Businessman Steve Yoder- Steve’s Story | Pastor Craig Hagin interviews Steve Yoder from Stark Truss
Rhema Bible Church Weekly Podcast with Pastor Craig W. Hagin
Pastor Craig Hagin and Tony McKinnon interview Steve Yoder from Stark Truss Company. Steve has 14 Truss manufacturing plants all over the US. Steve talks about how Rhema and Kenneth Hagin Ministries has shaped his life and business. He never thought he would actually minister just be a businessman but God has used him to teach in Bible Schools in many different countries.
Psalm 61:1-8 – Have you ever felt overwhelmed in life? We all want to feel strong and independent and like we can accomplish things in our lives. We tend to be stubborn and struggle alone for a long time before we get to a point where we admit that we need some help. God has a way of showing us how self reliant we tend to be. We know in our heads that we need other people but sometimes it doesn’t affect the way we live. When a person is faced with something that they just cant handle, they often realize then, and then alone that they can’t do “this” on thier own. God didn’t design us to stand and survive on our own. He designed us to lean on others and to lean on him as we go through life. God designed us to lean on something that is solid, to lean on Him. We are so helpless in so many ways, yet we insist to try to do things on our own. Hebrews 11:21 – So, the question is for us… what are we leaning on? Proverbs 3:5-6 – Lean on Him, and He shall direct thy paths. The things of this life and this world that so many people lean on will all go away… but not God! We don’t know what Davids thought process was after he was anointed king. Samuel had anointed him, but what would the steps be that would lead to him being placed on the throne over Israel. 1 Samuel 17:37 – David had some abilities, he could have chosen to trust himself and the abilities that he had. He didn’t, at least from what it appears like in the scriptures. David wasn’t trusting in a strip of leather and a rock when he faced Goliath, even though he was probably quite skilled with the sling. David said, “God is with me…” that was the key to his victory and to the rest of his life. The God we serve is much bigger than a giant. Why do we lean on our own abilities instead of on an all powerful God and creator. Does the work of God get done with only your abilities? Sure, we can get some things done this way, but if its just us in our own abilities we are getting far less done than if we go in the strength of God. 1 Samuel 18:13 – Things are starting to happen. Perhaps now the steps to the throne wouldn’t be but so may. It is a real temptation when we have a position like this is to lean on that instead of lean on God. Leaning on our popularity is a mistake. David had friends and people in his life who were in high places. He could have leaned on these friends to get to the throne, but he didn’t. Michael, Jonathan, Samuel. People, no matter how wonderful they are, are still people. We should never lean on our human support system to the extent where it takes the place of God. There can only be one person on the throne of our life, that person needs to be God. Matthew 28 – I am with you always, even to the end of the world. Psalm 34 – This is something that David wrote while in some very difficult times. David learned to praise God in the midst of his difficulties. The post Learning to Lean appeared first on Bethel Mennonite Church.
Have You Ever Been Afraid? Matthew 10 – Fear is something that all of us have experienced. The disciples here were probably experiencing some fear as well! If we are true disciples of Jesus we will also be asked to face some times and situations in our lives that will cause us some fear. Jesus tells us clearly in these verses to “Fear them not.” While it is nice to hear our Savior say these words, and to know that they are true, we often want some evidences that these words are true. We’re going to look at several things here that talk about reasons that we should not be afraid. Truth always wins in the end. Jesus tells us that we don’t need to fear because truth always wins the battle in the end. God is greater than anything that man can do to us. All a man can do to us is end our life. For the Christian the end of life is only the beginning. Further scriptures – Luke 12:6-7, Psalm 147, Isaiah 43:1-2, John 10:3, Daniel 3, Romans 5:8, Genesis 37:17-18, Kings 6:13-14, Psalm 124. God is a great big God Do you know how many stars there are? There are some estimates and some guesstimates, but even the “experts” don’t know. The number of the stars is unknowable. This isn’t something that is to big for God to understand. The Bible tells us that God knows all of the stars by name. God doesn’t struggle to remember who we are. God knows us. God made us. God has a purpose and a plan for each of us. God is much bigger than the things that bring fear to our lives. God notices and values things we don’t understand and cares about the tiniest details of life Sparrows are tiny birds. They aren’t worth a lot. Sparrows are everywhere. The most common bird on the planet. Sparrows die all the time and we rarely notice. Sparrows are not majestic like bald eagles. They don’t soar gracefully like a sea gull. Sparrows aren’t ugly necessarily, but they are very very common. Yet… God notices sparrows. When one dies, God notices. Have you ever felt like a sparrow? Or even the fifth sparrow that might have been thrown in for free when someone purchased four sparrows? Our problems are often around trusting Gods ways of doing things and his timing and methods. Not so much that God exists. Not a single sparrow around the world is forgotten by God. Jesus tells us to fear not because we are of much more value than a sparrow. Jesus didn’t die for sparrows, he did for us. God knows and cares about the tiniest details of our lives. Even when we don’t know about them or care about them. God doesn’t have any limits There are limited all around us about so many things. We do not have a God who is limited. We don’t pray to a God who is limited. Our prayers change when we understand that we cannot escape God’s care. We have short attention spans. God understands even our sorrowful groans. God knows all about all the things that we face and struggle with and care about. We cannot run God out of time. God is the God of eternity. We cannot waste God’s time when we pray. Prayer is never ever a frustration to God. God loves. We cannot exhaust God’s love. We tend to apply our limitations to God… God is limitless… The post His Eye is on the Sparrow appeared first on Bethel Mennonite Church.
1 Corinthians 3 – What is my purpose in life? What should be my priorities? In my business am I doing what God has placed me to do? The world may forget what we do while we are here. God will never forget what we’ve done while here on earth in the cause of the kingdom. How do we live in light of this? Whatever we’re doing in life… ask yourself the question. Why? Why are you working hard on the things that you’re working on? We know that we cannot serve two masters. We must choose what kingdom we will belong to, which kingdom we’ll serve. As you think of serving and spending your life for a purpose there is a reward that goes with it. What are your trophies in life? What is your purpose and goal? Especially in light of eternity. 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 – A crown. A trophy. One that will fade away… Paul is placing up against one that will not fade away. Are you living in the present at the expense of the future? Will you find that the trophy you are after here on earth is not worth it? What does God want of me? How can I know him? Jesus relationship with his father was a priority for him. Prayer was a priority. Reaching people was a priority. Children Lepers The blind Jesus saw people… but he didn’t just see a “person” he saw a soul. Let us allow Jesus priorities to become our priorities. Haggai 1:2-11 – Our lives are an exchange. We exchange each day, each moment for time. We are spending each day, each moment, we can save them. We have no idea how many days we’ll have. When the day is gone it is gone, we won’t get it back. Each day we take this gift, the day and we spend it. Seek first the kingdom of God… Matthew 6 We all know that the kingdom of God should be first in our lives, but there are a lot of things out there that are seeking to be first in our lives. If we don’t think about our priorities we tend to start focusing on the things that are self serving, towards idols, away from God. Be alert! Be awake! Be aware! Let what God has called us here to do be the center, the core of what we are doing here. Not a small piece of pie. We will never find satisfaction outside of God’s purpose for our lives. We need to deliberately, purposely put God’s desires and purposes before the our own selfish desires and purposes. Who are my heroes? My role models? My goals? James 1:5 – If any of you lack wisdom. Ask of God. The post What Trophy Are You Chasing? appeared first on Bethel Mennonite Church.
Sermon text Joshua 3, 4 More important than what your last name is, is whether or not your name is in the book of life. The title of this sermon is a question that was meant to be asked by the generations following the ones that are written about in our text. What did they experience? How did God work that day in our ancestors? How can I apply these truths to my life today? How can I pass these truths to the next generation? We live in a changing world. It seems like a lot of thing become obsolete almost as soon as we start to use them. Its likely that no time in history has seen as many changes as we are seeing in these days. Changes in the way we live, the way we think, the way we relate to each other, etc. The human race has a pretty poor track record when it comes to learning from what has happened in the past. There are always weaknesses and inconsistencies. Often the same mistakes are made, perhaps in a different way. Some questions to consider. What do we learn from past generations? Did they have good things to teach us? Am I, are you, passing on to the next generation truths that can help them along their walk with God? One of our problems as humans is that we forget. The challenge for us this morning is to remember, and to apply what we have learned to our lives in practical ways, passing these truths on to the next generation. This isn’t the only time in that Joshua did “something with stones.” These stones have a message. What was the message? “God is at work, he made a way where there wasn’t a way.” Remember it! Don’t forget it! Pass it on! There are these piles of stones. Each one has a story to tell, something to remember. A reminder of God’s provision. God doesn’t forget his promises. We as humans tend to forget though. We need reminders. Deuteronomy 4:9 – Moses stresses there importance of remembering the things that God has done. Judges 2:7-10 – It took them one generation to forget. These people seem especially prone to forgetfulness… but they don’t have a corner on the market. We forget constantly as well. It is amazing how quickly not only the story, but also the principles can be lost. We are all writing a story right now. It is a continued story, we don’t know how long our story will be. Does my little pile of stones point to God? A God who has met my need every single time? Israel didn’t cross the Jordan by themselves. These stones were intended to tell the story, to cry out, that God did a miracle leading the children of Israel through on dry land. With time, the decedent turns into the ancestor. It is very easy to make decisions based on the feeling of today instead of the basis of the long term. The decisions we make today are going to affect those who come behind us. Psalm 71:12-18 – What does my pile of stones mean? The post What Mean Ye By These Stones? appeared first on Bethel Mennonite Church.
Isolation VS Brotherhood – Steve Yoder – 2013.02.17
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This sermon – Isolation VS Brotherhood – was originally preached 2013.02.17 by Steve Yoder. Passages used: 1 John 1, Genesis 2, 2 Corinthians 6, Hebrews 10, 1 John 3, 1 John 4, Mathew 18:5, Philippians 2:4, Ephesians 4:32, 1 Corinthians 12, Galatians 6, John 13, 1 Corinthians 13, John 15, Romans 12, 1 Peter 1:22, 1 Peter 3:8. Quotable Quotes Fellowship with God and fellowship with believers. Both are important; we all know this but we all also need encouragement and reminders. Fellowship and brotherhood is more than what we receive, it also includes what we invest as well. It goes both ways, in a brotherhood we cannot just receive – on the other hand we cannot just give either. God said that, “it is not good for man to be alone.” He was probably referring to marriage, but we can also understand through that statement that man was not made to attempt life as a “solo” act. Christians who are deprived of fellowship find that they long for fellowship, and will go to great lengths to experience it. It is very possible to have a twisted idea of what fellowship is. It is not a gossip center, or a political power system. We are talking about true brotherhood, fellowship. John speaks of the “love for fellow Christians, brothers and sisters” as a test of whether we are truly walking with God or not. Love is very central to our fellowship. If you are a loner, understand that it is possible to learn to reach out and be involved in the lives of others. Willful isolation tends to twist reality in our minds. We get a narrow view of life that isn’t healthy, we only see “my” perspective. We all need a brotherhood and fellowship to help us have a proper perspective of life and all the things that are included with life. Even if we don’t have answers ourselves we should point people to Jesus – who does have the answers. Willful isolation tends to lead us down a path of independence and self-sufficiency. When we don’t need people we get a twisted view on the world. The “I’m right and everyone else is wrong” attitude. Teamwork is a huge part of fellowship and brotherhood. All working together leads to a much better unity and a better result. There are many ways to witness, but getting along with each other and truly loving one another really helps the effectiveness of our ministry. The world is watching us and our love for each other has a huge impact on the effectiveness of our witness. Think about Isolation vs. Brotherhood as you read 1 Corinthians 13. It is full of ways to reach out and to be a part of a brotherhood. This is the way that Christ loved us, as unworthy sinners, likewise we can do a lot of good things, but without the motivation of love – it isn’t worth doing it. Love is practical. It takes a lot of effort. Jesus loved people, not based on who they were or what they were like, but simply because of the fact that they existed. Should we do less? The church is not a club were we come together and then go back to our lives alone. The church is a living organism, the Bride of Christ, working together as one body. We cannot be a disciple of Jesus without loving the other disciples of Jesus. God has not called us to a life of isolation, but rather to fellowship and brotherhood. May we be faithful in lonely places, but let us stand with the brothers and sisters that we have in Christ. Note: To download the mp3 file directly from this page, right click the download button and choose Save Link As… Browse to where you want to save the file and click save. Also you can subscribe to the podcast feed in your favorite RSS reader or on iTunes using the options in the sidebar. The post Isolation VS Brotherhood – Steve Yoder – 2013.02.17 appeared first on Bethel Mennonite Church.