Revival Sermons

First Things First => Let's Get Aquainted => Topic started by: Tammy on March 26, 2009, 12:21:11 PM

Title: Tammy
Post by: Tammy on March 26, 2009, 12:21:11 PM
I am a female in my 50's, married and live in the Seattle area, no children.  I was raised an Adventist, went to our schools, church every week, vegetarian, no family worship, out of the church for at least 8 years while in my 20's, baptized twice, didn't have a clue what I was really doing probably either time.  Think I struggle with legalism but I ask God to help me not be one!

We don't have a TV, but my husband spends most all his spare time with junk on the computer.  Reading has been my favorite past-time, but now that we have high-speed internet, I really enjoy listening to sermons.  I would rather read Ellen White than the Bible (I know that's not good), but actual devotion time is Bible only.  A few years ago a friend and I memorized Romans 8 (encouraging each other through e-mail).  Found that commute time was the best time for working on that.  We also memorized Ps. 91 and started on chapter in Peter, but not doing it now. 

The state of the dead seems to be my topic of interest over the years, have written down texts in the back of my Bible on that.  I believe that would be the only topic that I could somewhat confidently sit down with somebody and open my Bible and show them things.  I have kind of a burden for older people, people who live alone, and I visit a widow now and then.

Pastor, I have never forgotten one of your sermons when you were pastor at the academy.  You talked about some of the words we say and how they are really just substitutes for actual 4-letter words.  And then you gave a couple examples and you actually said a 4-letter word!  Guess that really must have impressed me as a teenager.
Title: Re: Tammy
Post by: Tammy on March 26, 2009, 03:32:25 PM
May I add that my husband is a good man who treats me extremely well, better than I deserve.
Title: Re: Tammy
Post by: newbie on March 26, 2009, 06:44:10 PM
Tammy,
I was impressed with your memorization of Romans 8.  Recently I latched on to this chapter myself.  It is such an encouragement. 

I just started working on a sermon to help us all understand the joy in Christ.  I'm trying to answer the questions:  How do we rejoice when circumstances around us are sad and depressing?  How do I rejoice in the Lord when being tempted, afflicted, and feeling the loss of a loved one?  Maybe I will post some of these things when I have it all together.  RWO has some very encouraging sermons that are good to listen to and then comment on them here on the forum. 

newbie
Title: Re: Tammy
Post by: Soli Deo Gloria on March 27, 2009, 01:16:04 AM
Thanks for sharing Tammy, and good to have you on the forum.

Romans 8 is also one of my favorites. Sometimes when things seem tough, I have to check to make sure that Romans 8:28 is still in the Bible :-D

But Romans 8 is so filled with deep spiritual truth, that  it would be worth a separate thread by itself.

It is so comforting to know that God is working in All things--good and bad--for our best good. The best spritual lessons I have learned is when things are bad, but it is still difficult to accept at the time.

Stan
Title: Re: Tammy
Post by: lily-of-the-field on March 27, 2009, 07:05:18 AM
Think I struggle with legalism but I ask God to help me not be one!
Hi Tammy.  Thank you for sharing about yourself.  Ps 91 I also have memorized (wonderful promises there) but not Rom 8.  Appreciate your awareness of your legalistic tendencies, and yes, probably most of us can or should be able to relate : )
Title: Re: Tammy
Post by: Richard OFfill on March 27, 2009, 07:43:05 AM
(Blush) Tammy, what can I say. I must have been about 31 years of age. But then that is no excuse! I wouldn't do it again that is for sure.
Title: Re: Tammy
Post by: Ruth on March 28, 2009, 01:40:25 PM
My struggle is not legalism, but it might be worse... it's called a bad temper. :uhoh:  I have found that just because I keep my mouth shut, it doesn't change my heart.  Whatever our challenges, as long as we keep committing them to the Lord, He will finish what He started.  I don't know where I'd be without His amazing grace.

It seems easier for me to memorise whole chapters than verses here and there, and Romans 8 is a favourite of mine.  Memorising also helps with application... every time I am tempted to downplay the "things of the Spirit", the HS uses it to remind me of what is important. :-)