Pastor Michael Willard opens a series in the Gospel according to Luke. In the first message from Luke 2:41-52, we see Jesus demonstrate His love for God by prioritizing His relationship and commitment. Listen and be challenged.
Many members make the Church and we are all necessary for it to work as intended. We are to encourage one another by bearing each others burdens. Christians are to be faithful to God sharing Jesus with a lost and hurting world.
Few things are as disheartening as failing to reach a significant goal. But in our efforts to walk with God, He gives a powerful, blessed hope that can make all the difference. When combined with good habits, this hope can strengthen the Christian to continue pressing toward the mark. Pastor Brad Wells uses the acronym HOPE to teach these Biblical steps for success: hear, obey, prioritize, eliminate.
This is a topical sermon applying lessons mainly from Charles E. Hummel's booklet, "Tyranny of the Urgent." Paul commands Christians to walk carefully as wise men who understand that time is ticking away as well as how God wants them to best use the little time that is remaining. Redeem Your Seasons.
Day by Day Prayers Luke 11:3 In the days of Jesus, a laborer was paid daily. They were paid at the end of each day for the work they had done for that day. Since they were not paid weekly as we often are, they could not go out and buy groceries for a week. Therefore, at the end of the day they would purchase the food they needed for that day. In this sense, the supplying of bread was a "day by day" matter. I. How to Pray for yourself. There's a fundamental theme to these guidelines: you must be willing to take action. When you pray for God's mercy, be willing to show mercy. When you pray for God's help, be willing to do whatever it takes to make things right. When you pray for God's strength, be willing to rely on him throughout the day. When you pray for God's blessings, be willing to share his blessings with others. How to Prioritize your prayers. 1. THE INTEREST GOD IS SHOWING 2. THE INVITATION GOD IS SHARING 3. THE IMPLICATION GOD IS STATING III. Why God Doesn't Answer Prayers 1. Sometimes we pray for the wrong things 2. We pray with the wrong motives.3. We give up too soon. 4. We don't accept the answer God provides. 5. We don't follow up on our prayers with action. Sin keeps you from receiving answers to prayer. So, you need to ask the Holy Spirit to shed his light on your life and see if there is a sinful behavior or attitude you need to abandon. God does give me what I ask for, and in the process, he helps redefine my priorities and motives, he helps me discern his will, he help me practice persistence and he teaches me obedience.
God reviews the daily, weekly monthly, and annual public sacrifices the priests are required to offer just before they begin to venture toward entering the Promised Land. The focus of the church in every generation through all its history is to worship her God. The Church Exists to Worship God.
As Moses spoke in Psalms about God teaching us to number our days, it makes us more aware of our frailness before an eternal God. We yearn for the life that He possesses, and desire to walk in it.It causes us to be more diligent, less wasteful of the things we do.
1 Timothy chapter 5 and Paul’s instruction to Timothy and Ephesus on the care and feeding of WIDOWS—why does James 1:27 say, “Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world”? Listen and learn just how important it is.
We have to learn to stay in communication with God by meditating on Him and His word day and night. We need to be diligent to keep in remembrance the one that is your First love which should be God. Prayer, Bible study and doing good works that are led by the spirit of God.