Jon Taylor

Message Monday 8/8/16 – God at Work in Wisdom – Hold My Hand

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In this series on wisdom, it would only be fitting that we would mention all of the wisdom found in the book of James. There is so much deep wisdom in the short book of James. A great nugget is found in the first chapter of James, verse 19: “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry…” There are several points of struggle for many of us in this verse – we struggle to be quick to listen, we struggle to be slow to speak, and we struggle to be slow to become angry. Today we’ll focus on being quick to listen.

Solomon, who was the wisest person in the history of the world, the person who had more wisdom from God than anyone, wrote more than anyone else about the importance of listening to others. Read some of his tidbits of wisdom about listening to others.

Proverbs 9:9 – “Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still…”
Proverbs 1:5 – “A wise man will hear and increase in learning, and a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel…”
Proverbs 12:15 – “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man is he who listens to counsel.”
Proverbs 15:22 – “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.”
Proverbs 19:20 – “Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.”
Proverbs 13:10 – “Where there is strife, there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.”

The reality is most of us are not quick to listen, or to ask others for advice or counsel because our emotions become involved. Personal decisions are emotional by nature. Emotionally charged environments are not ideal for decision making and almost every decision making environment is emotionally charged, especially big ones. So what do we need to do? Listen. Listen. Ask for advice. Ask for input. Ask for feedback from someone who is not emotionally involved in your situation.

Which brings us back to the question we’ve been asking throughout this series: what’s the wise thing to do? In light of your past experience, your current circumstances and your future hopes and dreams, what is the wise thing for you to do? Listen. Listen. Listen.

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Message Monday 8/1/16 – God at Work in Wisdom: Edged Out

Jon Taylor – Lead Pastor

The Apostle Paul does a very unusual thing in 1 Corinthians 6. He classifies sins. Well, what he really does is create only two classifications of sins. He says in verse 18 to “Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.” He’s not saying sexual sin is worse than other sins, he’s saying the impact is different than other sins.  (more…)

Message Monday 7/25/16 – God At Work In Wisdom: Time Over Time

Jon Taylor – Lead Pastor

The average life span for someone living in the US is 78 and 3/4 years. That’s approximately 28,744 days, 689,856 hours, and 41,391,360 minutes. That’s a lot of living! But how are you living? What do you do with the time you’ve been given? How are you using the days God has given you?

In Job 14:5 we read, “A person’s days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed.” God has set a time limit on everyone’s life and your time is running out! What are you doing with they years, months, hours and minutes you’ve been given?  (more…)

Message Monday 7/18/16 – God At Work In Wisdom: Musical Chairs

Jon Taylor – Lead Pastor

The book of Proverbs is painful sometimes in it’s clarity and ability to be brutally honest and in-your-face. Take this verse: “How long will you who are simple love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge?” (1:22 NIV) It’s pretty clear how Solomon felt about the simple, the fool, and the mocker. So why is it that so many of us can find ourselves spending so much time in the chair of the simple, or the fool, or the mocker?

It is possible for us to spend so much time in one (or more) of these chairs that we won’t be able to get out of them! Here’s what happens when we decide we aren’t going to listen to wisdom. (more…)

Message Monday 4/25/16 – God at Work Through our Work Relationships

Jon Taylor – Lead Pastor

We’ve been talking about how our jobs become purposeful when we apply God’s Kingdom values to our work – whatever it is. That includes letting God work through our relationships at work, too. One of the challenges for us as followers of Jesus is to be different from the rest of the world in our relationships. Thankfully, there are some simple (though not necessarily easy) guidelines for us in Scripture on how we are to be different.  (more…)

Message Monday 1/25/16 – Financial Freedom: Decision

Jon Taylor – Lead Pastor

We all make hundreds of decisions everyday. What time to get up, what to wear, what to eat, what route to drive, what to listen to, what to purchase… Most of them are minor decisions, but we also make some big decisions each day. Will I treat others the way I want to be treated? Will I allow my pride and selfish desires to guide my thoughts and actions? Will I submit my will to God’s will?  (more…)