Istrouma Baptist Church Podcast (emotions)

Controlling Our Emotions

Colossians 3: 1-4

Mike Holmes



Setting Your Heart:  Know who you are and whose you are.


Setting Your Mind:

  • Create mental space (silence/solitude)
  • Think about your thinking
  • Pray for wisdom
  • Process with trusted people
  • Remember (who God is, what He said)
  • Be thankful
  • Choose truth (over illusions and lies)
  • Be present minded
  • Be eternally minded

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 -

Direct download: IBC_20160904.mp3
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Matthew 9:35-10:1, 5a


  1. A compassion for people


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).


  1. A command to pray


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).


  1. A calling to participate


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).

Direct download: IBC_20160828.mp3
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The past few sermons in the series will be updated and uploaded as soon as possible.



August 21, 2016


Matthew 27:46


1.  Created for community

2.  Separated by sin

3.  Liberated from loneliness



Direct download: IBC_20160821a.mp3
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Emotions: Week 5, August 7, 2016




John 16:33


  1. The promise of peace
  2. The person of peace
  3. The power of peace
  4. The price of peace
Direct download: IBC_20160807.mp3
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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,”



Isaiah 53:3-6


  1. Jesus carried our sorrows




  1. Jesus confronted our sorrows




  1. Jesus conquered our sorrows
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If you were asked to give one word that describes God, what would it be? 


Loving?  Holy?  Awesome?


Or maybe,


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:


  1. Nehemiah 8:10 concludes, “. . . the joyof the LORD is your strength.”
  2. Psalm 16:11, You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
  3. Isaiah 62:5, “For as a young man marries a young woman, so shall your sons marry you, and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoiceover you.”
  4. Zephaniah 3:17, “The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoiceover you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”
  5. Matthew 25:21, “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave; you were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things, enter into the joyof your master.’“
  6. Luke 15:10, “In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”


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”

John 15:1-11


  1. A person of joy


  1. In spite of his difficulties


  1. In light of his destiny


  1. A path to joy


  1. Abide in Jesus


  1. Ask of Jesus


  1. A promise of joy


  1. It is fruit


  1. It is full
Direct download: IBC_20160717.mp3
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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).


  1. A command to be embraced




  1. A control to be exercised




  1. A community to be experienced


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.”


Direct download: IBC_20160710.mp3
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