by Pastor Sean Todd
I Can Do All Things
The context of this scripture [is] a context of basically provisional suffering, provisional struggling. Paul’s talking specifically about provision. He’s talking about his needs being met, and he says there were times in his life when he was in great want, and there’s times in his life when he was in great plenty, and the equalizer in that situation is the strength and the grace of the Lord.
The greatest danger of our day is not even the rejection of scripture, but the twisting and maligning and manipulation of scripture to make it say something it doesn’t or make it not say something that it does.
Pastor Sean Todd talks about the cycle we go through as believers; from sinner to enthusiastic convert, to separatist, to activist, and hopefully back to enthusiastic evangelical.
The primary mission of the church today is not only to save the lost, but it’s to seek them out. Sean Todd
Happiness is conditional, and if we build our lives upon the sand of happiness, when the storm comes it will surely blow away. Joy on the other hand, is an unmovable state. It is not conditioned upon circumstances. In fact, sometimes joy is found in the worst of circumstances. Sometimes when you’ve got no reason to be joyful, when everything is falling apart, joy is conditioned upon a relationship with Jesus Christ.
What I started to realize was that God let me go back to him. He could have let me run this race longer and made the crash a lot bigger. Once you get in a race that God tells you not to get in, and the longer you go, the faster you go, the longer you go, the bigger the crash will be.
Nowadays it takes courage to be a father. Fatherhood, manhood in general is something that is under attack in our society. And why is it under attack? Because it was God’s design. Did you ever notice that Satan always attacks the pillars of God’s design? The things that are sacred are under attack, and fatherhood is a sacred institution created by God Himself. We’re in a day where we hear a lot of things about toxic masculinity or patriarchy, and we’re seeing the worst of manhood being revealed all the way around us. In our identity politic age, it tends to sort of be guilt by association. But in an age where men are behaving so badly, we are in an age when we can shine like a light like never before. We can be a contrast to what the world has created out of manhood and out of fatherhood. We can show the world what it means to be a godly father.