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God's Quiet Power

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Had it not been for God’s Quiet Power. 

God is all powerful in the BIG things and the small things.
Speaker: Denny Foreman.  

Also every week a connect those church. We want to do our best to tell stories of people being connected to God's next step for their life, because that's that's what we want to do. And today the story kind of is our introduction into our speaker this morning. Because his name is not Kevin, I'm not going to be speaking. For the first time since we launched connect those church on January thirty one, I'm passing the mic off to my friend Danny, Danny Foreman. He is an awesome guy and awesome friend. He's been with us since the very first vision night that we had, all the way a year ago. It's pretty amazing to believe, but I've met Denny a few years ago and one of the first things that he did was invite me to his office where he works, and he just shared with me about himself and the stuff that he's been through and and the things that God has allowed him to accomplish in his life and we just connected well and one of the things that I just sense and felt from him is like God's hand has always been on him, God has always been with him, and I mean he's face some stuff in his life that has just crazy to think about. He was. Can you get this? He was the youth pastor of the year one time back in the day, which is really cool for for a group of Churches, the denomination of churches that he was with at the time. And that's I'm never, I was never the youth pastor of the year. So best that's pretty impressive. I still could be. You still could be too, right. So that's pretty impressive. And then just through a series of events, just just chaos or craziness, how just God just stuff happened, but God was with him every step of the way and he never...

...stopped calling him back to himself. Like all the stuff that he went through is just like, oh, yeah, yeah, there's there's there's a God and he loves me and he's with me and he's for me and no matter what I'm experiencing in life, like this is real and like I need to figure this out. I need to continue to press into my faith, I continue to ask questions, I need to continue to do my best to follow Jesus and to use my gifts and abilities and serve him. And and I look different and different seasons, but it's just I've always as you tell your story, and it's seen over the last couple of years. It's like God just keeps he keeps being with you and he keeps some powering you and he keeps leading you to be a blessing to so many people. So we're just so thankful for you, Denny, and I'm excited to pass the mic off because that's one of the things that we value here. I connect US churches the ability to pass on what God has given us to the next person. That kind of trash talk was pretty common and playgrounds around the country as I was growing up, probably still it is boys wanting to be strong and powerful just like their daddy's. I'm not quite sure when Kevin asked me to speak this morning. It had to be several months ago and I'm always eager to jump in and give Kevin break. That was I was eager until Kevin drop the bomb. The topic for this series the attributes of God. Now I'm real comfortable standing in front of a group of people, been doing most of my life and yes, I've taken a Bible course or three or four, but come on, Kevin, really, the attributes of God? God, what's he like? Who is he the tough stuff? So what I'm trying to tell you all is that I spent the past few weeks petrified and scared to death about this morning. Here's the deal. Depending on your resources,...

...you could come up with anywhere from six to fifteen different attributes of God. Kevin introduced a couple last week. God is Love, God is pure and spirit. He's immutable. I don't know what that means, but he is, trust me. And there are the Omnis, you know, words like I'm the present, meaning always present, and Omni Benevolent, which is really kind of fun to set Ay and means God's always good. Now, being the generous guy that Kevin is, he didn't leave me hanging. His advice was simple. Pick any attribute you want. Great. Thank you very much, Kevin. That's super so it was on a cold, snowy February night I was alone in my office and Planning Music for my memorial service. Seriously, after bearing both of my parents within a period of six months in two thousand and nineteen, my siblings and I learned the value of pre planning, but I digress. As I was praying and planning for this morning's lesson, that list of music I was compiling kept coming to mind. There were titles like crown him with many crowns, a lamb upon his thrones, king of kings, Lord of Angel Armies. All hail the power of Jesus name. Even worthy is the lamb that was slain from handel's Messiah. Apparently I have a long playlist for my funeral, so, in case you're planning on gum any people, you got to be there for a while. The bottom line is this. The music that is Clo Lolos us to my heart, the...

...songs that bring me to my knees in worship, all scream God's omnipotence, God, the all powerful, the one who is sovereign over all things. Tonny John, my father God is stronger than any father you could name. My father God is stronger than my sin, he's stronger than my past. Scripture after scripture reveals the strength and power of our God. Psalm one hundred forty seven reminds us that God determines the number of the stars and gives them all names. The Psalm states great as our Lord, an abundant in power. Job Twenty six seven through fourteen reads in part, and I'm going to paraphrase because it's a lengthy passage, job refers to God stretching the northern sky over empty space and hanging the earth on nothing. Job Pictures God wrapping the rain in his thick clouds while creating the horizon, as God separated the waters, and he sets the boundary between day and night at the dawn of creation. Job Goes On and talks about the heavens trembling and shuddering at the sound of God's words and God's Power Calming The seas. Job Closes this passage with these words. These are just the beginning of all that he does, merely a whisper of his power. Who, then, can comprehend the thunder of...

...his power? I pretty much stopped listening to the news, but last week, as I was working on this morning's message, I caught approximately ten minutes a week end television. There were volcanic eruptions in Iceland and on Saint VINC's there was hail two to three inches in diameter in Mississippi. Tornadoes were ripping through the south. All of these vivid examples of God's power revealed through his creation. Since the creation of the world, God's invisible qualities, his eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made. And so the apostle of Paul reminds us. In Romans one verse, twenty people are without excuse. And it's true. You me, we can see nature giving testimony to its Creator, God, just by looking out our windows and throughout scripture, God has revealed himself powerfully and dramatically. Consider the fire and brimstone falling on Gomorah. Consider the plagues of Egypt, hail storms, even death. Consider God, the father, splitting the sea in half so his people could walk safely through on dry land. Or consider that saying, God leading those people with a column of fire. And just read the account of God's presence at Mount Our rat, as the mountain itself seemed to be consumed with fire and smoke. When God delivers mankind's first moral code,...

...the Ten Commandments, consider, if you will, Jesus himself standing on a gale tossed ship commanding the storm to cease from raging. Yeah, our God is strong and all powerful, he is omnipotent, but had it not been for that same omnipotent, all powerful God speaking to us in this stillness, many of us probably wouldn't be here this morning. Father God, help us to recognize just how desperately, desperately we need your divine strength. Let us see this morning how desperately you seek intimacy with us. Had it not been? Let me take you back to one thousand nine hundred seventy four. It was long after midnight, in the wee hours of morning, my partner and I had been celebrating Memorial Day. There had been way too much to drink. There have been way too many drugs. Dan and I had just had a knock down fist fight. But it wasn't just about that day. The previous five years had taken their toll. My life was out of control. I'd been thrown out of university my senior year. I'd bought into the sex and drug scene of the early Seventies. I was living out, loud and proud as a gay man before the word was even used. And on that particular night in one thousand nine hundred and seventy four, suicide seemed like...

...the best option. Had it not been? Had it not been for a still small voice inside my brain urging me to call my dad? See, that was a reason for that little skit at the beginning of this talk. But here's the real deal. Calling my dad for help at that time wasn't really a likely choice for me because at that time in my life dad and I weren't particularly close. I was a broken man, I was fragile, my life was falling apart and, frankly, calling my dad made no logical sense. We were justant in so many different ways. Many ways, he would have been the very last person I would have considered calling for help. He lived in Lydith. I was living on West King Street in Lancaster and was three o'clock in the morning. Now I've told this particular story every single time I've shared my journey and I never tire of telling it. In fact, I told this story as I officiated at my dad's funeral two years ago this month. My Dad came looking for his son, but instead of dry giving me home, as I had hoped and anticipated, it became a parent that he was taking me to Lancaster General Hospital and I wasn't having it. As he parked the car, I jumped and started running. Dad took after me, tackled me held me in a bear hug on the ground. Nobody else heard the words he said that night. I'll never forget them. You...

...are my son. You can fight me, but I'm not letting go. Here's the thing, folks, friends, we can get really hung up on expecting God to enter our lives in some spectacular way, some big dramatic event, some miracle. Perhaps spectacle. But I would ask you this morning to consider, to think about those quiet moments in scripture when powerful God comes looking for his kid. Adam had blown a big time. Yet in the quiet evening God comes searching Adam, Hey, where are you? And what about the time name God, omnipotent, started a camp fire in a desert Bush just to change the trajectory of Moses Life? Think about the quiet whisper that woke a little boy in the middle of the night, Samuel. Samuel wake up and God jumps started the career of one of Israel's greatest prophets. And then there were those quiet evenings and mornings on a Judaean hillside as God's voice whispers music, Toush Shut Young Shepherd giving David lyrics to some of the most glorious worship music ever. Psalms words like Psalm one of four, which reads in part praise the Lord my soul. Lord, my God, you are very great. Your clothes was splendor. Majesty. The Lord wraps himself in...

...light, as with a garment. He stretches out the heavens like a tent and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their waters. He makes the clouds his chariot and rides on the winds, wings of the wind. He makes the winds his messengers, flames of fire his servants. He set the earth on its foundations that can never be moved, and he gave David words. Like God alone is my refuge, my place of safety. He is my God. I trust him. Psalm after psalm after song, proclaiming God's power to a shepherd boy who was about to become king. I would ask you this morning how omnipotent, how has omnipotent, all powerful God been trying to get your attention. You See, my Dad, my biological dad, was strong, but nowhere as strong as our powerful Savior God. Not surprisingly, many many, many times in the intervening years, God has used some similar words when speaking to me. Whereas like I've got you, Denny, you're in the palm of my hand. I'm not letting go. I will never leave you. Well. It would be wonderful to say that everything turned around for me that night in one thousand nine hundred and seventy four, but, as Kevin indicated and in that introduction, it didn't. But it was...

...one of those had it not been moments. As I shared a bit of my life with you this morning, I would ask you to think about your own. Had it not been moments? You See, our stories are incredibly important. Think not, as you're reading your Bible. See how frequently the call of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are mentioned in scripture. Good Grief, the story of Moses in the exodus is mentioned time and time and time again, and the Old Testament, and both Jesus and Paul recount the tale in a New Testament. Just how important are these stories? Think about what Deuteronomy for nine reads. Be careful and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart. As long as you live, teach them to your children and to their children after them. It's equally true of our stories. They asked us to look at and recognize those that not been moments. Our stories remind us that all powerful God has has been searching for us and recognize all the God moments we often take for granted. How many times has gods used the quiet voices and lives of Godly men and women to urge me, to call me to himself? Many Times. In our selfishness and pride, we frequently see ourselves as on this quest to find God, when all along he's the one been reaching...

...out to us. From the moment sin entered the picture back in Eden, God's question to Adam has been echoing and reacting, re echoing. Where are you, Adam? Where are you, Susan? Where are you mark? Where are you, denny? Where are you filling your own name? Are Strong God, calling for us, calling for me, calling for you, calling his his his kids, to come home, Ezekiel, thirty four, eleven states. I think I just lost that somewhere, but it states for thus says the Lord God behold, I myself will search for my sheep and seek them out, and he continues in Verse Sixteen. I will seek the lost, bring back the scattered, by en up the broken and strengthen the sick. Luke's Gospel and Chapter Nineteen, Verse Ten, reminds us for the sun of man has come to seek and to save that which was lost. Jesus himself taught his disciples what he think. If any man has a hundred sheep and one of that has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety nine on the mountains and go in search of the One? That is strange, friends, the guy you're looking at was stray. I was caught in a sinful lifestyle. Yes, I said a sinful lifestyle. I know that's not popular say in our culture today. I was caught in a gay lifestyle that God called Sinfol but had it not been for people like my grandmother,...

...who prayed daily that God would use me? Had it not been for parents who took me to Sunday school and Church weekly? Had it not been for a little lady, don't know her name, but she had those colorful flannel board cutouts and taught Summer Bible School lessons? Had not been for a group of young men from Lancaster Bible College leading a youth for Christ Club at Warwick High School? Had it not been for a multitude of men and women who love Jesus and had no idea, didn't have a clue, that they were being used by God himself in powerful ways, yet quiet ways, to influence my life and point me to Jesus. Good grief, I didn't know at the time how they were being used. And yet God seed, the powerful word of God, was planted. And so it was another long night, fueled by alcohol, drugs and sects, and a friend and I were talking in the wee hours. Dave had been raised in a Bible believing church, but at some point that evening Dave turned to me and asked, Denny, do you think will ever be able to forget the things we were taught in Sunday school? Both Dave and I had wandered far from the fold, as it were, but God's powerfully strong spirit was still knocking on her heart, score was still calling to us. Dave, Denny, where are you?...

Perhaps God's spirit is calling someone here this morning. I've got some news for you, gang. It's not coincidence that brought you to connect us this morning. It isn't a matter of chance that you stumbled upon this service today online. Jeremiliah, twenty nine eleven is very clear. I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, Plans for welfare and not for evil to give you a future and a hope. Or how about Philippians to thirteen? That reads for as God who works in you to will and to work for his good pleasure. God is omnipotent. God is all powerful. Think about one of my favorite passages in all of scripture, John Chapter One. In the beginning, the word already existed. The word was with God and the word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him. Nothing was created except through him. The word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness can never extinguish it. This all powerful God, put on flesh and blood, walked among us. This God, ma'am, Jesus, called men and women children. Rick, would you please sing that chorus I requested? Y'All are likely got to know this,...

...so feel free to join along. Jesus loves me. This sign no, for the Bible tells me so. Little ones to him be long, they are weak, but he is strong. Yes, Jesus loves me, yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me. The Bie tells me so. That little chorus may be the most profound tune ever penned. It tells truth, just as it is. Jesus loves US. How do we know? God's word tells us we belong to him. We're weak, very weak. He is strong. I was weak, but he was strong. Let Me Tell You, folks, for most of my life I could have been the poster boy for Romans One. Yes, I grew up knowing all about God, but refused to worship him. I followed every foolish idea, fad and feel good thing that the world offered. I thought I was smart and worldly wise. Instead I was a fool. I worshiped the idols of porn and sex. I bought into the idea that I was born into a...

...lifestyle that scripture calls sin. I believe what the world was teaching me, that there was no way out. But it's right here and right now. I want to proclaim loudly and clearly that we have a powerful, all powerful savior in the ugliness of a Friday afternoon, rather than calling squadrons of angels to come to his defense and free him from an agonizing death on a cross, Jesus willingly hung there carrying the weight of all my sin and jewels. In the darkness of a Friday afternoon, all powerful, omnipotent God, the father, turned away from his only son. You want to talk about power, you want to talk about strength, you know what I believe? I believe as God turned his eyes from Calvary's cross, he fixed his eyes clearly across an eternal timeline to gaze on you. He gave on today's on me, because scripture reminds us God so loved the World He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. The message of the Cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us, to those of us being saved, it is the power of God.

Yes, God is all powerful. His handiwork is all around us in creation, but nothing in heaven or on earth can you even begin to compare to the power emanating from the Cross of Jesus Christ, who died that we might live. Nothing can compare to the risen son of God, Jesus, of whom it is written every knee shall bow and tongue confess that he is Lord, for the Lord, God, Omnipotent, reigns. I had a strong father, strong dad, but his strength pales in comparison to the strength of my heavenly father. One of my favorite songs proclaims this truth. Kevin, could you play that that inclosing this morning. Words of this song include things like this. Who could command the highest praise? Who has the name above all names? You stand alone. I stand amazed. Jesus.

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