The Triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem began Jesus' final preparation for Redemption through his death, burial and resurrection. Pastor Mark takes elements of this familiar story and asks the congregation to consider how they might prepare for Easter in the year 2010. This sermon contains some brand new statistics from Barna Research, revealing that only 42% of people in America know that Easter has to do with Resurrection. It also encourages the congregation to tell others about the miracles and peace Jesus has created in their lives.
This message offers timely instruction for parents and grandparents on how to handle discipline in the home. Based on Jesus' Parable of the Two Sons (The Prodigal Son story), Pastor Mark encourages us to deal with our children the same way the Heavenly Father deals with us.
In this sermon, Jesus answers questions about two tragedies that happened in his time. Why does God allow suffering? What is Jesus' teaching on suffering? Do our personal choices cause our suffering? What does it mean to repent?
Oh, the pain of rejected love! It hurts when someone rejects your love, no matter what age you are. This message exponds on Jesus' lament over Jerusalem: "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, killing the porphets and stoning those who are sent to you! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not!"
Jesus was tempted by Satan three times after his baptism. Each temptation was connected to a location in the Holy Land for a specific reason. This sermon reveals the meaning of each location, and gives helpful hints for not only being prepared, but also defeating our spiritual enemy.
The Transfiguration of Christ provides an opportunity for Jesus to address Peter's misunderstandings concerning the cross. Peter heard Jesus talk about his suffering and death, but didn't hear Jesus' message concerning his resurrection. The glorious transfiguration gives the Heavenly Father a chance to verify his plan for both the humiliation and exhaltation of Christ.
This passage from Luke 5:1-11, often labeled The Calling of the First Disciples, took place up to one year after Jesus had already come to know them through John the Baptist. Rather than a call to make a first commitment to follow Jesus, this passage is more like a call to stop fooling around and to fully dedicate our lives to Christ.
Perhaps a year after Jesus begins his ministry, he comes to preach at the synagogue in his hometown (Luke 4:14-30). He proclaims both the year of Jubilee (Lev. 25:10) and the arrival of the Messiah. His friends and neighbors at first respond positively, but then try to kill him. The sermon explains the strange reaction of his hometown, and teaches three truths about the poor and forgotten.