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Fullness: Running on Full - Sunday, July 24, 2016 - Pastor Steve Brown

St. Luke Columbus Sermon Podcast

Release Date: 08/01/2016

Never Go Hungry // Steve Brown show art Never Go Hungry // Steve Brown

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We repeatedly grow physically hungry when we have not eaten physical food. In this sense our appetites are insatiable. The same is spiritually true when we find our primary satisfaction and security in the work we do and the fleeting experiences of this world. We continue to hunger for more to fill the black hole inside of us.   Subscribe to stay updated with the latest content. Follow St Luke Lutheran Church:

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How God Moved In Me This Summer // St Luke Students show art How God Moved In Me This Summer // St Luke Students

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This past year has been a year unlike anything we have had to deal with. Our world has changed, but God never changed. This Sunday we will look at what God did in the lives of these students in midst of the change we’ve all experienced.   Subscribe to stay updated with the latest content. Follow St Luke Lutheran Church:

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Flourishing Spirituality // Mike Weaver show art Flourishing Spirituality // Mike Weaver

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In the midst of unrelenting change and challenge in our culture today, many people are feeling overwhelmed, tired, and burned out.  It can be a challenge to flourish in life today, especially spiritually.     One-third of church-going adults have seen a decline in their spiritual life over the past few months, according to a Barna Report of the spiritual state of Columbus.    The wisdom of Psalm 1 and the teaching of Jesus show us how we might all deepen our spiritual lives and flourish even during challenging times like these.    Subscribe to stay...

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Gideon Summer, Part 7: Images Without Substance // Steve Brown show art Gideon Summer, Part 7: Images Without Substance // Steve Brown

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Eugene Peterson writes, “We live in a culture where a new beginning is far more attractive than a long follow-through. Images are important. Beginnings are important. But an image without substance is a lie. A beginning without a continuation is a lie.”   Although Gideon had been a faithful leader, he made a move near the end of his career that had unintended consequences. He made an ephod that the Hebrews prostituted themselves by worshipping it. The ephod became an image without substance and a snare to Gideon and his family. This set up the Hebrews to fall into the same old trip...

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Gideon Summer, Part 6: Act By Faith Alone  // Mike Weaver show art Gideon Summer, Part 6: Act By Faith Alone  // Mike Weaver

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“Take nothing with you,” Jesus tells the disciples before they are sent by twos to heal and proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God. Gideon now faced a massive Midianite army camped in the valley with 300 men armed with trumpets and empty clay jars. The victory was certain, “I am going to give it [the camp of the Midianites] into your hands,” (Judges 7:9) God tells Gideon. The question remains, will Gideon act on the promise.  Will we?   Subscribe to stay updated with the latest content. Follow St Luke Lutheran Church:

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Gideon Summer, Part 5: Radical Trust  // Mike Weaver show art Gideon Summer, Part 5: Radical Trust  // Mike Weaver

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Gideon has a newfound strength and trust within him, one that moves him to radical trust in God and God’s guidance.  He has a new name, “Jerub-Baal” meaning, “Let Baal contend”.  Internally, Gideon has become the mighty warrior and he is now ready to go toe to toe with the Midianites.  What would our name be as we face the overwhelming forces against us?  The army God chooses will be like Gideon, internally strong, whose strength is found in God alone.  Who has God chosen to fight with us?   Subscribe to stay updated with the latest content. Follow St...

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Gideon Summer, Part 4: God Meets Us Where We Are // Steve Brown show art Gideon Summer, Part 4: God Meets Us Where We Are // Steve Brown

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When facing the overwhelming military strength of the Midianites, Gideon’s faith faltered and he was no longer certain that God would save Israel through Gideon. So, Gideon asked God for two very specific signs that were counter to nature. Without hesitation, God gave Gideon the exact signs Gideon requested. What are the spiritual values and pitfalls of requesting signs from the Lord?    Subscribe to stay updated with the latest content. Follow St Luke Lutheran Church:

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Gideon Summer, Part 3: Bold Moves // Mike Weaver show art Gideon Summer, Part 3: Bold Moves // Mike Weaver

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Gideon, the mighty reluctant warrior, acts.  He’s commanded by God to do something that frightens Gideon, “Tear down your father’s altar to Baal and cut down the Asherah pole beside it” (Judges 6:25).  Sometimes, the first boldest move God asks us to do isn’t feeding 5000, it is internal, as we self-differentiate ourselves from our families and friends to become the people God asks us to be.      Subscribe to stay updated with the latest content. Follow St Luke Lutheran Church:

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Gideon Summer, Part 2: From Weakness to Strength // Mike Weaver show art Gideon Summer, Part 2: From Weakness to Strength // Mike Weaver

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Throughout Biblical history, God calls unqualified, ordinary people to do extraordinary things.  Whether it be the disciples called to feed a crowd of 5000 hungry people or Gideon to defeat the Midianites, God uses people like you and me to act boldly and gracefully in the faces of the various challenges we face.  This week in this series, A Gideon Summer, we come to grips with our own weaknesses as we assess where God is calling us to face the challenges around us.  We may be, like Gideon, reluctant warriors, but we are warriors nonetheless.   Subscribe to stay updated...

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Gideon Summer, Part 1: Same Old Trip Trap // Steve Brown show art Gideon Summer, Part 1: Same Old Trip Trap // Steve Brown

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In the book of the Judges, the people of God repeatedly were brought to a place where they thought evil was winning. We learn from the story of Gideon as to why this is happening and how to respond. When the angel of the Lord appeared to call a very discouraged Gideon to be the next judge of Israel, the angel began by saying, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.” When evil appears to be winning, know that the Lord is with you.   Subscribe to stay updated with the latest content. Follow St Luke Lutheran Church:

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Since we have been raised to a new life in Jesus, we are truly running on full and have our minds set on living a life that is pleasing to Christ. When we are running filled up with Jesus, we live lives that may seem peculiar and yet attractive to others. We know that we are running on full when …
  • We put to death what violates God’s values (3:5-9)
  • We put on the character traits and behaviors that reflect God’s heart (3:12-17)
  • We behave like Jesus in our relationships with others. (3:18 – 4:5)
After hearing this sermon we hope you will answer this question for yourself: “Based on what I live out in my life, am I running on full or empty?” If running on full, pick one of the 33 Christ-like character traits, behaviors and disciplines (one for each year that Jesus lived) listed in the lesson from Colossians to grow in your life. Ask God, the Holy Spirit, to help you understand how this can grow. If running on empty, ask God to help you understand why this is so and what is needed for you to be filled with Jesus. If you are ready, put yourself in the place to be filled with Christ.