St Paul’s concern about what people are thinking about hold true, very true, to this day, this age, and this place. What is controlling our thoughts? Who is directing and prioritizing your mind? Pastor Frison shares his thought on St Paul’s words from his letter to the Phillipians.
One Biblical scholar has said that the prophet Zechariah was the most “forward looking” of the Old Testament prophets. In this sermon, Pastor Mike walks us through the first part of chapter 8 of Zechariah. In it we see that God is really interested in some of the more ordinary aspects of human experience, and that that is what we will see in the “new Jerusalem” one day.
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.)
As we come to the end of a most unusual year, Pastor Mike reminds us why Christmas, even Christmas this year, should give us pause to be merry.
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.
Pastor Mike Frison had the congregation turn our thinking to Psalm 116. In this Psalm the psalmist reviews the goodness of God in providing, saving, rescuing, directing, etc. his servant. The psalmist’s response is to give God honor; to pay his vows; offer public praise.
Pastor Mike Frison used Isaiah 30, a chapter which focuses on the people of Israel making their own plans instead of submitting to what God wanted for them, to help us think how we sometimes want God to simply “bless” the plans we make for our life, our education, our church, our home. We can be as guilty as the Old Testament Israelis.
February is the month we think of “love”. Pastor Mike agrees this might be so, but maybe not for the best of reasons. Nevertheless, the Apostle John talks about Love in a more important way. Yet it still has a practical side, which Pastor Mike brings out in today’s sermon.