Monthly Archives: November 2014

“Teach Us To Pray” Pt. 3

Bill Stegemueller preaching at Medina United Methodist Church in the third part of a mini series entitled, “Teach Us To Pray,” taken from Luke 11:1-4

The Word Made Flesh…

word-became-fleshThe last couple of Sundays, I’ve talked a lot about prayer.  When you boil prayer down to its essence, it is communication with God. It’s important to both talk and listen to God.  I think a lot of times people limit prayer to talking to God, which can sometimes amount to telling Him what we want Him to do. It is absolutely essential to allow God to speak into our lives.

We’ve talked about how there are many ways God speaks.  He speaks through people and situations, but one of the clearest ways He speaks is through His Word.  It is the canon (standard) by which we need to measure all the other voices that come into our lives.

Christmas is the time that we celebrate God speaking very clearly through His Son.

 “God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son.”    – Hebrews 1:1-2

He is the WORD made FLESH. (John 1:14) He is the very embodiment of EVERYTHING the Father wants to say to us.  In communication, the medium (how a message is delivered) is just as important as the message itself.

This Christmas I encourage you to wrap your heart and soul around not only the message of Christmas, but HOW that message was delivered…

We’ll talk more specifically about that over the next couple of weeks.

Have a very merry CHRISTmas and may you allow the Christ child to be born in NEW ways in your life this season.

Working out…

Most people that know me know that I’m a workout junkie.  Over the last two and half years I have consistently done a number of Beachbody workouts including all of Tony Horton’s workouts especially P90X, but also P90X2 and P90X3.    I got tremendous results, but I got tired of working out to a DVD so this Fall I tried something new…  Jeff Cavaliere’s 90 day AthleanX program.  I love it, love it, love it.   Jeff is a physical therapist and a professional trainer for a major league baseball team.   He REALLY knows what he’s talking about and his workouts are intense and only 30 minutes long… in fact, some of his workouts are 20 minutes long.  What I like most is NO MORE DVDs.

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I have really enjoyed working out to PRAISE music which makes my workout a WORSHIP experience.  Recently, I’ve even posted various scriptures to meditate on while I’m working out which feeds my soul.  Some of them are listed below…

1 Corinthians 6:19–20
19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

Romans 12:1
1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.

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1 Corinthians 9:27
27 But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.

Hebrews 12:1
1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,

1 Timothy 4:8
8 For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.

Ephesians 6:10
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

Isaiah 40:29–31
29 He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, 31 But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.

Colossians 3:23–24
23 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.

1 Thessalonians 4:4
4 that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor,

Philippians 4:13
13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Proverbs 24:5
5 A wise man is strong, Yes, a man of knowledge increases strength;

2 Timothy 4:7
7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

 

 

“Teach Us to Pray” Pt. 2

Bill Stegemueller preaching at Medina United Methodist in part 2 of his series, “Teach Us to Pray,” taken from Luke 11:1-4.

“Teach Us To Pray” Part 1

Bill Stegemueller preaching at Medina United Methodist Church on the first part of a message entitled, “Teach Us To Pray,” taken from Luke 11:1-4.

“Mary and Martha”

Bill Stegemueller preaching on Luke 10:38-42 at Medina United Methodist Church entitled, “Mary and Martha.”

“Deliver Us From Evil”

My good friend and colleague, Pastor David Busby, formerly of Pipe Creek Community Church preaching on Spiritual Warfare in a message entitled, “Deliver Us From Evil.”    Powerful message.  Published with David Busby’s permission.

A couple of disclaimers:
It is impossible for a Christian to be “possessed.”  The danger from demons is not being “demon possessed.” The word  possessed is not found in the gospels. The Greek word is diamonizomai which simply means “demonized.”     A Christian cannot be possessed is because  our spirit is already possessed and sealed by the Holy Spirit.     However it is possible for a Christians soul (mind, will, and emotions) to be oppressed or demonized.  Demons do not “possess: their victims in the sense of gaining control.  What demons do is influence us. They tempt us, twist our thinking and cloud our understanding. They lie to us about our identity in Christ, tell us us we are useless and hopeless.

We Have a Compassionate God

Bill Stegemueller preaching at Medina United Methodist Church on a message entitled, “We Have A Compassionate God,” taken from the story of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37