Listen to Pat Lynch

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These are brief summaries and links to the recordings of talks given by Pat Lynch to the Growing in Grace recovery ministry at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church in Little Rock. While directed to people with substance abuse problems who are involved in various treatment programs, the general topics are well suited to the problems and struggles we all face. The links are for Dropbox audio files. Each runs about 30 minutes. Pat Lynch is available for speaking engagements. Your reactions and thoughts on these messages is appreciated. The contact information is below.

September 10, 2014 Jesus tells the story (Matt 22)  of the son of a king’s  wedding celebration. The guests who were originally invited failed to attend, so the halls were filled with those who would never expect such a wonderful privilege. How will each of us respond to the same invitation. Each of us is responsible for his actions. You can hear it here.

July 2, 2014 Jesus says his followers are “salt and light.” (Matt 5:13-16) That can be difficult to understand if life is not going well and you feel like a complete loser. We are, nonetheless, preserving the earth and giving it light by following the life example of Jesus Christ. He showed the way. This short message has practical ideas on how to avoid losing our “saltiness” and the type of works that should both glorify God and be seem by men. Here is the link for a recording.

June 11, 2014 This one is titled “Whiskey,” but it is about every kind of idolatry. There are many things that catch our attention and become dominant. Alcohol seems to hold a special kind of power over some people and it is very capable of becoming a false god. That kind of thing is strictly forbidden in Duet 5:6-10. On the practical level, God made everything to be good but if you put something ahead of God, you are taking away the Creator’s position of honor. This step away from the divine makes your life unmanageable. Without God at the center, life is too hard and the only solution is to make a real change. You can listen here.

May 7, 2014 People in addiction recovery programs face a lot of uncertainty and anxiety, and so does every other believer. It often seems that we are in a storm and fighting for life itself. This is exactly the situation the disciples of Jesus experienced. You can read about it in Matt 14:21-33. When things were looking bleak, Jesus came alongside and what happened was beyond remarkable. Jesus watches over your life even when you are passing through hard rain and winds. Listen to the message!

April 2, 2014 This one was given about two weeks before Holy Week and focuses on the crisis of betrayal faced by Peter and Judas during Christ’s last night before the crucifixion. Each of these two apostles had a change of heart, but that, by itself, is not enough for real repentance. There is a lot of “meat” in the stories of these two men who were so close to Jesus and yet betrayers. This can relate to our own struggle against life’s temptations. Here is the recording.

March 12, 2014 This is a  presentation about getting through the darkest moments in life when we are tested.  While directed first to those in recovery, the presentation is very useful to every believer. Pat calls on the flood story (Gen 7:13-16)to suggest a moment when those being saved from the deluge were isolated, frightened, and in a completely unfamiliar situation. In this terrifying period, there was still salvation and God’s grace for those he was saving. God closed the door behind Noah’s family (v. 15) and he will open it in time. That is our hope! The scene changes to the day of Christ’s resurrection and the Savior’s entrance into a locked room. While humans had locked the door, he walked through the door. Jesus offered them his peace, and that is what carries us through hard times. In the meantime, we are sent to do the Father’s work and to prepare for the day when God opens the doors that hold us captive. Listen here.

February 12, 2014 Here is a powerful message about prayer. We are not talking about bedtime prayer or grace before means, but the life-changing constant “walk” with God. It is well stated in the story of Enoch. (Gen 5:1-24) The idea of bringing prayer into the 12 steps is developed with specific examples. Jesus sets the standard (of course!) for personal prayer. (Heb 5:7-9) The Savior followed the example of Enoch, seeking out God’s guidance in every aspect of life. Our walk with God takes us directly into the New Jerusalem where we meet Jesus face-to-face. Here is the link.

January 15,2014  Anger is a serious problem that can block our access to God and interfere with recovery. The story of Cain and Able is the beginning. (Gen 4:1-17) Cain and Able each offer sacrifices, and God looks at the person before the gift. He cares most about what is in the heart. Cain acted out of a sense of duty and was jealous of his younger brother. His gift is not pleasing. Cain’s anger led to murder and ended his intimate relationship with the Creator. It is the dangerous trait that Jesus warns us about in the Sermon on the Mount. (Matt 5:21-24) The illustration of brining a sacrifice to the temple, reminiscent of Cain, and leaving to make peace with an offended brother is developed.  For those in recovery, uncontrolled anger blocks our way to God and nullifies the hope of healing. There is much to be done, but one of the most important suggestions is moving straight to Step 9 and making amends with those we have harmed. Listen on this link.

December 18, 2013 It’s a Christmas message! Let’s go to Bethlehem! It starts with some personal notes about the season and moves to the very beginning of God’s dealing with sinful humans. Even after the Fal, God gives hope for a Savior. The Luke narrative of the birth of jesus (Lk 2:8-20) is good news for lowlifes. Instead of bringing the important good news to religious leaders in Jerusalem, it is announced to men and women at the very bottom of the social pecking order, shepherds. They had the right idea. “Let us go to Bethlehem!” God breaks through into human affairs then, and he is doing it now. It is our hope, even for shepherds and lowlifes. Listen here.

November 20, 2013 God can sometimes knock any one of us right on our rear ends, which is exactly what happened to Jacob. It happened in the dark of night, a times of spiritual darkness. Jacob was all alone, or so he thought, just peacefully waiting to be wiped out by his brother Esau. Jacob certainly had it coming, but the all might wrestling match caused Jacob to see that he was guilty and unworthy, even though the man who persisted with him changed his name. Jacob, in fact, met Jesus and came to see that he could change. He was capable of repentance. When you meet Jesus, expect to be changed. Listen here.

October 23, 2013 Back a few years ago, when St. Andrew’s Church was being constructed, Marie and I loved to come and watch every day. At the time, the church was meeting at the Lutheran School and one Sunday there was a large beam laid out in the lobby upon which we were invited to write down prayers and Bible verses  I wrote down Micah 4:6-7. Today this beam is not visible but is located in the sanctuary on the north wall concealed by the platform right below the windows to the right of the crucifix. The passage is God’s promise to gather the lame and outcasts and make of them a strong nation. Though there is suffering, God will bring us through it and give us his blessings. Paul discusses his sufferings (2 Cor 12:7-9) and concludes that when he is weak, he is really strong. The audio is here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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