Yeah good morning. So Pastor Josh asked me about a month ago if I would preach while he would be in Michigan I told him I would.
If he was kind of caught off guard that I said yes so quickly and one thing I actually didn't expect was the overwhelming feeling that I would have to not have to go join cross that.
You guys laugh but actually I just finished our second week and we've been a tough cross fit with Pastor Josh So I'm going to have some references for you guys that you get to feel rightat home in this church Sunday so we'll make sure to get to that you guys have the privilege I guess most of you listening to my second ever sermon the first one I did was in two thousandand eleven it was man month I was twenty years old had no idea what I was doing.
Fairly new question so I decided to talk about these five seventeen.
Year old is gone Behold the new has come about cries about stairs is a good time.
So I practice that thing over and over again and I knew we had twenty minutes and afterwards Brian Clark was supposed to follow me he was going to deliver a little sermon about thesesaw in the light and I mostly remember this because he had me come up as a visual He had a huge cup of water and he took a literal cup of salt poured into this water and I had to drinkit. I don't even remember what their last ration was but I just remember drinking the salt water and being nervous the whole time because I was doing that sermon so.
You know so I was practicing over and over again at home much like I have this one and always hitting between about eighteen and twenty one minutes and I was right there in that littlesweet spot needed twenty minutes eighteen to twenty WANT TO felt good but something happens when you take this second step.
You know you start to shake a little bit and start to sweat. But alas my you guys I'll be in the middle of my lesson and I like Zakir Pitts I'm sorry.
But something happens and so I get up I take the second step twelve minutes I finish my sermon in twelve minutes. Brian Clark came up here I think he did and his like fifteen minutes sowe got you guys out like twenty minutes earlier it was it was awesome so we'll see how this goes worst case scenario we get to let you guys go get snacks and coffee early I think we'll beOK.
So what we're going to talk about today Usually when I am delivering maybe to a class or I'm given opportunity to speak I like talking about something maybe I'm struggling with couldbe a awesome theological question that I want to look at could be some sort of sin that I'm looking into some sort of doubt that I might have that I want the answer to and I want todeliver it to people.
I mean do something a little bit different today and I decided to talk a little bit more about something that I feel like is a strong suit of mine you could even say maybe one of my spiritualgifts and that is going to be the topic of joy.
So we're going to do is we're going to look at this graph that I have prepared and this is what we're going to call our joy graph this is non biblical this is a non biblical view of joy and sowe have a few different situations up here and we're going to we're going to look at these and the further up this line goes the more joy we're having in these situations so we have ifwe're hungry in the desert our joy isn't that high the four insulated in Egypt our joy is now that we have water but it's bitter sort of joy still isn't really that great but now we're getting intosome little better situations I had an OK day at work you know our joys maybe right there in the middle you have a child he was there that brings a lot of joy. And then Pastor Josh'sfavorite you win the lottery that is just as. All time high enjoy Right that's what we've been talking about the past few weeks I think that's what I've got out of everything so.
That's kind of how we view it and so what we want to do now is we're in turn our Bibles and it's going to be James one chapter two I'm sorry James Chapter one Verse two he has aprobably heard this verse twenty times probably lots of sermons about it and hopefully we will put a little bit of a spin on it so that you guys can take something away from this so Jamesone starting in verse two.
I consider pure joy my brothers whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance let perseverance finish its work so that youmay be mature and complete not lacking anything.
So for the most part we're going to looking at verse two and what I've done is I've created a different graph and this is what verse two is telling us our situation should not look like. Sowe're still hungry in the desert but our joy is still at the top and our joy is going to stay consistent between all these situations so whether we are enslaved in Egypt whether we havebetter water we have an OK day at work for having a child or we won the lottery or joy staying the same.
So I hope I'm a visual person so hopefully this this helps you guys a little bit what we're going to do now though is we're going to take this we're going to look at some of these situationsthat were maybe a little less favorable and we're going to see maybe why we were experiencing joy in these situations so we're going to look at early Israel and we're going to go tosome of these verses and we're going to figure out maybe where they were missing out on some joy.
That's what I love about the Old Testament you can really learn a lot about human nature you can learn a lot about people and people say a lot of times like generations are gettingworse the next generation coming up it's. Going to be terrible if you look at early Israel you realize there was a struggle then too and so hopefully we get a little bit from that so let's gothere so we're going to turn now to Exodus sixteen verse two.
That is Exodus sixteen verse two.
In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron this is your light said to them if only we had died by the Lord's hand in Egypt they are talking about in Egypt wesat around parts of me and all the food we wanted we have brought us out here into the desert to start this entire assembly to death.
So we have three main points so we're going to be going over today and I thought a whole bunch about different points that I want to hit narrowed it down to three. The first one isgoing to be this.
The first thing holding us back from Joy is that we create trials from situations that are not even problems yet I'll say that one more time we create trials that are not even problems yet.
As many of you know I work for Grand Canyon University and I and a chance to specialise there my main job is to help community college students take everything that they have theCommunity College bring it over to G.C. You make sure everything is smooth I make sure to be able to pay for everything and make sure everything is perfect for the transfer. One of thebiggest things I'm doing right now and I do and I meet the students is it's called a budget sheet and at the very top we have all of the tuition and fees and everything that D.C. is goingto charge the student then we get to a point was like Right what scholarships are we going to offer these students what money are we going to give them and then we subtract thatnumber from the top and we get another number and also and they see this big number like I need financial aid so we look at fine. Late to get them some government funding we takethat off and at the bottom we have a number it is an out of pocket cost to the students and when I see this I'll know if the cost is going to be relatively low or if it's a relatively high.
And when I see one that is relatively high I start to freak out for the city because I know I don't want to pay that I don't want to pay that amount that I know the student is going to bepaying and so I search saying you know what maybe we can keep the committee called Get your G.P.A. we are trying to get you some more scholarships and we can look at alternativeloans or loans your parents could cosign I start going through all these things freaking out for the student.
And I mostly do this I've been there for three years and I mostly did this in the first year.
And the first year I did it up until a parent cut me off so I'm I'm still here going through alternative loan options you know they would stay at community college and so that stop.
OK So is this out of pocket is perfect we can pay that so you see what I did is I created a problem for this family that wasn't actually an issue so I made a trial and made something thatwas tough something that was not a problem at all and that's kind of what's going on here in chapter sixteen so the yes they are hungry in the desert but complaining about itconsidering this to be something that they are struggling with is kind of crazy so I think honestly if they were just taking their. Request to God I honestly think you are still provided themanna if we still look if we look at the next chapter God Here's their complaint and he provides the daily bread he gives them instruction on that so I think if they're just like you knowMoses and Aaron I need my daily bread or we need something to eat God would have provided anyways you didn't need to make something that was an issue that's something thatshould have been an issue.
I have another couple examples about how we are kind of tend to be complainer ZA little bit I've been reading this book it's called undefendable it is written by Brant Hansen. On my usecase I've heard all of these already but you're going to hear him again so Branson he might have heard of him he was the D.J. for air one for the longest time the super goofy superhilarious guy recently past couple years he for a couple years ago he decided that I wasn't the route for him and they kind of moved on but. In it there are some situations that he goesthrough.
Just talking about how much of an impact he can make on people by not being offended and we just did a series on this newsgroup he just mostly talks about how being an offender willcan impact your self you can free yourself it can impact the nonbelievers and it can impact other believers and in it he does some situations where callers would call in and tell themsomething that maybe he's doing wrong while on air and so he's going to drink directly from the book they're pretty humorous so. Hopefully we can get something out of this. So oneday he was on the air and he was talking about the local forecast and he said this and I quote it'll be warmer than it should be for this time of year. Normally the highest seventy two buttoday there's a high of eighty two that's a little bit warmer than normal and so a listener calls in. You know I was really disappointed to hear your forecast it's not going to be warmer thanit should be because Goddard deigns the weather and it's going to be exactly how he wants it to be today that is very disappointing.
Brant said nothing else except for I'm sorry you were disappointed by this a little bit later the same day he was playing his accordion he does these really weird things all the time.
And he was doing his bit where. It the caller would call in and they would either give him a Christian hit song that was on the station or a hit song from the eighty's and he would goofygoofily that were to play his accordion while the caller would sing along. And so one day they did both they did a Christian hit song and they didn't eighty song and the phone rang.
The caller says you know I noticed you sounded a lot more practice when you played the eighty's song.
Brand says Danger Zone by Kenny Loggins. The caller says yes it was very disappointing that you didn't play the godly song as well as you play the worldly song you apparently don'twant to practice unless it's a worldly song. Brand says wait so I play danger zone too well.
Like all replies I'm just really disappointed what the station is doing glorifying worldly things you shouldn't glorify the world like that.
With my accordion.
Another phone call.
The caller says I just like to say I listen from seven to eight am every morning and it's disappointing.
Francis I'm sorry what's disappointing. As I have yet to hear you say anything about ten Tivo or his fantastic ministry.
Where applies and says Actually now that I think about it I just happened to talk about ten people on yesterday's show and I said something about how I appreciate his attitude when itcomes to the car cut him off yeah but it was between seven and eight AM.
So as you can see from this these people were creating an issue that really kind of silly and where she's obviously making light of it a little bit but the seriousness of it is we are playingthings maybe we shouldn't be complaining we all do it and that's that's pretty much is going on in Exodus sixteen here so right before this we kind of probably all know the story.
All the plagues and God just literally wrecked Egypt and brought Israel out of slavery and the very next chapters there complaining that their water is bitter and that they have no food intheir hungry.
They were just pulled out of slavery and this is the first thing they're going to do.
Doesn't make any sense to me. So we're going to do now is going to go back to when they were actually in slaves and we're going to see if that was any better so we're going to turn toX this five verse fifteen.
X. So this. Verse fifteen.
And there reads then is really overseers went and appealed to Pharaoh Why have you treated your servants This way your servants are given no straw yet we are told make bricks yourservants are being beaten but the fault is with your own people.
So this was actually their life before deliverance before being brought out of Egypt this is what they dealt with they were being beaten for something that they had no control over theycouldn't they couldn't do what. Fair was asking them to do and they were being being beaten because of it and so now what we have is Israel's free from this and yet they're looking backand saying you know what we want this instead of being free and just being hungry.
I mean it's kind of crazy and what I think happened here is I think they missed an opportunity for joy.
They were delivered out of Egypt honestly that I fully they should've been celebrating partying out there in the desert because they were just brought out of Egypt so instead of doingthat they're sitting here focusing on.
It or water and they're hungry so I think they really missed out on some joy here. Point to and this was a little bit cliche but we're going to go with it anyways and it is we don't know whatwe have until it's gone.
Again that is we don't know what we have until it's gone.
A couple weeks back we just got back from our backpacking trip and.
It's a trip if you guys are familiar where we are completely living out of our large backpacks from a Wednesday to a Saturday or so about three and a half days and everything that we havefrom what we're sleeping or eating everything or utensils water we are carrying with us and. We are hiking West Clear Creek and setting up camp of various spots.
The forecast for this trip was rainy or out of those four days.
Everyone was cold everything was wet.
People were miserable everyone had about one two person tents but not actually not everyone had one and I'm going to want to use present tense a lot of times we had two or threekids.
Stuffing into a one or two person tent trying to get their stuff in their clothes dry it put their clothes around the fire maybe hiding under a cliff doing everything that they can to not bemiserable.
This year is a little different we didn't have a cloud in the sky. And I wasn't on this trip last year but I went this year but this trip this year all they were doing was talking about last year'strip so they were miserable in that moment last year but now if you talk to them they would probably tell you that is one of their most memorable or their favorite trips that they've evertaken.
And if we look at Exodus sixteen the verse says there we sat around pots of meat they're talking about back in Egypt and all the food we wanted in the sentence the reminiscing back in atrial of this so when there are slaves in Egypt they're being beaten that is there is no issue with I have no problem with them saying that that is a trial that is a problem but.
Now we're doing is looking back saying you know what there is this moment right set around pots of meat and it was a good time like I could just picture them sitting around eating allthis really just having a good time with all the me that they could eat and just enjoying that moment and so they're looking back. And realizing that the trial was awesome but it wasn'ttrial was not awesome but that they had some awesome moments within that trial and so they could consider that joy.
And so with that I think today we can look at little things. In our lives maybe we're going to something that's really hard but we have something to look forward to we have something thatcould be joyous even worse if we're in the trials that are difficult and I think we just need to find joy where God has us right now.
We have one final point. And here it is so recognizing God helping us persevered in the past gives us joy and hope for the future.
Recognizing God helping us persevered in the past gives us joy and hope for the future.
So Pastor Josh just wrapped up his series on Joy and I figured it would kind of be fitting for me too and my sermon on it as well and. Now time for Pastor Josh one hundred one we'regoing to have a cross reference if you guys are ready.
So my whole life since probably about like twelve years old I've been kind of been out of the gym doing workouts I played hockey for ten years fitness is kind of been something that I'vebeen comfortable with and I know my way around a gym I could put someone else through a workout help them with form all that kind of stuff being in the gym is a comfortable place forme.
Cross that is not so.
Our first few times going there were not some whatsoever the workouts for the cross the gyms are higher intensity anything I've ever done and more complex with movements thananything I've ever done. It's really cool about Cross Fit though is at the end of it you get to go into a computer record exactly what you did so next time you see this workout you get tosee what you did before and you get to know that I'm going to try to beat that I'm going to the best myself from that last workout.
And those times in these workouts still now I've only been doing this for two weeks so that I will within the work I'm having to run which I don't do I have to run. And sweating I am tiredmy heart rates up and I want to quit. But what gets me through is the fact that I know next time we do this exact workout I'm going to see what I did last time and I'm going to have thedrive to try to do better and I know it's going to be easier this time around also because I've done it before so once I do this workout I'm sore for two days to a week even but next time Ido it it's going to be easy and I'm going to enjoy it. And so I also know that my coach we have a coach within this facility and this one day is part of the plan for the week so the wholeweek has a purpose and then that week has a whole purpose for the month and then that month kind of has a whole purpose for the year and then that years kind of to build you up for acouple different events that they do where it's like people are competing trying to do crossword games and different stuff like that so it's all part of a bigger plan and I think he has kindof probably see where I'm going with this on how to translate spiritually.
So they were the same way James one chapter four let's have you guys go they were quick sorry James Chapter one Verse for.
You Most of them work out of verse two but we'll go back to verse four.
So this verse says let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete not lacking anything.
So how does it translate We are obviously going through some spiritual workouts all the time.
And sometimes they are really really really difficult more difficult than Cross Fit I don't know if this means according I'm sorry Pastor Josh.
But definitely harder than Cross Fit.
And a lot of times we actually want to give up.
But here's what we know we know if we push through this trial right now we push through the spiritual workout they're going to be some soreness we're going to get stronger and weknow next time that we do this workout we go through this trial. It's going to be easier.
And so by stronger I also mean that we're going to be mature we're going to complete the complete We're not going to lacking anything we know that if we stick to what God hasplanned we're part of something bigger than just us and our hope is in him.
And then we'll have the band come up with our closing song.
The father we just thank you for today just thank you for this time and this opportunity I had to speak to the congregation just pray for the holiday weekend just keep us safe.