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WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?
February 2, 2014
Love is powerful. It’s unpredictable. It’s something that can change our lives. And it’s something much more potent than an emotion!
Through this thought-provoking look at the story of Ruth and Boaz, Ed Young shows us how to experience the right relationships. And he reminds us that when it comes to finding the ultimate love, it’s all about getting in the right rhythm!
Good morning! Today we’re opening up a brand new series I’m really, really excited about called, “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” What’s love got to do with it? Now we have many different locations here checking out Fellowship Church. We’re one church in many, many, many different locations. Let’s welcome all of our different places right now. We can just cheer a little bit. Since we’re talking about love I’ve invited my man, Greg Fears, Jr. to help us in today’s opening session. We’re gonna have some music behind this romantic series. How do you like that? Oh we can clap better than that, come on now! All right, all right, yeah, yeah. Because, Greg, man, he can just play with it. Feel the flow. I love it. I love it.
We’re talking about a little bit of R&B. Can you do some R&B? That’s the title of today’s message. A little bit of R&B. You know what R&B is? Rhythm and blues. It’s a style of music. A little bit of R&B. Well, we’re gonna put a new spin on R&B. R&B today stands for a couple of characters in the Bible. Ruth and Boaz. A little R&B. Ruth and Boaz. Those are kinda interesting names. Specifically I want to talk to you today about finding the right person for you. You might be going, wait a minute. I’m a parent. I’m a single parent. I’ve been married for 32 years (I’m talking about myself now… 32 years Lisa and I’ve been married). How does this have to do with my life? All of us know people who are single. About half of our church are unmarried and about 90% will get married, and that’s some good news for singles. So we better understand what it means to choose the right person. Within this process when it comes to choosing the right person we can apply this to our marriages, even a marriage for three decades. We can apply it to grandparenting, we can apply it to every age and stage of life. A little bit of R&B. Now this love story, I’ve gotta say, is maybe the greatest love story I’ve ever seen. So against the backdrop of Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, against the mindless maze of romance novels and Hallmark channel and Lifetime movies (sometimes I watch those. I’m kinda forced to watch those now and then) we’re gonna talk about a real love story. I’m not saying those aren’t love stories but we’re gonna talk about the real, real deal.
Is it just me or have you ever noticed when you see a chick flick the guys act like girls. Have you noticed that? They’re always serving, they’re always incredible chefs, they’re always taking the trash out without having to be bothered with that. They’re kind and understanding and sweet. It’s kinda funny, isn’t it? They’re always rich. And then if you go see a movie about men, you know, a man’s movie, the girls are always aggressive. They like hunting and fishing and fighting. And they’re always in the mood… always. It’s hilarious, isn’t it? It’s really funny. We’re different. Is that profound or what? A man and a woman, we are definitely different.
Well, let’s go back and let’s look at this R&B because there’s a relational rhythm that we’re gonna get into that God wants us to get into. When we meet the central person of this book, Ruth, she is not in rhythm. She’s singing the blues. She is from a place called Moab. Moab? Yeah, Moab. Moab, if you know your geography, was east of the Dead Sea. Now I’ve been in the Dead Sea before. I’ve swum in the Dead Sea. In fact, you’re not really swimming, you’re floating. You can’t really sink. Nothing lives in the Dead Sea. So I’m here to tell you, if you’re living in Moab relationally speaking, you’re dead. If you make your bed in Moab, if you’re mesmerized by Moab, you’re not gonna discover the greatness God has for you. And Ruth, this icon of the faith, is from Moab. This wheels-off culture. A place that was just nuts. Our culture is kinda going nuts. The last verse in the book of Judges, Judges chapter 17, verse 6, and this was sort of during that time period. It says, “In those days there was no king in Israel and everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” Does that sound like our world today or what? Everyone did what was right in their own eyes.
Happily Ever After
February 9, 2014
It’s the fairy tale ending we all want to hear. It’s the ideal ending to a perfectly crafted story. But is ‘happily ever after’ the kind of ending we’re designed and created to discover?
In this message, Pastor Ed Young takes another look at a unique and powerful love story found in the Old Testament. As he unpacks each character, we discover that ‘happily ever after’ requires some very strategic and very intentional steps. And when we are willing to do things God’s way, it’s the kind of ending we can all experience.
Good morning! What’s love got to do with it? That’s what we’re talking about today. We’re talking about this secondhand emotion. We’re talking about commitment. We’re talking about pledging yourself to a position no matter what the cost. Well, since we’re talking about love and love stories I’ve invited my man back. I’m talking about Chuck Bethany! Let’s give him a round of applause. Because since we’re talking about romance we need some music, don’t we? What do you think? Valentine’s is right around the corner. Guys are you square for Valentine’s? Hope you are. Are you? I like it… I like it!
Today I want to tell you a story, and this story is a true romance novel. It’s found in the book of Ruth. Now, Ruth is nestled over in the Old Testament. I think it’s the greatest love story out there not only because of the character development but also the subplot. Last week we opened this series, What’s Love Got To Do With It? And we talked about Ruth. Basically Ruth was from a land called Moab. She left Moab, went to God’s country, Bethlehem. You know, where Jesus was born. She happened to meet (because her husband had died in Moab), she happened to meet billionaire Boaz, this man of God, called the kinsman redeemer. Basically, as we left them last week, we saw that they lived happily ever after.
I don't know about you but I like to live happily ever after. When I was a kid my mother would read me all those children’s books, all the epic children’s books. And they lived happily ever after. Go to a movie and what do you want? You want a good ending. Or maybe someone reads a book or whatever and we say, how does it end? And now and again if you’re reading something or watching something you might fast-forward to the end. Or maybe you’ll turn to the last chapter because we like an ending. I would argue we’re made for happily ever after. We’re made for it. All of us face an ever-after. We either face it with God or without God. Yet we find that Ruth and Boaz lived happily ever after.
Well today I want to give you the back-story of Ruth and Boaz, this couple. And what I love about the Bible is the Bible keeps things real. No smoke and mirrors, no veneers, I mean it’s like boom, boom. Keeps it real. The Bible, in many circumstances and in many areas, is not G-rated, it’s R-rated. So if you’re ready to tackle that, here we go. Are you ready? Yeah, I think you are.
Now the book of Judges, the last verse says something pretty scary. It says, “In those days there was no king in Israel and everyone did what was right in their own eyes.” Does that sound like 2014 or what? I’m just gonna do right in my own eyes. If it’s true for you and you don’t hurt anybody (sounds sexy) you go ahead and do it. I’m just gonna do what I’m gonna do. What’s true for me is true for me. What’s true for you is true for you. That’s what was going on in the book of Judges. And that’s where we find ourselves with Ruth. Ruth was in Moab. She was a Moabitess.
What’s in a Name?
March 2, 2014
True love communicates more than we can ever fully comprehend. It lets us know who we are and reminds us of our value. And often, that message is shared in unique and powerful ways.
In this message, Pastor Ed Young looks at the story of Ruth from a different perspective. And as he reflects on the names of those involved, we discover that what’s in a name can actually point us to the truth of God’s love for us.
INTRO: Are you guys familiar with those name tags, those iconic “Hello! My name is…” name tags. They were introduced in 1959 and they’re still very, very popular. You go to a social event, you go to a party many time when you want to do name tags you have the “Hello, my name is..” and then of course you write your name. Someone told me a while back the best place to put your name tag is right in line with your right shoulder. You probably knew that because when you shake people’s hand your eye automatically goes up to the name and you see, “Hello, my name is…” and then you’ve got it.
A name is a very interesting thing. We’re tagged with names. Some of us are tagged with names. Some of us are tagged with nicknames. A lot of people change their names. It’s real popular especially if you’re a musician or an athlete. Names. What does your name mean? What does your name carry with it? People say, “I want to have a good name.” My name should carry integrity. People want to have a good name. And then we look at people’s names and we tag them with names and when we hear a certain name we think about a certain thing.
ILLUS: Just the other day, Lisa and I were shopping in a big, big store that I will not mention from this stage. But it’s a national chain and a guy walked up to us in the quintessential uniform with a big nametag. His nametag said, “Bill” on it. I’m trying to be a friendly guy so I said,
“How, Bill. How are you?” and he goes,
“Oh, that’s not my name.” I said,
“Yeah, but it’s on the name tag. Bill.”
“Yeah, but that’s not my name. And don’t tell the manager but I lost my nametag! And I’m just using my friend’s name, so I’m not really Bill but you can call me Bill.” Pretty funny.
I think all of us have been that way before. I think all of us have walked around with nametags that aren’t really our name. Maybe, just maybe you’ve walked around with a nametag that says broken. Failure. Adulterer. Liar. Cheat. Depressed. Divorced. And maybe, just maybe you’re walking around with that nametag, and if you call yourself that, if I call myself a certain name, then I will begin to act out my identity. I’m here to tell you that’s a false identity. So many of us are walking around with nametags that aren’t really our name.
I saw just the other day that identity theft costs us $1.52 billion. People stealing your identity and mine. Identity. It’s like we have a whole generation that doesn’t know their identity any more. We’re going to talk a little bit more about that today. I’m going to tackle the subject of what’s in a name. Who is your identity? What’s your identity? Hello, my name is…. Well, you go ahead and fill in the blank.
March 9, 2014
The Old Testament book of uth is a powerful reminder and picture of what true love is all about. Throughout its pages, we are shown examples that move us beyond emotion and reveal a love played out on the rugged plains of reality.
In this message, Pastor Ed Young looks at one of the most powerful types of love we can experience. And as he shows us the foundation of his love in the book of Ruth, we learn how our love for God and his love for us can stick through anything.
[Ed writes on a Plexiglas board the Hebrew word “Hesed”]
That’s what I’m talking about today. Anybody here have any Velcro on? Anybody have anything with Velcro on it? Just lift your hand. I’m not gonna call you out of the audience but if you have Velcro. Velcro is crazy, isn’t it? I’ve been doing some research on Velcro recently. It was invented in 1948 by this Swiss mountaineer named George de Mestral. He went out hunting with his dog. He comes back and he had these burrs caught in his clothing. And he’s like, man there’s something to this! And this engineer invented Velcro. You’ve got one strip with a bunch of loops, the other strip with a bunch of hooks. You put them together… boom! They stick.
I read some interesting facts about Velcro. Would you like to hear them, anybody? And I found this hard to believe. In fact my entire family doubted me but it’s true because Wikipedia said it. No, no, it’s true. This is a fact. It’s in a book written about crazy things. It said that a 5” strip of Velcro can hold up to one ton. A 2” strip of Velcro can hold a 175-pound man. That’s some serious strength. Velcro. Velcro. What a brilliant invention. Just some hooks and some loops and you got Velcro! Sticks. I mean, it’s there.
Today I’m talking about this Hebrew word. This word is a word pronounced “hesed”. Say it with me. Hesed. I will write it. You know, when you pronounce Hebrew it sounds gross but it’s almost like a dog who’s a little bit sick. <hacking sound> Hesed. Hesed. And don’t spit on the person in front of you. Let’s say it again, 1-2-3, hesed. Hesed is a deep word. We’re hungry for hesed. We need some serious hesed. We need some hesed. H-E-S-E-D.
What does hesed mean? Hesed means love. We’re hungry for love. Hesed means mercy. We need some mercy. We need to get messed up by mercy. Hesed means loyalty. Man, do we need some loyalty or what? In our world today we need loyalty. So hesed is a cluster of words, love and mercy and loyalty, kindness. Whoa. We don’t have an English word that is like hesed. We don’t have one. The best definition that I can come up with just to dumb it down, and not that this is dumb by any stretch of the imagination. If you had to just pretty much put the cards on the table, what is hesed? Here’s what hesed is. Hesed is loyal love. Say that with me. Loyal love. Hesed.
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Everyone loves love stories. We’re drawn to the feelings they evoke and moved by the emotions they stir. But when it comes down to what we experience every day of our lives, what’s love got to do with it?
In this series, Pastor Ed Young unveils the power of true love that goes beyond Hallmark emotions. He shows us that the kind of love God has for us and wants us to experience is much more than a feeling. Love is an action. And we will learn to do much more than feel love. We’ll discover how to truly live it!