Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Overcoming Gluttony with Grace Church

Nick, Piper and I went to a new church this past weekend. Well, it's kind of new to us. It was Piper's first time {outside of the womb} and, it was our second time going to our new favorite church, Grace. 

While I was pregnant with Piper, in 2014, Nick and I tried this church once and we loved it. It's further away than our home church {which is literally right down the block; less than a minute away}, so it was hard to make the switch and fully commit to driving 15 minutes away when we had a perfectly good church right around the corner.

While we didn't physically go back to this church until this past weekend, I had immediately got hooked into watching Grace Church's sermons online back after our first visit in 2014. Their sermons are always something I can connect with on some level or another. I don't think I've sat through a sermon without having tears well up in my eyes, yet. I connect with their message more than I do at my home church, and for that I felt guilty for a while. So, it was hard to make the switch. I just stayed complacent for a while and we didn't end up physically going to church much at all. Instead, I just kept watching Grace's sermons online.

The convenience of watching and listening to Grace Church's sermons online was unbeatable at the time when Piper was born. It is actually one of the reasons that it took us so long to go back to church. I could just listen to their sermons during one of Piper's naps, get what I needed to feed my soul, and be done -- all within the comfort of my home.

Well, the problem with that for me is that I was doing it alone. Nick works during the day, obviously, so I can stay home with Piper, so while I would listen to the sermon and Nick rarely got the chance. Also, we have truly missed out on the full church experience that Grace has to offer by only listening to the sermons online. There's just something so powerful about worshiping with them, there in church.

So, after having a couple tough weeks recently, it was clear to me that the time to physically go back to church was here. I needed to go. I needed to be re-centered in my faith. I want Piper to have a sense of community in the church. I want us all to be apart of a church community. Nick agreed. 

Nick and I talked about it and, while it will be hard to pass our home church every Sunday to drive 15 minutes out to Grace Church, we both agreed it will be worth it. Grace Church stirs something in our hearts that hasn't been stirred in a while from our home church. We feel like we are finding a new home church in Grace.

Piper tried the nursery at the church that is only a minute down the road from us a couple times and, she never made it through an entire service in the nursery without my mom, Nick or me having to go get her or sit in there with her. 

At Grace church, Piper didn't only make it through the whole service at nursery class, she had fun, too! It helped that my little brother Evan opted out of his school-age class that morning to stay and help Piper in her two-year old class for the whole service. That calmed all of our nerves and we were really able to enjoy the service without too much worry or concern.

At Grace, I feel like we are finally finding where we belong. When we arrived this past Sunday, we found out that Grace was starting a new sermon series called "Overcomers" and the first sermon in the series was about overcoming gluttony. There couldn't have been a better sermon for me to hear than this one on that day, the day before I began my 30 by 30 challenge.

As I said, all of Grace Church's sermons can be found online. I am going to share the sermon from this past Sunday with you here below because it is a good sermon for anyone to hear. It was a sermon with a special guest speaking and, if you watch The Biggest Loser he may look familiar to you. It was Mark Cornelison from Season 13 of The Biggest Loser. It was a sermon for our first time back in church at Grace.

I hope you enjoy this sermon as much as I did. I intend to post the verses from Matthew 6:25-34 right on my snack cupboard, where I often frequent at the end of the night, when I feel anxious and tired from a long day. As Mark said, after all, he believes these chapters in Matthew were the launch of grace.

Matthew 6:25-34
For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothes himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will he not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Do not worry then, saying, "what will we eat?" or "what will we drink?" or "what will we wear for clothing?" for the gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your Heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."


  1. Finding a church that works for everyone is so very important! It sounds like you found one!!!! And how providential is it that the sermon was about gluttony !!!!