This sermon begins a series of four, leading the St. Paul's congregation into 21 days of prayer for the purpose of seeking God with regard to the use of our time, talents and treasures. This sermon explores the value of using our time in prayer, the reality of the supernatural, the mysteries of spiritual warfare, and invites the congregation to specific steps for action.
Our lectionary series continues with one of the most difficult expectations in following Jesus, that we would never give up. Luke 18:1-8 is the story of the Unjust Judge. Luke tells us the purpose of this parable in verse 1: "that we might always pray and not lose heart." The sermon gives three spiritual skills for coping with disillusionment in life.
This familiar story of Jesus healing 10 lepers only occurs in the Gospel of Luke. Pastor Mark notices three keys to a thankful heart which do not depend on circumstances, and ends with the story of four "Unlikely Thankers" in his immediate and extended family.
Pastor Mark continues this sermon series on "Following Jesus." This passage contains some of the hard sayings of Jesus, especially that word that none of us likes to consider: DUTY. The passage explores the meaning of Christian servanthood, and Pastor Mark shares some insights about why being a "slave" of Jesus can become a true pleasure.
Pastor Mark notices three qualities that belong to the heart of God from the parables of the Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin. At the end of this message, he reflects back upon the change that God brought upon the Superintendent of Schools in Wellington, MO, through the power of the Gospel.
Pastor Mark presents seven limitations of wealth, based on the Parable of the Rich Fool, and also the book of Ecclesiastes. He ends by lifting up Cindy Kelly as an example of a woman who was "rich toward God."
Pastor Mark divides this passage up into three teaching sections: a pattern for prayer (the Lord's Prayer); a parable for prayer (the Parable of the Persistent Neighbor); a person for prayer (the Heavenly Father). This sermon came as a dear member of our church, who had struggled long with cancer, was nearing death. The sermon answers the question, "Does persistent prayer do any good?" Listen to find out.