Timothy is a writer and artist who enjoys writing poetry, stories and articles. Timothy earned his BS in psychology from Albright College
A Sunday Morning
Sitting in a church on a Sunday morning means listening to a sermon by your pastor. Ultimately the pastor has a certain truth he wants you to learn. Embedded in these messages are usually some little gem of information or quote which sticks out to you. Here are 20 of those gems accumulated from months of sermons.
1. Are you a moth or a butterfly.
A moth works in the darkness but is drawn to light but then goes back to the darkness when the light goes out. A butterfly comes from a cocoon and once reborn as a butterfly it flutters around in the light showing off it’s beauty. The moral is this a moth sees the light but is only interested in it while it is on. Some people are drawn to the Word of God but once they leave a church and the light goes off. Then their faith wains. The pastors message is to be the butterfly and be totally reborn.
2. Don‘t play in the puddles. The water may be to deep.
The gist of this one. Well if you claim you are following the Lord you better be careful because just one little toe dipped into the worldly pool can lead to a whole lot of problems. Luke 21:34, “drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap.”
3. Anything worth doing is worth doing well. Or the opposite, anything not worth doing is not worth doing well.
Since working for God is worth doing doing well then make sure you do well when you work for God. Paul said to Titus in vs 7-8, “Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.”
4. The stories are real. Don’t try to change the facts. In other words don’t try to change the facts in the Bible in order to suit your own needs or to try and justify your own actions. Proverbs 30:6 talks about those who try to change the Word of God., “Do not add to his words, lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar.”
5. You can’t play hide and seek with God. The Bible says Gods is everywhere. Jeremiah 23:24, “Can a man hide himself in hiding places. So I do not see him?” declares the Lord. “Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?” declares the Lord”
6. Sitting in the rain gets you wet. This one is a reference to 1 Corinthians 16:13, “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.” in other words don’t hang around or do anything that is going to ruin you Christian witness.
7. Love isn’t always easy. Matthew 5:44 says, “But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” You are to love all equally even those you may not want to love.
8. Tying balloons to your chair helps you to fly. What the pastor meant by this was when focus on God as Jesus says in Matthew 19:26, “With God all things are possible.”
9. Angels are in your outfield. As it says in Hebrews 1:14,”Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?” We have angels, who once we are saved are sent to watch over us.
10. Don’t let the dirty laundry pile up. Even though you dedicated your life to God each day you still do things wrong. It is important to go to God and confess each day. 1 John 1:9, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
11. If you want to know the truth about someone check out their bathroom. We all have things we’re not proud of or try to hide in our medicine cabinets but sooner or later they will be found out.
12. Sometimes you need to use jumper cables or don’t let you car run out of gas.
Just reading God’s word does not keep your battery charged or your gas tank full. What you have to do is study God’s word for the deeper meaning.
13. Don’t be a bad Samaritan.
A bad Samaritan is a person who puts their own interests above others. God wants us to be Good Samaritans, Hebrews 13:16, “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”
14. Jesus didn’t spend much time at church. He was out on the road.
God does not want you to sit in church He wants you to get up and go out into the world and spread His word. 2 Timothy 2:15, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.”
15. You‘re better than you think you are but not better than everyone else.
Do not boast about yourself but humbly go about your work helping those who need you to help them stand. Roman’s 15:1, “We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves.”
16. Your dog has it right.
- Always glad to see you
- Unconditionally loves you
- Will do anything for you
All Christians are to be faithful and loyal to God And to others and to glad to see each other.
Proverbs 3:3, “Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart.”
17. Make room in your budget for joy. Not a budget as in a financial sense but in life. Always make room in whatever you’re doing for joy.
Romans 15:13, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”
18. What‘s in a life is not based on all the stuff. A person’s life is not the sum of all the stuff lying around in your house but how you use the time in your life you are given.
Matthew 6:19-21, ““Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”
19. Where do all the normal people stand.
We are all unique. Each person is different and their own characteristic. The Bible says in Psalm 139:14, “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.”
20. Being a Christian is not a summer job it is a lifetime commitment. You are to always walk with God not just on Sunday’s And when you feel it is convenient. The Bible says in, Galatians 6:9, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
Some Final Thoughts
There you have 20 things learned on a Sunday morning in church. While there are times a Pastor may speak in the abstract there is always some simple lesson behinds his words. Here’s to finding all the lessons your pastor has for you.
© 2020 Timothy Whitt
Timothy Whitt (author) from New Jersey on November 07, 2020:
I know. I love picking up the little truths inside each sermon on a Sunday morning.
Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on November 07, 2020:
Love it! Thank you for sharing all those treasured thoughts. Great reminders of our Heavenly Father's care for his children.
Timothy Whitt (author) from New Jersey on November 05, 2020:
In this crazy time I thought we could use some good lessons.
John Hansen from Queensland Australia on November 05, 2020:
Twenty wonderful lessons to learn and take to heart here. Thank you for sharing, Tim.
Timothy Whitt (author) from New Jersey on November 05, 2020:
I take notes on Sunday’s and figured I’d put a few of them together.
Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on November 05, 2020:
Well presented and beautiful compilation. A treasure chest of points. Thanks.