Chase the Lion Message and Manifesto

“Chase the Lion”

Click play to listen to this past Sunday’s message.

I’m so thankful for the positive feedback of how the message “Chase the Lions” from this past Sunday has impacted the hearts of people. Praise God for how He works. The talk was inspired initially 1 year ago when I was studying the book of 2 Samuel and came to the passage in chapter 23, verses 20-23.

“There was also Benaiah son of Jehoiada, a valiant warrior from Kabzeel. He did many heroic deeds, which included killing two of Moab’s mightiest warriors. Another time he chased a lion down into a pit. Then, despite the snow and slippery ground, he caught the lion and killed it. 21 Another time, armed only with a club, he killed a great Egyptian warrior who was armed with a spear. Benaiah wrenched the spear from the Egyptian’s hand and killed him with it. 22 These are some of the deeds that made Benaiah almost as famous as the Three. 23 He was more honored than the other members of the Thirty, though he was not one of the Three. And David made him commander of his bodyguard.”

A couple months ago I read a book called “In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day” by Mark Batterson that inspired part of the sermon content, specifically the “Lion Chaser’s Manifesto” at the end of the message. Here is the manifesto:

Quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death. Set God-sized goals. Pursue God-ordained passions. Go after a dream that is destined to fail without divine intervention. Keep asking questions. Keep making mistakes. Keep seeking God. Stop pointing out problems and become part of the solution. Stop repeating the past and start creating the future. Stop playing it safe and start taking risks. Expand your horizons. Accumulate experiences. Consider the lilies. Enjoy the journey. Find every excuse you can to celebrate everything you can. Live like today is the first day and last day of your life. Don’t let what’s wrong with you keep you from worshipping what’s right with God. Burn sinful bridges. Blaze a new trail. Criticize by creating. Worry less about what people think and more about what God thinks. Don’t try to be who you’re not. Be yourself. Laugh at yourself. Quit holding out. Quit holding back. Quit running away. Chase the lion!

– Brad, aspiring Lion Chaser!

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