A Summer of Fun - Bob Levin

August 27th, 2017

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Eclipse - Bob Levin

August 21st, 2017

  • Lost in space?

        The cosmos is all there is, or was, or ever will be – Carl Sagan

 

        The universe is just there, and that’s all – Bertrand Russell

 

                 Genesis 1:1

 

                 Romans 1:20

 

     The glory and greatness of almighty God are marvelously discerned

      in all his works and divinely read in the open book of heaven

                                                                    – Galilei Galileo

 

      God is glorified in astronomy… the heavens declare the glory of God

                         -- Johannes Kepler, author of Harmonies of the World,

                                                            first accurate model of solar system

 

      The true God is a living, intelligent, powerful being

                                                                     – Isaac Newton

 

      The universe has been wrought for us by a supremely good and

                     orderly creator

                                                        – Nicolaus Copernicus

 

  • Tiny blue dot… is there a purpose?

                     Isaiah 45:12, 18 

 

                       The best data we have are exactly what I would have predicted

       had I nothing to go on but…the Bible  -- Arno Penzias, winner of

                              Nobel Prize for discoveries of cosmic radiation

 

                   What difference does it make?

 

           We stand on the shore of an ocean, crying to the night

           and the emptiness… Bertrand Russell   

 

                          I live… to revive the spirit of the lowly – Isaiah 57:15

 

  • “Universal” Glory

                     Psalm 19:1

 

                           The cosmos are a sacred sermon, a veritable hymn

                            to God the Creator

                                                                    – Johannes Kepler

 

 

                                                 Source for videos 1 &2 – The Privileged Planet

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Expectations About Relationships - Mark Brauss

August 14th, 2017

☼ Relationship with Yourself …. Proverbs 30:8-9

 

          ► Tell myself the truth?

 

         ►  How do you experience me?

 

    ⌂ False Expectations ……

             

  • → comparing ourselves ….
  • Galatians 6:4 / II Corinthians 10:12

 

  • → people are judging me….
  • John 7:24 / Romans 14:12-13

 

  • → my past experiences determines my future…
  • Philippians 3:13-14

 

  • → I am a victim….
  • Galatians 6:7

  

     ⌂ Death by Selfie → the new Addiction

  • Romans 12:3

 

                   “Lord ,free us from our addiction to being liked.”

 

 ☼ Relationship with Others ….. Matthew 28:20-28

 

          ⌂ Expectations → validation from others

 

                   *External validation has insecurity at its core.

           

            ⌂ Doing Battle with Bitterness / Rejection / Revenge

                ► I Samuel 16:7

 

 

                  □ David & Eliab …. I Samuel 17:28-29

 

 

                  □ David & Saul …. I Samuel 17:32-33

 

 

                □ David & Goliath…. I Samuel 17:41-44

                

             ►  Developing Confidence in His Acceptance

 

  1.    Understand the miracle of your creation.

 

  1.    Realize the mystery that God chose you.

 

  1.     Grasp how costly it was for Jesus to rescue you.

 

  1.    Live from acceptance, nor for it.

  

           ► What’s it like to be my friend?

 

  

        ⌂ Expectations about Marriage …. Ephesians 5:33

 

 

                ►What’s it like to be married to me?

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Expectations About Life - Mark Brauss

August 7th, 2017

 

  • Philippians 1:29-30

 

Expectation → I should not struggle….

 

    ⌂ We all struggle …. Romans 15:30

 

 

    ⌂ Our struggle is against evil…. Ephesians 6:12

 

 

    ⌂ Our struggle is against sin….Hebrews 12:4-11

 

 

 

Expectation → I should not suffer ….

 

    ⌂ Suffering is part of our calling….. I Peter 2:21

 

 

 

    ⌂ Suffering is part of following Jesus….. I Peter 4:12-16

 

 

 

    ⌂ Suffering is part of the gospel ….. II Timothy 1:8

  • Acts 5:41-42

 

 

 

    ⌂ Suffering and glory …. Romans 8:18; 28

 

☼ 3 Powerful Themes to deal with Struggle & Suffering

 

 

  1. Creation & Fall

 

 

 

  1. Incarnation & Atonement

 

 

 

  1. Final Judgement & New World

 

 

 

 

☼ Application →

 

    ◊ What are my expectations?

 

 

 

   ◊ Can I trust God in my struggle?

 

 

 

   ◊ Can I trust God in my suffering?

 

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Searching the Visible, Discovering the Invisible - VBS Staff

August 1st, 2017

The God who created everything wants a relationship with us.

Sin messed everything up, but God is in control.

God sent His son, Jesus, to be the Savior of the world.

Jesus gave His life to be my Savior.

Even though I mess up, God still loves me and will never leave me.

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