RSS

Author Archives: pastorbillington

Sermon outline for Luke 6:17-26 (2/17/19)

Recognizing Our Need

Advertisements
 
Leave a comment

Posted by on February 16, 2019 in Sermon Outline

 

Sermon outline for Luke 6:12-16 (2/10/19)

Lessons about Discipleship
Luke 6:12-16

I) Prayer is an important part of any decision making process

II) God has different roles and responsibilities for each of us

III) Peter teaches us that sanctification is a process

IV) Andrew shows us how to live with meekness and grace

V) James teaches us that there is a cost to discipleship

VI) John shows us that we need to have our emotions under control

VII) Philip teaches us that God can use even an imperfect faith

VIII) Bartholomew shows us that we need to retain our sense of wonder!

IX) Matthew teaches us the importance of bringing people to Jesus

X) Thomas shows that our unbelief is no match for God’s glory

XI) James teaches us that humility is important

XII) Simon shows us that we can work together for the kingdom

XIII) Thaddaeus teaches us that we should have a heart for others

XIV) Judas shows us the power of regret

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on February 7, 2019 in Sermon Outline

 

Here is a great perspective on the Super Bowl

Super Bowl champ: I’ve won AND lost the big game – Here’s the incredible thing I learned (https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/super-bowl-champ-ive-won-and-lost-the-big-game-heres-the-incredible-thing-i-learned)

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on February 3, 2019 in Inspirational

 

My complicated relationship with Facebook

This post has been a long time coming.

I’ve had some fun with Facebook over the past week, but some of you may have noticed that I haven’t posted much lately.  There are many reasons for that.  Some of them have to do with privacy (Facebook certainly doesn’t need to know everywhere I go on the web or where I take my phone).  Some have to do with convenience (I used to post directly from my WordPress account, until Facebook decided that it wouldn’t allow me that convenience).  I’ve also have friends that had posts deleted or their account frozen because of conservative ideology.  Most recently it appears that a New York pastor has not been allowed to share a post about his concern with the new abortion law (https://fxn.ws/2G4Kel1).  I guess that this is my proverbial last straw.

In the past I’ve removed the Facebook app from my phone.  I’ve reviewed my browser settings to make it harder for websites to track me.  I’ve disabled location services. Much of this is just good common sense.  Big Data is a real issue.  But I have continued to use Facebook periodically.

Unfortunately, I can’t simply stop using it completely, as much as I’d like to.  I can’t add information to our church page without having a linked personal account.  I’ll have to go back to what I was doing before: logging on whenever I need to post information to the church site, but not using it as a platform for anything else.  I have other options.  I can use my WordPress blog, and our desire is to have the church website updated more frequently so that the information is current.

So, that is where I stand.  My wife has chosen to deactivate her account, at least for the time being.  The nice thing about that is the ability to continue to use messenger, although some have expressed privacy concerns about that app as well! The truth is that even our smart TVs are spying on us.  We should just be aware of the issues that arise as a result, and the Orwellian oversight of our posts.  Each of us will have to make our own decision as to where to draw the line.

Postscript: If you are concerned about your privacy on the net, you may want to check out the Brave web browser.

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on February 1, 2019 in Issues, Personal

 

Sermon outline for Luke 6:1-11 (2/3/19)

Understanding Our Priorities

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on February 1, 2019 in Sermon Outline

 

Sermon outline for Luke 5:33-39 (1/27/19)

“Behold, I am making all things new!”

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on January 24, 2019 in Sermon Outline

 

Sermon outline for Genesis 1:26-27 (1/20/19)

What it means to be made in the “image of God”

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on January 18, 2019 in Sermon Outline