Moses had to make major life adjustments to respond to God's call at the burning bush. In the same way, modern Christians are also called to make major adjustments as we respond to God's work in our world.
This sermon tackles one of the most difficult parables in the Bible. The main point is not to highlight the dishonesty of the manager, but how he anticipated his future and made friends for himself. Pastor Mark encourages the members of St. Paul's that there is a way to "take their money with them to heaven." Listen to find the answer.
Pastor Mark points out that the best way to determine what God wants to do in the future is to determine where we see him at work in the present. He encourages us to follow the example of Jesus, who did what he saw his Father doing. He lists several ways God is working at St. Paul's at the present time.
Pastor Mark uses a famous sermon by Charles Swindoll as a launching pad for a message designed specifically for the St. Paul's Congregation. Just as we take time to wrap the gifts for our loved ones, God presents his "indescribable" gift, wrapped in prophecy, history, and mystery.
Pastor Mark encourages the St. Paul's Congregation to experience Holy Wonder. The common element in the birth of both John the Baptist and Jesus Christ is the emotional response arounsed by something which was awe-inspiring, astounding and marvelous. The sermon gives practical suggestions for experiencing Holy Wonder during the Advent Season, and also reveals the fruits of Holy Wonder in our lives.
This Psalm answers a common question asked around Thanksgiving Time. "How can I repay the LORD for all his goodness to me?" The answer leads us back to several acts of worship, which Pastor Mark ties in to the testimonies given for 3 believer baptisms.
Pastor Mark compares Philippians 2:5-11 with Revelation 5. When Jesus proves himself worthy to open the scroll, all of nature worships him, and he receives the glory prophesied in Philippians 2:9-11. We also, should give him all the glory today, in anticipation of these thrilling events.