Psalm 5 is a Psalm that seems to go in unrelated directions. Very similar to our thoughts when we are under duress. Yet in the midst of this “randomness” there is an order to the Psalmist’s thinking; to his prayer. Pastor Croyts helps us see this in such a wonderful way.
Sending St Paul to be a missionary to the gentiles?! How crazy can that be? He was a perfect candidate to reach Jews; why would God send him to the gentiles? Well, that is just one example of how God does things we would never expect, and it is also a demonstration that God can use you and me to accomplish what He wants, whether we think its crazy or not.
This is the question Pastor MIke put to the congregation Sunday? Are you running or are you standing still? “Oh, but I’m waiting for God…” Sure, look at how much many saints of bygone years have had to wait. But that didn’t mean they were standing still.
(Note: there were some technical ‘glitches’ in the middle of this recording. We apologize.)
We were so pleased to have a former Stonebridge Elder preaching for us today! Randy’s topic “Repentance” has been a subject of both our adult discipleship class and also the Women’s Thursday Bible study. Randy’s focus was on John the baptizer and his message “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand!” And that message is a appropriate to listeners in 2021 as it was in the day John preached it.
John’s disciples and the Pharisees were challenging the fact that Jesus’ disciples did not really “fit in” with the existing religious norms and paradigms. “Why don’t your disciples fast?” Well, Jesus was more than happy to address their question, as our elder Martin Rossol explained in today’s talk.
How can we sleep when there is so much turmoil around us? King David had that challenge 4000+ years ago. Yet he found that his confidence in Jehovah was the solution.
The epistle of St Paul to the Galatians is a favorite of many historical church “giants”. It in the Apostle Paul dispenses with formalities and immediately gets puts his “beefs” on the table: “I can’t believe that you are forsaking the Jesus of the gospel I delivered to you!!” We risk the same admonition if we drift off to one or the other “feel good” idea.
The Pharisees tried to “stay separate” from all that might ‘contaminate’ them. It was their religious activity that they felt would solve their sin problem. Jesus challenged that diagnosis and made it clear that outward religious activity is not what is pleasing to God. We please God when we have the right attitudes in our heart, and then express those in our actions.