Psalm 131 is a "maintenance psalm" from David. It is about the need to quiet our souls, examine our lives. Pastor Mark presents statistics which verify our lives are moving faster and faster in the internet age. He presents a time tested way to quiet our souls, using the Ignatian Prayer of Examen.
Not all prayer is equal. Some prayer requests are like moving mountains. It seems totally impossible that even God could make it happen. This sermon deals with the "protocol" for bringing "big asks" to God. As Jesus said, "some demons are only cast out by prayer and fasting." We look at the huge obstacles faced by the church in the book of Acts, see how they addressed those obstacles in prayer, and learn from their experiences with God.
In this, the second sermon of the GodSearch series, Pastor Mark does an overview of the Lord's Prayer. He points out two important teaching of Jesus that can make a big difference in our personal and group prayer life.
In this, the beginning sermon in a series of six, Pastor Mark Friz looks into the authentic prayer life of an Old Testament lay leader, by the name of Nehemiah. Nehemiah led the effort to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem in 445 BC, and the effort was all undergirded with a passionate prayer life. This message give three answers to the question, "What is Authentic Prayer?" The message helps believes pray from a ministry passion, to pray humbly, and also to pray specifically with God's promises in mind.
The familiar story of the Prodigal Son is redefined in terms of a Prodigal God. The Father God is the subject of the story: "There was a man who had two sons." The message focuses on five signs of God's love for us. Jesus is communicating to every person who ever wanted to take a step toward God how significant we are to Him.
On the 10th Anniversary of 9/11, Pastor Mark encourages us to meditate on the verse, "Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom." The sermon deals with a mathematical formula for numbering our days, which includes addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
In this, the last sermon in the series, Pastor Mark points out three areas to consider in leaving a lasting legacy for family and friends. Having just come home from a visit to Boston to see four grandchildren, he is able to share from a personal perspective. Jacob's blessing on his sons sets the scene for Ephraim, the youngest, getting the blessing, and for Joseph's two sons to receive 1/6th of the land divided between the 12 tribes. Later, leadership in Israel passes from Ephraim to the tribe of Judah.
After Jacob wrestles with God, unmerited favor (grace) fromg God begins to show itself in unexpected ways. Jacob is able to face his fear of meeting his brother, and to humble himself, and share some restitution for what he had stolen. Esau shows the unexpected grace of God by running to the brother who stole his birthright, kissing him, embracing him and forgiving him.
As soon as Jacob resolves his conflict with Laban, he is immediately thrust into the situation of confronting his brother, Esau, from whom he had stolen the family birthright. This message helps in practical ways to trust God in the midst of a crisis, and to be aware of how he might show us his grace.