5 Parts | By: Ed Young
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ILLUS: 1980 was the time, the Fourth of July weekend, specifically. Some friends of mine and I, my brother was one of these guys, traveled down to beautiful Galveston, Texas to do some shark fishing. Now, the waters in Galveston look a lot different than they do in Miami. Those of you who are in Miami right now are thinking turquoise blue waters. No, no, no. In Galveston the water isn't really that pretty. It’s kind of muddy. We went down to shark fish. That’s right, shark fishing not from a boat, from the beach, which is kind of crazy. Kind of illegal, but we did it anyway. So we arrived in Galveston. We had my Cherokee Chief, we had it packed with bloody fish, two bucket loads of bloody fish. Fisherman call bloody fish chum, and chum attracts sharks.
September 18, 2016
By Ed Young
Thankfully, the world we live in isn’t just black and white. God has given us all a colorful and vibrant existence. Colors are a crucial part of what we experience, and they remind us of the vitality life can have both here and forever.
In this message, Pastor Ed Young breaks down some of the most prominent and powerful shades of the color pallet, and he shows us how they relate to the greatest story ever told – the gospel of Jesus Christ. This message will challenge everyone to take the next step into a vibrant and exciting life that focuses on God and his purpose for us!
I want to talk to you about a really cool fishing trip that I had the pleasure of being a part of about a year ago. As many of you know I love to fish. Fishing is a biblical sport, that’s why we’re calling this series “Hooked.” Jesus said followers fish. Basically, if you’re a follower of Christ you fish, fish for men. Well this fishing trip I went on was so unusual that I wrote it down in my journal, and so I’m going to try to give it back to you exactly the way it happened.
ILLUS: I was in Marathon, FL in the Florida Keys. Marathon is a small town nestled in that beautiful area. I was fishing with a friend of mine named Scott. Scott and I have fished together for many years. He is one of the best guides I have ever seen in my life. He’s a wonderful guy, he has a great family, and the first time I stepped on his boat before this trip I could tell that he was not a Christian. He sort of had the pushback going on, because when people find out that I’m a pastor they watch every word and they think about what they’re saying. They’re a little bit like, whoa. What’s this guy going to do on my boat, fishing? Well, we fished for a long time together on this 16’ boat and had some cool times. And the more I fished with him the more I just prayed, “God, you’ve put us in this boat together for all these hours. Obviously he’s not a follower, and just help me to know what to say, what not to say. Help me to not only fish for fish, but also fish for men.” And the cool thing about being a Christian is God says we’re to be fishers of men. God’s word says that. Become fishers of men, not catchers. God does the catching, we do the fishing.
September 25, 2016
God wants us to swim with confidence through life and experience the freedom of life lived His way. But we all know that life doesn’t happen without encountering some hidden traps along the way.
INTRO: Today I’m going to talk about fishing again. Fishing is a popular subject in the Bible. Maybe that’s why I like to fish. I always tell people fishing is a biblical sport. I’ve been fishing for a long time, and I have had the opportunity to even be on some fishing shows. I know it’s hard to believe, but I have. A couple of years ago a camera crew and I traveled to the Bahamas and we did some very unusual fishing. Check it out.
<Shark fishing video plays.>
Well, what if I told you that someone’s trying to catch you? What if I told you that someone is tying a fly just for you. The fly is individualized, it’s customized, and the fly will be presented to you over and over. Then, what if I told you that this fisherman wants to catch you, to reel you in, to drag you into the boat. Some of you are like, “Come on, man. You’ve got to be kidding me. That’s a stretch. Someone is fishing for me?” Well, the answer is a resounding yes. Because as you look at the Scriptures you see Jesus was all about fishing. As I said earlier, Jesus fished and he said once we become followers we’re to fish. Jesus fishes for you and me. We have a choice either to take the bait, to get hooked, that’s why we have the bracelets, or not.
Conversely, the devil, that’s right, the devil also is fishing. He wants to keep you and me from discovering this incredible purpose, this amazing plan that God has for our lives. If we could see the agenda that God has for us we wouldn’t believe it. We would be like, “Are you kidding me? It’s that amazing? It’s that awesome?” That’s the kind of plan that God has.
“The Upside of Temptation”
October 2, 2016
The Ocean of our existence teems with trials and temptations. Yet, in the midst of that truth, there are lessons God has in store for us that help us navigate the tumultuous waters.
In this message, Ed Young looks at some powerful and inspiring words in the New Testament book of James, and helps us discover how temptation can actually help us cruise through life with confidence!
Casting, that’s what we’re talking about. Just casting. I don't know if you realize this or not, we discovered that Jesus is an expert angler. He’s an amazing fisherman. He’s the best. The ultimate. Yet, there is another fisherman out there, the caster of disaster, his name is the devil and he casts… wow. If I hook somebody. He casts to you and to me constantly. He’s just constantly casting, constantly presenting things to you and me. And as he presents these things they look really much more alluring than they really are. In other words, a temptation doesn’t really seem like a temptation. It seems much greater than that, but it is. I love how the Bible talks about trials and testings and temptations. Because we discovered that God wants to use trials, testings, to make us strong. The enemy wants to take something like that and turn it into a temptation and he wants us to take the bait, bite the hook, so we’ll do wrong. He wants to get us off of God’s purpose and agenda for our lives. I’m just talking about casting today. Casting. The caster of disaster.
It doesn’t take anyone who is highly intelligent to realize that there is a dark, sinister, evil force out there named the devil. The devil wants you and me to miss the best that God has for our lives, because God has something amazing. If we could see God’s agenda for our lives we wouldn’t believe it.
By the way, I want to welcome everyone to our fellowship. I want to say hello to our prison campuses. I want to say hello to our friends in the Magic city, Miami, Fort Worth, Dallas, Southlake, Keller, East Texas, and wherever you’re watching online. Thanks for being here!
October 9, 2016
Fishing is an adventure on the water. There are winds and waves to face, high tides and low tides to navigate. But through it all, fishermen have some key characteristics that help them stand up and stand out.
Life, like fishing, is an adventure as well. In this message, Pastor Ed Young looks at some what makes fishermen successful and shows us how God wants us to apply those same traits to our lives. Because when we are what fishermen are, we’re sure to make the most of the voyage!
<video of Ed and Lisa fishing>
There’s nothing like competition, is there? Especially between a husband and a wife. And yes, I will admit it once again, Lisa kicked my butt. She won. She caught more bass than I did. We live in a very competitive culture. I love competition. You know, this is Texas v. OU weekend. If you’re in Miami, Florida State v. Miami. All these big NFL games, Friday Night Lights. We love to compete. Competition is a good thing, whether you’re playing cards, whether you’re playing tennis, whether you’re playing golf, we love competition. We’re competitive in the business world. We’re competitive in the world of our physiques. We’re competitive on social media. It seems that everybody is competitive. Have you ever thought about why? I’m a why guy. Why are we competitive?
I truly believe this drive for competition has been given to us by the God of the universe. I really believe that. It’s great to be competitive, but I would say based on Scripture, based on studying God’s word, the Bible, don’t waste your competitive edge. Be competitive. Let’s go, Rangers! Be competitive. I’m for you or you’re for me. Be competitive but don’t waste your competition.
T.S. Today I’m going to talk to you about entering a serious competition, entering a cosmic competition. That competition is simply this. Competing for the souls of people. Competing for the souls of people. Some of you here have been here for this series, this sort of seminar called Hooked.
Fishing is one of the most popular sports in the world, and fishermen are known as some of the most passionate sportsmen around. But fishing isn’t just about scales and fins or rods and reels. Fishing is something that relates to every one of us, no matter where we are. In this series, Pastor Ed Young casts a new light on this biblical sport and shows us all how we can make a difference when we get hooked on the right things!