Sun, 11 September 2016
“Hope for Hard Times”
1 Peter 1:1-12
Sun, 4 September 2016
Controlling Our Emotions
Colossians 3: 1-4
A SETTLED HEART AND A SET MIND STEER EMOTIONS
Setting Your Heart: Know who you are and whose you are.
Setting Your Mind:
Other Helpful Versus:
Prov 23:7, Prov 24: 3-7, Matt 6:33-34, Luke 22:19, Rom 8:6, Rom 8:28, Rom 12:2, 2 Cor 10:5, Eph 1:16-19, Phil 4:4-8, Col3:5-17, Jas 1:5
Helpful Resource: Veritas Counseling Center - www.veritascc.org
Sun, 28 August 2016
Matthew 9:35-10:1, 5a
And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd (9:35-36).
Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest” (9:37-38).
And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction. . . . These twelve Jesus sent out (10:1, 5a).
Sun, 21 August 2016
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Video links of the services will be up at the Istrouma.org site ASAP.
The past few sermons in the series will be updated and uploaded as soon as possible.
August 21, 2016
1. Created for community
2. Separated by sin
3. Liberated from loneliness
Sun, 7 August 2016
Sun, 24 July 2016
Sun, 24 July 2016
Baton Rouge is a city known for its joy and exuberance. There’s not much that’s better than a crawfish boil, a tailgating party, or Saturday night in Death Valley.
But is recent days that joy has been turned into sorrow. Death has stalked our streets. Laughter and camaraderie has become tears and division. Instead of parties there have been funerals. Is there a place for sorrow? How ought we to deal with sorrow?
Sunday’s message will seek to answer those questions. Jesus will be our example as he shows us how to live emotionally healthy lives even when sorrow comes knocking.
Thankful to know that “weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning,”
Sun, 17 July 2016
If you were asked to give one word that describes God, what would it be?
Loving? Holy? Awesome?
Distant? Angry? Mysterious?
Did you choose “joyful”? Probably not many would choose that adjective. But the Bible makes it clear that God, among the traits and emotions that mark him, is joyful. Here are a handful of texts that affirm this:
As we will see on Sunday, “like father, like son.” Jesus also lived a life marked by joy. Yes, he was “a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief” but the river of joy never ceased to flow.
And the best news is that his joy is our inheritance! We will learn how to live in the joy that Jesus gives.
“The Joy of Jesus”
Sun, 17 July 2016
"El gozo de Jesús"
Si ustedes permanecen en mí y mis palabras permanecen en ustedes, pueden pedir lo que quieran, ¡y les será concedido! (Juan 15.7)
Les he dicho estas cosas para que se llenen de mi gozo; así es, desbordarán de gozo. (Juan 15.11)
Sun, 10 July 2016
People handle emotions differently. Some people are like Mr. Spock from Star Trek fame. He relied on logic and downplayed his emotions.
Some people are like the Hulk. At times his anger transforms him into a raging, uncontrollable beast.
Which is right? Are we to deny our emotions and stuff them down? Or are we to let our emotions have free reign and allow them to dominate us?
There is a better way. Jesus did not deny his emotions. He felt a wide range of emotions. The gospels record him experiencing many different emotions such as joy, sorrow, anger, peace, loneliness, and compassion. But never did these emotions dominate him. Instead, he directed or controlled his emotions. He channeled them in a way that glorified God and helped others.
“Mr. Spock, the Hulk, and Jesus”
Key Verses: “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another” (Romans 12:15-6a).
In our series we will take these emotions one by one and see how we can live emotionally as Jesus did.
Our key passage for Sunday is Romans 12:15-16a, “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another.”