This sermon was great! I've been struggling with some very negative thoughts and I’ve even been allowing them to affect my relationships with family and friends. This sermon has helped me to see what, initially; I did not even realize was a problem. Thank you very much Mr. Petty.
I did want to mention that three months ago I quit smoking. I went the first month without even looking at a cigarette, and then I broke down. I was going to go smoke. I bought a pack and then I waited until I got it home then I tore it open and I was about to smoke one when I said to myself "Joe, if you want a cigarette just wait until tomorrow and if you still want it, smoke it then." That was my approach for the next two months until a week ago when I took the pack out from where it was stashed in my closet and tore it up saying "I've come this far, now I don't even desire to go back anymore." What I'm saying is that when they were around it was comforting in a strange way. I knew I could if I wanted to and that made me all the more aware that I didn't want to.
thank you mr. Petty! This was a very encouraging sermon, I really liked your comment on the fact we need to be a family more than just going to church; but to learn how to be there for one another. I fought with self control all my life.