Goodness - Two Wrongs and a Right

This is week number 9 in our series on the Fruit of the Spirit called Modern Fatih.  

Are we becoming more good?  It doesn't seem like it. 

"Who is Good?" Jesus asked the man... so how is "Goodness" a Fruit of the Spirit if no one is good, only God?  The Bible answers this question very well.  The book of Micah gives us 3 answers, 2 are the wrong answers, and 1 is the right answer.  It is the key to Goodness.

The subject this week is Goodness and the main passages are Mark 10:17-18, 26-27, Micah 6:6-8, Matthew 22:37-40, and Galatians 5:22-25. 

Modern Fatih 7 - An Oasis of Kindness

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Everyone likes to be around kind people.  "Excuse me, where are the mean people, I want to sit with them" said no one ever.  

Our testimony is radically affected by how we treat others.  This is why the Holy Spirit is developing Kindness in us.  In today's message, we see that kindness is intentional, kindness is an oasis, and kindness is rewarding.

The subject this week is Kindness and the main passages for this week's message are Galatians 5:22-26, Proverbs 3:3-4,  Ephesians 2:7-10, and Ephesians 4:22-32.  

Air Date February 26 - Modern Faith 6 - Patience

In today's episode, we realize that your marriage is impacted by patience, or a lack thereof, so we promoted FamilyLife "Weekend to Remember."   Kristy and I and many on our staff have been to this marriage retreat.  It's a great tune up even if you are doing well, and it's a great help when you are struggling.    You can find out more at http://www.familylife.com/weekend-to-remember.

The subject is patience, or forbearance, and the main passage is James 5:7-11.  Why "forbearance" and not "patience."  Well most translations say "patience" of course, but the 2011 NIV says forbearance, and although it is very similar, forbearance may be the better word.  But we'll use patience because it's more common.  We typically use the 2011 New International Version in messages because that version is the most typical today, especially on mobile devices...

Patience is something that many of us struggle with, especially when we are dealing with people or with circumstances that don't go our way.  But patience matters - without it, we operate in a world that is not in reality.  The inner conversation we have with ourselves is key to our ability to allow God to give us more patience so that we are more effective in ministry for Him.

Air Date February 19, 2017 - Modern Faith 5 - Freedom

LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:

 - Book of the Month:  8 to 15 - The World is Smaller Than You Think

This is week 5 of our series called Modern Faith, a look at the Fruit of the Spirit.  Today, our subject is "freedom."   Our main passage is Galatians 5:13-23.

It's President's Day weekend, and it seems like a good week to talk about the context of the Fruit of the Spirit - which is freedom.   We hope you enjoy the message today, which includes some history about our country and a bit about one of our greatest Presidents, Abraham Lincoln.

As we go through this sermon series called Modern Faith, we'll look at each part of the Fruit of the Spirit, as well as focusing on our freedom and other matters in the context of Galatians 5. 

You stream this episode below or you can subscribe to our Podcast at this link:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/cultivating-ethos-pastor-scott/id1195492047

Air Date February 12, 2017 - Modern Faith 4 - Peace

Links from this episode:

 - Book of the Month:  8 to 15 - The World is Smaller Than You Think

This is week 4 of our series called Modern Faith, a look at the Fruit of the Spirit.  Today, our subject is "peace."   Our main passage is Philippians 4:4-9.

The opposite of peace is anxiety.  We're not talking about medical conditions, or just the day to day concerns of anyone's life.  We're talking about anxiety that is debilitating and worrisome.  The kind that so many of us struggle with in a world that is lacking Peace.  How then do we have the Peace of God?   Paul teaches us that it can be learned with the help of God.  This is not something that develops overnight - it is part of a process of change that the Holy Spirit does with us as we grow spiritually.   

As we go through this sermon series called Modern Faith, we'll look at each part of the Fruit of the Spirit, as well as focusing on our freedom and other matters in the context of Galatians 5. 

You stream this episode below or you can subscribe to our Podcast at this link:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/cultivating-ethos-pastor-scott/id1195492047

Air Date February 5, 2017 - Modern Faith 3

Links from this episode:

 - Financial Peace University  

This is week 3 of our series called Modern Faith, a look at the Fruit of the Spirit.  Our passage today is from Romans 5:1-11.   Do you have the joy, joy, joy, joy down in your heart?   Do you want to hear Pastor Scott sing that old song?  Did you know it has some rather odd verses?   Well, if you want that this is the episode for you.  But more importantly, God wants you to have joy - it is part of the Fruit of the Spirit.   That is our subject for today.

As we go through this sermon series called Modern Faith, we'll look at each part of the Fruit of the Spirit, as well as focusing on our freedom and other matters in the context of Galatians 5. 

You stream this episode below or you can subscribe to our Podcast at this link:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/cultivating-ethos-pastor-scott/id1195492047

Air Date January 29, 2017 - Modern Faith 2

Links from this episode:

 - Financial Peace University  

This is week 2 of our series called Modern Faith, a look at the Fruit of the Spirit.  Our passage today is from 1 Corinthians 13:1-13.  It's that famous passage about love, and Love is the fruit of the Spirit for this episode.  

As we go through this sermon series called Modern Faith, we'll look at each part of the Fruit of the Spirit, as well as focusing on our freedom and other matters in the context of Galatians 5. 

You stream this episode below or you can subscribe to our Podcast at this link:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/cultivating-ethos-pastor-scott/id1195492047

Air Date January 22, 2017 - Modern Faith 1

This is the first week of our new series called Modern Faith, a look at the Fruit of the Spirit.  Our passage today is from Galatians 5:13-26.  The last phrase from the famous passage about the Fruit of the Spirit is "against such things there is no law."  As we go through this sermon series called Modern Faith, we'll look at each part of the Fruit of the Spirit, as well as focusing on our freedom and other matters in the context of Galatians 5.  Today we give an introduction to this series, focusing on what the law is and what it does.

Also today, we take some time to take a Biblical command and talk about praying for our leaders, including our new President Donald Trump.  

Air Date January 15, 2017 - Tension and the Kingdom

This week’s sermon is called “Tension and the Kingdom” and it’s taken from Luke 6:17-26.  This is Luke’s version of the Sermon on the Mount, which is slightly different than Matthew’s account.   Since this week we’ll see a new presidential administration come to power in the United States, I thought it would be good to go back and have a reminder about the new administration that Jesus brings us with the Kingdom of God.  There is a tension created by the Kingdom of God, between the old Kingdom and the new.  We learn about this new administration here from Jesus.

Are you living according to Old Kingdom Values or New Kingdom Values?   This message will help you live in the new.

Also, a little leadership lesson we get from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as we remember him as a nation on Monday.

Air Date January 8, 2017 - Jesus and the Argonauts

This week's message is about dealing with the distractions of life that take us off course from the life Jesus has for us.  The main passage is 1 Peter 1:13-21.   Ancient Greeks told stories about an Island of beautiful women who sang a song that was so beautiful, it enticed sailors to change course and head toward the tantalizing melody.  These women were known as Sirens and their songs were irresistible to most people.  But they were deceptive.  The island was surrounded by rocky shores and the sailors would crash their ships and die before reaching the Sirens. 

In our life today, there are many Siren songs, things that are so tempting they can draw us away from what is best for us - and they lead to death and destruction.  In Peter's day, there were many similar distractions for Christians and he writes to help us stay on course with following Jesus.  This message will help you focus on Christ and be consumed by the beauty of the Gospel in your life.

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