Pentecost is very underrated in much of Christianity. Little did Jesus followers know, but starting on that Pentecost day, there would be a “new normal” for the world. Jesus was no longer physically present with his followers, but God was not absent. God now came to be with and in individual believers as He had only done in isolated instances prior to this. And this would change the world.
What does “True Worship” actually consist of? What kind of worship is pleasing to God? Elder Martin Rossol takes a shot at that question in his talk today based on Isaiah 58.
There is a parable in Matthew’s Gospel that addresses the question of opposition to the Kingdom or opposition to the Gospel of Jesus. It is good to remember that when the church, or a mission, or a Christian ministry of some kind, or if you as a believer, face opposition, that this is not a surprise and that it is something we can respond to in a positive way.
St John in his gospel narrative inserts a very small, but well known story. In Chapter 12 we find the story of Mary anointing Jesus feet with a very expensive perfume, nard. This act of devotion stirred some controversy and John wants the reader to take a side in that controversy.
“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.
In this time of uncertainty, many want to get regain some of those things we have counted on; something stable. Martin Rossol suggests that because Jesus rose from the dead, that those who believe in Jesus have some things in their lives that are very secure, and which should be of great benefit.
Do you have a goal? What is it? With the coronavirus situation, there are a lot of goals being talked about. “Let’s get a vaccine. We need to test everyone with symptoms. We need to get the economy re-started.” Martin takes a look at goals as well as Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and then challenges the congregation about their goals.
Three very interesting stories are found in Luke, chapter 8. A demon possessed man; a woman with a severe bleeding problem which as afflicted her for years, and the death of 12 year old girl. Our own Martin Rossol looked at these three stories and tied them to the first question of the Catechism. If you were not able to join us this afternoon, please listen to Martin’s thoughts.