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God Is Strong—Am I?

We must be people of courage, with faith in our mighty God.

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Here's another great sermon from one of our featured preachers, Francis Chan. A few noteworthy items: Just below this editor's note, Chan offers a short backstory to this particular message. Also, you listen by clicking here.

Introductory remarks from Francis Chan:

This message was especially meaningful to me because courage is something we rarely see in today's church. We have a lot of scared and insecure people in our congregations. And it's no wonder, as so many of us as leaders are filled with insecurity. As I studied for this message, God showed me areas of my life where fear had crept in. I often compare myself to other people who know more than I do or are more gifted than I am. This leaves me feeling inadequate and wondering if I have anything to contribute to God's kingdom.

Do people describe you as "powerful"? Or have you fallen into a rut where you question your worth to the kingdom? We need to constantly remind ourselves to stop looking at the flesh and focus on God's Spirit.

"For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control" (2 Timothy 1:7, ESV). This is a reminder to all believers that the followers of God in Scripture were marked by power and courage. We serve a powerful God. As his children we should be putting on display this characteristic of power.

Rather than merely comforting other believers in their failures, we need to take the next step. Remind them that they have power to get back up and do amazing things by the power of God's Spirit.

Introduction

You know how we each have our idiosyncrasies? I don't like repetition. I won't watch a movie twice. That's silly to me. So I tend to not repeat myself, even from the stage. If I consider teaching something, I might think, ...

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Francis Chan is former pastor of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, California, and author of Crazy Love and Forgotten God.

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alex arrington

September 22, 2013  5:32am

Great message! It encouraged me in particular to remember that "greater is he that is in me; than he that is in the world." Also, I can do all things through him who empowers me. Truly, we all must keep on track relative to our responsibility to maintain the faith necessary to complete the great mission that the Lord has commissioned us to do while in this life. We must be absolutely fearless in "Everything" that we are called to do in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to the Glory of God.

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Danny McKinney

April 16, 2012  10:35am

His testimony sounds Spectacular and it encourages me to embrace the Holy Spirit. I do believe he does miracles here on earth to give advice to his people. When God send hi angels here on earth ? They bring comfort and peace to show How we are gifted in his righteousness. As they started singing and praising and rejoicing to his mighty name. We are gathered in the circle of friends. I do believe one day Jesus will come to earth to save his people. His Love is extravagant. I do believe we are his ordinary people here on earth making professional choices.

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William Hauck

October 23, 2010  11:33am

Well done in my opinion and as it challenged me

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