Yesterday (Sunday) was a blast. It was both exciting and fun. Yes, church can be both exciting and fun. The building was packed, there were lots of visitors, lots of necks to hug and I love preaching about our good God. I love my Childress church family.

Lea and Parker got to go to the NASCAR races yesterday at Texas Motor Speedway with 200,000 other screaming race fans. I stayed home this time and watched it on television. It was my first time in 5 years not to go (I was a little sad). But they had a great day doing mother and son things together. They got to see a great race and they said they had a wonderful devotional together.

Tomorrow we’ll do “Top 10 Tuesday.” But now, here are some brief thoughts about yesterday’s sermon and the link to listen to it if you’d like (PS – Neva, I mentioned you in my sermon… scary, hua?).


SERMON LINK: “Taste and See that the Lord is Good”

It seems in this world there are two kinds of people, givers and takers. And when it comes to takers, no one wants to hang out or hook up with a taker.

In the very same way, I believe that there are many unbelievers who feel God is a taker and not a giver and that’s why they are resistant to Christianity. Their feelings are, “Why would I want to hook up with a God who is a taker and not a giver?”

Many unbelievers feel God will take their…

  • Freedom: “If I follow God, He’ll ruin my freedom with my friends, money and recreation.”
  • Fun: “If I follow God, it’ll be boring and I’ll never have a day of fun again.”
  • Fulfillment: “We only go around once in life, why should I allow God to steal my fulfillment?” “And if I only go around once in life, why would I want to hook up with a taker?”

But, taste and see, God is really a GIVER who gives true…

  • Freedom: God is the one who gives freedom from sin, anger, guilt, pain, confusion and fear. He gives me the freedom to grow, serve and love. Jesus said, “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
  • Fun: God is the giver of true joy. Joy begins with giving your life away. Slaves of Christ are the freest people in the world. With God my happiness is not directly related to my circumstances. That means that I can be joyful even when I have a bad day. Because my joy is not external, but internal. Jesus said, “I have come that you might have life, and have it more abundantly.”
  • Fulfillment: The most rewarding thing in life is a relationship with God. It won’t exempt you from problems, but it will satisfy you. “Taste and see that the Lord is good” Psalm 34:8.

God is a giver, not a taker. The Bible says that “God so loved the world that He GAVE…” (John 3:16) And Romans 8:32 says: “He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all–how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?”

God is a good God. He is definitely a giver and not just a taker … “Taste & See that the Lord is Good”

QUESTION: What do you think are some other reasons that people are unwilling to give their lives to God?

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  1. lisa leichner says:

    I was just thinking along these lines the other night at work. My goal at work is to convey a positive impression of Christians to my co-workers, right? My co-workers like to have fun, though sometimes they tell off-color jokes or watch shows on TV that are not appropriate, etc. I was thinking, “how do I give them the impression that I have fun as a Christian, since I don’t laugh at the things they do?” I kinda think that’s important. If they think I’m dull and don’t know how to laugh, they aren’t going to see the appeal of doing things God’s way. Not that I have to sacrifice my standards in order to do that, though.

    Good post. You’ve got me thinking (no smart remarks, okay?). I like being challenged. :)

  2. The Preacher's Household: says:

    Great question. I think one of the reasons is found in John 3:19,”This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light becasue their deeds were evil”. The darkness hates the light. People are stuck in sin and sometimes don’t even see it.

    It doesn’t help that we use words they don’t relate to, like sin. I believe in it but we need to work on communicating so they see their need.
    (Leave it to a preacher to preach.)


  3. Neva says:

    Sometimes, I think we are just too lazy–we know that making a commitment to Him will require effort on our part–that’s why even those of us who are Christians dont read our Bibles like we should and evangelize like we should, etc.


  4. TREY MORGAN says:

    I like your thinking James. We must remember that we’re converting people to Jesus not to a church, a system or a tradition.

  5. NB says:

    Right or wrong, here are some reasons:

    1) They don’t know the truth about God.
    2) Their friends and families are not supportive.
    3) They feel they’ve been wronged by someone who represented a church.
    4) It requires trust – something that is hard to do in this day and age.
    5) It’s involves giving up control.
    6) They are afraid.
    7) They believe they are unworthy of the things God has to offer.
    8) They think they have to fix everything about themselves before they can give their life to God.
    9) Shame and guilt.
    10) Fear of failing.

  6. Monalea says:

    Giving up your life to anyone, means trusting. Most have been burned so badly that they are not willing to take the chance to trust again. Giving up your life to God means giving up control. Control is something we all hold onto with both hands. It took me a long, long time to give my life to God and give up control. Sometimes I still struggle with this!

  7. Robert D. Lukenbill, III says:

    That is an awesome outline! How do you think of that stuff? Hope you don’t mind if I share that with my home congregation?

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