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Finding Sanctuary

St. Luke Columbus Sermon Podcast

Release Date: 08/18/2019

When You Have Jesus You Have Life show art When You Have Jesus You Have Life

St. Luke Columbus Sermon Podcast

When you have Jesus you have life; when you do not have Jesus you do not have life. The New Testament clearly teaches that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in Jesus. Whoever lives and believes in Jesus has real and eternal life, now and forever. Those who do not believe in Jesus stand condemned because of their unbelief. Jesus is the resurrection and the life.   Next Step: Put your trust in Jesus and you will have life.     Lessons:   Watch:   

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The Artisan Soul: Masterpiece show art The Artisan Soul: Masterpiece

St. Luke Columbus Sermon Podcast

“When a life is a work of art, it is always more than simply an expression of ourselves.  Life becomes a work of art when we live it not for ourselves but for others. We live and tell our story, and through it we carry the hope of the world.”   Jesus turning water into the best wine is the work of his reflection of his essence.   “The greatest art of an intersection of contrasts.”   Jesus didn’t have to tell the people a miracle had happened, the quality of the product did it.   God turns water into wine time and time again, the “water” being the quality...

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The Artisan Soul: Canvas show art The Artisan Soul: Canvas

St. Luke Columbus Sermon Podcast

To experience happiness, craft your life into a work of art within God’s boundaries.   Erwin McManus writes, “Every creative endeavor becomes a realization of both how limited and how unlimited we are...Every medium carries within itself inherent limitations, and every artist comes with limitations. True creativity is not the outflow of a world without boundaries. The creative act is the genius of unleashing untapped potential and unseen beauty within the constraints and boundaries of the medium from which we choose to create” (The Artisan Soul, pp.145-146)   The commandments...

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The Artisan Soul: Craft show art The Artisan Soul: Craft

St. Luke Columbus Sermon Podcast

Paul was a tentmaker.  Peter, James and John were fishermen.  Jesus was a carpenter. Remarkably, Jesus became a common laborer and dedicated his life to a craft.     What’s the best way I can do the most good?   What is your “genius”?  What is your unique talent?  Where might you be considered, if you worked at it, the best in the world?  Craft means strength.   Lessons:   Watch:   

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The Artisan Soul: Image show art The Artisan Soul: Image

St. Luke Columbus Sermon Podcast

We transform invisible ideas into visible reality to unleash God’s love to others. Having been created as artisans in the image of God, Erwin McManus teaches that we transform the invisible into the visible. Everything that exists began as an idea in the imagination of someone’s mind, including our personal creation that began as an idea in the mind of God. An artist brings a piece of art into visible reality from the invisible imagination of the artist’s mind and  we craft our lives into works of art by bringing what we can see only in our imaginations into the visible reality of...

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The Artisan Soul: Interpretation show art The Artisan Soul: Interpretation

St. Luke Columbus Sermon Podcast

All of life is interpretation. It is through interpretation that we discover the truth.  The word, theology, broken down is “Theos Logos”, literally “God words.” Theology is the process by which we interpret the work of God to discover the truth about God’s nature and involvement in our lives.    “The power of the story of Job is in Job’s struggle through multiple interpretations of his life, to discover and embrace the true meaning of his suffering.”   In order for us to create lives that are works of art, we must interpret it to discover the essence of...

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The Artisan Soul: Voice show art The Artisan Soul: Voice

St. Luke Columbus Sermon Podcast

We find our true voice in God’s voice. Our voice is the internal narrative that drives our thoughts, words, and actions. Our voice shapes our experience of the world.  When our voice dwells in the voice of God, we begin to find our true and unique voice – our true story. We will struggle to fully live when we allow other voices to silence our own unique voices.  Shame silences us. Grace invites us to boldly tell our unique story. God’s voice in us becomes our story that we offer the world. What story is God speaking through you?    Next Step: Identify whether the...

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The Artisan Soul: Soul show art The Artisan Soul: Soul

St. Luke Columbus Sermon Podcast

The Artisan Soul The most important work of art is the life that we create.  Based on Erwin McManus’ book, The Artisan Soul, this series will call us to reclaim our creative essence and craft our lives into a work of art.  Within each of us is the essence of an artist. We need to create and be part of a process that brings to the world something beautiful, good, and true.  God is the master artisan of our lives, working within and through us, to make the world a better place.     Week 1 - Soul McManus writes, “Art in its purest form is an extension of the...

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Regifting Sacred Stewardship show art Regifting Sacred Stewardship

St. Luke Columbus Sermon Podcast

Your life is a sacred stewardship. Regift sacred stewardship to the next generation. If that means you have to understand and practice sacred stewardship first, do it. Be motivated by the likely life disasters if we do not learn and then teach sacred stewardship. Learn and teach God’s understanding of sacred stewardship. Learn and then teach that managing our money is a tool for making our values and priorities line up with God’s will. Begin with the simple understanding of what it means to Give, Save, and Spend in that order. Learn and teach to be guided by God in your money decisions....

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Regifting: The Gift of Unity show art Regifting: The Gift of Unity

St. Luke Columbus Sermon Podcast

“Many people in America today would say that divisiveness is one of the most dangerous issues in our common life, that factionalism and misguided allegiance keep us from being able to address the very serious challenges that confront us today: increasing disparity between rich and poor, climate change, global violence, competition for natural resources, migration due to war and famine.   And of course, each of these issues has its local manifestation: isolation of people in homogeneous neighborhoods; fear of strangers, of other races and nationalities, refugees, the homeless—or...

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We will find true sanctuary when we walk God’s path for us. God desires to give us sanctuary. We live in a corner of the world where many people experience being over-scheduled, over-burdened, and over-extended. Many of us desire to experience a sanctuary where we can find true rest for our souls, but being an active and growing disciple of Jesus takes time. God will not allow a Christ-follower to find restful sanctuary outside of God’s will for us. How do we become more fully devoted followers of Jesus and have a more healthy balance in our lives? When we are weary and burdened, how do we find a safe and encouraging sanctuary to experience God’s true rest and where the empty tanks of our souls are filled up with God’s inexhaustible love, grace, and truth?
 
Next Step: Determine what your priorities are and adjust your schedule to reflect those priorities. Make it a priority to be in worship the next three weeks to better understand how we experience true sanctuary when we learn, live, and unleash God’s love.