Advent Sermon Notes 2017-20

Advent 2020

Advent – Week 4 – “Peace” 12/20/20

Intro: A recent story of a man finding a buried treasure of California gold-rush era coins on his property. It is an example of something very rare, valuable and worth protecting.

Today I want to consider:

The Treasure of Peace.

– Peace is actually mentioned more times than love in the Bible

– Integral word in Jewish culture (Shalom) with a historical meaning of “wholeness and completeness”

– Was a central message at the birth of Christ

Luke 1:79 (Zacharias) 2:14 (Angels)

I. We Can Have Peace with God

– Romans 5:1

A. Justification brings a status of peace

-the lie of the enemy is that this is not needed

B. Peace comes through faith alone (not works)

“by faith” (v.1)

C. Peace is made through the blood of Christ

– Colossians 1:20

II. We Can Have Peace Within Us

A. Jesus is the giver of the peace

– John 14:27

– Ephesians 2:14-15

B. The Holy Spirit is the cultivator of peace

– Gal. 5:22 “working the soil, removing/adding”

C. The peace of God transcends understanding

– Phil. 4:6-7

III. We Can Have Peace with Others

A. God calls us to peace

– I Corinthians 7:15

B. Spiritually minded people desire peace

– Romans 8:6

– as opposed to one stirring up division, suspicion

C. We are to sow in peace for the fruit of righteousness

– James 3:18 (the goal is the harvest)

IV. Conclusion

Question: Is your heart at peace and sowing peace?


Advent – Week 3 – “Joy” 12/13/20

Intro: Joy is a word often used simultaneously with happiness, or excitement, but Christian joy is something far more powerful and lasting.

Today I want to consider what God says to us about joy through His Word.

I. The Substance of Christian Joy

A. Christian joy is based on God’s truth

– Nehemiah 8:10-12 (broader context)

B. Christian joy is focused beyond circumstances

C. Christian joy is connected to gratefulness

(happiness is not, but joy is)

II. The Source of Christian Joy

A. Our joy is Christ Himself

– John 15:11, 17:13

B. The Holy Spirit facilitates the joy

– Romans 14:17, 15:13

C. Prayer is a key part of the process

(asking for it alongside righteousness and peace)

III. The Difference Christian Joy Makes

A. A presence of life in a dead world

– Galatians 5:22

B. A reward all its own to do what is right

– Proverbs 21:15, Hebrews 12:2

C. A mark of what awaits us on the other side

– Matthew 25:21, 23

IV. Conclusion

Question: Is there Christian joy is your life?


Week 2 – “Love” 12/6/20

Intro: Love is a common word often used to describe emotions and to explain actions. However, the use of the word in the Bible does not always match the common use in our culture. The passages can be comforting and encouraging, while also challenging and convicting.

Today I want to consider what God says to us about love through His Word.

I. The Nature of Love

A. Love is an attribute of God

– 1 John 4:7-9

B. Love has selfless qualities (not selfish ones)

– I Corinthians 13

C. Love is a fruit of the Spirit (produced in/through us)

– Galatians 5:22

D. Love is a choice (decision of the will)

– 1 John 4:10-11

E. Love should be the standard among the church

– John 13:34-35 (gospel account of Jesus)

II. The Application of Love

A. God loves us

– John 3:16

B. We are to love God

– I John 4:19

C. We are to love those closest to us

– Ephesians 5:25

D. We are to love those all around us

– Leviticus 19:18 & 34 (even an OT standard)

III. The Misplacing of Love

A. Beware of loving self

– II Timothy 3:2

B. Beware of loving money

– I Timothy 6:10

C. Beware of loving the world

– I John 2:15

IV. Conclusion


– What defines your love?

– How do you show it?


Week-1 “Hope” 11-29-20

Intro: People place hope in many different things, people, circumstances, and potential outcomes. (Examples: political leaders, family leaders, financial resources, career moves, stock market growth, etc.)

– As Christians, our hope is based solely on the Person, work and promises of Jesus.

– Consider what Paul wrote to the Colossian church:

– Read Col. 1:27-29

– “The riches of the mystery is Christ in us!”

Today, we’re looking at four characteristics of the hope we have in Christ:

– Read Psalm 16:7-9

I. Our Hope is Secure

The “therefore”

A. We must realize the unmovable nature of God

B. We must “set the Lord before us” as our focus

C. “Therefore” we find gladness in the surety of God

– Read Romans 5:1-5

II. Our Hope is Encouraging

A. There is peace with God over positional standing (v.1)

B. There is increasing confidence over time seeing His love day-to-day (v.5)

– Read Psalm 71:14-16

III. Our Hope is On-Going

A. Praise produces more praise (sometimes it’s a sacrifice – Heb.13:15)

B. We must decide to walk in that hope (v.16)

– Read Titus 2:11-15

III. Our Hope is Forward-Looking

A. Live soberly (see the world as it really is – v.12)

B. Look forward (to His glorious appearing – v.13)

C. Speak truth (even when it’s unpopular – v. 15)

IV. Conclusion


– Do you have hope?

– Where is it placed?



Advent – Week 4 – “Peace” 12/22/19

Intro: For a hundred years, political leaders and activists have talked of peace as something to be declared.

  • War can be declared
  • Peace cannot be declared
  • Unfortunately, it goes against our sinful inclinations toward self and chaos

In the middle of the chaos, a star is announced the arrival of Peace, and angels sang a beautiful chorus.

“Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth peace, goodwill toward men.” – Luke 2:14

Today, we’re considering peace and its true nature:

I. The Peace of God to Us

A. Jesus is peace

  • 9:6 “Prince of Peace”
  • 2:14 “For He Himself is our peace”
  • Christ’s natural disposition is peace, but not to be confused with indifference or inattention (simply no anxiety or chaos)

B. Jesus is our peace with God

  • Read 5:1-2
  • He was discussing Abraham, like him we have peace with God through faith in Christ

II. The Peace of God in Us

A. His peace is different than the world’s “peace”

  • Read John 14:27
  • After the resurrection He says “Peace to you” 3 times (John 20)

B. His peace is fruit produced of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22)

C. His peace is the strength of our heart (Philippians 4:6-7)

III. The Peace of God Through Us

A. The peace of God as the standard (“Let the peace of God rule” -Col. 3:15-literally as an umpire)

B. The peace of God as a goal

  • Romans 12:18 “if possible, live peaceably with all people”
  • Hebrews 12:14 “pursue peace with all people”

IV. Conclusion

Question: “Is your heart at peace?”

Read Philippians 4:6-7


Advent – Week 3 – “Joy” 12/15/19


  • The phrase “essential oils” brings to mind many reactions, some positive, some negative, some disinterested, some passionate (personal ambivalence)
  • Basically, oil (in the sense of essential oil) is the essence of the plant, tree, fruit, etc.
  • Today, as we consider “joy”, let’s begin with Isaiah 61 (verses 1-3)
  • “Oil of joy” or “festive oil” – representing the essence of God’s joy
  • Luke 2:8-10
  • Luke 4:16-21
  • Combined together gives us “joyful tidings”

I. Joyful Tidings of Healing (Isaiah 61:1a)

A. Healing broken hearts

  • Wounded by others
  • Wounded by self
  • Wounded by circumstances beyond our control

B. Healing broken dreams

  • Disciples on the road to Emmaus (unfulfilled expectations)
  • Paul’s recalibrated dreams and a changed idea about joy (Phil. 1:1-4)

II. Joyful Tidings of Liberty

Re-read Is. 61:1

A. Release from bondage (personal, hidden)

B. Release from condemnation (judicial status, example Abraham believed and it was accounted to him for righteousness, Genesis 15:6)

C. Release from peer condemnation (Romans 8:1)

III. Joyful Tidings of Strength

Re-read Is. 1-3

A. Joy in His authority (His vengeance)

B. Joy in His refreshment (ashes, mourning, heaviness)

C. Joy in His care (planting, nurture-trees

IV. Conclusion

Question: “Where does the oil of joy need to be applied to your life?”


Advent – Week 2 – “Love” 12/8/19


  • Personal story of love of Christmas…
  • Christmas embodies the spirit of God’s love, His presence with us then in physical form, and the Holy Spirit with us now.
  • Everything about the true meaning of Christmas and the joy of it is revealed to us in His word because the overarching narrative of scripture is Jesus from beginning to end revealing His love.
  • Love, not according to the cultural definition but pure love according to Him
  • Today, we’re considering 3 things about God’s love revealed to us:

I. God Loved from the Beginning

A. It always was one of His attitudes – three “God is…” statements

  • God is spirit (John 4:24)
  • God is light (John 1:5)
  • God is love (I John 4:8)
  • It was always one of His attributes and we know what it is because of Him

B. It is reflected in His treatment of:

  • Adam – (fellowship and making him a mate)
  • Adam and Eve (together) – after sin, didn’t destroy or let live forever in sin
  • Cain – didn’t kill him but showed loving compassion
  • Noah – whole Earth to be destroyed but Noah “found grace”, loving compassion

C. His decision to “set His love” on Israel – read Deut. 7:7-8

II. God has Taught about Love Throughout

Quote: “There are many today who talk about the love of God, who are total strangers to the God of love.” – Arthur Pink (1940s)

A. Love is to be reciprocated (Matthew 22:37)

B. Love is to be shown to others (Matthew 22:39)

C. Love is even to be shown to our enemies (Matthew 5:44)

D. Love is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22)

E. Love is selfless (I Corinthians 13)

F. Love is forgiving (I Peter 4:8)

III. God has Demonstrated His Love

A. He decided to love – (as seen in Deut.) Godly love involved the will

B. He showed it by coming (Romans 5:8, John 3:16)

C. He remains faithful (I Corinthians 1:9, Hebrews 10:9)

IV. Conclusion

2 Questions:

  • “How is the love of God revealed to you this Christmas?”
  • “How are you reflecting the love of God this Christmas?”


Advent – Week 1 – “Hope” 12/1/19

Intro: In a world filled with disappointment, hope is a rare treasure. So much so, that false versions of it are offered for sale as a commodity to be obtained (personal betterment, financial betterment, relational betterment).

Throughout history, the people of God have learned AND re-learned that genuine lasting hope is only found in the Lord. The Bible presents it in different ways and today we’re considering three of them.

– Read Psalm 71:1-5

I. Biblical Hope is in Someone Who is Absolutely Trustworthy

  • People disappoint
  • Even good people sometimes disappoint
  • Israel knew disappointment in leaders both sacred and civil
  • The scriptures point to hope beyond people
  • Hope in the Messiah

A. There is an unchanging hope – culture has no effect on Him (the reasons for the hope aren’t dependent on the culture remining in agreement with it)

B. There is an unwavering hope – mood and time have no effects on Him (He doesn’t get tired or bored and loose interest)

C. There is an unselfish hope – selfish desires are not present in Him (no ulterior motives or using of people for selfish benefit)

– Read Psalm 119:145-152

II. Biblical Hope is in Someone’s Instructions that are Absolutely True

A. It’s based on His definition of hope – not based on feelings or emotions

B. It’s based on His directions for obtaining hope – a process that is real; trust, learn, pray, allow time,

C. It’s based on His description of hope – He frames it correctly-something subtle and strong but not necessarily happy smiles or sudden release of burdens

– Read Psalm 119:161-168

III. Biblical Hope is in Someone’s Deliverance that is Absolutely Sure

A. Confidence in the present (v.165) – an abiding in the surety of it

B. Confidence for the future (v.161) – an all-encompassing awe of Him that creates a sure expectation in His control of the future

C. Confidence about the results (v.160) – His declarations are timeless and endure until complete…until totally complete

IV. Conclusion

Question: “On who and what are your hopes placed?”


Advent – Week 4 – “Peace” 12/23/18

Intro: In the Old Testament there was a word often used in Hebrew life “shalom”. Meaning:

  • Tranquility
  • Calm in spirit
  • Rest from conflict
  • Prosperity

In New Testament times (and today), it carried the connotation of “peace” and was/is used as a greeting and farewell. Zacharias prophesied about the “way of peace” that John would usher in (Luke 1:79) through the Messiah.

Today’s “present” is a rock. The Messiah was referred to in many ways as the stone or rock (I Peter 2:4-8a). Consider this:

  • Newton’s first law of motion – “A body at rest will remain at rest, and a body in motion will remain in motion unless it is acted upon by an external force.”
  • Our spirits are born restless and easily moved like a feather being blown about by the wind
  • When Christ comes into our life, it’s a change that brings rest to our spirit and we become a “body at rest”. What exactly does that look like?

I. We are at Peace with God

Read Romans 5:1

A. We are justified – (like a judge in the case of a shoplifter, taking off his robe, walking down from the bench, and paying the fine of the guilty)

B. We are given grace – (like the same judge then taking the guilty person after the trial tot eh same store and purchasing the items previously stolen)

II. We are at Peace with Self

A. Receive the peace (John 14:27)

B. Be guarded by the peace against guilt (Phil. 4:7)

III. We are at Peace with Others

Read Romans 12:18-21 (acting forgiven)

A. Remember Who’s in charge – (V.19)

B. Don’t be overcome – (v.21)

  • Setting aside “offendedness”
  • Setting aside petty grievances to focus on the bigger picture

IV. Conclusion

Question: Are you at peace? Is there “shalom” in your life? Is your spirit at rest?


Advent – Week 3 – “Joy” 12/16/18

Intro: Today’s “present” is a cluster of grapes. In John chapter 15, Jesus described the picture of the Vine, Vinedresser, branches and fruit. He later says in John 15:11, “these things I have spoken to you that My joy may remain in you…”. The natural question is, “What things?”

Read John 15:1-11a

I. There is Joy in the Connection

A. There is dependence on the vine – in a natural sense, the water source comes only from the vine, as is true in the spiritual sense.

B. There is sustainment from the vine – just as nutrition and refreshment comes to the branches from distant roots, so it is true for us.

C. There is confidence in the vine – confidence in the Lord should be like confidence in deep roots delivering a dependable source of life-giving water.

II. There is Joy in the Growth

Read John 15:11 again

As challenges come, we must:

A. Remember Who the Vinedresser is – The Father plans, ties up the branches for better health and prunes as needed.

B. Remember to stay connected – It’s the “abiding” factor

C. Remember to be patient – which is usually the toughest part

III. There is Joy in the Results

Read John 17:13

A. The guidance of His Word – John 17:14 and Psalm 119:14-16

B. The security of His protection – John 17:15, His prayer

C. The bearing of fruit – Joh 15:8

  • Father glorified
  • Bearing much fruit
  • Galatians 5:22 fruit of the Spirit – Joy!

IV. Conclusion

Question: Is there joy in your life from His coming? From the connection? From the growth? From the results?


Advent – Week 2 – “Love” 12/9/18

Intro: Today’s “present” is a rose. It represents love, joy and beauty. In I John, there are 25 verses referencing love.

Read I John 1:1-4

I want to look at 5 characteristics of Godly love as presented by John (the disciple whom Jesus loved!).

I. Godly Love is Proactive

Read I John 4:9

A. It’s compelled to act first – like the nervous moment of telling someone the first time “I love you”

B. It risks being misunderstood – wondering what they’re going to think

II. Godly Love is Sacrificial

Read I John 4:9-10

A. It sets aside pride – (personal story)

B. It’s freely given – (even when it costs)

III. Godly Love is Keeping His Commandments

Read 5:1-3

A. A healthy respect

  • “Keep” was originally a sailing term as in “keeping the stars”
  • As sailors used stars to set their course, we should use His commandments to set ours

B. A joy to please the Father we love (v.3b) – His way is no burden

IV. Godly Love is Rejecting the World

Read 2:15-17

Illustration of a husband or wife watching something on television that’s offensive to the other spouse but continues to watch it every day with no regard to the wishes of the other.

A. Love is to be directed toward the things of God

B. Love is to be inventoried regularly

V. Godly Love is Valuing People

Read I John 4:20-21

A. We must see people above all else

B. We must remember “why” we are to love

Read I John 4:10-11

VI. Conclusion

Question: “Is there an area where “loving others” is tough for you?”

Let’s pray about that now…

Advent – Week 1 – “Hope” 12/2/18

Intro: Gift-giving is part of Christmas. From the Magi bringing gifts to Jesus in the gospels to gatherings of family and friends today, gifts are part of our Christmas tradition.

God has always been a “gift-giver”! The Advent season represents some very specific gifts that He’s given. One of them is represented here in this box (new gift revealed each week). Today’s gift is (a copy of the TANAKH, the Hebrew Bible, our Old Testament). The scriptures were given to God’s people as a record book, guide book, instruction book, promise book, and prophecy book. The faithful Jews of the 1st Century lived each day on the promises made in God’s word. In the absence of new prophetic words, their hopes rested on the ancient words recorded by Prophets and Kings. One of those individuals was a man named Simeon. Let’s look:

Read Luke 2:25-32

He was looking for the “Consolation of Israel” (which means the comfort of God’s people), and he had confidence that God would deliver. Today we’re going to look at three specific hopes.

I. There was Hope for Fulfilled Promises

A. The confidence was in the Word (v.29, Isaiah 55:11) – it transcended time, circumstances, and people

B. The remnant still hung on to the promises

  • Quote – “His birth was announced to the people most likely to care.” – Charles Swindoll
  • No announcement to political leaders
  • No announcement to the Temple leaders
  • No announcement to local “celebrities”
  • Announcement was made to humble, faithful people

C. Believing the promises was an act of faith

  • We stand on promises, not explanations (Wiersbe)
  • Hebrews 11:6 says, “Without faith it is impossible to please God”
  • Hope is standing on promises!

II. There was Hope for Salvation

Read Isaiah 49:6

A. A recognized need for a hero – admitting insufficiency

B. A recognized origin of the hero – (Luke 2:31)

C. A recognized presence of the hero – (Luke 2:30)

III. There was Hope for Revelation

A. His presence brought illumination (Luke 2:32)

  • John chapter 1 – The True Light
  • “Special Revelation” versus “General Revelation”

B. His presence brought affirmation (Isaiah 28:16) – A glorious structure starting with Israel

C. His presence brought transformation (John 4:19-26)

  • New life
  • New worship

IV. Conclusion

Question: “What does “hope” mean for you?”

Below are notes from the 2017 season


Advent – Week 4 – Peace

Date: 12/24/17

Intro: Like the other three subjects we’ve looked at this season, “peace” is a word with various meanings and applications. Over the centuries, mankind has struggled to find it (and keep it). Politically speaking, someone said “Peace is the brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.” – Lloyd Cory

On an individual level, our culture often promotes an eastern, mystical concept of peace, but biblically speaking; true peace is more than an absence of conflict, it’s the abiding presence of God.

Today, I want to look at four points about the peace of God:

I. The Promise of Peace

Read: Isaiah 9:6

A. God is aware of our need for peace (Luke 2:14, Peace on Earth…)

B. God delivered on His promises (every single letter of prophecy fulfilled)

II. The Presence of Peace

Read Romans 5:1

A. There is positional peace before God (justified)

B. There is inner peace (Ephesians 2:14, Jesus IS our peace)

III. The Protection of Peace

Read Philippians 4:6-7

A. It creates healthy/proper boundaries (guards)

B. It guides our decision-making (Col. 3:15, let the peace of God “rule” like an umpire)

IV. The Power of Peace

Read John 14:27 & 16:33

A. Power against fear

B. Power to overcome with “good cheer” (not just dragging across the finish line)

V. Conclusion

Question: Do you have real, deep, lasting peace today?

  • A heart filled with its promise
  • A heart filled with its presence
  • A heart filled with its power
  • A heart filled with its power
  • If not, you can…today


Advent – Week 3 – Joy

Date: 12/17/17

Intro: In the same way as “love” last week, the word “joy” has many uses and meanings in our culture. Often times, it’s used synonymously with happiness, but the biblical meaning of joy is different. It’s something internal (instead of circumstantial) and more connected to “gladness” than happiness. The principle of being glad is associated with joy, which I think creates a picture of a “settled gladness”. It’s a place of fulfilment which brings a deeply settled state of being glad before the Lord.

The phrase “The Joy of the Lord” is used in several passages, and today we’re looking at what that means for us.

I. The Joy of the Lord Brings Celebration

Read: Luke 2:10-20

A. For His glorious presence (glory in the highest)

  • Old Testament Prophets’ vision of the throne
  • New Testament presence at announcement of Jesus’ birth

B. For His glorious works (Job 38:1-7 as an example, “sang for joy”)

But also…

C. For His glorious love toward us

  • v.14b and on earth peace, goodwill toward men
  • John 3:16
  • John 8:56 – Abraham saw my day, rejoiced, and was glad (anticipation)

II. The Joy of the Lord is Our Strength

Read Nehemiah 8:10

A. The firm and sure Cornerstone (like the wall)

B. He is truth (complete truth, not half-truth I Cor. 4:5)

C. His joy is lasting – Luke 24:32, there is strength in that fire!

III. The Joy of the Lord is Based on His Grace

Read Matthew 22:36-40 (There are expectations)

A. His joy to redeem us (Hebrews 12:1-2 – “for the joy set before Him”)

B. His joy within us (Gal. 5:22 – “love, joy…”)

C. His joy to sustain us (Romans 15:13 – “May the God of hope fill you with all joy…that you may abound…”)

IV. Conclusion

Question: Is there joy in your heart today?

  • The enemy will try to steal it
  • The enemy would love to steal it
  • Let’s pray and ask the Lord for the “settled gladness” that is Christian joy!


Advent – Week 2 – Love

Date: 12/10/17

Intro: We live in a “search engine” world. Now-a-days, when a question comes up…someone pulls out a phone and searches for the answer on the spot.

With most searches, thousands of “answers” pop-up, maybe even millions. Unfortunately, you must often sift through the random ads, etc. to find the truth (if it’s even there). Love is the same way. If you were to type in a search on the word, thousands of answers would pop-up, so what does “love” mean?

Today, three Bible-based points about love:

I. Love Defined

A. Described in the Old Testament

  • Read Jeremiah 31:3
  • God’s love is faithful and durable (v.3a)
  • God’s love is filled with kindness

B. Further described in the New Testament

  • Read I Corinthians 13:4-8a
  • Read I John 4:16
  • He embodies and defines love

But also…

C. Proper Boundaries are set throughout Old and New Testament

  • Read I John 2:15-17
  • Biblical love…Godly love, is more than a feeling, emotion, or desire, it’s an act of the will

II. Love Demonstrated

A. God’s patience toward us – Exodus 34:6

B. God’s provision for us

  • Read Romans 5:8
  • The key point is the unmerited love (while we were yet sinners…)

C. Jesus’ model in everyday life

  • Philippians 2:5-7
  • It’s important to note that it’s not thinking low about one’s self, but highly of others

III. Love as a Directive

Read Matthew 22:36-40 (There are expectations)

A. We are to Love the Lord with our whole person

  • Thoughts – what we ponder, dwell on, contemplate, believe to be true
  • Core person (the throne room of our heart)
  • Pursuits (as to the Lord – Col. 3:23)

B. We are to love our neighbors as ourselves

C. We are to actively teach and remind ourselves and our children of both

Read Deuteronomy 6:7-9

  • Diligence (v.7)
  • Specifically, according to what God defines
  • Set your home as an example (v.9)

IV. Conclusion

We started with the subject of search engines…

Question: In doing a search of your heart for the word “love”, what would the returns be? What would the top 5 things be that you love? Do some need to be added or need go away? Perhaps some need to be attended to get a “higher ranking”?


Advent – Week 1 – Hope

Text: Psalm 33:20-22, Jeremiah 29:11, Psalm 131:1-3

Date: 12/3/17

Intro: Hope is a basic human need. Without it, our souls descend into “hopelessness” (and many lives have suffered over the centuries because of a lack of hope).

However, Biblical hope isn’t a wish, it’s a trust based on the eternal character of God Almighty.

Today, as we begin our four-week season of Advent (leading up to Christmas), I want to look at the Biblical truth concerning “hope”.

Throughout the Old Testament, there are examples of people in need of hope (often in desperate need). From Noah looking out over a civilization that was anything but “civil”, to the various eras of the Hebrews, there are three parts to consider:

I. The Waiting

Read Psalm 33:20-22

A. Waiting can bring anxiety

  • It’s like sitting on a plane ready for take-off and you wait, and wait, and wait on the tarmac to leave
  • As time rocks on, our spirit can become unsettled, looking for answers

B. Waiting can allow our minds to wander – (and the places it goes are often unhealthy)

C. Waiting can test our commitment – He is our help (v.20), not our own solutions

II. The Expectation

Read Jeremiah 29:11

(The context of the passage is important. God was telling the Hebrews that they would be there awhile, but weren’t forgotten)

A. We can expect Godly good from the Lord – He isn’t looking to “zap” us or pull the rug out from under us)

B. We can expect that His priority is our inner peace – (not necessarily the outer things)

III. The Trust

Read Psalm 131:1-3

A. Trusting means remembering who is God and who is not – (there’s a vulnerability to admitting it and limitedness)

B. Trusting is knowing I can always “go home” – (like the prodigal son)

III. Conclusion

So, when our hope is properly placed:

  • There is often the waiting
  • There is often a need to remember the expectations
  • There is always confidence when our trust is in Him


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