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.
It is one week after Easter. But in Pastor Mike’s sermon, he recounts the story of two Jesus followers on the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus that first Easter Sunday. We don’t know for sure, but even these who had walked with Jesus failed to recognize him as he joined their Journey. But when he did reveal himself to them, they were lit up and unstoppable.
What is your Emmaus journey like?