1. Mary Ann Calhoun
    November 9, 2009 @ 11:31 am

    We just watched ‘Gran Torino’ the other night for the first time (we are about a year behind the rest of the world I know) and the course joking part of your sermon was perfectly depicted in that movie… where it was a form of friendship and intimacy but was more like a way of avoiding intimacy and real communication and designed to keep others at a distance.


  2. Elizabeth
    November 9, 2009 @ 1:12 pm

    David—gosh, I don’t know, I personally thought it was a GREAT sermon. Sure, there was a lot to chew on, but hey, Ephesians 5 is like a firehose! Hard to drink from it, no matter how you position the cup. I am guessing that’s probably why some pastors say, “Heck with it, let’s just stay in Ephesians for this year…and next!” So you are doing a masterful job with the limits given.

    The Boesens really appreciate your learning spirit, and your abundant teaching gifts, and your leadership.


  3. Marshall Dove
    November 9, 2009 @ 6:06 pm

    As a new member of Restoration, I thought the sermon was outstanding. I took notes and shared them with a friend over lunch and we had a great discussion today. Your points about “staying with God” and not becoming distracted affect everyone, and I am confident the congregation felt that you were talking to each one of us individually. Each person can take them and apply—as Christians don’t we owe it to Him to be in constant check with ourselves and how we WALK?? I think so. Your points were right on target and well made.

    I especially loved your point on IF we choose to be distracted then we are saying certain things to God such as “I don’t really believe in your promises. I think my choices and control are more important here. Your preaching and love were not real and I am going on my own direction. Sorry God but I am in charge.” If you can stomach these statements when choosing to not “walk in the light” and remind yourselves of them, it is a togh pill to swallow.

    I feel blessed by your words, direction, goal oriented teachings, and know that God is working with you. You are affecting so many people positively in this congregation. I am one!

    Thanks for your dedication.


  4. Kristen Terry
    November 10, 2009 @ 1:32 pm

    I was convicted by the point you made about idolatry. That anything we use, outside of God, to complete us is an idol. We are already complete in Him.

    I love that you love us enough to offend us with the truth! I am constantly challenged and encouraged by you and others at Restoration.


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