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Seven Paths/Choices: Lust – Oh Yeah! Oh No!

Sun, Feb 16: New Message Series: Seven Paths/Choices: Seven Paths/Choices Leading to Darkness, Seven Paths/Choices Leading to Light. This week’s message is: 

Seven Paths/Choices: Lust – Oh Yeah! Oh No!1 Cor 6, Matt 5, Gal 5, Rom 6, 1 Thess 4

We’ve turned the first page in our series of 7 Pathways that Lead to Darkness and Light by looking deeper into the classic 7 Deadly Sins.  One author that I have been reading as a resource for this series calls these things: Glittering Vices.  That’s a good description of these pathways that promise a better life – Pride, Lust, Gluttony, Envy, Sloth, Anger, and Greed.  

The good news is that God points out the path toward a better life, a happy and fulfilling life in His Word.  And Jesus teaches the path toward joy and gratitude, an abundant life –  not only teaches it, demonstrates it, lives it. For example, humility is given as a better path than pride.  In the same way, hastity and faithfulness are better paths than lust.  

Lust in relationships leads us away from relationship connection.  Lust produces casualties and makes our society more crass and less beautiful.  Lust masquerades as promise, yet ends in sorrow.  Lust distorts what is good, exchanging love for a lie.  

When it comes to love, God’s gaze on us is one of love.  God desires what is best for us and teaches us and shows us a better path.  When it comes to lust, we need greater accountability and community.  

Let’s dive into this one Sunday.  Will be referencing various texts 1 Corinthians 6:12-20, Matthew 5:27-28, Galatians 5:16-25, Romans 6:11-14, Romans 12:1-2, and 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8.  

See you Sunday!  Ash Wednesday service will be at 6:00pm, Wednesday February 26th.

Pastor Mark 

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Adultery? I Say…

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To put it in modern terms, Jesus is nailing it!  Whether its between the eyes or to the doorposts of our hearts – Jesus is bringing the truth.  Last week we looked at his teaching on murder and this week, its adultery.  Just when you thought the challenges couldn’t get more difficult!

In Matthew 5:27-30, Jesus once again teaches the intent of God’s command of long ago by affirming its importance and necessity while at the same time expanding and broadening our understanding of the command.  Is the command to ‘not commit adultery’ only apply to people who are married?  What is the actual scope of the command?  Or in other words, what area of life does this command cover?  And what is all included in the rings around this targeted command?

I’m gonna bring some ‘lies’ about sexuality that our culture tells us all the time in my ‘bag’ of teaching for Sunday.  Can you think of any lies about sexuality that those around us tell us?

In my study this week, I thought of a few Beatitudes that Jesus forgot to say.  “Blessed are those who delight in the continual and creative courting of their marriage partner.”  And another one, “Blessed are those who guard their sexual purity for they shall be truly free.”

Peace out!
See you Sunday.  Be there or be square.

“Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”  Hebrews 10:24-25

See you Sunday!Pastor Mark