Posts by Matthew Shorack (Page 2)

Posts by Matthew Shorack (Page 2)

Hard To Hear With A Bad Connection

Hard To Hear With A Bad Connection   James 1:21-22 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. One of the greatest evils that we struggle with is pride. The other day I was talking to a friend and all the sudden, I started struggling to hear what they were…

What Can We Learn During These Challenging Times?

What Can We Learn During These Challenging Times?     Before Julie and I got married almost 30 years ago, she went to Uganda, to serve orphans for six months. That was before cell phones and Facebook. We could only receive a few letters during that time, so it was difficult to feel connected. I grew in my love for Julie during those six months even though I missed her greatly. That’s similar to how we can connect with God, when…

Why Should We Study And Understand Biblical Prophecies?

Why Should We Study And Understand Biblical Prophecies? The Bible is God’s word. It’s God’s very breath. 2 Timothy 3:16-17  16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. The Bible is God’s truth, and it is full of thousands of prophecies. These prophecies have already become a part of our history as God Promised, or they will soon be fulfilled in the future. When,…

Why should we pray for the people who bully us?

Romans 12:17-21 17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.In doing this, you…

God’s Sovereign Will Is Experience In Prayer

God’s Sovereign Will Is Experience In Prayer 1 John 5:14-15    This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. Does it ever feel like prayer is a waste of time? You wonder to yourself if prayer really works? Sometimes Satan’s lies are so loud in our ears and hearts,…

Pray For Your Bully

Pray For Your Bully Romans 12:17-19     17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. Why does God want us to pray for the people who bully us and others? We…

“How Dare You!” The Connection Between Pride And Anger

“How Dare You!” The Connection Between Pride And Anger Why does Satan use our negative emotions to set off conflict? Ephesians 6:10-12 10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers…

Pride Divides Us

Pride Divides UsJames 4:6b “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.What does it tell us about God that He opposes the proud? God openly stands against us if we are prideful. If we trust ourselves more than Christ, we declare battle with God. If pride causes fights, then humility brings peace. If we want our relationships with our family members to improve, then we need to practice humility. God will empower us to change if we humble…

What Is The Source Of Your Joy?

God isn’t focused on your comfort He’s concerned about your Character. We are so focused on making our lives easier, while God has a completely different perspective. 1 Timothy 6:6-7 Godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. Are you content with what you have? We’ve all heard the saying, “He who dies with the most toys wins”, but none of us gets to take any of…

What purpose could God possibly have in letting us endure pain?

What purpose could God possibly have in letting us endure pain? Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at…

Humility Keeps Us Standing

Humility Keeps Us StandingIs there any area of your life where pride has gotten a foothold? What do you think caused this to happen?1 Peter 5:5-7 Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” 6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for…

Our Purpose Comes From God’s Revelation

Our Purpose Comes From God’s Revelation How have your goals affected other people? When you seek God first, how do your goals change? Jeremiah 17:5-10 “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the Lord. 6 That person will be like a bush in the wastelands; they will not see prosperity when it comes. They will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land…

New Sermon Series

New Sermon Series With a new war between Russia and Ukraine that has ties to many apposing countries, and a divided country, full of anger and hate here at home, it’s important to remember that God is in charge, and nothing is outside of His authority. Join us as we follow Daniel’s life in our new series. Daniel: Serving God In A Godless Culture (Series). In the book of Daniel, we will see major events in the world that seem…

Don’t Live With A Guilty Conscience

Don’t Live With A Guilty Conscience How have you seen guilt affect you physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually? Do you want to things to change? So, lets turn to His word. Romans 3:22-24   This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God doesn’t just give us a few times to…

Experiencing Real Change In Your Life

Have you looked for truth in other places than God’s word for your life?Nike’s tag line is “Just do it,” and that’s the message we hear over and over in many areas of life. Tony Robins and other self-help Gurus have sounded that horn for decades. The secret to changing your life isn’t will power, it’s knowing and facing head on, the truth through God’s word. Ephesians 4:20-24 That, however, is not the way of life you learned 21 when…

Pray Before You Push Send!

Online rage is a lot like road rage. We are the captain of our own area, and no one should dare to challenge our authority. We are so full of ourselves when we take command of our lives that we see differing ideas as a personal attack. If you find yourself getting in online battles, try something new and you might experience a different outcome. Remember, “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Before push send and launch your missiles…