I really enjoyed my home church's sermon this week, entitled "First things First". I included the notes I took, and my sermon of the week relates well to it.
[Called to Be Holy]
 Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.  As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance,  but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,  since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”  And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one's deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile,  knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold,  but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.  He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you  who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
(1 Peter 1:13-21 ESV)
Our pastor talked about instead of being completely overwhelmed by our lives, to take things one at a time, First Things First. He had some great ways to keep our eyes on Christ and take things one at a time:
-Be Alert (Prepared) (1 Peter 1:13)
-Be Sober (Balanced). Pastor talked about instead of reading a little bit of the bible, asking your parents, friends, reading books, watching tv, etc. then making a decision, stick with the bible. See what the bible says about the decision you are facing, and stick with that. Your bible is your one voice, perspective, and truth.
-One focus of hope. I love this quote from our pastor: "Set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming". Scripture: Collosions 3:2, Hebrews 12:1-3
-One Pattern For Life: Obedience for Holiness; Obedience flows out of relationship with God, not into it. Obedience also contradicts our natural instincts. Lastly, true obedience with holiness extends into every part of our lives.
-Lastly, One Path For Success: 1 Peter 1:17-21.
Sermon of the Week: WORTH LISTENING TO: One of my favorites that I have listened to so many times. Pastor Stovall Weems speaking at Elevation Church's Code Orange Revival (Night 8). In order to get this, you have to download the podcast. To do so, go to iTunes, type in Elevation Church (or Steven Furtick), and find the code orange revival series, night 8. Enjoy!