I’m excited to join the Broward church for worship this morning, and it’s it’s really great to connect with you virtually. I have so much respect for the Fernandez’s and certainly their reputation. They’re known as just a really loving spiritual leaders in the church and I’m sure you’d agree with me the time that we’re in, leadership does matter.

And I think the fact that they’re so faithful and that they they love God, they love the church, I really believe that’s a big part of the culture and really the reputation of the Broward church. And so I’m just grateful that I have the opportunity to share God’s word with you. I’m grateful that Tony gave me the opportunity to do that.

I wanted to just show you a picture. And this is a picture of my family. These are the most important folks in the world. To me, it’s my wife, Clarissa, and we’ve been married for just over 17 years. My daughter Gabrielle, who’s now 15 and and a disciple, she actually got baptized during this pandemic. And so we’re figuring that out and her young faith. And then my son Carson, who’s 12, and then our smiling dog, Lincoln, and he’s a red retriever and he’s about the most joyful dog that you’ll ever meet in this photo. We did stuff his toy full of treats. So I think that’s probably why he looks as happy as he is. But, yeah, I’m just super honored to share God’s word with you. And, you know, whether you’re in whether you’re in South Florida or where I am and in Kansas City, in the middle of the country, there’s really just this this common element to that. We’re all kind of going through something right now, certainly in America, but really around the world.

And I got to think that any of the challenges that I’m experiencing, any of the things that I’ve had to navigate during this pandemic, that we’re probably all in the same boat. And it really doesn’t matter what part of the country you’re in, doesn’t matter your age. Certainly any of our backgrounds. There’s a there’s a common human kind of experience that we’re all navigating together. And so what a great opportunity for us to consistently go to the word of God to really shine a light into the world, but certainly to our feet in the steps that we take.

And so I’m really excited just to be able to share God’s word with you and just to kind of keep building the faith and really the direction that you guys are going in the Broward church. I would just simply say this. Jesus is the answer to all the questions that the world is asking. Even the questions that the world doesn’t know to ask Jesus is still the answer. And so I’m really excited to get into his word and and really hear his teachings and how they apply to our lives.

So today, we’re we’re in part two of a collection of talks that’s entitled Blessed. And and this is a study of Jesus teachings in the first part of Matthew, Chapter five. Jesus, of course, teaching his now famous Sermon on the Mount. So Matthew, five through seven. And this is a study of the Beatitudes, which is really kind of the beginning section of the sermon. The Sermon on the Mount is just incredible in every way.

Mahatma Gandhi, who was in no way a follower of Jesus, said that the Sermon on the Mount was the greatest speech ever given, even if he didn’t believe Jesus was the son of God. He looked at the teachings that Jesus delivered to his followers and was so amazed by by Jesus and the teachings that he gave that day. And the Beatitudes, you know, is really kind of an outline know is that Tony mentioned last week these these teachings.

I mean, these teachings should really be the calling card for every Christian, for every Jesus follower, for every citizen of the kingdom. And so Jesus really outlining the attitudes of the heart that he wants all of his followers to have, you know, in a little bit later on in this teaching, Jesus in prayer and he’s teaching is teaching his followers how to pray. And and he says this in Matthew six, he says, Your kingdom come, is praying to the fathers.

Is your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. And and I really believe this study of the Beatitudes, this study of the blessed life as we put these things into practice, this is really an exercise in us really trying to understand what God’s will is. We want God’s will to be done on Earth as it is in heaven. And we’ll see clearly today is we have a huge role that we get to partner with God in that process.

And, you know, we’re going to get into part two here and we’re going to jump into the scriptures. Before we do that, I just want to say a prayer and let’s really ask God’s blessing on this time of study. Father, we’re so grateful to be able to worship you and father were grateful for the technology to be able to stay connected during this time. Father, I want to play a very specific. For all those who are watching live right now, I know there’ll be many who kind of watch at a later date, but I want to pray for those who are watching God that wherever we’re at right now in life, wherever we’re at, in our faith, in our relationships, the father, we’ll hear something from your word today that will really move us forward spiritually.

I pray, God, if there’s changes that we need to make, if there’s a challenge that we need to really take, Father, that that your scriptures will really be clear for us and really shine a light on that. Some of us need encouragement. Some of us need father just to be inspired to to follow your son more closely. And I pray, God, that as we study his words and really the study of the Beatitudes, that will really help us in those ways.

I have very specific prayer for the nation. I know there’s lots of turmoil, Father. There’s civil unrest. There’s great division, Father. The polarization is just incredible right now. I pray that we, as your followers, as your sons and daughters, as citizens of your kingdom, can really be a light to a very dark world. We love you. We’re grateful. We pray in your son’s name. Amen. Something that I really believe and we’re going to see this in Jesus teaching today, is that, you know, long before Jesus asks something from you, we see that he actually wants something for you.

He wants something for you before he asks something from you. And the thing that he wants for you is to have this incredible relationship with God. He wants you to have a relationship with God that starts here in this life, but then continues on into eternity. And I know that there’s probably folks who maybe someone sent you this link, maybe this is your first time with us or second time with us. And I say you’re with us. This is my first time, too.

So we’re in the same boat here. We’re all attending Broward virtually for the first time. But if that’s you, if you’re maybe just trying to figure out Christianity or you’re trying to figure out where you even stand on this canvas of faith, I really want to encourage you to really look at everything we’re talking to talk about today through this lens of taking a next step spiritually. And and, yeah, Jesus wants some things from you. There’s a life that he wants us to live.

But what precedes that is what he wants for you. And that’s a relationship. He wants to save you from your sin. He wants you to be able to be taken out of the darkness and into his wonderful light. And for those who aren’t Christians, my hope is that this study will also help you in that process. OK, so we’re jumping into the text here and we’re in in Matthew Chapter five. I’m going to read through the Beatitudes again, as Tony did last week.

And then we’re going to kind of dial in on our specific text for the day in Matthew, chapter five and verse one. It just says this. It says, now, when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up to them on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him and he began to teach them. He said, blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart. For they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers. For they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness. For theirs is the kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are you. When people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me, rejoice and be glad because there is a great reward in heaven for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

You know, for our next few minutes for our study today, we’re going to be taking a deeper dive into verse five and specifically looking at Jesus teaching here. He says, Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth, you know, being meek, displaying meekness, having that disposition in our hearts. It’s it’s a humility. It’s a humility that kind of is woven into everything that we do in the way that we interact with other people.

It’s the way that we have. It’s our outlook and the way that we engage in our world. It’s this humble disposition in our hearts. Being meek is it’s showing patience, endurance, gentleness, grace, even when we’re not being treated well by others, or maybe especially when we’re not being treated well by others. Meekness is an expression of our faithfulness to God. It’s saying that come what may, whatever happens, I’m going to decide to treat people not as they deserve, but as Jesus commands.

Being Meek is deciding that I’m going to treat people not as they deserve, but as Jesus commands. And so there’s real power here in this teaching, because when we choose to respond with meekness, we choose to respond with being meek in our current world. It’s just that it’s a choice that we need to make, meaning that we can respond to people any number of ways. And I’m sure you’ve had interactions even during covid where and it’s just tempting to lash out at people or to respond in kind with how people are making us feel.

So we have those opportunities, but we choose meekness. We choose humility, we choose grace instead. You know, I was a while back, I was meeting a good friend of mine for lunch. And we were in this major intersection. And I was I was running a little bit late. I really try to be early for things I usually am. But something happened. You know, you’re kind of rushing and you’re trying to get somewhere. And I was a couple of minutes behind and, you know, one or two minutes late. And I’m feeling a little stressed here. And of course, at that point, I’m just give me a parking spot right in front of the restaurant. And and it was pretty. Because as I’m rolling in, I’m seeing that there’s this parking spot right there and everything’s just great, I’m like, OK, you know, God is control, Jesus is Lord, he’s answered my prayers.

There’s a parking spot. Everything’s awesome. The only problem was that there was a car that was kind of partially blocking the spot, I believe. I mean, my sense was that it was a lady who was rolling out of the spot, but she still was kind of blocking my ability to kind of in and I’m thinking she was on her phone or something like that. And so, you know, I, of course, really trying to be patient, trying to have a meek outlook in the world that we live in, having humility to me.

I just give a gentle little tap of the horn just so she knew that I needed her to move out of that spot so that I could move in and continue on with the work of God’s kingdom. So as that’s happening, I honk and nothing. And so, you know, I mean, I was entirely patient for, I’d say at least four seconds. And then eventually I was getting a little bit irritated or a lot of irritated. So I started honking, really honking.

And, you know, this is embarrassing. But eventually, you know, and I could see she’s looking at me and through her mirror and she’s not moving at all. And and so now I’m leaning on the horn. And I mean, this is full ten seconds. And so I’ve been completely patient. I’ve bared with this person as long as I possibly could. And now I’m shaking my fist. She’s looking at me and I’m shaking my fist.

I’m like, you know, I didn’t cuss I didn’t say anything inappropriate, but I was I was definitely angry. So as I’m doing, I’m hugging and I’m shaking my fist. Really interestingly, the brother that I was meeting, the good friend of mine, he was walking down the street because he had parked. So he also was running a little bit late. So there’s that. But he’s walking down the street and I’m honking. I’m shaking my fist.

And I see him and he’s walking by me. And so he thinks I’m honking at him and waving. So I’m shaking my fist and he’s like, Hey, Kevin. And he’s waving. And I’m like this. And I’m like, Oh, hey, what’s up, dude? And and yeah. So anyways, eventually she rolled out of the spot, but but not my best moment. And I did confess to the brother eventually that I was not waving to him and I in fact was having a little bit of road rage because I wanted a parking spot.

And as embarrassing as it is to share that, you know, in that moment, in that moment, it was simply I wanted a parking spot, but how many times do I find myself or do we find ourselves in that position where we just frustrated by people where we’re feeling like people are not treating us the way they should, where people are not as quick as we would like them to be or as polite as we like them to be or as kind or thoughtful.

And and oftentimes my instinct is not to respond the way Jesus would want me to. I want to respond how I think they deserve for me to respond. And that I believe in that moment is where I’ve got to decide. And we’ve got to decide to be more like Jesus and less like ourselves. I got to be more like Jesus and less like Kevin in that instance. And that’s the whole idea of these teachings, these beatitudes. It’s this is the disposition that I need to take on.

It’s how Jesus treated people, not how I would treat people in my instincts. You know, Jesus delivered this sermon on the sermon on the side of the mountain. And he says, you’ll be blessed if you choose this path of meekness.

It’s something that we we can’t skip over, is that this teaching was just as countercultural to that group, those folks that heard this teaching initially as it is to us who are hearing it today. Jesus teaching’s were just as countercultural at that time in that society as they are in this time in the society that we find ourselves in, being meek, being humble, extending grace, not retaliating, not striking back.

You’ve got to understand, when this sermon was given in the middle of a village overlooking the the Sea of Galilee on the side of a hill, this society like ours today had a much better understanding of things like power and force and strength than it did of humility and meekness and grace.

I mean, this culture, these people had been dominated by the emperors of Rome, and every experience to date would have convinced them that its power that would cause you to inherit the earth. What they saw with their eyes is if you are more powerful, if you can respond in kind, if you can have that type of strength, that’s what gets you ahead in the world that they lived in. And we see the same to be true a couple of thousand years from now, that is our natural instinct.

That is what is that’s the disposition of our society. And so what Jesus is putting forward here for his followers then in there, but also here and now is always going to be countercultural. It’s always going to. Against the grain, it’s always going to be opposite of our instincts and our nature and the sin that at times we all have to to navigate in our lives. You know, I also believe that, you know, when you think of just the time we’re in specifically and all that, that divides us, the need for humility, the need for us to be meek, the need for us to really consider people who think differently than us.

You know, if you’re on Team Blue, to treat people in Team Red with a certain level of humility and respect. And if you’re on Team Red to do the same for people on Team Blue, and if you’re an independent or a libertarian or a librarian or whatever party you’re part of, I don’t think the librarians are an official party, but I love librarians. But wherever you find yourself politically and this teaching that we ought to be meek, we ought to be humble, we ought to consider others greater than ourselves.

There’s a graciousness in which we deal with other people and it’s so important. Something I’ve noticed is that, well, not everything is necessarily political right now. I really believe almost everything seems to be politicized. And so things that in normal times wouldn’t seem to be even a political conversation are now political conversations. That’s not our doing. But we live in that time. We live in that culture. One opportunity to apply this teaching of humility, of meekness, of showing others grace.

You know, if you’re willing to brothers and sisters, I really believe if you’re willing to listen to Jesus and his teachings here, there’s a better way forward for you. There’s a better way forward for us as the church. There’s a better way forward than the politicians or the media or your social feed kind of presents to you. And I really believe that if we’re really, really willing to listen to Jesus and obey Jesus, I really believe there’s some refreshment here for us.

There’s an opportunity for us to see a different way where we can choose faith over fear, where we can choose prayer over panic and honestly love over hate and the vitriol that we see around us. OK, so Jesus talking about us being meek. And you know, what’s really interesting here is that Jesus says if you if you choose to be meek, you’ll be blessed. Essentially, you’ll inherit the earth.

But this teaching that Jesus is giving that day on in the Sermon on the Mount, this is actually a reiteration of a psalm, actually some thirty seven, which was penned by King David many, many years earlier. And so Jesus is actually reiterating a teaching that God’s people had already heard. And so in order to take a deeper dive into what this actually looks like, how do we kind of put some handles on this and really practically figure out what does that mean for us to be meek in this time?

I thought it’d be good for us to maybe take a deeper dive into some thirty seven. So we’re going to read this psalm together, some thirty seven. We’re going to read verse one through 11. And then we’re going to see how that applies to this teaching that Jesus giving us of being meek so that we can inherit the earth, so that we can be blessed. As a result, some thirty seven will begin in verse one.

It says, do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong for like the grass. They will soon wither like green plants. They will soon die away. Trust in the Lord and do good, dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust in him and he will do this.

He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him. Do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes, refrain from anger and turn from wrath. Do not fret. It leads only to evil. Verse nine for those who are evil will be destroyed. But those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land a a little while and the wicked will be no more.

Though you look for them, they will not be found. And then check this out. Verse eleven. But the meek will inherit the land, which is the same wording for Inherit the Earth, verse 11, the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity. You know, in a lot of ways, this is a portrait of what Jesus was teaching the crowds and what he’s teaching all of his followers in the Sermon on the Mount. This is a picture of humility, of meekness that he wants all of his disciples to put into practice in our lives.

And there’s so much here. And I’m going to give you if you’d like some some further study this week, I would really encourage you to read through Psalm thirty seven and study that maybe that’s on your own, maybe that’s in your household, maybe that’s in your small group with your family, because there’s a really good study here on the heart and the disposition and the humility that God wants us to have so we can’t necessarily unpack all of it.

But I did want to kind of unearth a couple of things, just some practical things that we can be thinking about that would allow us to better put this teaching into practice from Jesus Sermon on the Mount. You know, the first thing that jumps off the page is just this idea of the inverse. Three talks about how we need to trust in the Lord and do good. And it’s it’s it’s the simple word. Trust, trust in God. It’s it’s this idea by trusting in God, what we’re telling ourselves is that God’s way will always work out whether it takes a short while, whether it takes a long while, whether we understand the timing in this life or it only makes sense to us in the next life when we decide to trust God.

It really allows us to then determine how we’re going to treat people, because all of a sudden we don’t have to take things into our own hands twice. We’re told not to fret. I don’t know about you, but these last nine months of pandemic, I’ve had a lot of opportunity to fret about things, certainly things happening in the world, but even in the church and some of the worldly mindsets and attitudes that have come from the world into the church, there’s times I’ve just I’ve been fretting over interactions or conversations and it’s just this idea that in all of our interactions, in all the things that are happening in our life right now and everything that’s happening in your life, if you trust God with these things, it now allows you to treat people the way that God wants you to treat them, because you know that he’s actually in control of this whole thing and you don’t have to take things into your own hands.

Secondly, in verse six, he says King David’s writing. He says he will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn. And then verse eight, it says, Refrain from anger and turn from wrath. Do not fret. It only leads to evil if firstly, we should trust God. Secondly, this decision to be righteous when when we have two paths to divergent paths in front of us, it’s deciding to make sure that we’re going to live out the fruit of the spirit versus the tendency of the flesh, our sinful nature.

A great study of this is Galatians five says These two things are always in conflict. The righteous life is best evidenced by being in step with God’s spirit and having the fruit of the spirit evident in our lives and choosing those things. That’s the righteous life we’re called to or we live by what’s what comes natural to us by our own sinful nature. And most of us. Listen, if you’re a Christian, you know all about that, because that was the life that we left behind.

That’s the life we were called out of, as we’re called, into the light. So we need to trust God by trusting God that allows us to now treat people the way that God wants us too, and certainly to be meek, to be humble, to show grace. But then secondly, choosing righteousness and really valuing righteousness over all other things. It really is this decision that we’re not just going to do what comes natural to us.

Righteousness is never natural, at least for me it’s not. I’ve been at this whole Christianity thing for a while and it’s a daily decision to live by the fruit of the spirit instead of the flesh. And then thirdly and lastly, just as kind of something to really pull this together in verse seven says be still before the Lord and wait patiently on him. You know, there’s times where we’re praying for things. There’s times where things happen. And it just seems like, how can this be for my good?

How is God allowing this to happen in this specific time? And we’re reminded that there’s this stillness that we need to have, this patience where even when things are happening around us that we don’t understand, even when things are happening around us that honestly we don’t enjoy, even when people maybe are saying things are lobbying things in our direction by choosing to be still, by choosing to be patient, by choosing to go the way for the scriptures, mark out for us, namely being meek, being humble, not retaliating, not repaying evil with evil, but repaying evil with good by choosing to go this path of patience in our relationship with God, what we allow God to do is make his will even more clear. How many times do I act on something thinking, man, I’ve got to do it right now, I’ve got to get on this. We’ve got to move this forward only to realize if I’d only been more still, if I’d only been more patient and let God reveal what he’s doing and let his spirit lead me in that process, I would have I would have saved myself and others a world of pain.

So just some practicals from Psalm thirty seven, rather, as we think about meekness, it’s just this idea of being trusting in our relationship with God, choosing righteousness and then being still being patient and letting God’s will develop in our lives and in the world around us. You know, as we kind of wind things down in this in this passage, in verse nine, in Psalm thirty seven, it says those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land, and then verse 11, it says the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity.

I love how this idea of us having hope in the Lord and us being meek and choosing this teaching that Jesus gives us in the Beatitudes, hope and being meek are put hand in hand here. They’re interwoven. Both of them will lead to us inheriting the land, inheriting the earth. And you know, this hope that we have as Christians, you know, the Hebrew writers talks about how our hope, it’s an anchor for the soul. And so a part of us experiencing the hope of the Christian life, experiencing the hope that God’s going to show up and do what he says he’s going to do in our lives.

A part of that, our role is to put into practice these attitudes of the heart, including meekness and humility and showing others grace. That’s actually a part of us hoping are putting our hope in God, because it’s putting our decision making process in his hands. And what we’re saying is, as we trust, as we decide to be righteous, as we’re still as we’re patient, we know that God’s going to really unfold. What he wants to unfold in our lives and in our relationships.

You know, lastly, you know, the scripture talks about how will inherit the land in back in Matthew five, you will inherit the earth. It’s a similar wording here. You know, here’s a simple explanation of this. In First Corinthians, three in verse twenty one, the apostle Paul is writing and he’s reiterating kind of Jesus teaching here. And he says, First Corinthians three verse twenty one. Is says so then no more boasting about human leaders.

That’s actually a good thing to think about right now. No more boasting about human leaders. OK, all things are yours. Verse twenty two, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future, all are yours. And this insight is that for the Christian, for the believer, for the citizen of God’s kingdom, all things are yours. All things are already yours. In this world, we’ve already been promised and given our inheritance.

And Romans eight says that if God was not willing to hold back his own son, then how are we not also, along with Jesus, graciously give us all things. And the simple point is that God has already promised us the world. He’s already promised us everything that we need for life and godliness when if we don’t choose to live the way that Jesus wants us to, if we don’t choose to be meek in this specific teaching as it’s coming out from the text and we miss out on that blessing, we miss out on what God’s trying to do in our lives and in the world around us, because, like, it’s already yours, the world, it’s yours.

But you’ve got to go about it the way that God lays out in the scriptures and certainly that Jesus highlights in the Sermon on the Mount. If you’re a disciple, man, you just got to decide to engage people in this time the way that God wants you to. You’ve got to choose that you’re going to repay hatred with love. And if folks are not treating you the way that you think they should be, then you need to put yourself in queue behind Jesus, because that’s how folks treated Jesus.

And he taught us how to respond to those types of situations. But I wonder if we just decided to really, and we’ll talk about the greater series here of being blessed and realize if we decide to put this teaching into practice, how much stronger would your marriage be if both husband and wife decided to choose this path of meekness? How much closer could you be with your children or your grandchildren by simply deciding that you’re going to be humble and gracious in these relationships?

How much more joy and peace would you experience if you treated those you disagree with in this way during this time? And perhaps most importantly, how much glory, how much credit, how much recognition, how much honor would our father in heaven receive, especially during these times? If you ask me if his followers, if every Christian decided that we’re going to live this way each and every day as we’re out there in the world, whether it’s physically or virtually, isn’t that what this is all about?

Really? Jesus is teaching us how to live in such a way as his followers that all the honor, all the glory, all the credit, all the recognition goes to our father in heaven. People are like, why would he be meek? Why would she choose humility? Why are they not responding like everybody else in our world is responding and in that God gets the glory, God is honored as our father in heaven? You know, I wonder if we, you know, as a as a fellowship and I think of the Broward church specifically and I think of hundreds of folks.

And you think of, you know, just the reach that you have in South Florida and all the people around you, you know, in Broward County, I believe there’s almost two million people. I wonder how many of those folks could be influenced by your example, by you simply choosing to put these teachings of Jesus into practice this week by choosing to love your neighbor and be meek, be humble, show grace in any and every interaction. How many people would be served?

How many people would come in contact with Jesus and the kingdom? I don’t know the answer to these things, but wouldn’t it be fun to figure that out? And that’s really my challenge. You know, I certainly I did my best to kind of take us through some scriptures here, but I really want to encourage you to take a deeper dive into some thirty seven this week and really ask some honest questions. Look at your heart, look at the text, reach out to somebody you trust who knows you and really figure out is this a strength?

Is this something that I need to grow in and change to be more like Jesus? And then lastly, if you’re not a disciple or maybe you don’t even know where you are, my simple challenge for you and it’s very similar. Get in the scriptures this week. I really believe that there’s a next step for you and you’ve got to figure out what that step is. We want anybody and everybody who comes in contact with us to change their life, to make Jesus the Lord, to get baptized, to be a part of this incredible life as citizens of his kingdom, to be blessed as we’re studying.

And my challenge for you is to not just watch this and kind of go on with your life, but really reach out to somebody, send a text, send an email, send a carrier pigeon. I don’t know how you communicate, but reach out to somebody and really say, hey, I just want to get into the scriptures, help me to really have a better understanding of what this life is and what steps I need to take.

Brothers and sisters Jesus wants something for you long before he asks something from you. And and what he wants for you is this relationship. He wants this blessing. He wants to be close to you. And then what he wants from you is to respond with the way you live your life, to really choose to trust, to choose to be righteous, and then to choose to be still. And in so doing, I really believe we can bring about this humility, this meekness that God wants for each one of his children.

I’m going to close just with some lyrics to a song that have helped me this week. And, you know, I love worship and I love connecting. I know the Broward worship group is an inspiration. I just want to publicly thank so many of you for sharing your worship with, you know, our fellowship. But, you know, I really love worship. And these lyrics have just help me. I want to conclude with these lyrics as we wind down our time together.

And it just goes like this. It says, there’s a song that stirs the spirit. And it calls the heart to life, it’s an anthem in the making, can you feel it start to rise? It’s not time to be silent. Don’t you dare hide your light. There’s a world outside your window, so don’t let it pass you by. Lift your hands to the heavens. Lift your voice to the sky. Praise the Lord of all creation that his name be lifted.

Brothers and sisters. In this teaching, Jesus gives us an opportunity to be a light to the world, to be that city set on a hill for all of Broward and beyond. And I want to encourage you that this is the time to really be a light when the world seems even darker than normal. What an opportunity for us to choose these teachings of Jesus and really see the blessings that come about in our lives and so many others lives as a result.

So grateful to be with you today, and I look forward to being with you in person at some point soon. Thanks for being together for this worship.