Sermon series

Life is full of encounters. You meet a friendly person or you may experience difficulties. After the fact you may reflect on a very special or meaningful encounter.

The truth is life is not a series of random events. There is no such thing as luck or chance, fluke or fate. There is a purpose, a plan, a reason for everything.

"I wish I hadn't said that." "I need to get my emotions under control!" "Honestly, I want more joy in my life." "It seems like the decisions we make always seem to backfire."

Does any of this sound familiar? Are you desperate for a little more love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, or self-control in your life? Some of you are saying, "a little more? I would be happy with any at all." Others, are saying, "forget a little, I'd like a lot."

How would you fill in the blank? Never-ending church service? Spirits flitting about the clouds, eating cream cheese? Streets of gold? Boring?

Wait a minute. Is it even real? Earth is all we know. This life is all I know. I have some really great times here and I have been to some pretty terrific places. How do I say ‘good-bye’ to all this?

Heaven is hard to imagine. Hmmm… do I really want to go?

"Can I pray for you?" "Sure", comes the reply. It’s amazing! Christian, atheist, agnostic, or spiritual tourist, it doesn’t matter. It seems like almost everyone has room for prayer in their life at one time or another. But now what?

"Let’s pray", says someone. Some bow their heads, perhaps close their eyes. Some fold hands. But now what?