In all the gospel narratives the issue of fear is addressed by Jesus and heavenly messengers (angels). We hear things like “Fear not”, “Do not be afraid!”; “…and the doors were locked because they were afraid.” Fear has been with the human race since the garden of Eden. But what does Easter have to do with fear? In his sermon, Martin Rossol, wants us to recognize that Easter has a lot to do with the fear of being abandoned; the fear of judgement; and the fear of death.
Why did Jesus use parables, stories, to teach truths? Why did the gospel writers include some and exclude others. And why did they place the parables where they did in their narrative? Pastor Mike addresses some of these questions in his sermon.
Are we really ready to follow Jesus? Or are we simply enthused about the wonderful things he has done for us or our family? Jesus is really asking for total commitment: to follow where he goes; to go where he sends us; to put him before our families, our clan, or clubs, etc.
“The Road to Emmaus” is one of the better known stories in the Gospels. Martin Rossol shares how there is more to this story than might first meet your eye, and that it has lessons for how we might engage with people.
Er we dispose of Christmas too soon, Pastor Larry’s sermon takes the congregation on a more interesting aspect of the Christmas story: the anticipation and exaltation of Simeon and Anna. What a lesson for all of us!
Pastor Jim walked us through four verses of the well knows Christmas carol, Once in Royal David’s City and how Biblical is actually is.
St Luke wrote his gospel to give Theophilus “certainty about what he had been taught”. In support of that purpose Luke inserts several events which involve the angel Gabriel and his message to Zechariah and Mary. Pastor Larry builds on these events and also ties in other events where Gabriel speaks. And these all should help give us certainty about our faith Christ, whose coming we celebrate this month.
Now just how much “good” needs to happen to you for you to recognize AND do something to express your thankfulness? In today’s sermon Pastor Mike focused on the one unlikely person who recognized just what an amazing event had happened, and who expressed this gratefulness to the Man who caused it.