God’s Hall of Faith

God’s Hall of Faith


That is what God is saying to you and to me.  If you have faith, if the object is Jesus Christ, if you are building your faith, now use it.  How do I use it?  It gets deeper.  Here we go.  Look at Hebrews 11:8.  This chapter is God’s Hall of Faith, it is a list of true risk takers, people who really stepped out there, men and women who had the spirit of adventure.  “It was by faith that made Abraham obey when God called him to go out to a country which God had promised to give him.”  Now father Abraham was old, he was seventy-five years of age, he was thinking about retirement, Geritol, all those things.  And God said, “Abraham, I want you to go.”  And Abraham didn’t say yo, he said he was ready to go.  He obeyed God.  But Ed Young wants you to check this last part out.

“He left his own country, which happened to be Ur of the Chaldees…”  Isn’t that a great name.  Where are you from?  Ur?  You ur? Ur of the Chaldees is now where modern day Iraq is located.  “He left…without knowing where he was going.”  Does that sound like a man, women, without knowing where he was going.  We all have a poor sense of direction.  I get lost everywhere I go.  I will not ask for directions, though, you know that.  I let my wife point where to go and follow her lead.  So he left without knowing where he was going.  Here is the principle here. Everyone of you follow the Lord, even when you can’t figure Him out.  That is the way I use my faith.  I follow the Lord even when I can’t figure Him out.  Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.”

United States :
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Canada :
Alberta British Columbia Manitoba New Brunswick Newfoundland Northwest Territories Nova Scotia Nunavut Ontario Prince Edward Island Quebec Saskatchewan Yukon Territory

South America :
Argentina Bolivia Brazil Chile Colombia Ecuador Falkland Islands French Guiana Guyana Paraguay Peru Suriname Uruguay Venezuela

Europe :
Albania Andorra Armenia Austria Azerbaijan Belarus Belgium Bosnia and Herzegovina Bulgaria Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland France Georgia Germany Gibraltar Greece Guernsey Hungary Iceland Ireland Isle of Man Italy Jersey Kosovo Latvia Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macedonia Malta Moldova Monaco Montenegro Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia San Marino Serbia Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey Ukraine United Kingdom Vatican City

Asia :
Afghanistan Bahrain Bangladesh Bhutan Brunei Cambodia China East Timor Hong Kong India Indonesia Iran Iraq Israel Japan Jordan Kazakhstan Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Laos Lebanon Macau Malaysia Maldives Mongolia Myanmar (Burma) Nepal North Korea Oman Pakistan Philippines Qatar Saudi Arabia Singapore South Korea Sri Lanka Syria Taiwan Tajikistan Thailand Turkmenistan United Arab Emirates Uzbekistan Vietnam Yemen

Africa :
Angola Benin Botswana Burkina Faso Burundi Cameroon Cape Verde Central African Republic Chad Congo-Brazzaville Congo-Kinshasa Djibouti Egypt Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Ethiopia Gabon Gambia Ghana Guinea Guinea-Bissau Ivory Coast Kenya Lesotho Liberia Libya Madagascar Malawi Mali Mauritania Mauritius Morocco Mozambique Namibia Niger Nigeria Reunion Rwanda Sao Tome and Principe Senegal Seychelles Sierra Leone Somalia South Africa Sudan Swaziland Tanzania Togo Tunisia Uganda Western Sahara Zambia Zimbabwe

Australia & Oceania :
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The Commitment of Jesus Christ

The Commitment of Jesus Christ


If the only thing you get is, “Wow, I should be thankful for my life because I don’t have to deal with what the Skinner’s have to deal with.  Or, wow, my deal is pretty easy compared to theirs.”  If that is what you are thinking right now, you have sadly missed the point. It’s all about commitment.  That’s the overriding theme.  That’s the octane that is driving it all, commitment.  So the question hangs out there, how do I ramp up my commitment?  Against the backdrop of the life of the Skinners’, what are the criteria of commitment?  Let’s run through them in the few moments that remain.

I am talking about how to ramp up your commitment level.  Right up front, if we are going to be people of commitment, people like the Skinner’s, people like God has wired us up to be, we have got to contemplate the character and the commitment of Jesus Christ.  We’ve got to contemplate his character.  God says in Hebrews 13, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” In Luke, chapter 22, Jesus, a few hours after he was arrested falsely accused of a crime, a few hours before he was crucified for your sins and mine, he was on his knees in prayer and here is what he said, “Father, (pick up his commitment now) if you are willing, take this cup from me.”  Jesus saw what was going to happen on the horizon of his life and he said, “Lord, if it is your will, let it pass, if there is any other way.”  Then he said, “Yet, not my will but yours be done.”

 

United States :
Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware District of Columbia Florida Georgia Guam Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Puerto Rico Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virgin Islands Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming

Canada :
Alberta British Columbia Manitoba New Brunswick Newfoundland Northwest Territories Nova Scotia Nunavut Ontario Prince Edward Island Quebec Saskatchewan Yukon Territory

South America :
Argentina Bolivia Brazil Chile Colombia Ecuador Falkland Islands French Guiana Guyana Paraguay Peru Suriname Uruguay Venezuela

Europe :
Albania Andorra Armenia Austria Azerbaijan Belarus Belgium Bosnia and Herzegovina Bulgaria Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland France Georgia Germany Gibraltar Greece Guernsey Hungary Iceland Ireland Isle of Man Italy Jersey Kosovo Latvia Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macedonia Malta Moldova Monaco Montenegro Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia San Marino Serbia Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey Ukraine United Kingdom Vatican City

Asia :
Afghanistan Bahrain Bangladesh Bhutan Brunei Cambodia China East Timor Hong Kong India Indonesia Iran Iraq Israel Japan Jordan Kazakhstan Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Laos Lebanon Macau Malaysia Maldives Mongolia Myanmar (Burma) Nepal North Korea Oman Pakistan Philippines Qatar Saudi Arabia Singapore South Korea Sri Lanka Syria Taiwan Tajikistan Thailand Turkmenistan United Arab Emirates Uzbekistan Vietnam Yemen

Africa :
Angola Benin Botswana Burkina Faso Burundi Cameroon Cape Verde Central African Republic Chad Congo-Brazzaville Congo-Kinshasa Djibouti Egypt Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Ethiopia Gabon Gambia Ghana Guinea Guinea-Bissau Ivory Coast Kenya Lesotho Liberia Libya Madagascar Malawi Mali Mauritania Mauritius Morocco Mozambique Namibia Niger Nigeria Reunion Rwanda Sao Tome and Principe Senegal Seychelles Sierra Leone Somalia South Africa Sudan Swaziland Tanzania Togo Tunisia Uganda Western Sahara Zambia Zimbabwe

Australia & Oceania :
Australia New Zealand Fiji French Polynesia Guam Kiribati Marshall Islands Micronesia Nauru New Caledonia Papua New Guinea Samoa Solomon Islands Tonga Tuvalu Vanuatu Wallis and Futuna

God is our king

 

Parents, know what?  If you said to yourself, “You know what, I just want my kids to be happy.  I don’t care about obedience.  I just want them to be happy.”  Man we would have a wild family dynamic, wouldn’t we?  Parents, we want our children to obey us. Kids, remember mom and dad know more than you do, and when you obey them you will be joyful and your joy one day will be made full.  Because you’ll look back maybe years from now and say, wow, mom was pretty smart.  Dad had it pretty together.  Now I understand why she told me that.  Now I understand why he had that rule.

The same is true with our perfect heavenly parent as well.  In the book of Judges, chapter 21, verse 25, it has one of the most penetrating and powerful verses in all of Scripture that talks about where we are as a nation.  It talks about relativism, it talks about pragmatism, it talks about subjectivity.  Let me read it to you.  “There was no king in Israel.  Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.”  Wow, is that where we are or what?  There’s no king so everyone does these days what’s right in their own eyes.

As you read the book of Judges, let me give you the cliff notes right quick, it is basically God sending men and women in to warn the children of Israel.  Because they were in the spin cycle of sin and these judges would come in and say you’re missing the mark, you need to come back to God, you need to repent.  Well, finally, after a while the children of Israel said, “Hey Samuel, I know God is our king but we don’t have a king, an earthly king, like the other neighboring nations.  So we want a king.  Everybody else is doing it so we’ve got to do it.”  Does that sound typical?  We want an earthly king.

You can stand and you can rise above the verbal flamethrowers. I play a video game sometimes and the object of this game is to rescue the damsel in distress

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Easter is About Marriage by Pastor Ed Young

Easter is about marriage; marriage is about Easter.  You’ve got the gospel, Jesus loving us, Jesus romancing us and wooing us and drawing us to himself.  Some of us here realize it; others don’t.  You’ve been brought here; you’ve been sought by the living Lord.  He has put it all on the line.  He loves you.  You matter to him.  He loves you and he loves me unconditionally.  He loves you and he loves me in spite of ourselves.  And he loved us so much that he died on the cross for our sins and rose again.

Now, when I say that—the death and the burial and the resurrection of Jesus—some of you who have been around the church before know what I’m talking about.  You think I just described the gospel.  You’re right.  But I only described part of the gospel.  The resurrection was the completion of the gospel process.  The gospel process, yes, is the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.

Also, though, we have to realize the reason for the resurrection.  Why, I ask you, did Jesus rise again?  That’s a pretty good question.  Why did the Son of God conquer death?  The reason he was able to conquer death was the simple fact that Jesus lived a perfect life.  He was holy.  He was pure.  The word holiness means to be set apart.  He was 100 percent righteous.  So when I come to a point in my life where I say I do to Jesus, what happens?  I receive Him into my life and his righteousness and his holiness is imputed into my very existence.  So when God sees me, God sees Jesus.

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God Wants of Us to Become Difference Makers by Pastor Ed Young

You’re talking about a difference maker?  He turns into a walking disaster area and the mistake that moses made was much greater than cheating in the byron nelson classic or buying a boa constrictor behind your parents’ back.  He took the life of someone. I’m in the second segment of a series entitled, “becoming a difference maker”.  God wants all of us to become difference makers.

He wants us to make an impact, to make a trail, to make a difference in this life, and moses is one of the greatest difference makers of all times.  But today, it doesn’t look that way.  And i believe if we’re totally transparent, we can look back at our lives and see where we went through areas and maybe even right now where it looks like for all practical purposes, that guy or that girl will never become a difference maker.

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Segment in the Life of Moses by Pastor Ed Young

No big deal!  My parents come home.  “how are you doing, mom, dad?”  They did see me with a couple of mice but they thought, “well, that’s just ed.”  Then, though, i started feeling really guilty and after guilt, i felt fear.  “what if the snake gets out?  Oh boy, what will i do?”  Finally, i walked in with the snake, “mom, dad, i bought this boa constrictor.”  I came clean.  I told the truth about what I’d done.  It was not a pretty sight.  I was grounded, but still i felt good because i had hidden something and then i revealed it.

Today we’re going to look at a brief segment in the life of moses because moses made a major error at a crucial moment in his journey and he had the audacity, here this great difference maker, to try to cover the mistake up and it looks like, for all practical purposes, it’s over for moses.

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Marriage is not the Easiest Thing by Pastor Ed Young

Well, after Lisa and I honeymooned, we came back and rented a small place in Houston, which is where we lived at the time.  And very quickly, very rapidly, romance segued into reality.  You know what I’m talking about, don’t you?  Reality.  There were bills to pay. We were both in school. There were the stresses and the pressures of working and also being married.

And some of you right now are thinking, “Wait a minute.  You mean the romance ended that quickly?  I’m going to be different.  When I get married it is going to be romance 24/7.  It is going to be love, love, love, love, love.” Well, you just get married for a couple of weeks and watch the romance erode.  It happens like that.  It just happens.  And all the married people are thinking, “Ed I feel you man.  You’re right on target.”

Marriage is not the easiest thing; it’s the hardest thing.  It’s challenging to be married. But I’m here to tell you it’s worth it.  It’s worth the work.  Now, about now some of you are saying, “Ed, did you show up at the wrong time and place?  This is Easter weekend.  We’re celebrating the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Every song we’ve done has been about the resurrection; the video, the resurrection; the paintings were about the resurrection; the drama, it’s about the resurrection.  The resurrection and marriage?  There’s like a disconnect.  It doesn’t make sense.  Where is the common thread?”

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Food Source Heavenward by Pastor Ed Young

Why do you pray? Jesus was driving at the motivation, because in this chapter, Matthew 6, we’ve been talking about it for the last several weeks, Jesus said, “When you pray…” He also says, “When you fast…” A lot of us are on a fast. We’ve redirected our food source heavenward. And he talks about when you give. Three foundations of a follower of Christ—when you pray, when you fast, when you give. Not if, but when.

When we build our lives on those spiritual disciples, great things will occur. We will receive, Jesus said, an incredible reward—knowing that we’re living right in the middle of the will of God; knowing we’re in the sweet spot of God’s success; knowing that we’re on the receiving end of the tangible and intangible favor of God. That’s what Jesus wants.

MOTIVATION

And this whole thing is about our motives. Why do we give? Why do we pray? Why do we fast? Why, why, why, why, why… Motives. Well, you’re probably thinking, I never come to God with totally pure motives! Wait a minute, Ed, you’re telling me that Jesus is telling me that I should come to him with pure motives? No. He’s not doing that, because we can never come to God with pure motives on this side of the grave. It’s impossible. Never! But just do this with me… Ahhhh… Isn’t that a relief? I’ve heard some people teach on prayer and I’m thinking, “I could never pray, because I don’t have pure motives all the time when I pray!”

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Thinking About God by Pastor Ed Young

What if Mariah Carrey walked up and said I want to talk to you about singing. We’d be like, “Whoa. Mariah Carrey is here singing. This is great!” And everyone who likes music, and especially parents who have these dreams about their kid becoming some mega superstar singer, would be like, “That’s Mariah Carrey.”

Well, there was something about the way Jesus prayed that snapped the heads of the disciples. The disciples were good Jewish boys. They’d heard the prayers; they knew the score. Yet, the way Jesus prayed was so unique, so different, so attractive, that one day they said, “Jesus, teach us to pray.”

So Jesus began to talk about prayer in Matthew 6. And he slammed prayers like I prayed that day. Matthew 6:5, “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.”Jesus said, “I can see right through the hype of the hypocrites.”

What’s their reward? To be seen by men. That’s it? That’s it. To be seen by men. Wow, that’s something else. When I prayed that prayer, my first prayer, that Morning Prayer, I wasn’t really thinking about God. I was thinking about others. I was wondering, “How do I sound, how do I look before others? I want to be seen by men.” And I got my reward didn’t I? Ha ha! In full.

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The Great Game by Pastor Ed Young

And I was thinking, “I’m doing it! This is great! I’m spurring the horse to the barn. I’m almost done.” “Hallowed be thy name…” “Hallowed be thy name…” And then I just froze. I couldn’t say anything. I couldn’t talk. I couldn’t even read. I totally choked! It was horrendous! People began to stumble. And I just said, “For thine is the kingdom of glory, uh…Amen.” And I closed my Bible.

And people then began to laugh like, “Ha, ha! He’ll never make it.” I walked off the platform and found some open seat on the front pew and I sat down. And for some reason my mother was sitting on the front row, which she never does,  and she leaned over to me while everyone was laughing and she said, “Ed, your voice sounded real good.”

Only a mother could find something good in that terrible, terrible prayer. You know Jesus talked about the type of prayer like I prayed. He did, he talked about it in Matthew chapter 6. If Tiger Woods walked in here and said, “Hey, I want to teach you guys about playing golf.” Every man and woman, boy and girl who’s into the great game of golf would lean in. “It’s Tiger!”

If Peyton Manning walked out and said, “Okay, I want to show you guys how to throw a foot ball,” every frustrated All-American here would look to him. You know, all guys are frustrated All-Americans. Guys think, “I could play in the NFL. If I hadn’t hurt my knee I’d be in the NFL.” No you wouldn’t. But you tell your girlfriend or your wife that. But we would all lean in and we would want to watch Peyton Manning demonstrate how to throw a ball. That would be phenomenal wouldn’t it?

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