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Listening Opportunities

Hey friend, I hope your weekend is going well! I wanted to thank my friend Reuel Sample at the Pastor’s Voice Podcast for inviting me to be a guest this past week. I had a fantastic time and look forward to future conversations. You can listen online at thepastorsvoice.net and you can subscribe to the podcast on your favorite podcasting platform.

Below you’ll find my latest message from this past Sunday. Don’t forget that there’s an archive of past messages on the Messages Page at tomvanderwell.com.

(Message) Hearing God’s Voice: Journaling

Hearing God's Voice IconThis past Sunday I delivered the morning message in the auditorium service at TRC. We are in a series called Hearing the Voice of God and journaling is one of the disciplines that is discussed in the process of tuning into God’s Spirit. In this message I share the story of my own experiences and lessons learned from the discipline of journaling. I have included the powerpoint file, as well. This message is posted hear with the permission of TRC and is intended for personal listening only.

2015 01 25 Hearing God’s Voice PowerPoint

David: Medium Rare (The Wrap Up)

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A few weeks ago I had the privilege of delivering the final message in a summer series of messages entitled David: Medium Rare about the life of King David. The series was intended to provide examples of how the ancient king of Israel (of David and Goliath fame) continued to honor and praise God even when things didn’t go his way.

In this message, I discuss the fact that David did not get his hearts desire to build the temple, as it was not God’s plan for his life. David’s response was one of humility and acceptance, and an example for all of us. If we are going to accomplish God’s desire, we have to choose into the gifts and callings God has given us and not pine after our own desires.

The message series was part of the Auditorium services at Third Church in Pella, Iowa. This recording is posted here by permission.

Message: “After God’s Heart”

davidmediumrareOn June 29th I gave the kick-off message for a ten week series in the Third Church auditorium. The series is called “David: Medium Rare” which is really about the fact that while God called David “a man after my own heart” he certainly was not perfect or “completely done.” In fact, his life was a bit bloody. Thus, “medium rare.”

Thanks to Third Church for permission to post and archive the message on my blog. Third Church holds all rights to this recording, and it is posted solely for personal listening.

David Week 1 PowerPoint

Other Messages:

 

Podcast of My Message on Psalm 112

For those of you who requested it, here is a link to the podcast of my message on June 30, 2013 at Westview Church. I did not think it a particularly good message, but have been informed by my wife that I’m being self critical.

C’est la vie.

http://www.westview.org/6-30-2013-podcast/

“Companions for the Journey” Updated with Slides

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I had an alert reader ask for the slides to accompany the .mp3 of last Sunday’s message so they could see the visuals and texts to which I referred. Here are both files for any who want them!

Companions for the Journey 1 (Power Point)

Companions for the Journey (mp3 audio)

Chapter-a-Day Proverbs 3

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Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
      do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
      and he will show you which path to take. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)

I was inspired back in my college days when I read Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast, which tells of his days starting out as a writer in Paris. “All you have to do is write one true sentence,” he wrote. “Write the truest sentence you know.” When preparing a message of any kind, whether it’s a sermon or a corporate training session, I start by trying to define the one thing I want to say. If there’s one thing I want people to know and remember when they leave, what would it be in one short phrase or sentence.

As I wrote in my post yesterday, New Year’s Eve was a late night – well, early morning – for Wendy and me. Thus, I confess I didn’t make it to church on Sunday morning. My friend, Matthew, called on Sunday evening and I asked him what the message was about that morning. He was able to quickly sum it up in one sentence: “Approach 2012 with expectancy of what God’s going to do, but with no expectations of what that is.”

It must have been a great message. Matthew walked away with the one true thing planted firmly in his mind, and was able to communicate it clearly and concisely. In once sentence he gave me the message and it’s still rattling around in my brain three days later as I read this morning’s chapter.

The verses above are ones I memorized as a young man. I’ve never forgotten them and they’ve provided me with encouragement throughout the journey. Here at the beginning of a new year I read them again and immediately thought of the message Matthew gave me. Trust God with your whole heart, acknowledge Him in all things, but don’t try to pretend to know what He’s going to do. No worries. He’ll direct the path.

One true thing.