Sorry, no funny stories this time.

When Joey asked me to preach at the Victory-Fort 9 & 11 services, i knew i was supposed to talk about what it means to follow Jesus and carry a cross – especially the carry the cross part.

Warning: this will be one of those “afflict the comfortable” messages, rather than the usual “comfort the afflicted.”

But if you need comfort, Paolo is preaching about “Hope” at the Victory-Fort 5&7 and LA is preaching about “God’s Provision” at Victory-QC. And, not sure if it will be comforting or afflicting, but Ferdie, Julius, Rico and others are preaching about “Angels & Demons” all day at Victory-Ortigas.

We
usually preach the same topic at all of our Metro Manila locations, but
this week is a break btw series, so we are all going different
directions.

My main thought:
Every day we have a choice between comfort and the cross. If we are serious about following Jesus, we must choose the cross.

My main verses:
Then
He said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny
themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever
loses their life for me will save it.” 
LK9:23,24

This
is the 1st time the cross is mentioned in the book of Luke.  And it is
one of the few passages that is recorded in each of the 4 gospels –
Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. It is so important that it is recorded
more than once in 2 gospels – Matthew and Luke – making this statement
is one of THE MOST EMPHASIZED sayings of Jesus in the Bible.

Probably pretty important that we take one Sunday and see what it means for us.

I doubt this will be one of the most popular podcasts ever.