easy to overlook the first half of that promise where we must delight our self in the Lord. The audio file is missing the “Heal yourself in the Lord” point, but here are the main points from the sermon:
Discover yourself in the Lord.
Encourage yourself in the Lord.
Love yourself in the Lord.
Inspect yourself in the Lord.
Guard yourself in the Lord.
Heal yourself in the Lord.
Teach yourself in the Lord.
The key to finding delight in all of this is not the “yourself” part of the statement, but the “in the Lord” part!
This is the audio from the April 30, 2017 sermon, “A Prayer of FAITH”, shared by Tom Lemler at the Deer Run Church of Christ.
Text: James 5:13-16
Praying with faith is all about believing that God exists and that He rewards those who diligently seek Him. Prayers of faith seek to honor God and pursue His will rather than demand He accomplishes our will. We pray with faith as we pray with . . .
. . . and praying with faith is a growing process in our life that ought to result in good works that glorify our Father who is in heaven!
After staying late to do my early morning cleaning after a meeting last night, page 110 began a little later than most of my weekdays do. Even with an extra hour of sleep I still got to work before the start of the school day and did a walk-through of the building to double-check its readiness for the day. I had a few minor projects to work on throughout the morning but spent much of it working at getting the building systems ready for the inevitable seasonal changeover from heating to cooling. It seems like there is always a period of time where neither a heat setting or a cooling setting works all that well for the full day and unfortunately, the system doesn’t do well letting it choose which one to run.
When lunchtime came, I went out to eat with a couple of the guys from church with the purpose of encouraging one another and sharing together about our individual walks of faith. I’ve worked hard this year at better managing my work hours so that work doesn’t consume my life and have a negative impact on my family. With early starts to most days, this means that my workday is usually done by mid-afternoon. Today that meant I was home and headed to the riverwalk with my family by 4 PM. It was a beautiful late afternoon for a walk and for photographing a variety of the sights of nature. The cute little yellow goslings were out with their protective parents. Many spring flowers were blooming, including a variety of flowering trees. A few squirrels were playing in the trees and turtles lined the surfaces of partially submerged logs in the river.
As I thought about the day, and the turtles, I was reminded of the years I worked in youth ministry. While I believe that by itself the number of youth involved is a terrible criteria for evaluating the effectiveness of a youth ministry, I always used a tag line or slogan of “Always room for 1 more.” While the turtles startle easily and will slide off the log when they sense danger, I’ve never seen them knock each other off. Even when the log surface appears to be filled, they will find ways to fit “one more” in what would seem to be limited space. Most of us are not like that. We like our space and often feel threatened by anything that shrinks or intrudes upon our comfort zone. We don’t like to be uncomfortable. We want our building systems to keep a constant temperature that matches our personal preference and we want a religion that allows us to be lukewarm with no increase in our zeal for God. We don’t have room for “one more” in our life — even if that “one more” is God Himself. We especially don’t have room for the stranger, the needy, the different, the poor, the hurting, the “you-name-what-you-don’t-like”. Yet God says lukewarm is not tolerable to Him and if we choose to remain that way, He will spew us from His mouth. He calls us to care for the outcasts and those marginalized in our culture as much as we care for ourselves. He calls us to make room in our lives for Him and for the people who know Him and the people who need Him.
I pray that you and I would choose a life that is not satisfied with pursuing our own comfort. I pray that we would allow God to transform us into people who have room in our lives for Him and for others. I pray that we would not be stingy with the resources that God has allowed us to be stewards of. I pray that we live life in a way that let those who are seeking God know that in His kingdom there is always room for 1 more.