In this challenging sermon, minister Don McLaughlin explores the third Beatitude: “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” Noting the various meanings of the word “meek,” Don presents a Scriptural litany of its use, making it clear that Jesus, the Son of God, exemplified all aspects of meekness. In particular, Don draws attention to the challenge of embracing a spirit of meekness in the middle of life’s most uncomfortable, even harshest, circumstances.
As the sermon is presented, listeners will feel the third Beatitude come to life, moving from the printed page into our hearts and lives.
Minister Don McLaughlin presents his next sermon focused on the Beatitudes – this time the second: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” This enlightening presentation covers questions such as: What is grief and how long does it last? Does God really understand our grief and why does He allow it? and, How can Christians truly give comfort to those who are grieving? Don’s discussion and answers offer thought-provoking and in-depth perspectives and insights into this statement of Jesus – insights that will enrich and console your life, as well as that of others
How should Christians view the Beatitudes? Are they statements by Jesus of blessings for certain behavior? Are there commands embedded within them? Bottomline, what is the role of the Beatitudes in each Christian’s walk?
Minister Don McLaughlin begins an in-depth sermon series on the Beatitudes to enable a better understanding of these teachings. The goal of the series is to draw listeners’ lives nearer to God or to lead to a realignment in our awareness of the teachings of God. Either outcome may require a new aptitude – a new competence – in living as God desires.
Be sure to listen to this important first sermon that gives strong footing to the series to follow.
In keeping with the observance of this country’s Memorial Day, minister Don McLaughlin turns our attention to each Christians’ memorial – the Lord’s Supper. Through this observance we remember and still “announce” the death of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Don presents a series of questions for all who partake of the Lord’s Supper. In addition, he asks that we juxtaposition our own experience in partaking of this commemoration with a clear understanding of how God views the experience and what His intentions for it really are. In so doing we will see our lives and our world change as we grow to better understand God’s eternal love for each of us.
For the final sermon in his Holy Spirit series, minister Don McLaughlin reminds the audience that Christians love each other because we seek to imitate Christ who first loved us. In John 13 Jesus refers to a “new command” – that we love one another as he loves us. Such love is the most powerful witness for God. Don notes the importance of prayer in developing the LoveFirst mindset. Through the indwelling Holy Spirit our prayers are enhanced, strengthening our ability to become the most effective witness for God.
Also presented is a mid-year update regarding the 2018 vision for the North Atlanta church. Don recounts the journey of love across time and geography. These examples show the power of God’s love exhibited through a Lovefirst church. For further information on the initiatives/activities of the church, please contact us at 770-399-5222.
The roots of the verb “conspire” speak to the process of “breathing together.” Minister Don McLaughlin’s lesson focuses on the need for Christians to join together (breathe) with the indwelling Spirit to more strongly reflect the will and power of God.
Using numerous scriptures found within II Corinthians regarding the role and manifestation of the Holy Spirit, Don provides listeners with both the Biblical foundation and specific steps whereby we can more fully participate in the life and mission of God – to His glory
Minister Don McLaughlin states that the process and impatience of “waiting” make it one of life’s most difficult tasks. Like King David in his Psalms, we pray and implore God for His help and intervention; but too often, it seems, we have to wait for His answers.
How do we learn to respectfully wait? Don presents an eye-opening sermon wherein he discusses the benefits of the waiting process. Surprisingly, it is during times of impatience and longing that the Holy Spirit is made manifest and enriches our understanding of God’s supremacy in our lives – to the point that we truly learn to pray “Thy will be done.”
Listen to Don’s sermon and come away with a new understanding and appreciation for how much God through His Spirit is intertwined within our lives to bolster our relationship with Him.
In I Corinthians 12, the Apostle Paul clarifies misunderstandings about the manifestation of the Holy Spirit within the lives of the early Christians. He clearly articulates his teachings so that the people would not be “ignorant” on the subject. Minister Don McLaughlin echoes Paul’s teachings while making them applicable to Christians today.
After listening to this sermon, the Holy Spirit will no longer be an abstract concept. Rather, recognition of the presence of the Spirit combined with a better understanding of its power and use, strengthens Christians’ walk with God to better reflect His presence.
With continued focus on the impact of God’s Holy Spirit in Christians’ lives today, minister Don McLaughlin explores further the promise of the Holy Spirit conveyed by Jesus, and later His apostles. Don presents the ways individuals today can seek this essence of God and incorporate it to its fullest extent. He emphasizes the blessings of the Spirit with special note of the Apostle Paul’s thought that it “can do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine. . . .”
Don’s lesson is an excellent tutorial for all who desire to better understand this awesome aspect of God and how He dwells and works within us.
In the continuing IN series, minister Justin Bagwell presents an engaging and challenging message on the power and gifts of the Holy Spirit. In particular he discusses the “transformation” of our minds (echoing the New Testament writer’s words to the Romans) and presents other Biblical passages that introduced the Holy Spirit to early Christians, as well as those of the 21st century. Further, he notes challenges that believers may face as they allow the Holy Spirit to work in their lives.
If you are wondering if the Holy Spirit is for you, the answer is a resounding “yes,” and Justin makes it clear why this is so.