The Lion King – this movie might date you… But Pastor MIke did reference it to make the point that Christians need to remember, need to be reminded, who we are as children of God. As members of God’s family. And that once we remember that, that we are expected to be ambassadors for God, to plead with those who have not yet come to faith, to be reconciled with the God who is waiting to have the relationship restored.
Direct. Make. Establish. These three words form the backbone of St Paul’s prayer for his dear church in Thessalonica. They are actions that St Paul prays God will take on behalf of the believers there. Jim Scullion ends by asking if we pray like this for our church.
Today’s sermon continues in Pastor Jeff’s series from St John’s gospel. In today’s Scripture, we again see two examples of faith: one not real, the other real, true faith. Faith is not natural for human beings. Well, at least not Christian faith. Which might be a good reason to listen to today’s sermon.
What “Four Basic Things” might St Paul be trying to get across to his readers in Thessalonica? You’ll have to listen to Jim Scullion’s analysis in today’s sermon.
When you stop and consider all the details, the coming of Jesus was disruptive in a number of ways. It disrupted those happy about his coming and those rather unhappy about it. Pastor Mike walks us through these disruptions and suggests that we need to be open to the disruptions that God brings into our lives.
Rather strange that Adam might have left us a “Christmas Gift”? Dr. Smith sheds some light on what might be a more important gift than we have given it consideration in the past. It provided a fitting conclusion to our Christmas Eve worship in Lessons and Carols.
Most of our descriptions and information about Christmas come from St Matthew and St Luke’s gospels. We can identify with these stories (more or less) because there perspective is physical, its human. James Stafford compels us to consider a “super-natural” or “unseen” perspective of this event.
The prophet Isaiah foretold the coming of “…a child…” and this child was announced as having these names: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace. Each has significance, as Jim Scullion explains in today’s sermon.