Posts by Matthew Shorack (Page 3)

Posts by Matthew Shorack (Page 3)

What Can You Do When You Are Anxious And Suffering?

What Can You Do When You Are Anxious And Suffering?Do you really want God’s will to be done in your life?What if it comes at great cost?Mark 14:32-38They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.”³³ He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled.³⁴ “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here…

God Is Bigger Than Our Problems

King Jehoshaphat learn that armies from Edom had banded together to wage war against him and his people. What did Jehoshaphat do in response? Did he run, hide, puff up? 2 Chronicles 20:3-9 Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the Lord, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah. 4 The people of Judah came together to seek help from the Lord; indeed, they came from every town in Judah to seek him. Then Jehoshaphat stood up in the assembly…

What’s the danger of living your life according to your feelings?

What’s the danger of living your life according to your feelings? Hebrews 11:27 By faith Moses left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible. We live in a world that believes in doing whatever feels good at the moment, but living by our feelings makes us easy to manipulate. Feelings are very real, but they are often false. Feelings can make us anxious, even when we when there is nothing to fear.…

Do You Find Prayer A Duty Or A Delight?

Do You Find Prayer A Duty Or A Delight? Why is God’s goodness vital to our motivation to pray? If, knowing who God is, shapes the way we pray, then what is God really like? God is all-knowing and all-powerful. He is holy, just, kind and loving. Psalm 100:5 For the Lord is always good. He is always loving and kind, and his faithfulness goes on and on to each succeeding generation. How has God’s goodness affected the way you…

What’s holding you back from serving God now?

What’s holding you back from serving God now? Jeremiah 1:5 “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb.    Before you were born I set you apart    and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.” God is outside of time as the creator of time. All believers are set apart for service and ministry that God appointed us to accomplish before we were born. It’s His work that we are called to carry out. Ephesians 2:8-10                                                                     For it…

How has your new identity in Christ changed your life?

Corinthians 5:17 says, “If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” Jesus loves to bless and change us to be more like Him. Sometimes in the scriptures He would give a person a nickname to represent their new calling and identity. John 1:42 Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peter).In John 1:42 the name “Peter”…

Will My Real Identity Please Stand Up

Will My Real Identity Please Stand Up?John 8:34-36 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin. 35 A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part of the family forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free. In a world full of secrets, addictions, and fears, it’s difficult to truly feel free. The compulsions we struggle with lead us to live lonely…

Give Your Grief to God

How will things change for you if you give your grief to God? 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…

Your Relationship With God

Does your desire for control influence your relationship with God? Some people are afraid of the Christmas season and what it brings. Christmas reminds them of the broken relationships with their family and friends. They hate the nativity scene, and they don’t want others to have joy when they are so miserable, so they might even threaten lawsuits. They hate Christmas because they fear it.Herod was afraid of Jesus and Christmas because he thought it would threaten his kingdom. When…

Joy to the World

Joy to the WorldWhat fear has been the most damaging to your life? There are hundreds of different known fears that we can have. Fear takes away our joy and is something that all of us struggle with, but God’s word makes it clear that we don’t have to be afraid if we have God on your side! Romans 8:31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?…

Mary’s Christmas Gift

Mary’s Christmas GiftLuke 1:26-33 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” 29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.…

The Messiah: Prophecy Fulfilled (Series)

If you were asked by someone, why they should believe Jesus is the Messiah, how would you respond? We are truly privileged to live at a time in history when we can look back at the Messiah’s arrival with a perspective that see’s what has already taken place, but it’s easy to miss the wonder of Jesus birth because we live around two thousand years after the fulfillment of the O.T prophesies. Isaiah prophesied the virgin birth more than seven…

What Is God’s Purpose for Difficult Seasons in Life?

What Is God’s Purpose for Difficult Seasons in Life? Life’s journey is full of mountain top experiences and deep dark valleys that sometimes, seem to go on forever. This last week in Seattle, WA we have had nothing but rain and wind along with it starting to get dark at 4:00pm. We know we have a few months of this weather ahead of us and that can be challenging, but as we all know, the summers here are some of…

Dealing With The Political and Cultural Divide

As we are seeming snowballing down towards End Times, we are more divided then ever. This division is finding every nook and cranny to fill with resentment, bitterness, and hostility. People are ending relationships with friends because of this political divide. I know we want a magic pill to make everything better, but real answers and healing will take more than any government programs or political leaders can give. We don’t have to be overwhelmed with feelings of discouragement because…

OUTLINE OF THE BOOK OF REVELATION

As we look around at all the anger and hate in our divided country and around the world, we are challenged with the possibility that End Times could take place in our lives. Some believers are preparing for this possibility by moving to the middle of nowhere, buying guns, and preparing for Armageddon. Others are quietly feeling overwhelmed and emotionally caving. With all the bad information out there on the web, we that we should preach and teach on end…

What Has Become Unmanageable In Your Life?

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where there was no way out? How did you pray? It wasn’t just asking God for help and direction. When we find ourselves in an impossible situation, we fall to our knees in prayer. God, I can’t do this, I need you to deliver me from certain doom. If we are connected to Christ through an intimate relationship, trust and obedience will be a natural response when He calls us to accomplish…