Jesus’ death was for our forgiveness. Jesus’ resurrection was for our victory.
But victory means winning the long war, even when we lose battles.
By the way, I won’t be preaching next Sunday, there may or may not be a podcast for that week.
In Mark 1:29-39 (and the parallel passage in Matthew 8:14-17) Jesus first heals Peter’s mother-in-law, and then heals all of the people that come to him there.
A few points I want to drive home in this message:
Words are powerful. God created the heaven and earth with his words (Genesis 1; Hebrews 11:3).
Jesus also said that your words were important. In Matthew 12 he said that you will speak from the abundance of what’s in your heart. In Mark 11 he said that your words backed by faith can even move mountains.
Today I looked at Ephesians 4:25-32, particularly focusing on the portions that addressed what we say.
When the Angel Gabriel came to Mary in Luke 1 to tell her that she would bear a child, there were three limits she was facing:
I looked at how each of these affected Mary, and how we can apply moving past these limits in our own lives as well.
Today’s first reading looked at crossing the Red Sea in Exodus 14, and what lessons we can learn from this:
I also referred to Joshua 1:5-9.
Note: There may not be a podcast next week, as it will be Testimony Sunday.
Romans chapter 8 is the pinnacle of a seven-chapter crescendo, moving from man’s sinfulness, to justification by faith, to a comparison of Adam with Christ, to our identity dead, buried, and raised with Christ, and that the Law of Moses couldn’t do this. I referred to several other passages, including the Gospel reading from Matthew 14 and also from Daniel 3.
A side-note: I was able to salvage this from the recorder after accidentally deleting it at the end of my message. I’ve also changed the podcast player to be more compatible with iTunes.
The parable of the sower in Matthew 13 is an explanation of how the Kingdom of God works. It’s distinctive for several reasons:
If you want to listen to this with a podcast program (I use Pocket Casts, available for both iOS and Android), the URL for it is in the column to the right. One of my near-term projects is to get this podcast registered with iTunes.
June 29th is the day some liturgical churches celebrate the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, whom tradition holds were both martyred on this day. As it’s tied to a particular calendar day, it doesn’t fall on Sunday very often.
Our first reading from Acts 12 speaks of Peter’s supernatural rescue from jail by an angel. I got started reading different “angel” events in scripture, and it was interesting to see just how many times angels appeared, and what they did and said. After reviewing some of these events and the stories that go with them, here’s how they affect us:
John 3:16 is probably one of the best-known Bible verses, particularly when you have a church full of already-believing saints. I asked for inspiration on what to preach, and got a “Holy Spirit download” of an outline that I used today. This is one of my favorite messages.