Sunday Preview ~ November 5, 2011

November 5, 2011

My sermon this Sunday is called “Understanding Spiritual Realities” from Romans 13:8-14. Spiritual realities are truths that apply to all people, whether someone believes in them or not. Some folks derisively say, “That’s good for you if you believe in it, but I don’t.” They assume that God’s law does not apply to them simply because they don’t believe in it. Gravity is a law that applies to everyone whether people believe it or not. Water boils at 212°F and freezes at 32°F whether or not people believe or understand those realities. Spiritual realities are those things which shape our lives whether or not we believe or understand them.

Wednesday night I attended a memorial service for Leo Godzich, a pastor at Phoenix First Assembly and founder of N.A.M.E. (National Association of Marriage Enhancement), an international marriage ministry. Leo, 51, was killed in a traffic accident in Uganda last week. Over 4,000 people gathered to honor Leo. We heard testimonies from his wife, his three daughters and several people whose marriages were saved through his ministry. We cried as Leo’s daughters talked about how much their dad loved them. We laughed as his wife Molly and Tommy Barnett shared stories about Leo’s wild and wonderful life. It is heartbreaking when a man who loves others deeply dies in the prime of his life. Yet as we celebrated Leo’s passion, his wisdom and his legacy, the power of the Lord touched our hearts and inspired us all. His memorial was a wonderful testimony of the reward that comes to those who serve the Lord.

Our desire at Living Streams is to equip you with the grace and truth of Jesus Christ so that your life will also will bring glory to God, and your reward will be great.

2 Responses to “Sunday Preview ~ November 5, 2011”

  1. Very sad to hear about Leo….I’m glad you were able to attend. Love surely is the honor of a persons life, the measure of the man himself. Everything else is purely just “stuff”. I’m proud that love was the greatest priority in his short life. Paul said ” the only thing that matters is faith that expresses ITSELF….through love.
    God bless you and your family.

  2. What a wonderful man. Sad news to hear this. I know God has his reasons for doing things even though we do not understand. What comes to my mind is he was so good, God wanted him with Him and his time on this earth was completed. Sometimes it is good to just stop and sit with God and be comforted by his presence.

    Love Stephen and Lauren Allegra

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